New Music Monday – 12th August

Image Courtesy of Alfí

Alfí – “The Drink Song”

“The Drink Song” has featured on a couple of the folk music podcasts I listen to and now I can’t get it out of my head. Alfí, like the much lauded Lankum, are part of a new breed of Irish trad and folk bands who are embrassing the rougher, rawer side of Irish music. “The Drink Song” is taken from Alfí’s EP Wolves in the Woods which is wonderful and well worth you picking up.

Amy Vee – “Paper and Wood”

“Paper and Wood” is the latest single from award-winning singer-songwriter Amy Vee, taken from her new album Same Skin. The track is sumtuous piece of acoustic pop music, highlighting Amy Vee’s unique vocal style.

To celebrate the release of Same Skin Amy Vee is heading out on tour this October and November:

Wednesday 9th October – Memo Music Hall, St. Kilda, VIC
Sunday 13th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 20th October – Royal Exchange Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 1st November – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Saturday 2nd November – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Devendra Banhart – “Memorial”

Freak-folk singer Devendra Banhart released “Memorial”, the latest single from his upcoming album Ma, due on the 13th September. “Memorial” is a melancholy waltz, showcasing a songwriter who is trying to grapple with the finality of death and the process of mourning.

“”Memorial” is about loss and the strangeness of feeling so numb, and yet so completely heart-broken-open,” Banhart wrote on the song. “It’s about three people I loved very much, and some of it happened just like it says in the song. Someone really did propose at one of the memorials – we all thought they would have loved how surreal, romantic, and inappropriate that was. It’s about those last moments, how painful and perfect they were, all the tears, all the tears. I don’t know what else to say, except that I wrote the song for you to tell you about it, see if maybe you know what I mean, tell you everything, see if maybe it brings us closer, makes it easier to tell each other how much we love and appreciate one another.”

Dori Freeman – “That’s How I Feel”

Alt-country singer Dori Freeman dropped a surprise new track from her upcoming album Every Single Star, due on the 27th September. “That’s How I Feel” is a syncopated gem, showcasing Freeman’s stunning voice and just how tight her band is on the upcoming album.

Phia – “Full Circle”

Indie-pop singer Phia has teamed with the Melbourne Indie Voices for her latest single “Full Circle”. This is Phia at her full powers, channelling her knack for a catchy pop arrangement into a quirky track with interesting and exciting instrumental and vocal choices. The addition of the Melbourne Indie Voices adds something special without being overpowering. Lovely stuff.

Pieta Brown – “Ask For More”

American singer-songwriter Pieta Brown has released the tender new single and video “Ask For More”. The singer is a favourite with Australian audiences and its easy to why – there’s a fragility to her songwriting which draws the listener in and the music is simply beautiful.

“Ask For More” is taken from the upcoming album Freeway, co-produced by S. Carey (Bon Iver) and due for release on the 20th September.

Sam Shinazzi – “I Wrote A Book For You”

Sydney based singer-songwriter Sam Shinazzi released his brand new single “I Wrote A Book For You”, a straight forward love song accentuated by some amazing slide guitar from Michael Carpenter. The track also featured in the recent film Book Week.

“Writer/director Heath Davis asked me to write a song for the closing credits to his film Book Week – a brand new song about a film I was yet to see,” Shinazzi explained. “He gave me the movie title and some genre direction, which ended up being SAM-like anyway. The song came easily enough to me, and thankfully all those involved with the film loved it too. I then asked Michael Carpenter to put his touch on it, which he did brilliantly at Love HZ Studios. The song fits directly with the other new songs and works in progress for the next album, both musically and thematically. This is a special song for me with a tonne of meaning; I hope others get some feelings out of it too.”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th March


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne band Dan and Amy have released their new single “Pretend”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Oh Pep! have been busy touring recently but they’ve also managed to release their new video “Rest Assured”. Details here

William Fitzsimmons has released a beautiful live version of his track “Fortune”. Details here

– Sydney artist Willowy has released her new track “Waiting On You”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Dave Calandra released his brand new video “The Deluge”. Details here

