Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Victorian acoustic duo Slim Dime released their new video “That Ole Train”. Details here

– Americana duo Carpenter Caswell released their new video “Too Young, Too Cute, Too Pretty”. Details here

Ruby Boots released her brand new single “Don’t Talk About It”. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Hannah Cameron released her new single “Just Leave Me Here”. Details here

– Emerging singer-songwriters Kelly Brouhaha, Rose Zita Falko and Andrew Thomson announced a joint summer tour. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival announced the lineup for its Women Out Loud 2018 concert hosted by Sarah Carroll and featuring Chris While & Julie Matthews, Faith Ristic, Gina Williams, Josienne Clarke, Pauline Scanlon, Rebecca Barnard, Sophie Koh and Yolanda Brown. Details here

Sufjan Stevens released his new single “Tonya Harding”. Details here

Raised By Eagles released their new video “Night Wheels” ahead of their Christmas shows with The Ahern Brothers and Lost Ragas. Details here

– The National Folk Festival added a huge amount of artists to its 2018 lineup including Elephant Sessions, WÖR (Belgium), The Young Folk, Trouble in the Kitchen, All Our Exes Live in Texas, My Friend The Chocolate Cake, Fiona Ross with Ken Nicol, The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Low Down Riders, Jugularity, Davidson Brothers, Electric Tommy Johnston, Frets Patrick, Loren Kate, Zac Saber, Matilda Rose, Meyers and McNamara, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System and The Quick and The Dead, Grassroots Union Choir of Tasmania, Alleycats Community Choir, InterVarsity, Ukestral Voices, Compánach, Keith McKenry, Sandra Renew, Andrew Galan, Daniel J Townsend, Peter Mace, Jacqui Malins with Julia Horvath, Dick Warwick, Martin Pearson, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, Gregory North and Glover & Sorrensen. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Alison Ferrier released her new video “Waiting For The Rain”. Details here

Releases This Week

Keepsake
KeepsakeAlanna Eileen
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

A Country Christmas Revue feat. Raised By Eagles, Lost Ragas, The Ahern Brothers, Sarah Carroll

A Country Christmas Revue

Three of the country’s best alt-country bands – Raised By Eagles, Lost Ragas and The Ahern Brothers – come together with host Sarah Carroll to sing in the season

Sunday 17th December – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 15th December – The Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 16th December – Bridge Hotel, Forth, TAS
Sunday 17th December – Longley International Hotel, Longley, TAS

A Country Christmas Revue feat. Raised By Eagles, Lost Ragas, The Ahern Brothers, Sarah Carroll
Sunday 17th December – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

A Honky Tonk Christmas with Hana & Jessie-Lee feat. Max Savage & The False Idols, Koral & The Goodbye Horses, Ryan Underhill
Sunday 17th December – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Adam Young and Sam Shinazzi
Sunday 17th December – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Belle Harvey
Friday 15th December – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th December – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 17th December – Billyroys Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

Ben Abraham
Friday 15th December – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 19th Decemnber – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 20th December – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Ben Camden
Friday 15th December – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 16th December – The Landsdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Brian’s Big Christmas BBQ feat. Nick Barker, Tracy McNeil, Suzannah Espie, Charles Jenkins, Jac Tonks and Wisey’s Dream Set
Sunday 17th December – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Candice McLeod
Saturday 16th December – Funhouse Studio, Bega, NSW
Sunday 17th December – The Lush Factory, Tilba, NSW

Cat Canteri
Saturday 16th December – The Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, VIC

Catherine Traicos
Friday 15th December – Bassendean Hotel, Perth, WA

Christmas At Shady Pines feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Extension Chord
Sunday 17th December – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Friday 15th
 December – Ainslie Main Hall

, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 16th
 December – St Stephens Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th December – St John’s Church Hall, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 19th December – Thirroul Railway Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 21st December – The Eastern Hotel, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 22nd December – 
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vance Gilbert, Liz Stringer
Friday 15th December – Woodford Memorial Hall, Woodford, QLD
Saturday 16th December – Mt Nebo Community Hall, Mt Nebo, QLD
Sunday 17th December – Eudlo Public Hall, Eudlo, QLD

Freya Josephine Hollick
Saturday 16th December – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th December – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Georgia State Line
Sunday 17th December – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Get Folked Punk Xmas Blowout feat. Vetty Vials & The Sandpit Turtles, Whispering Jackie, Jonno Read, Billy Demos, Billy Puntton, Uke-paley, Jethro Morris, Ess-em, Sooze
Friday 22nd December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 15th December – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 17th December – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW

Hannah Cameron & Ryan Downey Joint
Sunday 17th December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Harrison Storm
Saturday 16th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Helen Townsend
Friday 15th December – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th December – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 17th December – Billyroys Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 22nd December – Amble Inn, Corindi, NSW

Imogen Pemberton and Oliver Downes
Friday 15th December – House Concert, Toormina, NSW
Saturday 16th December – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 19th December – Old Quarter Coffee Merchants, Ballina, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 15th December – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Saturday 16th December – Sunset Gather, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 17th December – Tacking Point Tavern, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 22nd December – Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort, Avoca Beach, NSW

Kallidad
Friday 15th December – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 16th December – Toronto Hotel, Toronto, NSW

Lloyd Spiegel
Sunday 17th December – Bermagui Country Club, Bermagui, NSW

Madeline Leman & The Desert Swells
Friday 15th December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th December – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Wednesday 20th December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Melbourne Celtic Piping Session
Sunday 17th December – Exford Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mia Dyson
Friday 15th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th December – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission
Friday 15th December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th December – Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 17th December – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 22nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Music for the Mind feat. Jamie Hay, Lennie Tranter & The Bagism Revelation, Lachlan X Morris, Boots Porter & The Pacinos, Ben Leece, Tori Forsyth, Carl The Bartender, Deanna Rose
Saturday 16th December – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Obscura Hail
Sunday 17th December – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Saturday 16th December – Noosa AFL Grounds, Noose, QLD

Paul Kelly w/ Gang Of Youths, Meg Mac and Gretta Ray
Saturday 16th December – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC

Queen Porter Stomp, Frogwash
Friday 15th December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Raychel Stone & Melissa Fraser
Friday 15th December – The Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD

Rick Hart and The Sweet Addictions
Sunday 17th December – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Riogh
Friday 15th December – The Yo Yo Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Sam Brittain w/ Sasha March, Ryan Martin John
Thursday 21st December – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Sancha & The Blue Gypsies
Friday 15th December – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW

Sleepy Dreamers, Arbes, Sean Watson
Friday 22nd December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Stella Donnelly
Saturday 16th December – The Rosemount, Perth, WA

The Beautiful Girls
Saturday 16th December – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 15th December – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW
Saturday 16th December – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW

The Demon Drink
Friday 15th December – The Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD

The East Pointers
Friday 15th December – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Saturday 16th December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Sunday 17th Dec – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

The Go Set
Friday 15th December – The Cardigan Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 16th December – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

The Heggarties and Matt J Ward
Friday 22nd December – Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Lazy Picks w/ Carly Mozsny
Sunday 17th December – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

The Long Johns
Saturday 16th December – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD

The Porch Sessions feat. Angie McMahon, Direwolf, Jordan Ruru
Sunday 17th December – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Water Runners
Friday 15th December – The Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

The Wild Wild Inner West Revue Alt.Country Xmas Special feat. Katie Briana, Nick Payne, Kylie Whitney, Smith & Jones, Michael Carpenter, Peta Caswell and more
Sunday 17th December – Marickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Willie Wagtails
Sunday 17th December – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Willing Ponies
Sunday 17th December – The George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

This Way North
Friday 15th December – The Golden Vine, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 16th December – The Corporate Moose, Mildura, VIC
Sunday 17th December – The Metro, Adelaide, SA

Tom & Jerry
Saturday 16th December – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Village Christmas Bash feat. Bec Bastoli, Night Kite, Heirs
Saturday 16th December – Village Church Annandale, Sydney, NSW

Wifey w/ Garry David, Darren Cross
Friday 15th December – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

ZoüKeys w/ Antheas Rubies
Monday 18th December – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Gallows Pole” – Led Zepplin

Listen to the New Ruby Boots Single “Don’t Talk About It”

Ruby Boots
Image Courtesy of Ruby Boots

The latest single from Ruby Boots’ upcoming album Don’t Talk About It, due on the 9th February, is the wonderful title track “Don’t Talk About It”.

As usual Ruby Boots’ amazing voice is front and centre on the track, which is a little more laid back than the rocking numbers we’ve heard from the Americana singer son far.

Take a listen to “Don’t Talk About It” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– British indie-folk songstress Lucy Rose announced headline tour dates when she’s in the country supporting Ben Folds. Details here

Sufjan Stevens released another outtake track “John My Beloved iPhone Demo”. Details here

– The final artists added to Porchland including Ainsley Farrell, Ryan Martin John and headliner Thelma Plum. Details here

– Melbourne based troubadour James Kenyon announced an extensive East Coast tour. Details here

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift are living the Australian summer holiday dream with a tour of caravan parks through January. Details here

The Waifs are rounding out their 25th anniversary year with a regional tour. Details here

– Sydney based Americana band Echo Deer released their new single “Lost My Way”. Details here

– English indie-folk trio The Staves have announced a collaborative album with New York City-based chamber ensemble yMusic, The Way Is Read. Details here

Julia Jacklin released her new video “Cold Caller”. Details here

– WA country-rocker Ruby Boots released her new video “It’s So Cruel”. Details here

Paul Kelly announced a once off Christmas show in Melbourne, Making Gravy, with Gang of Youths, Meg Mac and Gretta Ray in support. Details here

– Indie-folk singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly released her new video “Boys Will Be Boys”. Details here

Releases This Week

Catherine Traicos
LuminaireCatherine Traicos
Bandcamp

Afloat Adrift
Afloat, AdriftGeorgia Fields and The Andromeda String Quartet
iTunes

Hussy Hicks
On The BoundriesHussy Hicks & Raphael White
iTunes

Nathaniel Rateliff
Live at Red RocksNathaniel Rateliff & The Nights Sweats
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s Bluegrassified Country Classics UNHCR Fundraiser feat. Whoa Mule, Shelley’s Murder Boys, Flat Rock Boys, Simone East

Bluegrassified

Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s holds its annual UNHCR fundraiser with local bands performing bluegrass and old time versions of classic country songs.

