Listen to the New Rowena Wise Single “Then We Met” plus Launch Shows

Rowena Wise
Photo by Sarah Turier

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Rowena Wise just capped off a successful outing at this year’s National Folk Festival (that’s her on stage at The Scrumpy above) and is about to embark on a single launch tour.

Wise has been hard at work on her self titled album which will hit stands around August this year. The new single from the album is the glorious, catchy, quirky folk-pop track “Then We Met” – check it out below:

To celebrate the release of “Then We Met” Rowena Wise has announced shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide from the middle of this month – the full dates are below:

Thursday 14th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th April – The Homestead, Hobart, TAS
Friday 22nd April – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Ten Artists to Watch in the First Half of 2016

Bob Dylan

Following the success of last year’s “Ten Artists to Watch in the First Half of 2015” article we thought we’d try our hand again at picking which bands and singers you’re going to be hearing a lot from over the next 6 months. This list is by no means exhaustive (I had to whittle it down to just 10) but I think it’s a nice mix of artists, old and new, to keep an eye on this year. It’s 2016 – let’s get excited about new music!

All Our Exes
All Our Exes Live in Texas

While it’ll be tough to top a 2015 that included supporting The Backstreet Boys on their Australian tour I reckon All Our Exes Live in Texas are set to have a massive 2016. Having hit their crowdfunding target to record their debut album late last year the girls have been busy running between festivals, recording studios and music video locations throughout January – and they’ve just been announced as the supports for Passenger’s Australian tour. Expect All Our Exes Live in Texas to be everywhere you look this year.

Bon Iver
Bon Iver

It’s been five years since Bon Iver’s last album. It’s been four years since Bon Iver last toured Australia. In fact most people had written them off, assuming Justin Vernon was moving on to other projects, until mid last year where Bon Iver played the Eaux Claires Music Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Vernon told Consequence of Sound that this was the start of the band’s third cycle. Now they’re heading to Asia for shows in Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan this February and March bringing them very close to our shores…

Eagle and the Wolf
Eagle & The Wolf

Two of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters, indie-pop goddess Sarah Humphreys and alt-country troubadour Kris Morris, met, fell in love and now they’re making they’re making beautiful folk music together as Eagle & The Wolf. The project is in its infancy but they’ve already secured a tour with Kasey Chambers, wowed crowds at the Tamworth Music Festival and have an album coming out in February.

Imogen Clark
Imogen Clark

If the buzz from Tamworth is anything to go by 2016 is going to be huge for Imogen Clark. Signing to the coveted Lost Highway label late last year and recording her debut album in Nashville (release date to be announced), Clark has been going from strength to strength – and it couldn’t happen to a nicer girl!

John Flanagan
John Flanagan

John Flanagan is one of those artists that manages to straddle the fine line between country and folk music and as such has been embraced by both scenes. His new solo album There’s Another Way To Where You’re Going hits stands next week and he heads off on a tour with alt-country Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel throughout February and I have a feeling that Flanagan will gain a whole new legion of fans around the country before the year is out.

Matt Corby
Matt Corby

The two songs we’ve heard from Matt Corby’s debut album Telluric so far couldn’t be more different – the gospel infused “Monday” was followed up with the psychedelic “Sooth Lady Wine”. Exactly what the rest of the album will hold remains to be seen but you can be pretty sure Matt Corby’s amazing voice and solid song writing will shine through.

Matthew and the Atlas
Matthew and the Atlas

Another artist that has been too quiet for too long UK nu-folkers Matthew and the Atlas revealed their new song “Elijah” earlier this month with the news they’d been in the studio late last year. We don’t have any more details on what will be the result of those recording sessions but if you’ve heard “Elijah” you’ll be very very excited.

Radical Face
Radical Face

After almost a decade American artist Radical Face will finally release the third album in his The Family Tree trilogy this March. Radical Face first crossed our path when “Welcome Home” was used for a Nikon commercial a few years back and I’ve devoured everything since. The one track we’ve heard from The Family Tree: Leaves is “The Road To Nowhere” which sees Radical Face up the ante production wise boding well for the rest of the record.

Rowena Wise
Rowena Wise

There was so much buzz surrounding Rowena Wise’s solo music last year which seemed to die down somewhat as she ducked into the studio to record an album. Now there are some rumblings of a return with Rowena Wise and her new band The Guys booking gigs in February. Prepare to have Rowena Wise win your heart all over again.

