New Music Monday – 27th May

Jordie and Yirramal
Image Courtesy of Jordie Lane and Yirrmal

Chance McCoy – “Lonesome Pines”

More new music from Old Crow Medicine Show multi-instrumentalist Chance McCoy’s solo project, this time the dreamy “Lonesome Pines”. Straddling somewhere between Neil Young and The Doors, “Lonesome Pines” is definitely a departure from his last single “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)” and definitely a stark contrast to his Old Crow output.

Emma Beau – “Leading Me Astray”

Go-to country fiddle player Emma Beau is showing off just how talented a songwriter she is with the release of her new single and video “Leading Me Astray”. This is Beau’s latest taste from her crowd-funded self-titled alum due for release on the 28th June, and may favourite so far – I can definitely hear overtones of Joy Williams (The Civil Wars) in her vocal delivery and I’m loving the simple country production choices throughout.

“This track explains a relationship,” Emma Beau explained. “The start, present, and future, and the quirks of the time spent together, particularly the notion that someone can lead you away from the life you may have imagined – and that’s a good thing.”

Glen Hansard – “Don’t Settle”

Irish troubadour Glen Hansard released “Don’t Settle” this week, his piano driven new single from the album This Wild Willing. If you’ve been enjoying the direction Hansard’s songwriting has been taking recently then you’ll love this track. It’s emotional and lyric driven with a jazz inspired undertone and beautiful production.

Hannah Blackburn – “Did You Always Know”

Melbourne singer-songwriter Hannah Blackburn released her brand new single “Did You Always Know” last week and I’m really digging it. The retro feel coupled with Blackburn’s beautiful voice is going to elicit comparisons to Julia Jacklin – and that should definitely be taken as a compliment. A singer-songwriter to be watched.

Jordie Lane & Yirrmal – “For Everyone”

To kick off National Reconciliation Week this week singer-songwriters Jordie Lane and Yirrmal have come together to release their new single and video “For Everyone”. The song charts the journey of young indigenous man Clinton Pryor who walked 6,000km from Perth to Canberra to meet with the Prime Minister and stand for Justice of indigenous people.

The talents of both Jordie Lane and Yirrmal are undeniable and this track celebrates both of their unique voices.

Lucie Thorne – “Wheogo Hill”

Celebrated singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne has announced her new album Kitty & Frank will be in our ears on the 10th August and has released the dreamy, spacious “Wheogo Hill” as a welcome appetiser. With ambient synths, jazzy piano and Thorne’s captivating vocal style, this track is going to completely draw you in.

Lucie Thorne is heading out on tour with long time collaborator Hamish Stuart this June – check out the dates here:

Friday 7th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th June – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW
Friday 14th June – House Concert, Duranbah, NSW
Sunday 16th June – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st June – House Concert, Mittagong, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 23rd June – Django @ Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Passenger – “Rosie”

With a bunch of artists sharing songs and videos inspired by their children lately its also nice to see an artist like Passenger creating a piece of art to celebrate that other special person in his life – his cat Rosie.

Passenger describes the video for the track “Rosie” as “possibly the silliest and definitely the most adorable video we’ve ever released” – and I’ve watched it now more times than I care to admit.

Seeker Lover Keeper – “Let It Out”

Australia’s premiere super-group Seeker Lover Keeper, made up of the amazingly talented Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby, have made a triumphant return this week with the release of their new single “Let It Out”. The track is the group’s first in eight years and features a stunning video featuring Australian acting legend Magda Szubanski.

What I’ve always loved about Seeker Lover Keeper is just how raw their music is, and its ability to celebrate the unique voices of Blasko, Seltmann and Throsby while also bringing them together to create something unique. “Let It Out” is no different, with the trio’s beautuful vocals weaving in and out over the minimal accompaniment.