Wednesday 15th November – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Weekend in the Gardens feat. Paul Kelly, Steve Earle, Middle Kids
Friday 17th November – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 17th November – CullyFest, Toowoomba, QLD

Americana at the Hamilton feat. Nat Henry, Ramblin’ Ash, Ruby Gilbert
Sunday 12th November – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Andy Golledge Band
Saturday 11th November – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Thursday 16th November – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 17th November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 12th November – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA

BANFF
Thursday 16th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Beechworth Celtic Festival
Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November – Beechworth, VIC

Ben Salter
Friday 10th November – The Wharf, Ulverstone, TAS
Friday 10th November – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 11th November – House Concert, Swansea, TAS

Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival
Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo, VIC

Betty & Oswald
Friday 10th November – Yah Yah’s, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 15th November – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Blues & Roots Fiesta at The Reef
Sunday 12th November – Tysons Reef Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

Blues at Bridgetown
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bridgetown, WA

Blues In The Bottle-O
Friday 10th November – The Wellington at Botanic Gardens, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 11th November – The Wellington at Botanic Gardens, Bendigo, VIC

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s Bluegrassified Country Classics UNHCR Fundraiser feat. Whoa Mule, Shelley’s Murder Boys, Flat Rock Boys, Simone East
Wednesday 15th November – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass Pub Pick feat. Golden Whistler, Willing Ponies
Sunday 12th November – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 10th November – C.ex, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 10th November – House Concert, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Saturday 11th November – House Concert, Geelong, VIC

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds
Friday 17th November – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Saturday 11th November – Ballina Prawn Festival, Ballina, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Shoalhaven Heads Bowling Club, Nowra, NSW
Friday 17th November – Towradgi Beach Hotel & Waves, Towradgi, NSW

Byron Bay Guitar Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Candice McLeod
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 17th November – House Concert, Warrnambool, VIC

Caravan Music Club 10th Birthday Bash feat. Rob Snarski, Suzannah Espie, Liz Stringer, Billy Miller, Rebecca Barnard, The Dusty Millers, Gallie, Ian Bland
Sunday 12th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Catherine Traicos
Sunday 12th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th November – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Charm of Finches
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW

Chris Jagger
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 17th November – Retreat Hotel, Brunswick, VIC

Claude Hay
Friday 10th November – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th November – Blues Train, Queenscliff, VIC
Friday 17th November – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Cullyfest
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Toowoomba, QLD

Dan Parsons
Sunday 12th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Danjo
Friday 10th November – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 11th November – The Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 11th November – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 14th November – Currumbin Pub, Currumbin Waters, QLD
Wednesday 15th November – Crowbar, Brisbane, QLD

Datson Hughes
Friday 17th November – Live and free @ Brat Cave, Brisbane, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 12th November – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Dean Lewis
Wednesday 15th November – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 16th November – Badlands, Perth, WA
Friday 17th November – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA

Devil Goat Family String Band
Saturday 11th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Devil on the Rooftop
Friday 17th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th November – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

Diana Anaid
Sunday 12th November – World Vegan Day, Melbourne, VIC

Echo Deer
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW
Sunday 12th November – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Ella Belfanti
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Byron Bay Guitar Festival, Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 13th November – Byron Fresh, Byron Bay, NSW

Emma Russack
Sunday 12th November – Noisy Ritual People-Powered Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC

Fallon Cush and The Hazeys
Saturday 11th November – Beaches Hotel, Thirroul, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 10th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW
Saturday 11th November – Greenthorpe War Memorial Hall, Monument, NSW

Finders Keepers Brisbane Market
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Christian Patey, Julia Johnson, Kay Proudlove
Wednesday 15th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Four In The Morning
Friday 17th November – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Fox n Firkin
Tuesday 14th November – Currumbin Pub, Currumbin, QLD
Wednesday 15th November – Crowbar, Brisbane, QLD

Fraser A. Gorman w/ Tesse
Friday 17th November – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Frazey Ford
Wednesday 15th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Jive, Adelaide, SA

Fred Smith
Friday 10th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th November – Healesville Music Festival, VIC
Friday 17th November – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Saturday 11th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Georgia Fields and The Andromeda String Quartet
Saturday 11th November – Kew Court House, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th November – High Tea, Sydney, NSW

Grizzlee Train
Friday 10th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 17th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Great Aunt
Saturday 11th November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 12th November – Maroondah Festival, Croydon, VIC

Gretta Ziller
Saturday 11th November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 16th November – God’s Kitchen, Mornington, VIC

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 17th November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Handkerchief Thief
Saturday 11th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th November – The Catfish, Melbourne, VIC

Handsome Young Strangers
Sunday 12th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Harvey Russell and the Widowmakers, Peta Caswell
Sunday 12th November – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Healesville Music Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Healesville, VIC

High Tea feat. Georgia Fields and The Andromeda String Quartet
Thursday 16th November – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hollow Coves
Thursday 16th November – Hotel Steyne, Sydney, NSW

Holly Throsby
Friday 10th November – Hawthorn Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bridgetown Blues Festival, Bridgetown, WA
Tuesday 14th November – Perth Blues Club, Perth, WA
Wednesday 15th November – Clancy’s, Fremantle, WA
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Irish Mythen
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 10th November – Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort, Avoca Beach, NSW
Thursday 16th November – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT

James Kenyon
Friday 10th November – The Lounge, Albury, NSW
Saturday 11th November – House Concert, Wolumla, NSW
Sunday 12th November – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Monday 13th November – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 16th November – The Temperance Union, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th November – House Concert, Mudgee, NSW

Jed Rowe
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Cullyfest, Toowoomba, QLD

Jess Locke
Friday 10th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th November – Beatdisc Records, Parramatta, NSW
Sunday 12th November – North Wollongong Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 10th November – Hudson Ballroom, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Jo Jo Smith w/ Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Thursday 16th November – Number 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

John Butler Trio
Saturday 11th November – The Domain, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Domain, Sydney, NSW

Jordan Merrick w/ The Duke, Lou Parker
Sunday 12th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Joseph Tawadros Trio
Friday 10th November – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Thursday 16th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke w/ Harrison Storm
Saturday 11th November – Baroque Bar, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 12th November – The Playhouse @ Canberra Theatre, ACT

Kate Burke and Laura Targett
Saturday 11th November – Narooma Ecotel, Narooma, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Wednesday 15th November – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th November – God’s Kitchen, Mornington, VIC
Friday 17th November – Trumpet Bar, Cowes, VIC

Kutcha Edwards
Friday 17th November – St Paul’s Cathedral Carpark, Melbourne, VIC

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 10th November – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 11th November – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th November – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 15th November – 48 Watt Street, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Leadbelly Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th November – Leadbelly Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Lansdowne Arvos feat. Andy Golledge Band, Maia Marsh, Easy Street
Saturday 11th November – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gerner
Friday 10th November – Piping Hot Chicken, Ocean Grove, VIC
Saturday 11th November – MONA, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 12th November – MONA, Hobart, TAS
Friday 17th November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Likely Celts
Friday 10th November – The Old Priory Beechworth, Beechworth, VIC
Friday 17th November – Mozart Hall, Warrnambool, VIC

Lindi Ortega
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Little Georgia
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Blues at Bridgetown, WA
Tuesday 14th November – The Perth Blues Club, Perth, WA
Thursday 16th November – Mojos Bar Fremantle, Fremantle, WA
Friday 17th November – Indi Bar, Perth, WA

Lloyd Spiegel
Saturday 11th November – Healesville Music Festival, Healesville, VIC
Friday 17th November – The Wonderland Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Low Down Riders, Ruby Gilbert & Ramblin’ Ash
Friday 10th November – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Lyall Moloney
Friday 10th November – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 12th November – Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads, NSW

Lyn Bowtell
Friday 10th November – The Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th November – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th November – The Gilded Palace Gigs, Torquay, VIC

Maddy Jane
Fridau 10th November – PCYC Northern Beaches, Dee Why, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Hotel Steyne, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Maia Marsh
Saturday 11th November – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Majors Creek Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek, NSW

Mandy Connell
Friday 10th November – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 11th November – Daylesford Cider Company, Musk, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 10th November – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC
Saturday 11th November – House Concert, Lara, VIC
Sunday 12th November – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC

Marlon Williams
Wednesday 15th November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Maroondah Festival
Sunday 12th November – Town Park, Croydon, VIC

Martin Pearson
Friday 10th November – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th November – House Concert, Canberra, ACT

Melbourne Music Week
Friday 17th to Friday 25th November – Melbourne, VIC

Mia Dyson
Friday 10th November – SS&A, Albury, NSW

Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen
Friday 17th November – Canberra Theatre Playhouse, Canberra, ACT

Mountaingrass
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Harrietville, VIC

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Mustered Courage w/ Frank Solivan
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, NSW
Thursday 16th November – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mountaingrass, Harrietville, VIC

Newtown Festival
Sunday 12th November – Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Sydney, NSW

Obscura Hail
Wednesday 15th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Ocean Grove International Americana Music Festival feat. Gallie, Twin Peaks, Liam Gerner
Friday 10th November – The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill, Ocean Grove, VIC

Paul Kelly
Saturday 11th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 12th November – Regional Botanic Gardens, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Tuesday 14th November – Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 15th November – Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 17th November – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Peel Street Festival feat. Archie Roach, Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, Girl Zone, Terry
Saturday 11th November – Peel Street, Melbourne, VIC

Piece Brothers
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – CullyFest, Toowoomba, QLD

Psycho Zydeco
Saturday 11th November – Manly Warringah District Rugby League Football Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th November – Christmas Harbour Cruise, Sydney, NSW

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats w/ The Drunken Poachers
Friday 10th November – Baha, Rye, VIC

Ralway Bell
Saturday 11th November – Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA

Ruby Gilbert & Ramblin’ Ash
Friday 10th November – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th November – The Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna, NSW
Sunday 12th November – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Simon Imrei
Friday 10th November – Brass Razu, Mornington, VIC
Saturday 11th November – Republica, Melbourne, VIC

Songwriters Circle
Wednesday 15th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Spring Folk Festival feat. Echo Deer, The Burley Griffin, Bec Taylor, Cj Shaw, The Standard Deviants, Betty Slim
Sunday 12th November – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Stella Donnelly
Thursday 16th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Strawberry Fields
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Tocumwal, NSW

Surrey Hills Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre, Melbourne, VIC

The Audreys
Friday 10th November – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 11th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

The Band Who Knew Too Much
Sunday 12th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Wednesday 15th November – Coopers Alehouse, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 16th November – Norwood Hotel, Norwood, SA
Friday 17th November – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC

The Blues Tram w/ Genevieve Chadwick, David Spry
Friday 10th November – Bendigo, VIC

The Bottlers w/ Topnovil, The Lurkers
Saturday 11th November – Dicey Riley’s Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

The Dandy Mountain Rangers
Wednesday 15th November – Upwey Belgrave RSL, Upwey, VIC

The Drunken Poachers
Friday 10th November – Baha, Rye, VIC
Saturday 11th November – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

The Franklin Folk Club feat. Anne Toner & Tiffany Eckhardt, Gypsy Suitcase
Saturday 11th November – Palais Theatre, Franklin, TAS