– The two tracks that have emerged from the upcoming Eels album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett are definitely on the singer-songwriter side of the spectrum. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop has announced the details of his new album House of Jacks. Details here

The Gum Ball Festival has added a bunch of singer songwriters to its lineup including Steve Smyth, Melody Pool, David Garnham & The Reasons To Live and The Septembers. Details here

– “Crown the Pines”, the new single from S. Carey, features his Bon Iver bandmate Justin Vernon on backing vocals. Details here

– Ex-The Low Anthem member Mat Davidson has released his new single “Ashville Farm Remedy” from his Twain project. Details here

The Melbourne Folk Club will be launching a weekly live show in Melbourne from the April. Details here

– A beautiful live version of “Xavier” by Melody Pool has been doing the rounds. Details here

Lacey Cole and the Lazy Colts have been debuting a new video a week throughout March. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter VerseChorusVerse has released his whiskey soaked track “Common Prayer”. Details here

– Sydney band Yetis have released their new single “Kind Eyes” and will be touring it at the end of this month. Details here


“I’m a lover of folk music, for me it’s a real passion … [but] I think you need to keep evolving as musicians whatever you do. For Mumford and Sons it made sense to make quite a similar [second] record I suppose but for us we were always going to do something different and we’ll probably do something different again the next time” – Tim Hart from Boy & Bear chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

I think the nice thing about playing in a band with more than one other person is that there’s something about the tunes that really get you going and it tends to be a very individual thing. One of the amazing things about getting to know Cam is his brain just works really differently on the tunes. Especially when he’s writing tunes he just comes up with stuff that when I hear it it just makes so much sense but I just never could have produced it myself – Hilary Glaisher from Tolka chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Christopher Coleman CollectiveChristopher Coleman Collective

Daniel Champagne
The Gypsy Moon – Volume IIDaniel Champagne

o Vertigo
O Vertigo!Kate Miller-Heidke

Micah P Hinson and the Nothing
Micah P. Hinson and the NothingMicah P. Hinson

Phil Smith
Year of the DogPhil Smith

StrangersSimone Felice

Till My Tears Roll Away
Til My Tears Roll AwayThe Audreys

Life Labors in the ChoirTwain

Timber and Steel Presents

British Blues
The British Blues w/ Boy Outside, Emma Davis
Friday 21st March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
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Sásta and Tolka


On Monday the world will turn green for St Patrick’s Day, with celebrations planned all over the country this weekend. St Patrick’s Day is a highlight of the folk calendar – it’s one of the few times of year that Irish trad music is in almost every pub. The must see gig this weekend takes place at The Gaelic Club in Sydney on Saturday night where two of Australia’s finest trad bands, Sásta and Tolka, take to the stage.

Saturday 15th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Adelaide Fringe Festival
Friday 14th February to Sunday 16th March – Adelaide, SA

Arbori w/ Colin Jones, Little Bighorn, Yetis
Saturday 15th March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Friday 14th March – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
Thursday 20th March – Ramsgate Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Billy Bragg
Sunday 16th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 18th March – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 19th October – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 20th March – Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st March – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th March – Katoomba, NSW

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 2nd to Sunday 16th March – Melbourne, VIC

Caitlin Park
Friday 21st March – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Christopher Coleman Collective
Saturday 15th March – Baby Black Espresso Bar, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Wednesday 19th March – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 20th March – The Music Man Megastore, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 21st March – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC

Glen Hansard with Lisa O’Neill
Friday 14th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Thursday 20th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Jordan Millar
Friday 14th March – Free The Wild Presents, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th March – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 16th March – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 21st March – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 21st March – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 14th March – YouAreHere Festival, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 15th March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st March – Rad @ Yours n Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Kate Crowley
Saturday 15th March – Montsalvat Barn Gallery, Eltham, VIC

Friday 14th March – Orange Civic Theatre, Orange, NSW
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Lost Ragas w/ Raised By Eagles
Friday 14th March – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Saturday 15th March – The Factory Floor, Marrickvile, NSW
Sunday 16th March – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 21st March – The Tote, Collingwood, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Thursday 20th March – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 21st March – Spirit Bar & Lounge, Traralgon, VIC