Seeker Lover Keeper have announced a couple of intimate shows this July:

Friday 12th July – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Lumineers – “Gloria”

We finally have some new music from indie-folk favourites The Lumineers with their track “Gloria”. The song is the first from the band’s upcoming full-length album III, due on the 13th September, and is full of the footstomping goodness you’ve come to expect from The Lumineers.

“Gloria” is the first in a series of 3 videos released by the band over the last week – you can watch “Donna” here and “Life In The City” here. Collectively they tell the visual story of 3 generations of the same family.

The Lumineers will be in the country later this year for Splendour in the Grass as well as a single intimate show in Sydney – dates below:

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 22nd July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs – “Olive, Call Me”

You know you’re going to be in for a chuckle when there’s new music from Bluegrass larrikins The Pigs, and their latest single “Olive, Call Me” doesn’t disappoint. The track details the way a romantic rival may accidentally die and is darkly hilarious.

“I’ve realised that I don’t stand a chance with Olive, because this guy is perfect for her in every way,” explains Stretch Pig from the band. “And you know, I don’t wish him any harm. I’m just sayin’ that if he gets hit by a runaway Winnebago some day, I’m good to go.”

The track is taken from The Pigs’ latest album Hillbilly Synthesiser. The band are, as always, touring the country – you can catch them at one of these upcoming Queensland dates:

Friday 31st May – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 1st May – Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich, QLD
Friday 21st June – South Kolan Hotel, South Kolan, QLD
Saturday 22nd June – D’Aguilar Hotel, D’Aguilar, QLD
Friday 12th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th July – Bush To Bay Music Festival, Hervey Bay, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Michael Franti and Spearhead have announced a single Bluesfest sideshow in Brisbane with Nahko and Medicine For The People in support. Details here

– Melbourne duo The Little Stevies released their ode to unattached – the video for their single “I Hold My Breath”. Details here

– A brand new Laura Marling track – “Born to Love” – made its way onto the internet thanks to NPR’s eTown show. Details here

– Canadian born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Tracy McNeil has a video out “Wilcats”. Details here

Sally Seltmann will be taking her album Hey Daydreamer out on tour this April. Details here

Georgia Fair have released the video to their new single “Are We Not Alive”. Details here

– If you’re into folk music and helping sick animals (and who isn’t?) get along to the Lomand Hotel in Melbourne this Saturday for the Wombat Orphanage Bushfire Benefit. The live music lineup includes Lucy Wise, Stray Hens, Rob Zielinski, Staffan & Rowie and more to be announced. Details here

– Tasmania’s Christopher Coleman Collective have released their new video “Go Home” along with details of their new album and a bunch of tour dates in March. Details here

– Sydney prog-folk artist Wyatt Moss-Wellington is set to release his new album Sanitary Apocalypse in March with guests that include a who’s who of the local scene. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Huckleberry Hastings released his debut single “Huckleberry Blues”. Details here

Nickel Creek revealed all the juicy details of their upcoming album A Dotted Line including cover art, track listing, release date and a stream of the song “Love of Mine”. Details here

– The Snowy Mountains of Music has changed its name to Peak Festival and has announced the first artists for its 2014 lineup. Details here

– Tonight up-and-coming singer-songwriter Martha Marlow will be launching her new EP These Days in Sydney. Details here

– Another new Simone Felice track, “Running Through My Head”, has surfaced online. Details here

The Paper Kites have announced a massive tour this May and June. Details here

– Blues and roots legend Ash Grunwald is heading out on a solo tour. Details here

– The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were held this week and we collected all the winners and videos of the perfomances in one place. Details here

– If you’re looking for something a little heavier this St Patrick’s day Sydney folk-punk outfit The Bottlers have a series of gigs over the weekend. Details here

Reviews

Gigs

“While Laneway is an indie festival at heart it always brings me back for the smattering of folky, acoustic goodness that features on the lineup each and every year”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the Sydney leg of St Jeromes Laneway Festival. Review here

Releases This Week

Oh Hunter
Oh HunterHayden Calnin
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Wombat Orphanage Bushfire Benefit feat. Lucy Wise, Stray Hens, Rob Zielinski, Staffan & Rowie

Lucy Wise

Listen to folk music and help raise money for sick and injured animals? Sounds like a productive night out! We recommend heading down to the Lomond Hotel in Melbourne on Saturday to watch Lucy Wise (above) and co. helping the world one folk song at a time. Love it!

