Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Classical music mastermind Pekka Kuusisto will be teaming with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and American folkster Sam Amidon this February for the Murder Redemption tour. Details here

The Mountain Goats have announced Australian tour dates next year. Details here

– So many amazing artists on the WOMADelaide lineup so far including 9Bach, Archie Roach, Brushy One String, Dope Lemon, The East Pointers, Gawurra, Hanoi Masters, Nattali Rize, Oki Dub Ainu Band, The Waifs, Wawsaw Village Band, William Crighton and many more. Details here

– Christian folk duo The Welcome Wagon released a version of Sufjan Stevens’ “The Greatest Gift”. Details here

– The amazing Laura Marling announced her new album Semper Femina and also premiered her directorial debut for the “Soothing” video. Details here

– The new best of album from Kate Miller-Heidke comes out today. Details here

– Co-headline tour announced for The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd. Details here

Radical Face released “Sunn”, his first recording since completing his The Family Tree project. Details here

Michael Kiwanuka has announced Melbourne and Sydney shows when he’s in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

– A huge January tour has been announced for Hat Fitz & Cara. Details here

David Gray released his new video “Enter Lightly”. Details here

Releases This Week

KMH
The Best Of Kate Miller-Heidke: Act OneKate Miller-Heidke
iTunes

Stray Hens
The ConfluenceStray Hens
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Stray Hens

Stray Hens

Stray Hens will be launching their brand new, crowd funded album The Confluence in Melbourne tonight and it looks like the gig is going to be amazing

Friday 2nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alannah Russack, Trish Young, Melodie Nelson
Saturday 3rd December – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Australian Bluegrass Conference
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th December – Tranquil Park, Maleny, QLD

BBQ & Blues feat. Cass Greaves
Wednesday 7th December – Surly’s, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 2nd December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Saturday 3rd December – 3 Oceans, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 4th December – Fremantle Prison, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 7th December – Orange Ex-Services Club, Orange, NSW
Thursday 8th December – ANU, Canberra, ACT
Friday 9th December – Waves, Wollongong, NSW

End Of Year Folk Bash feat. Darlo After Dark, Black Joak Morris, Peter Miller-Robinson, Buck and Deanne, Bells of Caroldise
Sunday 4th December – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Fairgrounds Festival
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Berry, NSW

Finders Keepers Market Sydney
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. MoSoul, Colin Jones and The Delta Revue
Wednesday 7th December – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Get Folked Punk feat. Medusa’s Wake, The Bottlers, Scarlets Revenge, The Habanerbros, Mournwillow, Jonno Read, Billy Punton, Whiskey Jeff, Josh Arentz, Antonia Susan, A-Rock Newman, Angus + Julia Stoned, Yvette Vials, Luke Holmeslice, Smug young Dads, Mac + Cheese, Brendan, Kennedy, Avobandito
Saturday 3rd December – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 2nd December – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 8th December – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Darren Cross, Jen Mize
Sunday 4th December – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Sam Newton
Sunday 4th December – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

ILona Brooks, John Chesher, Mark Lucas, Bill Hunt
Sunday 4th December – The Duck Inn, Sydney, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride feat. Anthea Sidiropoulos, Bruce Watson, Margaret & Bob Fagan
Saturday 3rd December – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans
Friday 2nd December – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 3rd December – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 4th December – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 8th December – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th December – The Factory, Sydney, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Friday 2nd December – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 2nd December to Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, NSW
Friday 9th December – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Karl Broadie’s “Leave On a Light” Tribute Album Launch feat. Amber Lawrence, Jasmine Rae, Amali Ward, Luke O’Shea, Den Hanrahan, Katie Brianna, Brett Hunt, Michael Carpenter
Thursday 8th December – The Bunker, Sydney, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 2nd December – Revesby Workers’ Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd December – Campbelltown Convention & Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th December – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW

Liam Gerner & The Sunset Pushers
Friday 2nd December – Lazy Bones, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd December – Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Little Wise
Friday 9th December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Matt Andersen
Friday 2nd December – The Music Lounge, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 3rd December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 4th December – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Mel Parsons
Friday 2nd December – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 4th December – Indi Bar, Scarborough Beach, WA

Pat and Kellie, Imogen Clark
Friday 9th December – The Acoustic Picnic, Sydney, NSW

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen
Saturday 3rd December – Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th December – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD

Ryan Adams
Tuesday 6th December – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Steve Poltz
Friday 2nd December – Ravenswood, Ravenswood, WA
Saturday 3rd December – The Charles, Perth , WA
Wednesday 7th December – Ararat PAC, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 8th December – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 9th December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Stray Hens
Friday 2nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-together
Saturday 3rd December – Annandale Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Newsagency 5th Bday Sessions feat. Alison Avron, Kent Eastwood
Thursday 8th December – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Petersham Bowling Club Community Christmas Party
Sunday 4th December – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Rhythm Hut Christmas Party feat. 19-Twenty, Lime and Steel, Night Kite
Friday 9th December – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Sunday 4th December – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Tallest Man On Earth
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW
Wednesday 7th December – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

The Western Distributors
Sunday 4th December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Willing Ponies
Sunday 4th December – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Friday 2nd December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd December – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 4th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tom West
Friday 4th December – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tower of Song – A Tribute to Leonard Cohen
Friday 2nd December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Rose Hip” – Fairport Convention

Pekka Kuusisto and the Australian Chamber Orchestra Perform with Sam Amidon in Murder Redemption

Murder Redemption
Image Courtesy of the Australian Chamber Orchestra

This coming February classical music mastermind Pekka Kuusisto will be teaming with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and American folkster Sam Amidon for a series of shows titled Murder Redemption.

The shows are being billed as “a stunning concert experience that takes the listener on a vivid journey from darkness into light” and will see the artists reimagine folk masterpieces reimagined by indie-classical composer Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon himself.

Murder Redemption will be performed around the country through the first half of February – check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 2nd February – Newcastle City Hallm Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th February – Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 5th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 6th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 7th February – Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 8th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th February – Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, NSW
Monday 13th February – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 14th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2015

2015

Ok, so we have one final best of list to round out the week and then I promise you we’re done. Our illustrious Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans has sifted through the wealth of music that’s been released this year and whittled it down to his top 25 tracks of 2015. Some of these are album tracks that haven’t been released as singles, some are singles from albums that were released last year and at least one or two have only seen light as live versions – but one thing that’s certain is that this is a pretty good snapshot of all of the music we’ve been loving throughout the year.

So without further ado please enjoy Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2015.

1. Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”
While I loved the direction that Sufjan Stevens took with his Age of Adz album, when “Should Have Known Better” dropped earlier this year I almost wept. This was Stevens leaning back into to his acoustic roots without denying where his sound has evolved in recent years (the electronic middle eight in the track is a nice nod to Age of Adz). Despite the heavy subject matter of the track (“When I was three, three maybe four, She left us at that video store”) it is overwhelmingly uplifting and I can’t help but smile as I let the melody wash over me. It’s good to have you back Sufjan!

2. John Flanagan – “The Last of the Cassette Men”
A core element of “folk music” as an overarching genre is the story song and John Flanagan has written the best story song of the year, recounting the time Flanagan was tasked with driving his songwriting hero Paul Kelly to a show. John Flanagan’s easygoing, personal narrative style works perfectly in this track, almost aping the songwriting style of Kelly without descending into parody. With this track John Flanagan has proven himself a songwriting force to keep an eye on.

3. Packwood – “All Smoke Must Find Its Way Home”
With four EPs released this year there’s a wealth new Packwood material to choose from, but I can’t help but come back to “All Smoke Must Find Its Way Home”, his first single from 2015. The track is everything I want from a Packwood song – soaring melodies, delicate finger-picked guitar, orchestral arrangements (including a choir!) and Bayden Hine’s vulnerable vocal style. Another work of genius from Australia’s king of chamber folk.