The Garden of Earthly Delights
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November – The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah, NSW

The Go Set
Friday 17th November – Baha, Rye, VIC

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 10th November – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 12th November – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Mouldy Lovers
Friday 10th November – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 11th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th November – The Homestead Tasmania, Hobart, TAS

The Northern Folk
Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 12th November – Healesville Music Festival, Healesville, VIC

The Nukes
Saturday 11th November – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 14th November – Werribee Bowls Club Inc, Werribee, VIC

The Rechords
Saturday 11th November – The Thornbury Theatre Velvet Room, Melbourne, VIC

The Snowdroppers
Saturday 11th November – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD

The Stetson Family
Saturday 11th November – Healesville Music Festival, Healesville, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Strawberry Fields, Tocumwal, NSW

The Weekend of Beautiful Music
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Melbourne, VIC

The Willie Wagtails
Sunday 12th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

TinPan Orange w/ Jess Ribeiro
Friday 10th November – Hudson Ballroom, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Tom Dockray w/ Mitch Power
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Tuesday 14th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th November – The Fox Den, Gloucester, NSW
Friday 17th November – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Tom West
Friday 10th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 17th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Tristen Bird
Friday 10th November – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 12th November – Sails At Clayton Bay, Clayton Bay, SA
Friday 17th November – The Old Union Chapel, Angaston, SA

Twin Peaks
Friday 10th November – Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC
Sunday 12th November – Belbrea Winery, Bellbrae, VIC
Friday 17th November – Corporate Moose, Mildura, VIC

Vardos Trio
Saturday 11th November – The Foreshore, Benalla, VIC
Sunday 12th November – Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 13th November – Bonegilla Migrant Experience, Bonegilla, VIC
Friday 17th November – German Austrian Australian Club, Wodonga, VIC

Wallis Bird
Friday 10th November – Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 11th November – Pelican Playhouse Theatre, South Grafton, NSW
Sunday 12th November – The Lennox Sessions, Lennox Head, NSW
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

William Crighton and Terra Lightfoot
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Left’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Witches Leap
Saturday 11th November – Garden Of Earthly Delights, Mount Tomah, NSW

Z-Stay Delta
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Call Me On Your Way Back Home” – Ryan Adams

Watch the New Ruby Boots Video “It’s So Cruel”

Ruby Boots
Image Courtesy of Ruby Boots

WA songstress Ruby Boots returns with the rocking new single and video “It’s So Cruel”. The tack is the first taster from Ruby Boots’ second album Don’t Talk About It which has just been announced with a release date of 9th February.

“It’s about that moment — when you meet a person and it seems like destiny has smiled on you and sparks are flying,” Ruby Boots explained about the new single. “Except, they’ve somehow neglected to tell you about the ‘significant other’. Yeah, bummer. We all live and learn enough to see those red flags next time around.”

Check out the video for “It’s So Cruel” below:

Review: First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night

Americana Honours
Image Courtesy of the Americana Music Association

Australian Americana Honours Night feat. Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June, Kevin Welch, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, Shane Howard, Yirrmal, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Henry Wagons, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots, Jordie Lane & The Sleepers
Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 2nd October, 2017

Like many people I woke up Tuesday morning to the horrible news that an evil individual had killed dozens and injured hundreds of people in a mass shooting in Las Vegas. What’s really hit home about this latest atrocity is that it was committed at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival – a festival not unlike the festivals the Timber and Steel community attends all the time here in Australia. Words cannot describe the emotions I’m feeling right now. It’s senseless, just senseless.

As the events in Vegas were unfolding on Monday night night I was sitting in the warm confines of Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre for the first annual Australian Americana Honours Night. It was a coming together of the Australian Americana community and a celebration of a genre that has so much heart and soul behind it. As so often happens with these events I was overwhelmed with the community that’s been created around the music we love.

From the opening marching-band entrance of Old Crow Medicine Show’s live version of “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” to the closing singalong of “May The Circle Be Unbroken” featuring Old Crow, Valerie June, Kasey Chambers and Kevin Welch, the Australian Americana Honours Night was pure joy from start to finish.

Americana Honours

It would be too easy to look at the events in Vegas and decide that you’re not going to music festivals anymore. Despite how irrational it is, despite the fact that hundreds, if not thousands of festivals are held around the world every year without incident, it would be easy to walk away from live music.

If it wasn’t for the Australian Americana Honours Night last night maybe I would have made the easy decision and walked away from live music festivals. At the very least maybe I would’ve reconsidered my bucket list of international festivals, striking all off the US-based events.

But when you’re listening to Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning duet on “Watch Over Me”, when you can feel the goosebumps from Yirrmal’s surprise performance with Shane Howard, when Henry Wagons literally owns the entire stage while performing “King Hit”, when artists you’ve been following and supporting for years like Ruby Boots, Emily Barker, Catherine Britt, Jordie Lane and Busby Marou get roaring applause from the gathered fans and industry folk, you know there’s no way you can give this up.

Americana Honours

Kasey Chambers and Brian “BT” Taranto were both honoured with vanguard awards on the night and both of them gave passionate speeches about how important Americana music is. How much the community means. To me it was almost a call to arms – a plea to keep the candle burning for good music. To keep going to festivals, to gigs, to keep buying records and to keep the passion alive.

When I woke up Tuesday morning, before I turned to my smart phone, before I knew the full extent of what had happened in Las Vegas, I was still buzzing from the Australian Americana Honours Night, and the 3+ hours of amazing music I’d witnessed the night before. And even as the world came crashing down around me as I scrolled through the news it wasn’t enough to extinguish the light that is burning for live music.

The best way to not let the bastards win? Keep going to live music. Keep going to festivals. Show your support, be part of the community of amazing people who keep this music alive, and enjoy every minute of it.

Thank you Australian Americana Honours.

Details of the First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night in Melbourne

Australian Amerciana Honours
Image Courtesy of the Americana Music Association

Americana fans rejoice – Australia is about to get it’s very own Americana Honours Night this October.

The inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night will take place in Melbourne at the Thornbury Theatre on Monday 2nd October. The event is being presented by Michael Chugg, Nash Chambers and the international Americana Music Association and will celebrate the diverse artists that make up the Australian Americana scene.

The Australian Americana Honours Night will feature a raft of performers including international icons Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June and Kevin Welch along with Australian favourites Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, Shane Howard, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Henry Wagons, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots and Jordie Lane & The Sleepers.

During the night the Americana Music Association will present the inaugural Americana Vanguard Awards to Kasey Chambers for her deep commitment to roots music and to Brian “BT” Taranto, founder of the Out on the Weekend festival, who has been championing the Americana Community for more than a decade.

“For those of us who love roots and Americana Music, this is a dream line-up to have at our inaugural event,” Nash Chambers explained. “We’re mighty proud to be building awareness of Americana Music in Australia with the US Association and Tennessee Tourism. We also believe this is just the beginning of a genre that is exploding worldwide.”

For more information on the night including how to get your hands on tickets head over to Chugg Entertainment here.

Out On The Weekend Announces Headline Shows

Justin Townes Earle
Image Courtesy of Justin Townes Earle

Every year following the announcement of the Out On The Weekend lineup Americana fans around the country eagerly wait to see if the touring artists will be visiting their fine cities alongside the festival.

This morning the good folks at Love Police have revealed the headline dates for a bunch of the Out On The Weekend artists so it’s time to clear your diaries and start booking these in.

First up is the incomparable Justin Townes Earle who will be touring his latest album Kids In The Street with shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Fremantle and Hobart. Joining in support will be the wonderful Joshua Hedley with The Sadies also appearing in Sydney and Brisbane and Ruby Boots taking to the stage in Fremantle. Check out the full dates here:

Justin Townes Earle w/ Joshua Hedley
Friday 13th October – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 16th October – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 17th October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Peppermint Bay Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 26th October – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Friday 27th October – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

Robbie Fulks is heading to Australia for the first time and has announced shows in Sydney and Melbourne along with his Out On The Weekend appearance. Joining him for all of his headline shows will be local favourite Liam Gerner. Check out the full dates here:

Robbie Fulks w/ Liam Gerner
Wednesday 11th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 12th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 13th October – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC

Alt-country five-piece Son Volt have announced shows in Melbourne (supported by The Sadies and Sean McMahon) and Sydney (supported by Jason Walker and Fallon Cush). Check out the full dates here:

Son Volt
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 18th October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

And finally super-group Traveller, made up of Jonny Fritz, Robert Ellis and Cory Chisel, and The Deslondes will be performing a handful of shows around Melbourne and Sydney. The ReChords will be supporting at the Northcote Social Club show and The Andy Golledge Band will take the stage at the Marrickville Bowls Club show. Check out the full dates here:

Traveller & The Deslondes
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 17th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 18th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 19th October – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Friday 20th October – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Out On The Weekend takes place at Seaworks in Melbourne on Saturday 14th October – check out the official site for more information.

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2016

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You’ve heard what we think the top albums of 2016 were, but lets be honest this is the piece you’ve really been waiting for.

Every year we reach out to the community of folk and acoustic musicians in Australia and around the world to ask them to pick their favourite album or EP of the year, and this year they came through in spades.

So without further waffle may we present to you this year’s Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2016.

Bill ChambersEagle & The Wolf
Bill ChambersCold Trail
What a record. Bill just turns up when he feels like it and shows us all how it’s done. The title track is one of the best driving songs ever written and we’ve done A LOT of driving this year! This record has been with us on every trip and inspires us as artists of the alt. country genre to dig deep and keep being real, in life and in music. He’s the baddest and the best.

James KenyonAnna Cordell
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
This album takes me into such a beautiful space, it is so beautifully written and produced, I find myself smiling every time I listen to it – I’m entranced and inspired.

Joe MungovanImogen Clark
Joe MungovanWay Down South
Joe totally embodies the Joni Mitchell quote about songwriting, “The closer you get to your heart is the closer you get to everyone else’s”. This EP is an evolution for him, the production is so sparse and spacey, almost Bon Iver-ish, and very different from the folky style of his first EP. But what remains is Joe’s amazing ability to capture so perfectly the melancholy of the human condition with his beautiful melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics. A big 5 stars from me. Love ya, Joe!

Piers FacciniSam Lee
Piers FacciniI Dreamed An Island
This album only came out a couple of weeks ago but I think needs mentioning in this years crop. Piers is one of the finest male singers and his musicianship is exquisite. It’s an album of great sensitivity with deep thought and poetry inside. The songs are so well formed, he has a knack at creation of timeless soundings orgs.