The Timbers
The Timbers

Adelaide’s kings of the folk-stomp The Timbers will be releasing their first true studio album Restless in February and are following up with a huge national tour. These guys have built a reputation as an amazing live band and are set to become a festival favourite as they jump from Port Fairy to The National and beyond.

Watch the New John Flanagan Video “Whatever Makes You Happy”

John Flanagan
Image Courtesy of John Flanagan

Melbourne based singer-songwriter John Flanagan has just released the video for his amazing new track “Whatever Makes You Happy”. The video, staring local musicians and actors Rowena Wise, Jeremy Hopkins and Rachael Rai, is a cameo filled affair with blink-and-you’ll-miss-them guest spots from a who’s who of the Melbourne folk scene.

Check out “Whatever Makes You Happy” below:

The National Folk Festival Announces 18 More Artists for 2016

The Young'uns
Image Courtesy of The Young’uns

Having already revealed six of their 2016 artists The National Folk Festival has upped the ante with the revelation of 18 more acts for their 50th anniversary.

The announcement spans the history of The National with new and favourite local and international artists making the cut. Adding to the 2016 lineup are The Young’uns (above), Jaaleekaay, Black Market Tune, Kristina Olsen, Colum Sands, The Rambling Boys, Skipping Girl Vinegar, The April Maze, 19-Twenty, Den Hanrahan, Rowena Wise, Horse & Wood, Kaurna Cronin, Bloodwood, Hayley Shone, Cloudstreet, Latehorse and The Ballpoint Penguins. These artists join the likes of The East Pointers, Jacinta Price, The Company, The Mae Trio, Andrew Winton and Mànran.

The National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 24th to 28th March. Earlybird tickets are available now via the official site.

Review: 24 Hours at the Blue Mountains Music Festival 2015

BMMF
All Photos by Sarah Turier

I bumped into a friend of mine right at the beginning of this year’s Blue Mountains Music Festival and was surprised to see him. While my friend has a passing interest in folk music I was surprised to see him in Katoomba, especially as he’d driven over 6 hours to be there.

When pressed on why he’d made the journey he looked at me with his own surprise.

“What do you mean why did I come?” He said. “The blues lineup is amazing!”

And that is what the Blue Mountains Music Festival is all about. For me it’s a folk festival. For my friend it’s a blues festival. For someone else it might be a rock or roots or something else festival. The Blue Mountains Music Festival is exactly what you make it.

This year I only managed 24 hours at the Blue Mountains Music Festival due to an unscheduled bout of food poisoning (unlikely from the festival itself) sent me back down the mountains to the safety of my own bathroom, but while I was there I saw some amazing music.

The festival kicked off on a cold and misty Friday night. The crowds were thin as many of the punters were waiting for the weekend proper before heading up the mountain from Sydney. This meant we were eased into the Blue Mounatins Music Festival flitting between venues, getting up close and personal with some amazing artists and loving the fact we could finally crack out our winter woolies.

Castlecomer

The night saw some amazingly diverse musicians take to the stage. From the blues guitar mastery of Nick Charles to the bluegrass mastery of The Company to the epic indie-folk of Castlecomer, the opening night threw up some of the festival’s most exciting acts and I was so lucky to be a part of it.

As always The Company were a highlight, effortlessly huddled around a single microphone creating some of the countries most beautiful music. I’ve seen The Company live so many times but they never fail to amaze me – both their expert musical craft and their charismatic stage presence make their their performances must-see at any event.

The Company

Saturday morning presented a much drier, more bustling festival with locals, Sydney-siders and more making their way through the gates. There was a palpable buzz in the air all around Katoomba as the cafes and bakery filled to overflowing with punters fortifying themselves for the day of music ahead.

Rowena Wise

And what a day of music it was. Before my food poisoning got the better of me I managed to catch sets from Leah Flanagan in fine full band form, the incomparable old timey charms of The Whitetop Mountaineers (with special guest fiddle from The Company’s George Jackson), stunning singer-songwriter Rowena Wise and the blues mastery of Phil Wiggins and Dom Turner.

The Whitetop Mountaineers, favourites of the Australian folk festival circuit, were by far the highlights. Their simple, home town approach to bluegrass and old timey sucks the audience in and keeps them mesmerised throughout their set. And watching Martha Spencer clog dance is just a treat.

Whitetop Mountaineers

The Blue Mountains Music Festival seems to have found the perfect balance. Wedging itself between the Port Fairy and National Folk Festival/Bluesfest guarantees a high calibre of artists not normally seen at a small town event. And its proximity to Sydney makes it easy for day trippers or weekend getaways from the big city. But it still feels like an intimate, community focused event, probably because it’s mostly set on the grounds of a school and the local volunteers are front and centre.

