Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– On Sunday morning two huge names were added to the 2013 Bluesfest lineup – Paul Simon and Rufus Wainwright. Could this be the biggest Bluesfest lineup ever? Details here

The Trouble With Templeton will be capping off an amazing 2012 with their first ever headline national tour. Details here

– After wowing Australian audiences earlier this year Father John Misty has announced plans to return to our shores in February 2013. Details here

Roland Kay-Smith elegantly tackels the issue of Coal Seam Gas in his new video “Dirt Farmer Blues”. Details here

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have announced an Australian tour in March. The question now is, will they stick around for any festivals? Details here

Communion Melbourne have a fantastic lineup this month – The Hello Morning, Buffalo Tales, Trouble With Templeton and a special pre-Meredith Festival warm-up performance by an artist they’re are refering to as Lima Spitz. Details here

– Having already announced a Melbourne sideshow when they’re in the country for the Laneway Festivals next year we got pretty excited when Kings of Convenience added a show at the Sydney Opera House as well. Details here

Brendan Maclean shot the video for “Beat Me To It” in a single take. Details here

The Lumineers (the band that sing that “Ho Hey” song that’s stuck in your head) are coming to Australia for three dates next March. Which is suspiciously close to Easter. Details here

– Tonight sees the launch of The April Maze’s much anticipated new album Two at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne before a they set off on a bunch of dates all over the East Coast. Details here

– This week marked the first two dates in Jackson McLaren’s seven date, two city residency with The Falls in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Brother-sister duo Dan and Hannah Acfield kicked off a national tour this week as well as releasing their brand new video “Lonely Robot”. Details here

Ben Taylor, folk-singing son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, has just released his new video “Words Are Made of Paper” featuring a hot couple making out – which is kind of the reason we had to post it. Details here

– Renowned Irish accordion player Sharon Shannon is returning to Australia for the Woodford Folk Festival and then sticking around to play a bunch of dates through January. Details here

Damien Dempsey released the video to his new single “Almighty Love” taken from the album of the same name. Details here

– Alt-country noise makers Deer Tick have announced three Australian shows next February with Two Gallants. Details here

– UK songstress Emily and the Woods has just released the video for her new single “Small Song”. Details here

Ben Howard revealed the second track from his upcoming Burgh Island EP, the wonderful “Oats in the Water”. Details here

Radical Face is currently working on a new album but in the meantime they’ve released their Always Gold EP featuring some unreleased tracks and some that have appeared on other releases. Details here

– The latest Christmas boxset from Sufjan Stevens, Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10, is released today (see below) and we’ve collected all the audio and video from it that’s found its way online over the last couple of weeks. Details here

– The new clip from Willy Mason, for the track “I Got Gold” feature some very funky old man dancing. Details here


Phia and Pete

Phia and Owls of the Swamp sent us a tour diary detailing their experiences in Europe. Blog here



“I had all these grand plans of mingling with the musos (many of which I had only met via email), snaffling a few beers from the green room rider and even trying to conduct a few between set interviews. But those plans disintegrated as soon as I was planted in front of the stage – the music had captured me and just wouldn’t let me go. The alternating two-stage setup of JamGrass probably contributed to keeping me front and centre with the only downtime between acts to change the lighting and for JamGrass founders Jason Taylor and Pheobe Preuss to introduce the next band. All I had to do was turn 90 degrees to face the next stage and let the music take over”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the JamGrass Music Festival. Review here

“While Texture Like Sun had the people on their feet and in an entranced, reflective daze, with Mark Pearl’s scruffy voice that sounds as though he’s permanently waking up from a deep sleep, Patrick James brought people to the floor, cross legged and huddled with friends, cosying into the old granny chairs and throw cushions that give FBi Social that garage hang out feel. While Texture Like Sun brought an intensity and severity to the room, Patrick James lit it up with youth, hope and longing, singing melodic tunes harmonized by Scotty and Kurt Smith”Lil Mercanti reviews Texture Like Sun and Patrick James at FBi Social in Sydney. Review here

Releases This Week

Shiny New Toy
Shiny New ToyEmma Wall & the Urban Folk

Music From Kennedy's Pool
Music From Kennedy’s PoolMerri Creek Pickers

Ahoy!Punch Brothers

Always Gold
Always GoldRadical Face

Sufjan Stevens
Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10Sufjan Stevens

TwoThe April Maze

Timber and Steel Presents

Davidson Brothers
Davidson Brothers with The Simpson Three
Sunday 18th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Henry Wagons
Henry Wagons
Friday 16th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

A Day On The Green feat. Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Catherine Brit and Felicity Urquhart
Sunday 18th November – Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD

Andrew Morris with Zac Gunthorpe
Friday 23rd November – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Angus Stone
Saturday 17th November – TBA, Perth, WA
Wednesday 21st November – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd November – Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully, VIC

Bob Evans with Thelma Plum
Friday 16th November – Rhino Room, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th November – Norfolk Basement, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 22nd November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd November – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Buffalo (Wes Carr)
Friday 23rd November – Notes @ Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Dan and Hannah Acfield
Friday 16th November – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 17th November – Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Friday 16th November – Hotel Shamrock, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 17th November – Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, Harrietville, VIC
Sunday 18th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Eli Wolfe
Friday 16th November – The Aztec Forster, NSW
Wednesday 21st November – The Old Kirk, Yamba, NSW
Friday 23rd November – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW

Emmylou Harris
Friday 16th November – Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Saturday 17th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Grizzly Bear
Friday 16th November – Metro, Sydney, NSW

Harvest Festival (Grizzly Bear, Beirut)
Saturday 17th November – Parramatta Park, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Jackson McLaren with The Falls and Special Guests
Wednesday 21st November – Folk Club at Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd November – Gertrudes Brown Couch, Melbourne, VIC

Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett
Saturday 17th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Joe Pug with Little Bastard
Wednesday 21st November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd November – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Joe Robinson
Friday 16th November – The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW

John Williamson
Wednesday 21st November – 99 on York, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 16th November – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 22nd November – Smiths Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT (Solo)

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 16th November – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 17th November – Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 23rd November – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 16th November – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 17th November – Roth’s Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW
Friday 23rd November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Mike McCarthy
Thursday 22nd Novemebr – Bottlerocket, Nowra, NSW

Missy Higgins (with Gurrumul and Emma Louise)
Saturday 17th November – Soundscape Festival, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 20th November – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd November – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Mullum Music Festival (Husky, TinPan Orange, Mama Kin, Gossling, Joe Pug, Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer, Stiff Gins, Hat Fitz and Cara, Sara Tindley, The Rescue Ships, Rosey, Jack Carty)
22nd to 25th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Bortier Okoe (Afro Soul), Organic Roots and DJ Earthshaker

Friday 16th November – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. A night of traditional and contemporary Persian music featuring a diverse range of Persian artists
Friday 23rd November – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nigel Wearne and The Cast Iron Promises
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November – Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, Harrietville, VIC

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Friday 16th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 17th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 16th November – The Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

The April Maze
Friday 16th November ‐ Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 16th November – Newcastle Leagues, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18h November – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 16th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“London Danny” – Jez Lowe

The version of this song I’m probably most familiar with is from the 1995 Fairport Convention album Jewel In The Crown. I’m so happy I came across this live video of the song’s writer, Jez Lowe, performing at a house concert – I love how you can hear the audience singing along in the background. This is the folk experience.

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