Saturday 22nd February – Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

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

Apollo Bay Music Festival
Friday 28th February to Sunday 2nd March – Apollo Bay, VIC

Andy Irvine
Friday 21st February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd Febraury – House Concert, Harcourt North, VIC

Ann Vriend
Saturday 22nd February — Tree House, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 23rd February — Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February – Cobargo, NSW

Eddie Vedder
Saturday 22nd February – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 23rd February 2014 – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February – Frances, SA

James Teague
Wednesday 26th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke
Friday 21st February – Paradiso Spiegeltent @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 22nd February – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th February – Twilight Series @ Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, VIC

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 28th February – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Leah Flanagan w/ Tom Hespie
Thursday 27th February – Vic on the Park, Enmore, NSW

Lior
Friday 21st February – Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, Rosebud, VIC
Thursday 27th February – The Playhourse Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Friday 28th February – Devonport Tas Entertainment Centre, TAS

Little Features feat. Mimi Gilbert, The Maple Trail, Packwood, Charlie Gradon
Saturday 22nd February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Martha Marlow w/ Jess Pollard
Friday 21st February – 505, Sydney, NSW

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 28th February to Monday 3rd March – Nannup, WA

Neko Case
Thursday 27th February – Fly By Night, Perth, WA

Okkervil River
Friday 21st February – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd February – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!
Friday 21st February – No.5, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 22nd February, Carrington Bowling Club, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 23rd February – House Concert, Karuah, NSW

Sam Buckingham
Friday 21st February – Fringe Festival, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 26th February – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

The Beez
Saturday 22nd February – George Kerford Hotel, Beechworth, Vic
Sunday 23rd February – Gerogary, VIC
Friday 28th February – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, Vic

The Little Stevies
Saturday 22nd February – Summersault Festival, Melbourne, VIC

Wombat Orphanage Bushfire Benefit feat. Lucy Wise, Stray Hens, Rob Zielinski, Staffan & Rowie
Saturday 22nd February – Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Slipjigs and Reels” – Steve Tilston

It’s the Fairport Convention version of this song I’m most familiar with but I just had to reach back to the song’s writer, Steve Tilston, for today’s FFF. Such a good song!

Sally Seltmann Announces Hey Daydreamer Tour

Sally Seltmann
Image Courtesy of Sally Seltmann

The highly anticipated new album from Sally Seltmann, Hey Daydreamer, hits stores on the 28th February and to celebrate she’s just announced an east coast tour this April. Seltmann will be joined on stage throughout the tour by multi-instrumentalist Bree van Reyk plus a bunch of other guest performers. The support slot will be filled by Melbourne’s Wintercoats.

The full dates for the tour are below:

Thursday 3rd April – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 4th April – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th April – The Clarendon Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 10th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th April – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 13th April – Kelvin Club, Melbourne, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Eels have announced a new album this April – no word on whether it will be acoustic leaning. Details here

– US alt-country singer Micah P. Hinson has announced the release of his new album Micah P. Hinson and the Nothing in March this year. Details here

Neil Young will reportedly be releasing a new album this March via Jack White’s Third Man Records. Details here

Mark Moldre has another new video on the web for “Everything I Need”. Details here

The Falls have moved to the US and finally posted a recorded version of their much loved song “Into The Fire”. Details here

– Sydney-based progressive folk group Takadimi will be performing a series of pop up gigs every Thursday in February (their first one was yesterday). Details here

Sally Seltmann released her latest video “Catch of the Day”. Details here

– The great Nickel Creek have announced a return to the spotlight this year with a new album in the works. Details here