MoFo at The Gaelic feat. Catgut
Friday 14th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Peter Rowan
Friday 14th March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 18th March – Biddy Walsh’s Irish Pub, Orange, NSW
Wednesday 19th March – Lizottes, Sydney, NSW

Sásta and Tolka
Saturday 15th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Sydney St Patrick’s Day Festival
Sunday 16th March – Hyde Park, Sydney, NSW

The Beez
Friday 14th March – Old Mill Flour Gallery, Mildura, Vic
Saturday 15th March – Richmond, Vic
Sunday 16th March – Burrinja Café, Upwey, Vic
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Vic

The British Blues w/ Boy Outside, Emma Davis
Friday 21st March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

The Bottlers
Sunday 16th March – St Patricks Day Parade, Hyde Park, Sydney, NSW
Monday 17th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Good Ship
Saturday 15the March – Gluttony, Adelaide, SA
Friday 21st March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Little Stevies
Sunday 16th March – Gasworks, Brisbane, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 14th March – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th March – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Thursday 20th March –Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA

The Stray Sisters
Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, NSW
Tuesday 18th March – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 20th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

TinPan Orange
Sunday 16th March – Oakleigh Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st March – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March – Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” – SoKo

If you’ve watched the First Kiss video that’s been making waves on the net this week (and has been revealed as an ad for clothing company WREN) you may have wondered what the song was in the background. Well that song was “We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” by French artist SoKo (who was also behind the indie hit “I’ll Kill Her”) and it has a really sweet clip.

Listen to the New S. Carey Track “Crown the Pines” feat. Justin Vernon

S Carey
Image Courtesy of S. Carey

The lastest track to emerge from S. Carey’s upcoming album Range of Light, “Crown the Pines”, has recently landed online and we thought we’d share because it’s just so different. The track features S. Carey’s Bon Iver bandmate Justin Vernon on backing vocals but don’t be mistaken – this is definitely not a Bon Iver track. This is well and truly a unique S. Carey song.

Range of Light is due for release on the 1st April. Take a listen to “Crown the Pines” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th January


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

William Fitzsimmons released “Fortune” the first official single from his album Lions. Details here

The Perch Creek Family Jugband have released the very fun video for their track “Party on the Farm”. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his catchy new single “Cucurucu”. Details here

Johnny Flynn released another stunning lyric video, this time for “Bottom of the Sea Blues”. Details here

– The newly renamed One Up Two Down (previously George, Andrew and Daniel) are teaming up with Oh Pep! for a co-headlined east coast tour this February. Details here

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have another new video out for “Let’s Get High (On Love)” which features the band on tour with a bunch of cameos. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin has just released his new single “Comatose” from his upcoming EP Oh, Hunter. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Katie Brianna has released her new video for the track “Dark Side of the Morning”. Details here

– Bon Iver’s S. Carey has released “Fire-Scene” from his upcoming solo album Range of Light. Details here

– Folk-roots duo The Audreys have announced their first album in almost 4 years, Til My Tears Roll Away. Details here

– UK folk royalty Blair Dunlop will be in Australia this month for Port Fairy Folk Festival, The Brunswick Music Festival and the Blue Mountains Music Festival. Details here

The Merri Creek Pickers have just released their new video “Frankie Marlboro”. Details here

– WA based singer-songwriter Sam Buckingham has released a quirky homemade video for her track “Shackles”. Details here

Mikhael Paskalev has released his awesome new clip for the track “Jive Babe”. Details here

– Scottish singer Eddi Reader has released her new video “I’ll Never Be The Same”. Details here

– Check out the video for Gibson Bull’s track “Skin and Bones”. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff has released the video for his new single “Still Trying”. Details here