If you’ve never been been to the Blue Mountains Music Festival then I suggest next March you make the trek up the mountains just to see what all the fuss is about.

Interview: Jordie Lane

Jordie Lane
Image Courtesy of Jordie Lane

Jordie Lane is back in Australia after some time in North America and he’s hot on the festival trail as well as performing at a bunch of headline dates around the country. We sat down with Lane to chat about the tour, what it’s like to be an Australian in LA and his collaborations with songwriter Clare Reynolds.

Gareth Hugh Evans: You’ve just come back from a massive tour of the US with The Stray Birds. Are you pretty much based over there now?

Jordie Lane: I’m there on a semi-permanent basis. Basically Los Angeles is my base for the whole world – it’s kind geographically in between everywhere that I’m going.

GHE: I’m assuming you still feel like a bit of an outsider there, having the accent and all.

JL: I completely feel like an outsider. But it’s a really good place to be I guess, always traveling and on the edge. It’s funny because I think that’s why you go because you want to be an outsider. I don’t really hang out with other Australians [in LA] – it’s actually pretty weird when you find yourself at some Hollywood bar with an Australian act playing and all the Aussies are there. In saying that it’s so awesome to come home. I’ve been so far away from home for a long time – this is almost a whole 12 months that we’ve spent away from home. It was the longest I’ve ever been away from Melbourne. It’s awesome to come back and soak it in. Even just looking at the way the houses look, the street signs, things like that. I didn’t realise how much I was craving a bit of my memories from home.

GHE: Does living in LA and touring America a lot impact on your songwriting? I guess the reason I ask is a lot of my favourite songs of yours – “Black Diamond”, “I Could Die Looking At You”, “The Publican’s Daughter” – are about Australia and the Australian experience. Does living in the US mean you’re writing less about Australia?

JL: Maybe not less but I am definitely writing more about my experiences in America. There is a few place name drops in there. And that’s kind of a weird thing at first – it feels like a betrayal or something – and I’m just trying to work out what to do with that. These are songs that are in the very early stages. But coming back here right now there’s still a whole lot of stories that I’ve only half told in my head about Australia and that’s what I love doing when I’m in America with American audiences – y’know, telling them stories about Australia whether it be the “Black Diamond” mining story or the two dogs trying to kill each other in my back yard in Thornbury. The audiences really love that. Hopefully it only strengthens my connections with home and hopefully I’ll sing about it more and more.

GHE: I find that the most patriotic people are the ones that don’t live in the country they’re from.

JL: Yeah, definitely. You’re flying the flag or explaining cultural misconceptions to everybody about what they think your country is like. So it keeps cementing what your country actually means to you all the time because every single day someone’s asking “where’s that accent from” or “I wish I could go to Australia”.

GHE: So now that you’re home you’re hitting the road with festivals and headline shows including Nannup and The Blue Mountains Folk Festival.

JL: We were pencilled in to do [the The Blue Mountains Folk Festival] a couple of times and things just didn’t work in anyone’s favour scheduling wise so we’re really excited to finally play the festival for the first time. I’ve been to the Blue Mountains a bunch and played The Clarendon a lot but it will be cool to do the festival. I’ve heard really good things.

GHE: And you’re playing all these shows with Clare Reynolds right?

JL: Yeah, as a duo.

GHE: I saw you guys play as a duo at The National Folk Festival last year.

JL: Yeah! That was our one thing we came back to Australia to do. We’ve amped it up a bit – Clare’s doing keyboards and drum case percussion. We’ve been doing a lot of shows in the US and Canada which have been really good for us. The piano really adds something else to it.

GHE: I love the guitar case percussion. I think that’s awesome.

JL: We’ve got that case hanging on for dear life. It’s so fragile now! We’re packing it full of underwear and t-shirts and stuff. That’s kind of become Clare’s suitcase that she’s allowed to bring on tour and then I let her put a few things in my actual suitcase. It’s hilarious – the harshest, mean sound guys in the world scoff that we’re never going get a sound out of that guitar case. And then they turn the microphone on and they’re like “Whoa! The resonate frequency’s amazing!”.

GHE: Wherever you can you seem to be playing as a duo with Clare. Is that your “act” now? Are you a duo act?