Glen Hansard has finally announced the Australian release of his new EP Drive All Night, and it’s today! Details here

– Sydney via Darwin based songstress Leah Flanagan released her new single “Everything”. Details here

Bluesfest announced a bunch more artists including Hat Fitz & Cara, Claude Hay, Genevieve Chadwick, Daniel Champagne and many more. Details here

– The new Achoo! Bless You single “Wild Eyes” hit the web this week. Details here

– More artists have been added to The National Folk Festival including Damien Dempsey, The Fiddle Chicks, Takadimi, Danny Spooner, Glover & Sorrensen, Sarah Humphreys, The Lurkers, Rusty Spring Syncopators and many many more. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Roscoe James Irwin released his new video “One Eye Open”. Details here

– UK five piece Feldspar released their new track “Young And Invincible”. Details here

Interviews

“Some of the shows I’ll be doing solo, but more than half of them I’ll have a rhythm section, the same rhythm section that I had in Sydney last year”Ann Vriend chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Reviews

Gigs

“If Woodford is too far away for you, or a little too folk heavy for your liking, then Falls Festival Marion Bay is a perfect alternative which still gives you a lot of similar experiences yet has a personality and style all of it’s own” – Part 1 of KTBell’s Falls Festival review. Review here

“Traveller & Fortune choose the right instrumentation for the song. Even if only six notes are played on a xylophone or the harmonica only makes a single appearance across the entire set, their inclusion on the songs is perfectly placed makes dragging them all the way to Sydney worthwhile. The way Traveller & Fortune layer their songs is just masterful”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews Traveller & Fortune at FBi Social in Sydney. Review here

Releases This Week

Vagabond
VagabondEddi Reader
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Frank Turner
The Polaroid PictureFrank Turner
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Glen Hansard
Drive All NightGlen Hansard
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Flesh and Blood
Flesh & BloodJohn Butler Trio
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Seth Lakeman
Word of MouthSeth Lakeman
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One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!

One Up Two Down

If bluegrass is your poison then there’s no way you can miss One Up Two Down on their first big east coast tour which kicked off this week. Made up of George Jackson (fiddle and banjo) and Daniel Watkins (guitar) and Andrew Small (bass), One Up Two Down is a bringing together of some of the finest musicians in the country. Joining them on tour are Timber and Steel favourites Oh Pep!.

Friday 7th February – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 8th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 9th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Monday 10 February – The Cave, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 12th February – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 13th February – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 14th February – The Danish Club, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You w/ All Our Exes Live in Texas
Thursday 13th February – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Andy Irvine
Saturday 8th February – Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre, Katherine, NT
Sunday 9th February – The Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Ann Vriend
Friday 7th February — Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th February — The Rumpus Room, Maribyrnong, VIC
Sunday 9th February — On The Green at Gumly Gumly, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Wednesday 12th February — Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Friday 14th February — The Homestead, North Hobart, TAS

Daughter
Monday 10th February – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Vedder
Friday 7th February – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 8th February – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Tuesday 11th February – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th February – Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark and Joe Mungovan
Friday 7th February – The Corner Store, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th February – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 7th February – House Concert, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 8th February – House Concert, Berrima, NSW
Sudnay 9th February – House Concert, Leumeah, NSW
Thursday 13th February – House Concert, Glebe, NSW

James Teague
Wednesday 12th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke
Friday 14th February – The Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 14th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

Laneway Festival
Friday 7th February – Harts Mill, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 8th February – Esplanade Park and West End, Fremantle, WA

Leah Flanagan w/ Jess Beck Duo
Thursday 13th February – Vic on the Park, Enmore, NSW

Lime and Steel w/ Vendulka
Saturday 8th February – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Mat McHugh
Friday 7th February – Torquay Hotel, Torquay VIC
Saturday 8th February – Westernport Hotel, Hastings VIC

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!
Friday 7th February – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 8th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 9th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Monday 10 February – The Cave, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 12th February – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 13th February – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 14th February – The Danish Club, Brisbane, QLD