DD DumboDan Flynn
D.D DumboUtopia Defeated
Oliver has really found his own unique sound while incorporating some diverse influences including folk, electronic and world music. I was really impressed with his songwriting and his ability to draw you in to his strange little world. I also love the production with all those sonic layers that reveal themselves over repeated listens. Amazing debut.

Michael KiwanukaSkyscraper Stan
Michael KiwanukaLove and Hate
I got hooked on this album while touring around New Zealand. The songwriting is melodic, the dynamics are masterful and the closing track, “Final Frame”, kicks me in the guts.

William CrightonJosh Rennie-Hynes
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
I first heard William at Nannup at the start of this year and loved it. He’s a great performer and his songs are top notch. This album captures all of that perfectly. The production is spot on and is a testament to the benefits of what a more DIY approach to recording can achieve.

Bon IverTanya Batt (BATTS)
Bon Iver22, A Million
There have been a lot of amazing releases this year, Canary, Braille Face and Hayden Calnin were three I wanted to choose too. However, it had to be Bon Iver. The most highly anticipated album in my life, it did not disappoint. This album means so much to me, It’s an extremely innovative album within soundscapes and also so raw, filled with emotion. Many tears were shed when I first listened.

MoulettesClaude Hay
MoulettesPreternatural
Moulettes new album Preternatural really grabed me from the first second, Distorted Cello, Oboe, guitar bass drums and they all sing insane harmonies perfectly live….Audio candy

Bill HuntLiam Gale (Liam Gale & the Ponytails)
Bill HuntUpwey
Conversational, melodic, witty and hooky songwriting flood through the beautiful ebb and flow of Upwey, Hunt’s first of many offerings. The songs are hued by a consistent arrangement of drums, bass, violin and Hunt’s subtle and precise guitar style. But they don’t rely on these arrangements; each song a story, assisted by the swell of instrumentation to convey the tales that swing from the near Latin grooves of “Odalik” to the slow sexy grind of “Sea of Love”. At six tracks long, it leaves you wanting more. Perfect.

Childish GambinoSahara Beck
Childish GambinoAwaken, My Love!
Listening to this album is like switching off the real world and stepping into an original and new world. I find it very inspiring.

Oh PepThe Little Stevies
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
I think the songwriting on Stadium Cake is really interesting. The songs take me to a place that I’m not expecting both lyrically and musically when I begin listening to them and they keep me guessing, which I absolutely love. The arrangements and production are also super cool, and I’m simply just a big fan of talented women and female partnerships doing great things in the arts.

Side PonyFanny Lumsden
Lake Street DiveSide Pony
It seriously makes me the most joy filled human ever. Side Pony is possibly my biggest songwriting envy of late and they just really nail that motown meets pop retro good times.

Nick CaveMiles O’Neil (Miles and Simone)
Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
I was scared to listen to this album due to the tragic circumstances surrounding it. Finally
mustering the courage one bright morning I listened to it through while walking beside the sea.
I stopped many times during that walk to sit and, floored, marvel at the breathtakingly
sadness and beauty captured in what is, to me and I’m sure many others, a masterpiece.

Hayden CalninForest Falls
Hayden CalninCut Love Pt 1/2
Hayden is an absolute stayer of the Melbourne music scene, but it’s for good reason. This record is world-class. Sparse, rich, cinematic, and desperate in its feel, it holds on to you long after the first listen.

Button CollectiveThe Bottlers
The Button CollectiveThe Lonesome Sea
As a softly lilting mandolin emerges from the silence of the opening track, Brodie’s haunting lyrical ballad begins to unravel the story of the heartbreak of a man, torn between travelling the lonesome sea and those who he has left behind. This beautiful yet bittersweet combination of well-travelled wordsmithing and an instrumental palate carrying a nostalgically truthful warmth, could be heard in any far-flung tavern in the dead of night, as tired candles flicker. Finishing with a raucous fling titled “Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy”, the Button Collective’s release concludes on a stirring high, twisting your arm to crave another ale. The EP’s recording, mixing and mastering add a special flair, as you hear the charismatic live-elements that give you a heart-swelling, beer-swilling singalong that you can partake in at any time. Well done fellas!

The Dreaming RoomPhia
Laura MvulaThe Dreaming Room
Her lyrics explore feminism, faith, self-worth, race, and her harmonies, arrangements and production are deep and multi-hued. One of the most exciting songwriters around, unafraid to experiment with multi-genre collaborations, like the London Symphony Orchestra and Nile Rodgers.

JoyGordon Wallace (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
The Peep TempelJoy
This is a great third album by the Melbourne based three piece that has initial flavours of 90s Aussie pub punk/bloke rock (like Cosmic Psychos) but that is just the beginning – the album is musically quite varied, with intelligent, dark, caustically humorous and often political lyrics with moments of honest beauty.

Wartime SweetheartsJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Wartime SweetheartsSo Long Sparta
It’s always great when a local artist drops something as fully formed and self-assured as Louise Nutting’s second album under the Wartime Sweethearts moniker. Experimental without forgetting the songcraft, it deserves its rightful place amongst the St Vincents, Dirty Projectors and My Brightest Diamonds of the art pop world. Props to local label Art As Catharsis, whose releases in October alone spanned from Wartime Sweethearts to Hashashin’s eastern mathrock and No Haven’s dark hardcore. Eclecticism rules the day!

BeyonceTaryn La Fauci
BeyoncéLemonade
To create and release a piece of work that is so intricately linked and ordered, one you must listen to from start to finish to understand the whole was really refreshing! The film that accompanied the album was also richly interesting, deep and powerful. To address themes such as infidelity and race and then to weave them powerfully into a full album, which on release caused so much controversy and started a conversation world wide, I thought was really great.

Melody PoolKevin Mitchell (Bob Evans)
Melody PoolDeep Dark Savage Heart
Another beautiful record from the most under-rated songwriter in Australia. “Love, She Loves Me” gives me goose bumps every time.

Winter WheatFrank Turner
John K SamsonWinter Wheat
I am a long term partisan of John’s work, so it’s not surprising that I liked this record. But god-DAMN, the man just keeps delivering. This record had me in tears three times on my first listen through, and it gets better with age.

David BowieWilliam Crighton
David BowieBlackstar
My favourite album from 2016 is Blackstar from David Bowie. There were a lot of great albums but I listened to it the most.

TigallerroSteven Barnard (Arbori, Jon Cotton)
Phonte and Eric RobersonTigallerro
Smooth grooves, dope rhymes, sweet melodies. You’d be hard pressed to find another 2016 record his year that has this flow, though Anderson Paaks’ Malibu is a close second. It rolls effortlessly from track to track and the inevitable ass shaking comes with a no “slutty table top twerking” guarantee. It’s rare that a hip hop record explores what it means to be a man of sexual fidelity, a family man, and even man of faith in higher power. Getting hype or turning down, my morning wake up or my party starter, this record has been a solid find.

Julia JacklinJesse Lubitz (TinPan Orange)
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
This album is a gem. The more I listen to this record, the more the songs shimmer and shine with a beautiful honesty. Jacklin’s songwriting is earnest and her voice perfect – it feels like an important voice which dances delicately on a wire between mundanity and profundity.

Bon IverOliver’s Army
Bon Iver22, A Million
Although becoming more and more electronic heavy, Justin Vernon’s signature haunting melodies and dynamic vocals remain consistently endearing. I found the production to be quite bold and experimental, and I love that they’re continuing to explore their sound and push it in new directions. Sonically, it’s spacious and beautiful.

RadioheadKim Churchill
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
My top album of 2016 has probably got to go to A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead. It really hit me at the perfect moment. I was deep in the studio and sometimes getting a bit overly flustered by how complex the process of recording can be. I think Radiohead have done something incredible in the way this album is so relaxed, so subtle, but so powerful. There is this beautiful calm confidence that I am completely in awe of. To be alive whilst their legacy is still being added to is a real treat!

Conor OberstThomas Busby (Busby Marou)
Conor OberstRuminations
Brave, personal and heart achingly real. It feels like you’re in the room with him as he’s pouring his heart out.

Iggy PopEm George
Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
It would be a total lie for me to say that I have been patiently and politely waiting for a new Iggy Pop record because I’ve been extremely impatient and downright rude, mouthing off to my vinyl copy of Lust for Life, begging to the Iggy Pop gods for a new release and then Post Pop Depression hit in March this year. Produced by Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), the entire album is gritty and dark, sharp and tight with that small hint of sadness that lies just under the surface of Iggy Pop’s music. However in true Iggy fashion, the melodies and heavy drums lift the album into something that is hard to define, taking you to another place. My pick for 2016!

KaleoGerrit Gmel (Citizen of the World)
KaleoA/B
I came across these guys on Spotify a few months ago as they were our number one associated artist then. I had never heard of them before but their album has been on repeat ever since. Their album is incredibly varied, with high-energy songs like “Way Down We Go” and soft ballads like “Save Yourself”. An emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.

Gregory PorterJoe Glover (Shelley’s Murder Boys, Backsliders)
Gregory PorterTake me to the Alley
I watched a YouTube clip of Gregory Porter performing on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and watched it several times over, absolutely mesmerised. The album is just as mesmerising; full of soul, jazz and RnB, beautiful arrangements and Porter’s effortless delivery; just enough grit and soul to keep the jazz interesting! I listen to this album when I want something that will absolutely zone me out of where I am and what I am doing, Porter’s soothing voice is like being wrapped up in blanket and given a cup of hot cocoa.

Bruce MolskyShell Eves (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
Bruce MolskyCan’t Stay Here This a-Way
Bruce Molsky always manages to bring such a rich, unique sound to the old-time classics. His latest album is no exception. His fiddle-singin’ gives me warm fuzzies akin to sitting by a campfire under a starry sky.

David BowieJimmy Murray (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
David BowieBlackstar
It was hot, humid January afternoon driving through a sun-shower when I first listened to David Bowie’s Blackstar album. Released just 2 days after his death aged 69 this is an amazing final piece of work from this incredible artist. The hauntingly beautiful voice and instrumentation echos with songs about finality and death. Listening to this I was filled pure joy, sadness and reflection of this artist’s inspirational legacy.

Black Mountain String bandThe Plough
Black Mountain String BandTime Traveller
This year The Plough discovered the Canberra based Black Mountain String Band and can’t get enough of them. The exuberance and variety they bring to a live show is showcased beautifully in their recording. Their mix of traditional and original songs and instrumentals take the listener back in time through a landscape of high energy Old Time, Western Swing, triangle pumping Cajun and plucky Fiddle polkas. This CD’s been on high rotation in the Lancer’s CD stacker ever since it was launched in the bush capital on a chilly winters night.

TyrannamenFraser A Gorman
TyrannamenTyrannamen
A brilliant, gruff mixture of Memphis Garage-soul blended deep in a gravel filled, VB bottle of Australian 70’s pub rock. Eight tracks long, all killer no filler.