JL: Most of the tour with The Stray Birds was solo. So it really just depends. Clare is a fulltime songwriter so she’s in studios and working with artists and producers almost five days a week, every week of the year. I have to ask her to come on tour and hopefully she has time to do it. It’s a bit of both – about half and half at the moment. For festivals we’re loving doing the duo thing.

GHE: I also so that you’ve got Rowena Wise as your support for your headline dates this time around. I saw her in Sydney recently – she’s something special. She writes some really nice songs and has a great stage presence so you’ve scored with her as your support.

JL: I’m really excited for that. We met her at The National Folk Festival last year and saw her and her sister Lucy perform. I’m really excited for her – I just love her voice.

GHE: Well that’s everything I’ve got for you today. Thanks so much for spending some time with me today!

JL: Thanks mate! Talk to you soon.

The full dates for Jordie Lane’s Australian tour are below:

Friday 27th February – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Tuesday 10th March – Ten Days On The Island Festival, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 11th March – The Melbourne Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 26th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th March – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA
Friday 17th April – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd April – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 23rd April – Beav’s Bar, Geelong VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty Music Festival, Mt Beauty, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Irish band We Banjo 3 released their version of “The Fox” featuring Sharon Shannon. Details here

Alabama Shakes have announced details of their new album Sound & Color. Details here

– Melbourne’s Skyscraper Stan And The Commission Flats have announced a national tour this March and April. Details here

– Regular Sydney night Bunker Bluegrass returned last night with shows planned through the first half of 2015. Details here

Daniel Lee Kendall released his new single “Don’t Worry Darlin’”. Details here

– Adelaide’s Tom West released his new single “Easy Love”. Details here

– Canadian fiddler April Verch has announced her new album The Newpart. Details here

– Hunter Valley based festival Folk In Broke announced its 2015 lineup including Lloyd Spiegel, Alex Bowen, Gambirra, Gordi, Hillbilly Goats, Good Corn Liquor, Nic Cassey, Galleri, Oscar Lush, The Timbers and Dave Well. Details here

Sufjan Stevens released his new single “No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross”. Details here

Packwood released his first live action video, “All Smoke Must Find Its Way Home”. Details here

Xavier Rudd released his new video “Come People”. Details here

– American music festival MusicNOW have revealed details of their tenth anniversary live album featuring Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Sufjan Stevens, Owen Pallett, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and many more. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Alex Edwards released his new video “My Baby Don’t Know”. Details here

Sam Buckingham released her new video for “Down The Rabbit Hole” featuring sock puppets. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Kristafor Farrenkothen released his new single “Quiet Shouts”. Details here

– Perth singer-songwriter Steve Parkin released a new album Live & Solo with Guitar and Singing. Details here

– New Zealand based singer-songwriter Luke Thompson released his new video “Oh Christina”. Details here

Laura Marling released the video for “False Hope”. Details here

– A new boutique music festival, Solar Saturday Lounge Party, will be hitting Melbourne next week featuring Tracy McNeil and The GoodLife, Hello Satellites, Tully Sumner and Dan Flynn. Detauls here

– Bluesfest added even more artists including Frank Yamma, Wagons, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Marlon Williams, Genevieve Chadwick, Eddie Boyd and the Phatapillars and many more. Details here

Interviews

“I became a singer-songwriter because I knew that bands were hard to keep together. I discovered that I liked songwriting when I was in college and by the time I was ready to graduate, I decided to try it for a while and see if there was any future in it for me”Andrew Belle chatted to Adriana Rossi. Interview here

Releases This Week

Eons
EonsJim Lawrie
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Vestiges and Claws
Vestiges & ClawsJosé González
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Unveil
UnveilTaryn La Fauci
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Rowena Wise

Rowena Wise

Rowena Wise launches her new single “Words” with a tour that kicks off in Sydney tonight. There’s a reason Rowena Wise is getting a lot of buzz at the moment – make sure you get to one of these shows and see what all the fuss is about.

Friday 20th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st February – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th February – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Gigs Next Week

Alanna Eileen
Tuesday 24th February – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

Alex Edwards
Thursday 26th February – The Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Andrew Swift
Saturday 21st February – Berwick Show, Berwick, VIC
Saturday 21st February – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 22nd February – Bonnie Doon Music Festival, VIC
Thursday 26th February – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 20th February – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st February – Panthers, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 24th February – AEC Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 26th February – Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC
Friday 27th February – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Ann Vriend
Friday 20th February – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW

April Maze
Saturday 21st March – Maclaey Island Progress Hall, Moreton Bay, Brisbane, QLD