Sam Buckingham
Thursday 13th February – Twilight Markets, Albury, NSW

The Beez
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th February – National Multicultural Festival, ACT
Friday 14th February – Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club, NSW

The Folk Informal feat. James Kelly, Ryan Collings, Betty & Oswald, Timberwolf
Thursday 13th February – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Woody Pitney w/ Ariela Jacobs
Thursday 13th February – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Raglan Road” – Glen Hansard and Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Glen Hansard is in the country at the moment, supporting Eddie Vedder and performing his own shows so I thought it might be nice to share this video of he and The Frames bandmate Colm Mac Con Iomaire performing the Irish classic “Raglan Road”.

Watch the New Sally Seltmann Video “Catch of the Day”

Sally Seltmann
Image Courtesy of Sally Seltmann

For her latest video Sally Seltmann has teamed with animator Isobel Knowles to create a stunning piece of art. The video is for the track “Catch of the Day” which is taken from Seltmann’s Hey Daydreamer, due at the end of the month.

Check out “Catch of the Day” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Woody Pitney has announce two full band shows in February. Details here

Seth Lakeman has announced sideshows when he’s in the country for Bluesfest including support slots for Suzanne Vega. Details here

Chance McCoy from Old Crow Medicine Show proves that “Hey Brother” by Avicci is actually a decent song with his version. Details here

Midlake have released the new video for their track “The Old & The Young”. Details here

– The story behind the new Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros video “All Wash Out” is both touching and tragic. Details here

Frank Turner’s new single “The Polaroid Picture” will be part of an EP featuring three covers and a brand new track. Details here

James Vincent McMorrow may have wrapped up his Australian tour but he’s left behind his new single “Gold”. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival have added their final acts for 2014 including Glen Hansard, Lisa O’Neill, Beccy Cole, Normie Rowe & The Original Playboys, Melody Pool and many more. Details here

– Sydney folkies The Green Mohair Suits announced details of their EP launch this month with The Morrisons and All Our Exes Live In Texas as well as releasing the video for their new single “Baby, You Just Want To Give Up”. Details here

Bluesfest also added artists to its 2014 lineup including Joss Stone, Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows, Dyson Stringer Cloher, The Beards and many many more. Details here

– Americana favourite Pokey LaFarge has announced tour dates when he’s in the country for WOMADelaide and Port Fairy. Details here

– Melbourne’s The Weeping Willows have released their much anticipated new video “Home for the Broken Soul”. Details here

– England’s Matthew and the Atlas have released the video to their brand new single “Pale Moon Rose”. Details here

Jordan Millar released the homemade video for his excellent new song “If Only…”. Details here

Sally Seltmann has revealed the details of her new album Hey Daydreamer. Details here

– Sydney seven-piece Little Bastard have announced their first Sydney headline show of the year. Details here

Interviews

“I think it’s the five-part harmonies and that kind of kick-arse Irish-y Australian thing, and the stories about bushrangers and haunted trains and bad women. I think it’s just a combination of everything and it just works. And they’re brilliant musicians these guys, and it’s just such a pleasure playing with them. Nothing ever goes wrong and it really is such a joy” – John Fegan from Rough Red chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“It goes pretty well, as long as there are things happening at the festival that are going to make us funny. Now we’ve had a lot of trouble with Morris Dancers this festival. First up, we wondered why they were called ‘daaaaahhncers’. We called them ‘dancers’ and they said, “No, we’re daaaaahhhncers”. It turns out they’re waaaaahhhnkers. And they’ve been dancing – or daaaaaahhncing – their way up and down the street. And I think they should be banned and I think something should be sprayed to get rid of them.”Glover and Sorensen chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

Then We Collide
Then We CollideEmily and the Woods
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Illawarra Folk Festival

Dom Flemons

The Illawarra Folk Festival is unique in a packed calendar of festivals around the country. The festival itself maintains a small, community atmosphere that is present at so many regional events but still manages to pull the big name acts usually reserved for the larger events – this year the highlights include Andy Irvine, Dom Flemmons (above), Archie Roach, Whitetop Mountaineers and many many more. Just a couple of hours on the train from Sydney and a quick drive from Canberra the Illawarra Folk Festival is accessible while still feeling like you’re getting away from it all to immerse yourself in folk music, dance art and culture. Truly one of our favourite festivals of the year.