Margo PriceNick Payne (Dear Orphans)
Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
Margo is one of the first of a new breed of Americana artists to come out of the new epicentre of country music in East Nashville. Alongside Cale Tyson, Michaela Anne, Erin Rae, et al., these guys are playing authentic honky-tonk reminiscent of 1970s outlaw country, yet with their own fresh take. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter reminds me of the edgiest tracks from Dolly Parton, and the fact she is the first country act signed to Jack White’s Third Man Records is a testament to the quality of this album.

Oh PepJames Kenyon
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
Stadium Cake is a brilliant album – brave arrangements, tight pop writing, great lyrics and Liv’s voice is a pleasure. I love the ambition of the album, and the assuredness the result. It’s an inspiring record

Julia JacklinAinsley Farrell
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
I’ve had the chance to see Julia perform these songs over the past couple years so I’ve been very excited for her album. She has an incredible songwriting talent topped by this powerful yet vulnerable voice that’ll break your heart and put it back together again all in one go. If you get the chance to see her and her band live I wouldn’t miss it.

Liz StringerMel Parsons
Liz StringerAll The Bridges
I have been a fan of Liz for a good few years now, I’m completely smitten with her voice – all husk, beauty and pain. I had high expectations for her new album, and All The Bridges delivers and then some, it’s been on repeat in my house since it arrived.

CanaryKathleen Mary Lee
CanaryI Am Lion
I like this because it is a celebration of very big, very beautiful feelings that I reckon have no other way of being celebrated other than through this kind of emotionally epic music. The lyrics are attempts at honesty and the music is always their non verbal emotional equivalent, making the album a very cathartic experience. If you want it to be. A bit of a masterpiece

Eagle and the WolfSam Buckingham
Eagle & The WolfEagle & The Wolf
Sarah brings out Kris’s sweetness and Kris brings out Sarah’s no bullshit strength – making this album the perfect balance of heart and “fuck you”. It just sounds like two musicians being real and having a ball. Awesome songwriting, perfect harmonies – it’s golden.

Sian EvansTori Forsyth
Sian EvansHow Time Has Treated Thee
This EP has only swept across my table recently but it is hands down a stand out. It makes me feel happy, sad and inspired all in one hit!

Songs From DanLucie Thorne
Dan TuffySongs From Dan
Aussie expat (now Dutch resident) and legend Dan Tuffy (Big Low, Wild Pumpkins at Midnight) has made one of my favourite albums not just of 2016 but of all time (seriously!). Co-produced by Melbourne’s Matt Walker, and recorded partly here in Melbourne, and partly in Holland, this album is an extraordinary collection from a true poet who sings straight to the heart of it all. Check it out folks!

Sian EvansHusky Gawenda (Husky)
Damien JuradoVisions Of Us On The Land
While this is Damien Jurado’s twelth album, it is the first I heard of him. Visions is a psychedelic, mystical odyssey, one that takes place within and without. The internal wanderings, the struggles and revelations, mirror an external landscape that is both beautiful and haunting. Each listen draws you further into these mirror worlds and all the while Jurado’s songs and sounds are immediately and undeniably striking.

Tracy McNeilLeah Flanagan
Tracy McNeil and the Good LifeThieves
Thieves is such an enjoyable record to listen to. It’s poppy and catchy yet underneath the veneer of fun singalong good times the songs themselves incredibly well crafted and arranged. Tracey writes a damn good song and if you’re lucky enough to see her band live, you’ll see them play those songs damn well too.

Adora EyeMusketeer
Adora EyeIf You Need A King, I’ve Been Prepared All My Life
This is probably the most raw and enduring folk album I have listened to all year. I am sure that this Swedish singer-songwriter was up all night writing this album in a smokey boat in the Stockholm harbour somewhere. You can almost see him clutching that ink pen with a red right hand, as his pet raven swings in a cage above his head eating dead beetles.

Hiss Golden MessengerDave Powys (The Paper Kites)
Hiss Golden MessengerHeart Like A Levee
I heard this album playing in a record store in London, and as I flicked through racks of vinyl I was drawn into the melodies and depth of his song writing. Every now and then you come across an artist who really moves you, or scratches an itch you never knew you had – this album has done both for me.

The Kill Devil HillsCatherine Traicos
The Kill Devil HillsIn On Under Near Water
This album encapsulates all that I love about the The Kill Devil Hills. A mad racket of noise, it pulses with life and is as ripe with heartfelt ballads as it is with sexy, sinister, badass, guitar driven numbers. Enjoy with whiskey.

Robert Ellis10 String Symphony
Robert EllisRobert Ellis
His first self-produced effort combines thoughtfully crafted songs with unique and interesting arrangements, expertly performed by him and his killer band. It’s the full package real deal and we love it so much.

The Dead MaggiesThe Dead Maggies
The Cloves and The TobaccoAcross The Horizon
TCATT are one of many celt-punk bands making great music in Java, and this album is a standout. It’s straight up driving celtic punk, with big powerful singalong choruses that tug the heartstrings. Good arrangements and musicianship help make this album great. We played with them in their hometown of JogJakarta, in the attic of a vegetarian cafe. The power cut out just before the gig, so the bands went ahead and played unplugged, it was a great moment of sweaty singalongs.

Howe GelbMark Moldre
Howe GelbFuture Standards
Late night meanderings. Laid back, whisky infused jazz piano. Wordplay and lyrical twists that stand alongside the wit of Ira Gershwin and Hoagy Carmichael with the quiet phrasing of Chet Baker. Gelb continues to walk to his own beat – confounding expectations whilst smashing and recreating genres. His history has always hinted towards a love of jazz and occasionally detoured into Monk style musings – here Gelb embraces it wholeheartedly.

TullaraSian Evans
TullaraBetter Hold On
Earthy folk and roots with a dash of dirty grunge, Tullara presents her debut EP Better Hold On. Featuring her superb guitar slinging and percussive finger tapping wizardry, genius pop-roots arrangements and powdery vocals; it’s as if an Aussie Taylor Swift, John Butler and Andy Mckee were entrapped in a love triangle and spawned gold threads of wild honesty weaving together this admirable little Roots record. It’ll jerk a tear and invoke a bit of primal badass equally.

TaliskJake Pember (The Button Collective)
TaliskAbyss
Ever since first hearing Mohsen Amini’s amazing concertina playing earlier this year I have been a little bit obsessed with this band. They have the perfect blend of traditional and modern styles, and each member has such command of their instruments that every track feels as natural and flowing as a conversation.

Max SavageKaurna Cronin
Max SavageTrue Believers
Max has a brilliant ability to invite his audiences into the narrative of his works. With brilliant imagery and musicianship True Believers captures a great snapshot of true Australian culture, while also creating a great sense of nostalgia by grasping that 80’s Australian rock sound perfectly. The perfect soundtrack for an Australian road trip or any suburban household.

Nick CaveAlex L’Estrange
Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
Amongst all the huge artists that dropped albums in 2016, and the loads of Australian artists that arguably dropped career highlights (Ball Park Music, These Guy, D.D Dumbo), there was one album that I found myself frequently listening to, uninterrupted, alone on the hi-fi, and that was Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. It’s not necessarily my favourite, I think it’s an impossible task to name a favourite, but it was the first album that came to mind for this list, and that means more than anything. Hearing it coupled with the film One More Time With Feeling was challenging, given its subject matter. But its atmosphere was expertly executed; dynamic, fluid, smooth and heartbreaking. The rooms of Air, La Frette and Retreat studios are beautifully on display in songs like “Girl in Amber”, where the wispy backing vocals of The Bad Seeds hauntingly resonate across the walls. These contrast the desperate and almost maddening mantras of “I Need You”. What makes it a truly extraordinary album, is that it isn’t just doom and gloom. ‘Skeleton Tree’ doesn’t dwell on tragedy, it addresses it as part of the human condition, and there is an underlying beauty in that.

William CrightonClaire Ann Taylor
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
The storytelling and the whole atmosphere created by Crighton on this album is incredible. His dark, brooding voice and emotive style of delivery, commanded my attention from the first moment I heard it.

Andy ShaufWilliam Fitzsimmons
Andy ShaufThe Party
This was my favorite album of the year for one simple reason: MELODY!!! Andy is everything that’s right about classic “pop” music; never playing a note without a damn good reason for doing so, and songwriting that makes you feel something deep in your gut. He’s the worthy musical son of Harry Nilsson that we’ve longingly been waiting for.

LuciusRuby Boots
LuciusGood Grief
I have to choose this album because I’m still, since its release, pulling away the layers on it. Although it’s a predominantly pop record, the lyrical content and melodic arrangements are so intelligent and accessible all at once – a fine line that is hard to walk. The girls’ voices are otherworldly and tend to make me forget where I am and what I’m doing every time I put this album on. I still can’t get enough of it.

WetLacey Cole (Lazy Colts)
WetDon’t You
If you have a soft spot for B-grade pop ballads/R&B this Brooklyn-based three piece may just have written the soundtrack of your 90s-nostalgia drenched dreams. Their latest album Don’t You is a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine. Helmed by the stunning front-woman Kelly Zutrau, her unusual vocal inflections and impassioned delivery suggest an emotional complexity in what may otherwise be confused as banal sentiments (one song is called “Baby, You’re The Best”). Once combined with the lush production and rhythms of the band – assigned with the noble task of turning tears into toe-tappers – these songs are wonderfully earnest, rarely overwrought and exactly what you need right now.

James KenyonJoe Murphy (The Timbers)
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
I have been lucky enough to see James play a couple of times. His beautifully crafted songs are reminiscent of great songwriters like Paul Kelly. The album is a stunning representation of his work.

JRHMabel Windred-Wornes (Charm of Finches)
Josh Rennie-HynesFurthermore
I love this album. It’s got so much warmth, it’s spacious. I listen to it late at night doing my homework and it’s so calming. It’s like the energy he captured recording it in the hills of Woodford transmits. We met him at Bendigo Blues and Roots Fest this year and felt we’d discovered a rare gem. He’s an amazing songwriter.

Tom BrosseauMatt Bauer
Tom BrosseauNorth Dakota Impressions
Beautiful storytelling, vivid imagery, and an incredible sense of place. I’ve always loved Tom’s records and he’s at the top of his game here writing about his native North Dakota.

Jim JamesTimberwolf
Jim JamesEternally Even
It’s a pretty passionate political plea and America needed a timely voice. He even released it the day before election day. I think his voice is very much from another world, so that’s an important “third person” kind of perspective. It’s a well sequenced collection of songs, and I really love the warm psych and soul inspired production/composition. Maybe I’m just biased because I know that Jim James and Blake Mills would make up my sonic dream-team.