Bell St Delays
Thursday 26th February – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Brothers & Sisters – The Music of O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Friday 20th February – Teatro 1, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, WA
Saturday 21st February – Teatro 1, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, WA
Sunday 22nd February – Teatro 1, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, WA

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Cobargo, NSW

Conor Oberst with The Felice Brothers
Wednesday 25th February – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 26th February – Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC

CW Stoneking
Friday 20th February – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Saturday 21st February – Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Bathurst, NSW
Sunday 22nd February – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th February – The Substation, Newport, VIC

Darren Hanlon
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Nannup Festival, WA

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Frances, SA

Heartstring Quartet
Saturday 21st February – Albany Town Hall, Albany, WA
Thursday 26th February – Mandurah PAC, Mandurah, WA
Friday 27th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan
Wednesday 25th February – The Yarra Hotel, Abbottsford, VIC

Jordie Lane
Friday 27th February – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA

Kim Richey
Friday 27th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup Music Festival, WA

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

Lake Street Dive
Saturday 21st February – SummerSalt Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 24th February – Opera Bar, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th February – Opera Bar, Sydney NSW
Friday 27th February – Enlighten Festival, Canberra, ACT

Little Bastard
Friday 20th February – Kyneton Music Festival, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 21st February – Party In The Paddock Festival, TAS

Mandy Connell with Tom Ciccone
Wednesday 25th February – Clifton Hill Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 27th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup, WA

Phia
Friday 20th February – Longplay, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th February – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Rowena Wise
Friday 20th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st February – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th February – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Ruth Moody
Friday 20th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 21st February – Candelo Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Sunday 22nd February – Indi Valley Music, VIC
Wednesday 25th February – The Red Room, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th February – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Friday 27th February – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA

Sam Brittain and Amistat
Thursday 26th February – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Sam Buckingham
Thursday 26th February – The Bird, Northbridge, WA

Steve Smyth
Friday 20th February – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 21st February – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Sweet Jean
Sunday 22nd February – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

The AU Sessions feat. Taryn La Fauci, Imogen Clark
Tuesday 24th February – Hive Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. Shane Howard, Skyscraper Stan
Wednesday 25th February – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Friday 27th February – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Carolina in My Mind” – James Taylor

I watched John Flanagan perform an awesome cover of this track earlier this week (check it out here) and knew I just had to post the original as this week’s FFF.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The original nu-folk band Calexico have announced plans to release a new album Edge of the Sun. Details here

– Adelaide’s Sam Brittain has headed out on an east coast tour with Amistat. Details here

– Brisbane duo Hollow Coves released their new single “The Woods”. Details here

The Heartstring Quartet are definitely a band to watch when they make their way to Australia this month. Details here

– NSW based singer-songwriter Alex Hallahan released his new single “Tangle For Two”. Details here

– Old-time troubadour Archer released his new video “Garden”. Details here

Hozier announced two headline dates when he’s here for Bluesfest in, you guessed it, Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Brisbane band Elbury are streaming their new EP Demasquerade. Details here

– American folk acts Shakey Graves and Shovels & Rope will be touring Australia in March. Details here

The Timbers will be performing at The Jade Monkey in Adelaide tonight supported by … themselves? Details here

– New York based singer-songwriter MacKenzie Shivers released her new single “Orphan Song”. Details here

– Iconic Sydney folk venue The Shack turns 50 this weekend with a celebratory concert. Details here

– The Festival of Small Halls Australia is back again this Autumn taking Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys and Siskin River from the Port Fairy Folk Festival to the National Folk Festival via regional towns and centres. Details here

– Regular Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s returns for 2015 with performances from Stillhouse Union and The Plough. Details here

– American singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge has announced an Australian tour in April. Details here

Iron & Wine and Rhiannon Giddens released a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”. Details here

– The very buzz worthy Rowena Wise has released a new single, “Words”, and added a bunch of tour dates. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Clea released her single “Polyester”. Details here

– UK chamber-folk band The Leisure Society have announced a new album The Fine Art of Hanging On. Details here

– Sydney duo Elwood Myre released their new video “California”. Details here

– Regular Sydney night Fairlight Folk has announced its February lineup including Shane Howard (Goanna) and Joe Flower & Harmony Breeze. Details here

José González released his new video “Leaf Off / The Cave”. Details here

Reviews

Recordings

“Not to say this isn’t a great album – it certainly is. There are a lot of highlights throughout. But it’s not the kind of album I can enjoy from start to finish, not the way I can with Down from the Mountain or even the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack (the intentionally terrible “Please Mr. Kennedy” aside). And I think it’s for a number of reasons”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the live album Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis. Review here