“We definitely have fans here but Australia’s so big. Wallander was broadcast here and that definitely helped. And I think with the latest record Dear River having a lot more exposure than previous records has definitely helped build a fan base. I’m constantly getting messages saying “you’ve got to come home!” and I’d love to particularly with this new record Dear River because so much of it is about the subject of home. It is an album that I would like a lot of Australians to hear”Emily Barker chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“That’s what folk music is. It’s very broad. It’s something that you can never quite explain and it’s something that you can never sum up. I’m glad you guys are continuing to follow modern folk music as well – some traditionalists get really boggled done and are closed minded, think that music hasn’t gotten any better since the 20s and 30s and 40s and 50s. To a certain extent I’d agree with them but there’s a lot of new music out there to listen to and appreciate”Pokey LaFarge chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Green Mohair Suits
Baby, You Just Want To Give UpThe Green Mohair Suits

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The Timbers

The Timbers

Adelaide favourites The Timbers are on the home stretch of Januray tour showcasing their new single “Things to Come”. The boys wrap up the tour in their home town next Friday after laying waste to Victoria over the long weekend – these shows are definitely not to be missed

Friday 24th January – Tanswell Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 25th January – Festival of the Sails, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 26th January – Penny Black Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Andy Irvine
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Newstead Festival, Newstead, VIC
Friday 31st January – Music in the Park, Bendigo, VIC

Cass McCombs
Thursday 30th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark and Joe Mungovan
Sunday 26th January – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Wednsday 29th January – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Jack Carty
Sunday 26th Jan – House Content, Dunsborough, WA
Tuesday 28th January – House Content, Gelorup, WA
Wednesday 29th January – House Content, Palmyra, WA
Friday 31st January – House Content, Pemulwuy, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 24th January – The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 25th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 26th January – Flow Café, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 30th January – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 31st January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 24th January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Laneway Festival
Friday 31st January – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD

Mark Moldre
Friday 24th January – The Rhythm Hut, Central Coast, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 24th January – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale NSW
Saturday 25th January – Heritage Hotel, Bulli NSW

Newstead Live
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Numerella, NSW

Thursday 30th January – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Blasko
Friday 24th January – Flinders St Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 26th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Beez
Monday 20th to Saturday 25th January – Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

The Green Mohair Suits w/ The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live in Texas
Friday 31st January – The Loft at UTS, Sydney, NSW

The Lumineers
Tuesday 28th January – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 24th January – Tanswell Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 25th January – Festival of the Sails, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 26th January – Penny Black Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Traveller & Fortune
Thursday 30th January – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st January – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Unpaved Sessions feat. Joel Stibbard
Monday 27th January – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Zoe Elliot
Friday 24th January – The Lodge, Bellingen, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Auld Triangle” – The Dubliners

Have you heard the version of “The Auld Triangle” on the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack? It’s pretty special. But it really pales in comparison to The Dubliners’ version because, well, they’re The Dubliners.

Listen to “Fire-Scene” from Bon Iver’s S. Carey

S. Carey
Image Courtesy of S. Carey

Bon Iver member Sean Carey, under the moniker S. Carey, has just released the first single from his upcoming solo album, “Fire-Scene”, and it’s a beautifully stripped back piece of folk-pop. Take a listen to “Fire-Scene” below:

“Fire-Scene” will appear on S. Carey’s album Range of Light which was recorded in Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios in Wisconsin and will feature contributions from Vernon himself. At the moment the album is due for release on the 1st April – the full track listing is as follows:

1. Glass/Film
2. Creaking
3. Crown the Pines
4. Fire-Scene
5. Radiant
6. Alpenglow
7. Fleeting Light
8. The Dome
9. Neverending Fountain

New S. Carey Video for “In The Dirt”

Image courtesy of S. Carey

S. Carey‘s album All We Grow was sitting at number 5 on this reviewer’s top 5 albums of 2010 list for a couple of days, before it got pipped at the post by Woodpigeon‘s Die Stadt Muzikanten. It was a shame to shun it completely, but I knew I’d get another chance at some point to share S. Carey‘s music. The album was Carey’s debut solo release, having previously achieved outstanding success as a member of Bon Iver, for whom he plays percussion and contributes vocals.’s article details how the video was originally made by two fans and budding film-makers from Sweden, but was made the official video for the song after S. Carey saw and fell in love with it. Yet another example of good things coming to those who make their own opportunities.

If you like the song, or are a Bon Iver fan, you should definitely check out the album, which is available for purchase here.

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