Nigel WearneJustin Bernasconi (The Stillsons)
Nigel WearneDrawing Circles
Nigel has really forged his own fingerpicking techniques on both the banjo and guitar on this album, and his voice tenderly delivers every song with intense concern and passion. Just check out the live version of the title track.

The Kill Devil HillsMark ‘Looch’ Lewis – (Wifey/Handsome Young Strangers)
The Kill Devil HillsIn On Under Near Water
I have always loved this band. In all their incarnations and styles whether that is folk, country, gospel, rock or what I call the “WA dirge” (Kim Salmon, Drones type bass driven tunes). Hard to believe it is now 12 years since the release of their debut Heathen Songs when that “Drinkin’ Too Much” song first got my attention. And while it has been 7 years since the last studio album Man You Should Explode, the good news is that I reckon this is the most cohesive album yet. Cracking harmonies, great playing and strong tunes. Tracks like “The Nets”, “Chinese Burns” and notably “The Kid” are 3 of the best tunes they have released. Let’s hope there is more output and touring to come.

Austin LucasMatt Golotta (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Austin LucasBetween the Moon & the Midwest
I spend a fair bit of time on the road traveling to see my partner and this record became the perfect traveling companion for me. Took a few listens to get into and also realise it’s a concept album which draws from Lucas’ own past experiences. Without spoiling the outcome, it follows the luckless musician Richard, his partner Kristie Rae and his best friend William. It features killer song writing with pedal steel, twangy tele, country influences with punk rock subtlety, numerous guest vocals from the likes of John Moreland and Corey Brannan, and a cracker duet with Lydia Loveless “Wrong Side of the Dream”, dealing with the struggles and plights that many musicians face. My song of the record is “William”, the solo acoustic number at the end that makes you feel like you’ve just been kicked in the guts. Songwriting at its finest.

Cody JinksAndrew Cavalieri (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Cody JinksI’m Not the Devil
Raw, honest and heartache. That is this album! The first track really sets the mood for the rest of the album, but is broken up by “Chase This Song” which is a damn banger of a driving song! The outlaw vibe flowing from Junks’ music really prepares you for some hard times and disappointment in life. Bloody hell I love this album! Honorable mentions: Murlocs – Young Blindness, Jonny Fritz – Sweet Creep and Mudcrutch – 2.

Wartime SweetheartsLaura Bishop (Chaika)
Wartime SweetheartsSo Long Sparta
A killer voice, some super awesome writing skills, and an obsession with bodybuilders (hello Ms Olympia!) make this my favourite album of 2016. Wartime Sweethearts, aka singer-keyboardist-loop artist-songwriter Louise Nutting, signed to Art As Catharsis Records this year and released an album full of all the beats and electric piano and vocal harmony sounds that I like to hear (and I wish I could make) – and my favourite track “Figure It In, Figure It Out” has all the unexpected twistings and turnings of chord progressions that I wish I could write. One day Chaika will make sounds like this! One day…

Neil YoungTristan Goodall (The Audreys)
Neil YoungPeace Trail
Well with everyone saying we should just put 2016 behind us (although to be honest we should probably be approaching 2017 with a little trepidation too) I’ve decided not to dig too deeply into the past when thinking of my favorite record release of the year. I’ve loved many, but my recent love is the just-released 37th album by Neil Young. Peace Trail is short, musically experimental within its tight three piece band approach, and lyrically angry and poignant. I love it for the drummer’s drummer Jim Keltner and the way his delicate touch chases Neil’s quirky phrasing around the songs. I love it because it captures another freeze frame moment from a restless and undaunted songwriter, and I love it, of course, for those mighty guitar tones.

Davey CraddockLachlan Bryan
Davey CraddockCity West
2016 was a great year for my friends releasing good music. Melody Pool comes to mind, as do The Weeping Willows, Henry Wagons, Ange Boxall and Bill Jackson. It’s actually really hard to contribute to a “best of” list when you’re close to many of the artists – it’s hard to be objective – even after I rule out the records I was actually involved in making. Actually – it’s always hard to be objective, whether you know the artists or not. Furthermore, judging a whole body of work is hard – and for me, more than ever, 2016 was the year of the song (as opposed to the album or EP). And as songs go, the one that’s really stuck with me this year is the song “Number 9” by Davey Craddock. I love the cricket references. I asked Davey if he was a diehard cricket fan like me. He’s not. I was bitterly disappointed.

The Stray BirdsThe Mae Trio
The Stray BirdsMagic Fire
The Stray Birds made our fave album of 2014 and they’ve done it again in spectacular style with Magic Fire. It’s everything about this album and this band, the playing, the three part harmony and songs that are unabashed, true and unadorned. Magic Fire is a reminder of the things that matter, it’s definitely a fire and maybe a little bit magic.

Tori ForsythAndrew Swift
Tori ForsythBlack Bird
This EP is right up there as one of my favourite releases of 2016. From the moment I heard the opening title track, “Black Bird”, I knew that I was in for a treat. The diversity on display within the 5 tracks of Tori Forsyth’s debut release excites me. The songs are so well crafted and presented with such a mature sound, especially for someone so young. I’m eagerly awaiting the next release from one of Australia’s most promising young songwriters.

Hayden CalninRoscoe James Irwin
Hayden CalninCut Love Pt 1
A beautiful album from Melbourne artist Hayden Calnin. Drenched in melancholy and ambient awesomeness, this album had me at hello. (One of my favourite live shows of 2016 as well).

Jordie LaneNadine Budge (The Stetson Family)
Jordie Lane & The SleepersGLASSELLLAND
Have to say I’ve been particularly digging Jordie Lane’s GLASSELLLAND this last couple of months – with mighty input from the multi-talented Clare Reynolds. Let’s face it, Jordie’s a bit of an all-round talented guy!

Melody PoolDavey Craddock
Melody PoolDeep Dark Savage Heart
One of my fave local album’s of the year was Melody Pool’s Deep Dark Savage Heart. I’m a sucker for strings and a massive chorus and I love the way the songs build from really intimate, delicate and ornate passages into full-blown, wailing-on-a-mountain top with Stevie Nicks, 100 soaring bats and a thunderstorm moments. I saw her launch it at the Abbotsford Convent earlier this year and it was a really powerful and affecting show for me.

Methyl EthylTim Guy
Methyl Ethel – “No.28”
I know it’s not an album, but I’ve listened to this song more than any other this year, and it only came out a little while back. It has a lot going for it – great rhythm behind a smart piece of songwriting and then the whole thing is bathed in a deep silver mercury type thing. An Australian classic I swear.

DocksThe Staves
Amanda BergmanDocks
Our favourite album of 2016 is Docks by Amanda Bergman. Her voice is utterly sublime. You want to listen to every word she says. The music is dreamy, deep, soft, moody with melodies that whirr deliciously around your mind for days and weeks on end.

Katie BriannaRaechel Whitchurch
Katie BriannaVictim or the Heroine
I picked this album up when Katie and I did a songwriters showcase together. Sitting beside her listening to her songs was so magical – her voice is one of the most enchanting I have ever heard and her lyrics hit you right in the feels every time. Reminds me of a young Lucinda!

James KenyonMandy Connell (Stray Hens)
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
James’ lyrics have that magic of time and place usually associated with voices like Paul Kelly or Bruce Springsteen. You can practically smell his scenes. You’re there. This album captures the voice but better than that, like a Tim Winton book, its a record that makes you present in Kenyon’s stories.

Jordie LaneLiz Stringer
Jordie Lane & The SleepersGLASSELLLAND
It’s no secret that Jordie Lane and I are good mates. We grew up together, musically speaking, and I am more familiar with his work than with most other artist’s. His new album, his first full-length release in five years, is called GLASSELLLAND, recorded by Jordie himself in various make-shift recording spaces in North Los Angeles and co-produced by his fiercely talented partner, Clare Reynolds, who also co-wrote half of the songs and sings and plays a heap of instruments on the record. Jordie’s songwriting and musicianship continue to evolve and stretch out with the years and these songs, and the way they’re recorded, ache with longing while driving forward with a swagger and a playful showmanship, melodically rich and hooky as fuck. I always become a bit weepy listening to Jordie sing. And, now, the combination of him and Clare ruins me every time. Beautiful.

David BowieColin Jones (Colin Jones & The Delta Review)
David BowieBlackstar
An exceptional reflection on final days and the unknown. Every note by Bowie, McCaslin and the band emphasize the chaos and fragility of life. There is no better swansong for an artist.

A Moon Shaped PoolEmma Anglesey
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
A Moon Shaped Pool completely surrenders to simple truths that both lie in plain sight and in the messy tangled, kicking and screaming realities of life. The epic levels of angst in the opening track “Burn the Witch” are like an exorcism – Jonny Greenwood’s sharp string arrangement take you right to the edge – and then from there it’s like Alice falling through the rabbit hole of raw emotion and you go deeper and deeper.

DawesTim Hart (Boy & Bear)
DawesWe’re All Gonna Die
Some of the best lyric writing welded on to some pretty simple, but catchy, pop songs. Produced by Blake Mills (Alabama shakes, Laura Marling), this is a great record start to finish if you can forgive some slightly John Mayer sounding guitars that pop their head up from time to time. This I the record I keep coming back to this year

Oh PepRebecca Bastoli
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
I don’t think I have ever been so entranced, excited or exhausted by the journey of listening to an album start to finish.

Bon IverDustin Tebbutt
Bon Iver22, A Million
Bon Iver has once again exceeded expectations on this release. It’s both familiar and foreign, delicately coloured, softly focused yet angular and stark. It’s brave, honest and all the things that I loved about Justin’s earlier works, without coming close to formulaic. It’s colloquial and conversational, yet inherently profound. Incredible stuff both musically and sonically.

Margo PriceJosie Rothwell (Peasant Moon)
Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
There’s something comforting about Margo Price’s debut album, almost like I’d listened to it before, but not in an overly familiar sort of way. Perhaps there’s something in her glorious voice that reminds me of my parent’s Dolly Parton records. She’s a great story teller, and I want to know more about her heartaches and headaches, particularly when accompanied by her crack band. I’m also proud to say my 4 year daughter keeps calling for “Hurtin’ (on the Bottle)” when we’re in the car – and I can’t think of anything else I’d want her to be listening to right now.

BJ BarthamHarvey Russell (Peasant Moon)
BJ BarhamRockingham
It pains me to say this but BJ Barham’s new-found sobriety has coincided with a serious coming of age as a songwriter. Taking a (very) short break from American Aquarium duties, BJ’s solo release (a genuine side-project) is seriously hard-hitting stuff. It rivals Aquarium’s 2012 release Burn. Flicker. Die. for intensity, but of a completely different nature. With sparse arrangements (often acoustic) Barham, as storyteller, gives you an uncensored and unashamed glimpse into how rural America has been left behind. Not for the faint hearted.