“Deep in the heart of the EP’s four tracks I can still hear the same singer-songwriter strumming away on her guitar that I fell in love with five years ago”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the new EP from Emmy The Great, S. Review here

Releases This Week

The April Maze
Sleeping StormThe April Maze
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Elwood Myre
Elwood MyreElwood Myre
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Father John Misty
I Love You, HoneybearFather John Misty
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The Pigs
The Pigs’ Home Brew: 13 Aussie ClassicsThe Pigs
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Ryan Bingham
Fear and Saturday NightRyan Bingham
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The Timbers

The Timbers

Tonight Adelaide folk stalwarts The Timbers will be putting on a very special gig supported by themselves. That’s right – each member of The Timbers – Joe Man Murphy, Simon Basey and Benjamin Roberts – will be performing a solo set before the band get on stage. Has to be seen to be believed.

Friday 6th February – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Alanna Eileen
Friday 13th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 6th February – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 7th Fenruary – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 10th February – Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 11th February – Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD
Friday 13th February – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Ann Vriend
Friday 6th February – Mother’s Milk, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 7th February – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th February – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Tuesday 10th February – House Concert, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 12th February – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, Vic
Friday 13th February – Dodges Ferry, Tas

April Maze
Wednesday 11th February – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

CW Stoneking
Friday 6th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 7th February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 8th February – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Tuesday 10th February – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 11th February – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 13th February – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Joel Barker
Saturday 7th February – The Bird, Northbridge, WA

John Flanagan
Friday 6th February – The Bluebee room, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 7th February – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 11th February – The Yarra Hotel, Abbottsford, VIC
Thursday 12th February – Homestead Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Friday 13th February – Live At The Wharf, Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS

Kim Churchill
Friday 6th February – Amplifier Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 7th February – City of Stirling Summerset Arts Festival, Scarborough WA
Friday 13th February – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 13th February – Dues Ex Machina, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell with Tom Ciccone
Wednesday 11th February – Bar Oussou, Melbourne, VIC

Passenger
Saturday 7th February – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth, WA

Sam Brittain and Amistat
Sunday 8th February – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 10th February – Wood St House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 12th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th February – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. The Mae Trio, The Once
Wednesday 11th February – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Shack 50th Anniversary feat. Dave Calandra, New York Public Library, Grimick, Jim Jarvis, The Original Myd Lyfe Crysys
Saturday 7th February – The Shack, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 6th February – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Butterfly” and “Ships Are Sailing” – Nick Metcalf

“The Butterfly” is a standard in so many sessions and I’m trying to learn it. Which means watching a lot of videos on Youtube like this one.

Rowena Wise Announces Tour Dates and New Single

Rowena Wise
Image Courtesy of Rowena Wise

Melbourne singer-songwriter Rowena Wise has been getting bucket loads of buzz in the last couple of months and rightly so. Well known as a member of traditional five-piece Stray Hens and as part of the well known Wise family folk “dynasty”, Rowena Wise recently recorded her debut solo EP which she’s looking at a March release for.

The first single from that EP is “Words” which you can listen to below:

To celebrate the release of the single Rowena Wise has announced a bunch of tour dates through February, March and April including supports with Jordie Lane. The full list of dates are here:

Friday 20th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st February – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th February – Mojos, Fremantle, WA w/ Jordie Lane
Saturday 28th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup Music Festival, WA
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
Thursday 26th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD w/ Jordie Lane
Friday 27th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW w/ Jordie Lane
Saturday 28th March – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA w/ Jordie Lane
Friday 17th April – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT w/ Jordie Lane
Saturday 18th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC w/ Jordie Lane
Sunday 19th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC w/ Jordie Lane
Wednesday 22nd April – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC w/ Jordie Lane
Thursday 23rd April – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC w/ Jordie Lane
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mount Beauty Music Festival, VIC

Folk Music for a Good Cause – Wombat Orphanage Bushfire Benefit

Wombat Orphanage

Folkies and animal lovers of Melbourne unite! This Saturday the 22nd February a very special night raising money for sick and injured animals caught up in the Gippsland fires will be taking over the Lomond Hotel in Brunswick for a folk gig like no other.

Providing the music for the will be Timber and Steel favourite Lucy Wise, “four chicks with little instruments” Stray Hens, Irish fiddler Rob Zielinski, folk duo Staffan & Rowie and more to be announced.

Entry to the show is by donation with all proceeds going to the Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. For more information on the night check out the official Facebook event here.

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