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th January – Bulli, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Afenginn
Friday 17th to Saturday 18th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Andy Irvine
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Newstead Festival, Newstead, VIC

Bandito Folk with Drawn From Bees, Dale Peachey
Thursday 23rd January – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Chris Thile
Friday 17th January – MONA FOMA, Hobart, TAS
Monday 20th January – Melbourne Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Communion Melbourne feat. Ainslie Wills, The Hello Morning, Jimmy Tait, The Phoncurves, Little Dreamer, Tigertown
Sunday 19th January – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Emily Barker
Monday 20th January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th January – Bulli, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 17th January – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th January – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th January – House Concert, Mitcham, VIC
Monday 20th January – House Concert, Ballarat, VIC
Tuesday 21st January – House Concert, Parkdale, VIC
Thursday 23rd January – House Concert, Croydon Hills, VIC

Jordan Millar
Friday 17th January – Name This Bar, Sydney, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 17th January – White Star, Albany, WA
Saturday 18th January – Settler Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 19th January – Swanbrook Winery, Swan Valley, WA
Tuesday 21st January – Ya Ya’s, Perth, WA

Kim Churchill
Friday 17th January – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 18th January – Bon Amici Café, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 19th January – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 21st January – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd January – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 24th January – The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

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

Little Bastard w/ Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Naked Bodies
Friday 17th January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Moldre
Thursday 23rd January – The Green Room, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th January – The Rhythm Hut, Central Coast, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 17th January – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Friday 24th January – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale NSW

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

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

Ruby Boots
Friday 17th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th January – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th January – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC

Ryan Keen
Wednesday 22nd January – Name This Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sarah Blasko
Wednesday 22nd January – St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th January – Flinders St Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA

Sweet Jean
Sunday 19th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – George Town, TAS

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

The Beez
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Monday 20th to Saturday 25th January – Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

The Lumineers
Saturday 18th January – The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 23rd January – The Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Timbers
Wednesday 22nd January – Manly Boatshed, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd January – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 24th January – Tanswell Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Thredbo, NSW

Unpaved Sessions feat. Al Parkinson, Chad Mason, Linus Wilson
Monday 20th January – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Zoe Elliot
Friday 17th January – Limonata, Grafton, NSW
Sunday 19th January – Yamba Bowlo, Yamba, NSW
Thursday 23rd January – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th January – The Lodge, Bellingen, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Too Many Notes” – Chris Thile

On Wednesday this week I was lucky enough to catch Chris Thile (Punch Brothers) as part of the Sydney Festival. The entire performance was amazing but he finished with this song which might appeal to the folkies out there.

Sally Seltmann Reveals Details of Her New Album

Sally Seltmann
Image Courtesy of Sally Seltmann

Australian song-writing legend Sally Seltmann has this week revealed details of her fourth full-length. Co-produced with husband Darren Seltmann, Sally Seltmann’s new album is titled Hey Daydreamer and is due for release on the 28th February.