William CrightonSam Newton
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
I’d caught Crighton perform a bunch of times at local venues around Sydney and really dug his tune (and especially the music video) “Woman Like You” prior to this album’s release. So I was anticipating this release. Really excited for it. I was stoked when I heard that he and producer Matt Sherrod came through with the goods. Big time. Highlights for me are “Riverina Kid”, “Priest” and “2000 Clicks”. In my mind, this one is about as strong as debut albums get.

Chaim TannenbaumEliza Carthy
Chaim TannenbaumChaim Tannenbaum
The album that I have most enjoyed and most visited this year is the debut of the kind, quiet genius Chaim Tannenbaum (Storysound Records). I’ve had the privilege of working with Chaim over the years but it was only recently I realised that I have lived with his distinctive voice and gorgeous humility since I first began to love music. It’s his voice that forms the third harmony in “Complainte pour St Catherine” on the first McGarrigle sisters’ album, a song I played over and over as a child until you could almost see through the record, and he has been quiet companion and producer to theirs and their extended family’s work ever since. It’s somewhat typical of his humility that he has waited this long to make an album, produced by his dear longtime friend and collaborator Loudon Wainwright III. It’s a collection of avuncular stories told in his gorgeously expressive voice with beautiful, minimal production. Some trad, some conversational originals covering everything from the fate of the baseball stadium Ebbets Field to living in a depressing grey London in the endless rain in the 1960s. An album to listen to with your eyes closed by the fire. Again and again, and again.

PinegroveQuinton Trembath
PinegroveCardinal
The lyrics on this album read like the private diary of a well spoken (and well read) guy filled with both anxiety and excitement for life. The musicianship and dynamics complement this introspectiveness well, making it perfectly suited for intense solo listening as well as for being cranked on road trips with friends.

Sean McMahonAlison Ferrier
Sean McMahon and the MoonMenShiner
Sean McMahon’s laid back yet somehow intense vocal brings this fantastic collection of songs to life in my living room. Shiner’s ragged elegance is full of the sort of raunchy country rock I can’t get enough of. Stand out tracks for me: “Shiner” and “Here Comes the Night Again”.

WhitneyEddie Boyd
WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
This album just grew and grew on me since my first listen. Simple, catchy tunes that make me wanna dance or go driving for a long time. I think Whitney nailed everything about this album – the instrumentation, the production, obviously the songs. Also, they’re heaps good live.

Secret PathThe Once
Gord DownieSecret Path
The Tragically HipMan Machine Poem
This year was a hard year in Canadian Music. We have a fella here by the name of Gord Downie. He is a legend. He has helped raise Canadians to be more real with his music. He is the frontman for the band The Tragically Hip. There are not many people in Canada who don’t know who The Hip are. Their music has become part of our DNA. Gord, this year, made a statement saying he has terminal brain cancer so he obviously fighting for the men and women of the north. The folks that have needed a voice for far too long. He is being that voice. He is showing us how to be Canadian and that we can’t be without acknowledging the needs of all of our people, without respecting all of our people. This year, instead of succumbing to his illness, he put out two albums. One with The Hip and one solo. Here they are. They are magic and will go down in history in our great nation. It’s amazing to watch one man build his second legacy.

Cash SavageJessica Cassar (Jep and Dep)
Cash Savage & The Last DrinksOne Of Us
This has everything you want from a record. It’s dirty and beautiful, and dark as hell. Cash sings with a thunderous anguish that cracks, rumbles and echoes so perfectly any sorrow you might have ever had. And like any good storm, the album’s darkness reveals a little light, one that roars some sort of painful end, or much needed beginning. I love this record!

Tracy McNeilGretta Ziller
Tracy McNeil & The GoodlifeThieves
I’ll be the first to admit I’m late to the game when it comes to Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife. I caught their set at Out on the Weekend and was captivated! Their 2016 album Thieves is just so dang easy to listen to, I will confess it is turning into a “chilling on the deck summer favourite” of mine! Please, if you haven’t already, pick up or download a copy of this album and chill!!

Bill JacksonRosie McDonald (RAPT, Trippy Hippy Band, Seanchas)
Bill JacksonThe Wayside Ballads Vol. 2
Bills’ reputation had preceded him before I heard him at Fairlight folk with Ruth Hazelton and Pete Fiddler. I grabbed the opportunity to contribute to his The Wayside Ballads Vol. 2 crowd funding campaign to get Bill and Pete over to Nashville to record with some very fine session players. Bill kept me updated with postcards and messages so I felt like a sideline cheerer in this whole project. Then the CD arrived! Magnificent songs, co-written with Bills’ brother Ross. Bills’ time worn voice, rich and mellow, rootsy, Americana-ish but very very homegrown, local accent, stories big and small, tender and big hearted. Pete’s playing shines in amongst the session guys, a great listen. Music for travel, the cabin, the verandah, anywhere.

Kate Burke and Pete WildMelanie Horsnell
Kate Burke and Pete WildLive at St Peters
In my small town we have the most marvellous artists touring through, but I also love our sweet locals, and I adore this live record by Kate Burke and Pete Wild. Pete Wild’s “Mars 1” is a love song about a person who goes on the Mars mission leaving his forever love behind, the Martin-Martin song is an old village favourite and the last love song between Doris and Arthur makes me giggle and lament at the same time. And I adore playing Kate Burkes version of Frozen Man on repeat when everything in life gets a bit much.

MontaigneGretta Ray
MontaigneGlorious Heights
My favourite record that was released in 2016 is without a doubt, Montaigne’s Glorious Heights. What impresses me most about this record is the fact that it is rather evident that the artist went into this project with the intention of experimenting with her sound and taking risks, drawing inspiration from a range of her influences and assuring that each song conveyed a slightly different emotion from the previous track. I believe it was this approach of 20-year-old Jess Sero’s (Montainge) that resulted in the production of what I perceive to be a very imaginative and bold debut album. This record showcases the fact that Jess has, unquestionably, one of the strongest and most commanding voices in the Australian music industry, this being exemplified through the outstanding production and arrangements of the songs that make up Glorious Heights. As well as this, each song is demonstrative of Jess’ incredibly clever and unique songwriting, which I cannot wait to hear more of in years to come; the simplicity yet complexity and quirkiness of a lyric such as “when you touch my skin, I think ‘this isn’t boring'” makes one ponder on such a line, as Jess’ way of writing is different, daring and something that never fails to make me smile. Glorious Heights made me so very excited about how extravagant pop music is becoming in this day and age, and on the whole made me very proud to be a young woman in the Australian music scene.

WhitneyTreetop Flyers
WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
I first started hearing about this band online, so was waiting for the album with anticipation. When it dropped I must have played it back to back straight away, which rarely happens. They are hard to put in a genre, which is really great. No Woman is one of our faves of the year. They are great live and do a version’s of NRBQ’s Magnet, so happy campers over here.

Drive By TruckersShane Nicholson
Drive-By TruckersAmerican Band
In a year of many great records, this stands tall above the crowd. It’s everything I love about the Truckers: gutsy and raw, clever and thoughtful, sometimes irreverent and full of attitude, and sometimes tender and restrained. Imagine a bastard-child born to Son Volt, Matthew Ryan and Uncle Tupelo, but all dressed up in those well-worn and unmistakable Drive-By Truckers clothes. How could that not make for the coolest kid on the block this year?

Conor OberstJack Carty
Conor OberstRuminations
It’s bloody beautiful in its simplicity. Gorgeous songs performed honestly. It seems like every track is a complete performance and any imperfections only enhance the sincerity of it all for me. Such an incredibly good songwriter.

Hayes CarllThe Weeping Willows
Hayes CarllLovers and Leavers
Lovers and Leavers is Hayes Carll’s most personal, introspective and “exposed” album to date, both in terms of the intimate, confessional songwriting and the stripped back arrangements, reminiscent of Heartbreaker era Ryan Adams, never saying too much – or too little. This intimacy draws you in, while Carll’s vulnerability captures you and takes you on a journey through heartache and reflection. Hayes was always in good hands with dynamic duo Joe Henry (producer) and Ryan Freeland (engineer) at the wheel, steering gently towards a common, graceful goal. Henry’s arrangements are characteristically unique yet elegant and tasteful, while Freeland brings his trademark clarity and warmth. Check it out if you’re fans of the late, great Guy Clark and/or Townes Van Zandt or fellow Texans, Steve Earle and Kevin Welch. Stand out tracks: “Sake of The Song”, “The Magic Kid” and “Drive”.

Iggy PopKelly Day (Broads)
Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
Sometimes you’ll find a record that makes you feel high from the moment it begins. Iggy’s new album, channelled through the hooky sounds of Josh Homme and given a Bowie-esque lean, made me grin like a mad person. And then immediately take it for another spin.

Robert EllisMegan Cooper
Robert EllisRobert Ellis
I was waiting to go on air for an interview. While we were pfaffing around getting ready “The High Road” came on. I pretended I knew who Robert Ellis was when I was advised who the artist was that had pretty much hypnotised me in 30 seconds flat. I went out and paid cash money for the album the next day. Every song got me on first listen. Cinematic moments. Super personal bits. Non-standard approaches. Aspirational.

PassengerSam Brittain
PassengerYoung As The Morning, Old As The Sea
Mike has always had a wonderful way of crafting simple and memorable melodies. Combine this with his always captivating lyrics and you have a master songwriter who’s tunes that sneak their way into your day. Songs that sooner or later without realising you find yourself humming whilst waiting in line for your morning coffee. Although often his storytelling veers on on the darker side of heartbreak and loss this latest album has a lighter touch, proving Passenger is and a yard stick for the aspiring modern folk troubadour. A dynamic artist who’s albums have been true to his own brand since day one. Additionally his band on this record are also fantastic live. I recently caught his show to a sold out Vicar Street in Dublin, it was one I won’t soon forget.

Bon IverAde Vincent (The Tiger and Me)
Bon Iver22, A Million
Another great record from Bon Iver – I have loved all three so far. I like how it also pushes into some new and interesting territory with the production. The auto-tuned a cappella of “715 – CR∑∑KS” is a particular highlight

Margaret GlaspyMaia Marsh
Margaret GlaspyEmotions and Math
It makes me feel really empowered whenever I listen to it, as a woman myself playing music. The songs are strong, guitar tone is great and her voice has this amazing growl that cuts through a sincere sensitivy at the same time.

BlondDirewolf
Frank OceanBlond
My hat is profusely off to an artist who can seamlessly bridge so many facets of musical integrity. What I mean by that nonsensical shit is that the entire record is some kind of highly strung soundboard (literally) which either sends you flying high just to get high, or high because you’re just too fucking upset. “Skyline To” and “Seigfried” are perfect examples. The whole collective arrangement kills me too, it’s like listening to recent Bon Iver whilst playing Sega in a radio store – the musicality is superb. I could say a lot more, but I’ll safely surrender by saying it definitely influenced the direction of my mind in doing another record.

Bon IverWildwood Kin
Bon Iver22, A Million
Easily. We’ve never heard anything quite like it. It’s just genius.

Tattletale SaintsGeorge Jackson (The Company, Buffalo Nickel, One Up, Two Down)
Tattletale SaintsTattletale Saints
Nashville based, New Zealand duo Tattletale Saints released their self-titled, second album this year, and it’s beautiful. Cy Winstanley (Guitars, Vocals) can pen songs with the best of them, his offerings on this album range from self-reflective and insightful, to sometimes cynical and cutting but always with a masterful craftsmanship. Vanessa McGown (Double Bass, Vocals) provides both solid and virtuosic Double Bass playing and vintage tinged country vocals. The new album is definitely a departure from their earlier acoustic recordings – but for a new fan, like me coming along, this is a bold and engaging listen complete with a production dripping in vintage tones and depth. Listen, and enjoy!

Genni KaneBill Jackson
Genni KaneSelfies
Ex-member of seminal Australian band, The Flying Emus, Genni Kane has a voice that can’t be denied. This long awaited record shows she is also a very gifted songwriter and the opening track “Little White Dog” is the beginning of a beautiful journey that deserves your attention.

Nancy KerrRuth Hazleton (http://www.billjacksonmusic.com/, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton)
Nancy KerrInstar
A heady mix of poetry, politics and social commentary, Nancy Kerr’s Instar is an achingly beautiful collection of original songs framed within the landscape of traditional folk music. Beautifully performed and produced, Instar is, without doubt, one of the masterpieces of folk from 2016 and a work that will inform the tradition for a long time to come.

Fanny LumsdenThe Pigs
Fanny LumsdenSmall Town Big Shot
This album is full of great songs written from Fanny’s heart. She’s the real McCoy. Whenever we see her play live her songs get stuck in our head for weeks after. “Bravest Of Hearts”, “Soapbox” and “Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down” are just a few of the crackers on this rekid. This is a breath of fresh air for Australian Country Music. We love Fanny! More… More…

Side PonyHannah Acfield (The Acfields)
Lake Street DiveSide Pony
Give me a bit of 60’s sounding soul any day of the week! The songs are catchy, nice melodies and make you wanna move. I’m a sucker for a sterling vocalist. This was fav album for me.

Julia JacklinWillowy
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
An album about the little things in life that somehow manages to sum up the bigger things as well, cutting right through the mess to the heart of it all. Beautifully written and perfectly executed. It’s lovely to see an artist from the Sydney folk music family reaching great heights with an exceptional debut album.

John FlanaganSal Kimber (Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel)
John FlanaganThere’s Another Way To Where You’re Going

Bill ChambersRicky Pann (The Willing Ponies)
Bill ChambersCold Trail
Jen MizeWarnings and Wisdom
Sam BushStoryman
Bill Chambers is an Australian Journeyman troubadour. Songwriter, producer, sideman and front man, Bills live shows have influenced many and earned him a legion of devoted fans. Cold trail is Bills first studio album in four years and reminds the rock pop acts infiltrating modern country of where the heart of country lies. Cold Trail is a collection of honky-tonk “life lived” country that is the real deal. Produced by Bill and Recorded at his son Nash Chambers foggy mountain studios, Cold Trail is a world class record that draws on many influences to deliver country authenticity with Aussie perspective. A cracker record.
It’s a long way from Jen Mize roots in the Appliacian mountains of Georgia and North Carolina as a decedent of Lumbee Tribe of native Americans to the Sunshine coast of Queensland. Jen Mize is the real deal in every respect. An American songwriter with an incredible voice delivering an album packed with dynamic, well-crafted songs that’s all killer no filler. Shane Nicholson’s earthy production, arrangments and playing provide a tastefully rich sonic pallet that does this fine singer justice. The album glides from old-timey to traditional country and honky tonk, setting a very high bar of authenticity. An absolute stand out record.
Sixty-four-year-old Sam Bush has many stories to tell as a musician, innovator, writer and singer. One of my favourite musicians on the planet, Sam is a bluegrass master and the father of newgrass music spawned from his groundbreaking band the New Grass Revival. Sam is arguably one of the most influential mandolin players in history having played with just about everyone from Bill Monroe to Leon Russell. This record is a collection of finely crafted songs with a crack band featuring vocals from Emmylou Harris and Alison Kraus. A masterful record.

Watch the New Ruby Boots Video “Middle of Nowhere”

Ruby Boots
Image Courtesy of Ruby Boots

I don’t need to convince you about how good alt-country superstar Ruby Boots is. We’ve been banging on about her for years. Having just wrapped up a bunch of shows with The Waifs, Ruby Boots released her new video “Middle of Nowhere” and has headline shows in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane (plus spots at the Port Fairy Folk Festival) over the coming weeks.

Watch “Middle of Nowhere” below and check out the upcoming tour dates:

Thursday 10th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Thursday 17th March – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 18th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Calexico have added a Sydney date to their Australian tour. Details here

– Folk punk singer-songwriter Isaac Graham kicked off the new year with his new song “Resolutions”. Details here

– Sydney nu-folkers Citizen of the World released their new video “Setting Out”. Details here

– Brisbane acoustic-groove duo Out of Abingdon will be touring through NSW and ACT this month. Details here

– Milk Records released a new Fraser A Gorman track, Skyscraper Skyline Blues”. Details here

– The new Dan Lethbridge single “Everybody Says” features Taasha Coates from The Audreys. Details here

Oscar Lush revealed his new video “Nightmare Song”. Details here

Shovels & Rope teamed with The Milk Carton Kids to cover the Guns N’ Roses classic “Patience”. Details here

– Kris Morris and Sarah Humphreys have finally announced details of their duo project Eagle & The Wolf. Details here

HeyMun released her ethereal new single “Drift”. Details here

– A bunch of US artists were added to the National Folk Festival lineup including Sheila Kay Adams, Steve Poltz, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner and Kristina Olsen. Details here

Cat Canteri has announced a new EP and revealed the first single “What I Need”. Details here

– The Country Conquers Cancer event in Brisbane later this month will feature the likes of Paddy McHugh, Pat Tierney, Megan Cooper, Dana Hassall, Sian Evans, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Brad Butcher, Dana Gehrman, The Mighty Kind, Jen Mize, The Floyd Family Breakdown, Ben Bunting, Andy McDonnell, Cameron Milford, Emma Bosworth, Hayley Marsten, Ellie Jane, Boatkeeper and Byron Short and the Sunset Junkies. Details here

Ruby Boots has announced her I Miss You Already tour that kicks off at the end of this month. Details here

Interviews

“All the shows are heavy on improvising so I guess solo it might be a bit more concise. There’s so many different tools musically that you can use when you have keys or a drummer, bassist or a second guitar. Solo is definitely more of a challenge to be honest. How many dumpy white guys do you want to see playing acoustic guitar? There’s just so many. I try to just make as much energy as I can, as much far out shit as I can acoustically”Ryley Walker chats to Gareth Hugh Evans ahead of his appearance at the Sydney Festival. Interview here

Reviews

Track by Track

“I wrote this song aboard the 107ft two mast banks schooner that The Button Collective help crew every couple of months or so. Inspired by the hunger pains I was suffering after forgetting to bring any food aboard with me, I wrote about sailors suffering from scurvy and starving at sea while they reminisced about love left behind” – Brodie Buttons from The Button Collective takes us through their new EP The Lonesome Sea. Track by track here

Releases This Week

One Up Two Down
A Day On The QuayOne Up, Two Down
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Mudsling Festival

Mudsling

The Mudgee Music Festival give you a taster of what to expect from their 2016 event with a mini festival featuring the likes of Daniel Champagne, Saltwater Sound System, April Maze, Out of AbingdonBig ErleHoney, Euripi, Nick Wall and more playing over the course of the day. If you can get out to Mudgee for the weekend this will be well worth the trip

Saturday 9th January – Roths Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Allison Forbes
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 15th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Archie Roach and My Friend the Chocolate Cake
Saturday 9th January – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Banjo BBQ feat. Mustered Courage and Special Guests
Sunday 10th January – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Cygnet, TAS

Dana Hassall
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Deep Down South feat. Lachlan Bryan, Les Thomas, Mr Alford Country, Jemma Nicole, Andrew Swift, Brooke Russell, Tom Dockray, Gretta Ziller
Saturday 9th January – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15th January – Hotel Nicholas, Beechworth, VIC

Dirty Three
Friday 15th January – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

FBi SMACS
Sunday 10th January – Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW

Hana Maru with The General Assembly, Mijo Biscan
Thursday 14th January – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

HONK! Oz
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Wollongong, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – Bulli, NSW

Irish Mythen
Friday 8th January – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 9th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – The Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Sunday 10th January – Porch Sessions, Adelaide, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 8th January – Sawtell RSL Club, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 9th January – Laurieton United Services, Laurieton, NSW

Maru Tarang
Sunday 10th January – Lennox Theatre, Parramatta, NSW

Matthew E White
Friday 15th January – Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Mirel Wagner and Nadia Reid
Sunday 10th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Mudsling Festival
Saturday 9th January – Roths Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW

One Up, Two Down
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Out of Abingdon
Saturday 9th January – Mudsling Mini Music Festival, Mudgee, NSW
Sunday 10th January – Lounge Sessions @ Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Peasant Moon, Ben Horder, Matt Ward
Friday 15th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sunshine Fiddle Camp
Sunday 10th to Friday 15th January – Alexandra Park Conference Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Georgetown, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Saturday 15th to Sunday 24th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Audreys
Sunday 10th January – Victoria Gardens, Prahran, VIC

The Brisbane Folk Club feat. Garrett Kato, Sissybones, O’ Little Sister
Wednesday 13th January – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

The Buffalo Grass Boys, The Belle Havens, The Howles, Tom Martin
Saturday 8th January – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Thursday 14th January – Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Franklin Electric
Sunday 10th January – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 14th January – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 15th January – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 8th to Saturday 9th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, TAS
Thursday 14th January – Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW

The Plough
Sunday 10th January – Coach and Horses Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. Julia Jacklin, Merryn Jeann, Louis Donnarumma
Sunday 10th January – Adelaide, SA

The Wayward Henrys
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 8th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Thredbo, NSW

Willowy
Thursday 14th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Tippin’ It Up To Nancy” – Christy Moore

There’s something special about the rhythmic way Christy Moore sings accompanied by a bodhrán. And for those of you playing at home – this song is also famously known as “Marrowbones”

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