Hey Daydreamer is described as “orchestral” and features a bunch of guest players including Bree van Reyk on percussion and Michel Rose on pedal steel. Check out the full track listing below:

1. Hey Daydreamer
2. Billy
3. The Small Hotel
4. Needle In The Hay
5. Dear Mr Heartless
6. I Will Not Wear Your Wedding Ring
7. Right Back Where I Started From
8. Catch Of The Day
9. Seed Of Doubt
10. Holly Drive
11. States And Spaces

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 29th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Mike McCarthy has announced plans to release a new surf-folk compilation CD next month titled Seaside. Details here

– The National Folk Festival has announced the first lineup of artists for 2014 including Eleanor McEvoy, Rose Cousins, Jordie Lane, Kate Fagan, Bernard Carney, The Mae Trio, The Davidson Brothers, Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty), Trouble In The Kitchen and more. Details here

– The new video for “Billy” from Sally Seltmann has been released. Details here

– Watch the new video from Eli Wolfe, “Dante”. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival have revealed their second round of artists for 2014 including Breabach, Damien Dempsey, Love Over Gold, Hanggai, Mama Kin, Oh Pep!, Sásta, Shane Nicholson, Tolka, Totally Gourdgeous, The Twoks and many many more. Details here

– Watch “Grace”, the new video from Adelaide’s Timberwolf. Details here

– Sydney’s All Our Exes Live In Texas have a new EP on the way plus a couple of shows to launch it. Details here

Jen Cloher has released a beautiful new video for the very personal song “Hold My Hand”. Details here

– The final MoFo at The Gaelic Club takes place next week featuring The Bearded Gypsy Band and The Tiger and Me. Details here

Jake Bugg has announced sideshows while he’s in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

Micah P. Hinson is releasing a charity Christmas EP, Wishing for a Christmas Miracle, with the Yellow Bird Project. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Woody Pitney is the latest folk artist to cover the INXS track “Don’t Change”. Details here

The Lumineers have announced a handful of headline shows when they’re out here for The Big Day Out. Details here

Communion Melbourne have announced the lineup for their January show including The Staves, The Hello Morning, Jimmy Tait, The Phoncurves and Colourwheel. Details here

Blog

“To celebrate Christmas Bob Evans will be taking on a Wednesday night residency at the Northcote Social Club throughout December featuring some very special guests such as Ella Hooper, Ali Barter and Hayden Calnin. We thought we’d take the opportunity to ask Bob Evans for a list of his favourite Christmas songs but the man has turned things on its head providing us his top ten non-Xmas songs to play on Xmas Day”Bob Evans picks his top 10 non-Xmas songs. Blog here

Releases This Week

Catherine Traicos
The Earth, the Sea, the Moon, the SkyCatherine Traicos
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Timber and Steel Presents

Susy Blue
Susy Blue with Anne of the Wolves, Oh, Deanna
Sunday 1st December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas w/ The Phoncurves, Richard Cuthbert
Thursday 5th December – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

April Maze w/ Benny Walker
Tuesday 3rd December – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans
Wednesday 4th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 29th November – Fowlers, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 30th November – Fly By Night, Freemantle, WA

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 29th November – Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Saturday 30th November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 1st December – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 5th December – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Friday 6th December – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Festival of Small Halls w/ Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins
Friday 29th November – Sandgate Town Hall, Sandgate, QLD
Saturday 30th November – Wolvi and District Hall, Wolvi, QLD
Sunday 1st December – Eudlo Hall, Eudlo, QLD
Thursday 5th December – Eulo Hall, Eulo, QLD

Georgia Fair
Friday 29th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 30th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 1st December – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Hayden Calnin
Friday 6th December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Passenger
Sunday 1st December – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 4th December – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th December – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 29th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 30th November – Diggers Tavern, Bellingen, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 29th November – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Sunday 1st December – The Arts Factory, Byron Bay, NSW

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 29th November – The Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Buckingham and Buffalo Tales
Wednesday 4th December – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Saturday 30th November – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 1st December – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 6th December – Polish Club, Canberra, ACT

Timberwolf
Friday 29th November – The Junkyard, Forster, NSW
Sunday 1st December – The Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Whitaker
Friday 29th November – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC

Whitley
Friday 29th November – Woombye Pub, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 30th November – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Cruel Sister” – Pentangle

Following on from last week’s “Riddles Wisely Expounded” we thought we’d offer up another Child Ballad (number 10) for FFF – one with the same melody and same refrain (“Lay the bent to the bonny broom”) but with a completely different story. The folk process at work!

Watch the New Sally Seltmann Video “Billy”

Sally Seltmann
Image Courtesy of Sally Seltmann

Singer-songwriter Sally Seltmann has been busy writing and recording material for her upcoming 2014 album, due on the 28th February. The first single from Seltmann is “Billy” which has a video directed by Nelson Alves. Check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Reclusive singer-songwriter Keaton Henson has released his brand new video “You”. Details here

The Crooked Fiddle Band will be heading out on tour this month to support their brand new album Moving Pieces of the Sea. Details here

– The new video from The Civil Wars, “Dust to Dust”, shows the duo back when they were talking to each other in 2011. Details here

– The legendary Sally Seltmann will be releasing a new album next year and has given fans a taster with the unofficial single “Needle In The Hay”. Details here

The Timbers have released the awesome new video for their single “Gallantry”. Details here

– Just as they touch down in Australia for a national tour Bear’s Den have released a brand new track “Writing On The Wall”. Details here

The Lumineers have released a really nice animated video for their single “Submarines”. Details here

Laura Veirs has released a controversial new video for her track “America”. Details here

– Could the hammered dulcimer be the next trendy folk instrument? We spied one in the new video from Stornoway, “Farewell Appalachia”. Details here

– A new track from the upcoming Radical Face album The Family Tree: The Branches has been released online and it’s a beauty. Details here

– Portland, Oregon old time band The Foghorn Stringband are heading to Australia at the end of this month for an east coast tour. Details here

The Paper Kites have released a dizzying new video for their track “Youth”. Details here

Blog

“With a collection of musos like that this show is not to be missed”Gareth Hugh Evans introduces some of the lesser known bands on the JamGrass lineup this weekend. Blog here

Reviews

Track by Track

“Writing this song was the first step towards the bigger production you can hear on the album. Before the lyrics or melody took shape, I had already come up with horn lines and arrangement ideas for the song. The first demo of this one was a lot heavier, with a strong rock beat and distorted guitars, when we came to record the album we decided a more delicate approach would suit the overall vibe a lot more”Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides take us through their latest album Graceful Mistake. Track By Track here

Timber and Steel Presents

Arbori
Arbori
Friday 11th October – Triple Menace Studio, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Brackets and Jame, Lake Mumorrah, NSW
Thursday 17th October – 505, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th October – The Loft, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Bear’s Den
Saturday 12th October – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Saturday 12th October – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD

Foy Vance
Saturday 12th October – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC (w/ The Handsome Family)
Sunday 13th October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

JamGrass Music Festival
Friday 11th October to Sunday 13th October – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Loren Kate
Friday 11th October – Nanga Music Festival, Dwellingup, WA
Sataturday 12th October – Denmark Civic Centre, Denmark, WA
Sunday 13th October – Albany Boatshed Markets, Albany, WA
Friday 18th October – Tingrith Meeting House, Margaret River, WA

Mark Moldre and Sarah Humphreys
Friday 11th October – Shellharbour Workers Club, Shellharbour, NSW
Saturday 12th October – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Sunday 13th October – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW

Matt Corby with Bear’s Den
Friday 11th October – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 15th October – Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th October – City Hall, Hobart, TAS
Friday 18th October – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Rose Wintergreen with Rosie Catalano
Saturday 12th October – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th October – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Some Folk In Spring feat. Little May, Ali Barter, Timberwolf
Sunday 13th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tanya Batt
Friday 18th October – The Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

The Bon Scotts
Friday 11th October – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 12th October – FBI Social, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th October – The Rails, Byron, NSW
Thursday 17th October – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Friday 18th October – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD

Whitley
Friday 11th October – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 12th October – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 17th October – Caravan, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 18th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Down In The Valley” – The Head and The Heart

I reckon my Genius on my iPod knows that The Head and The Heart have a new album due at the end of this month because “Down In The Valley” keeps popping up on my playlists. Love this song!

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