4. Patrick James – “Bugs”
“Bugs” has been a standard of Patrick James’ live set for much of his career, including his time as a busker, but it’s only in 2015 that it’s been released as a single thanks to his debut album Outlier. What makes “Bugs” such a great song is hands down the chorus: a catchy, loopy piece of music that always stimulates a sing along. With live versions of “Bugs” available on the internet for years now I’m glad James has not gone crazy on the production of this track, keeping the arrangement subtle and familiar.

5. The Morrisons – “Wild Eleanor”
Despite being probably the most recognisable Bluegrass band in Sydney the amount of recorded music available from The Morrisons is pretty light on the ground. Which is why I’m so chuffed they’ve chosen to record and release one of my favourite of their tracks, “Wild Eleanor”. The frantic single shows off just how skilled each of the members of The Morrisons are. And yes, I even like the hokey clip shot at Sydney’s Hibernian House.

6. Laura Marling – “False Hope”
This is Laura Marling’s Dylan-going-electric moment. When “False Hope” hit earlier this year the first thing that fans noted was just how rock driven it was- Marling has swapped the acoustic guitar for a choppy electric and surrounded herself with a traditional rock lineup. But Laura Marling’s lyrical style and vocals shine through – you know this song is unmistakably a Laura Marling track despite the instrumentation and for that reason alone it’s something special.

7. Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton – “Waly Waly”
I was trying to put my finger on what it is about “Waly Waly” that stands out for me on the excellent album Declaration from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton and it hit me – about halfway through the song Ruth Hazleton brings in this minor led banjo lick that just, well, grooves. It’s that lick, and the minor arrangement over the chorus, that gets my toe tapping and my head bobbing every time. It’s not often that you mention the word “groove” in reference to a Child Ballad but that’s how clever Declaration from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton are.

8. Mumford & Sons – “Ditmas”
“But this is all I ever was, And this is all you came across those years ago, Now you go too far, Don’t tell me that I’ve changed because that’s not the truth, And now I’m losing you”. Could this be the catchiest chorus of 2015? Forget that Mumford & Sons ditched the banjo and the acoustic guitar – what they’ve created in “Ditmas” is the perfect Mumford & Sons song. Restrained verses, blistering choruses and lyrics you want to sing along to at the top of your lungs.

9. The Paper Kites – “A Silent Cause”
To be honest “Electric Indigo” has been the track on highest rotation from twelvefour for me this year, but every time I’m listening to the album from start to finish I always have to go back and listen to “A Silent Cause” again and again. It’s such a simple song – lead vocals, guitar and subtle vocal harmonies – but it’s just mesmerising. It’s a nod to The Paper Kites’ earlier work and there’s a real Paul Simon feel to the way its been written. “A Silent Cause” has not (yet) been released as a single from twelvefour but it’s definitely the standout for me.

10. Fanny Lumsden – “Soapbox”
Fanny Lumsden’s incredibly catchy single “Soapbox” is the driving force behind the success of her album Small Town Big Shot. The track’s driving back-beat courtesy of the clapping percussion drives the song forward and that banjo riff is so hum worthy. I love how crisp Lumsden’s vocals are on this track – you get to follow the narrative elements of the song without having to distance yourself from the rest of the instrumentation. It’s a great track to see live as well!

11. William Fitzsimmons – “Pittsburgh”
There’s such a lean-in quality to William Fitzsimmons’ voice – it’s so delicate over the top of his acoustic guitar and the result is beautiful. The album version of this song is supplemented by subtle piano, electric guitar and backing vocals but if you’ve managed to hear any of the live versions floating around Youtube you’ll know just how good this song is with just Fitzsimmons and his guitar.

12. Matt Corby – “Monday”
The first new music from Matt Corby in quite a while ends up being classic Matt Corby. That layered, looped vocal and hand percussion. The blues inspired melody. That voice. It’s good to have you back Matt Corby.

13. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “S.O.B.”
The transformation of Nathaniel Rateliff from sensitive acoustic singer-songwriter to full blown gospel-blues master has been one of the unexpected joys of 2015. Together with his outstanding band The Night Sweats, Rateliff released one of the year’s catchiest tunes in “S.O.B.” complete with a Blue Brothers inspired video.

14. Bellowhead – “Roll Alabama”
Bellowhead tempered the news that they’d be wrapping things up this year with the release of their new single “Roll Alabama”. The track is filled with Bellowhead’s usual bombast but also manages to balance this with fine arrangement – at no point is the song overwhelmed by the instrumentation. The clip for “Roll Alabama” is a loving ode to Bellowhead as a live band, making me wish they’d made the trip to Australia at least once.

15. The East Pointers – “The Drift”
I love that the tenor banjo, after being maligned by its five stringed cousin in recent years, is making a bit of a resurgence. And Canadian trio The East Pointers are leading the tenor banjo charge. I love the way “The Drift” plays with tempos and instrumentation, building and dropping throughout, providing texture to the traditionally inspired music. A highlight from Secret Victory which is stuffed full of amazing tracks.

16. Yetis – “Luckiest Guy Alive”
Yetis were another band that we said goodbye to in 2015 but who left us with an amazing goodbye track. “Luckiest Guy Alive” is beautiful – five part harmonies over a solo piano – and it just seems to sore. I’m not sure Yetis every really reached their full potential and I would have loved to have seen more from them before they went their seperate ways – but “Luckiest Guy Alive” is a nice way to say goodbye.

17. Boy & Bear – “Walk the Wire”
Boy & Bear have embraced the 70s and early 80s on their new album Limit of Love and the greatest example of this is “Walk the Wire”. Embracing synths and crisp guitars, “Walk the Wire” still has that undeniable Boy & Bear groove to bop your head along to. The video is also hilarious – don’t just listen to this track on YouTube in the backgound, make sure you give it your full attention.

18. Ruby Boots – “Wrap Me In A Fever”
No this is country music. Ruby Boots’ big voice just powers through this track as the drums shuffle, the steel guitar twangs and an organ adds just a touch of class. “Wrap Me In A Fever” is a song full of heartbreak and lonliness but Ruby Boots also imbues a sense of strength into it with her big voice.

19. Gurrumul & Paul Kelly – “Amazing Grace”
The moment I heard that Gurrumul was turning his voice to gospel music for his latest album my first thought was “why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?”. The fact that he’s joined by Paul Kelly on possibly the most iconic gospel song of all time is just incredible. Here are two artists at their best breathing life into a classic and reinventing it for an Australian audience.

20. Passenger – “Fools Gold”
The ever prolific Passenger this year released an album (Whispers II) and then a series of videos for brand new songs that were shot while he toured the world. To be honest I could have picked any number of the songs that Passenger released this year but this is the one that stuck in my head. The song is textbook Passenger – delicate vocals over finger-picked guitar – but that little lick at the start and the “Hey-ey-ey” of the chorus are what gives “Fools Gold” the ear-worm quality.

21. Josh Pyke – “Hollering Hearts”
From the opening ukulele to the “oh oh oh” backing vocals there’s something insanely catchy about this song. No one quite writes folk-flavoured pop music like Josh Pyke and “Hollering Hearts” is pretty much a perfect Josh Pyke tune. I’m not sure how I feel about the lyric video (if you’re going to go to that much effort animating it why not just make a video?) but at the end of the day this is all about the music.

22. Falls – “When We Were Young”
I chose to post the live version of this song purely for the nostalgia of it. This is Falls performing at the Hotel Hollywood in Sydney during one of their rare visits back to our shores – and for these guys this is where it all started. I love how infectious this song is, almost willing you to clap along and stomp your feet. Of all the new material on Omaha this is the track that really captured me – I feel like it’s the bridge between their Hollywood EP and the tracks they’ve been writing since they’ve relocated to the USA.

23. Sam Amidon – “Blue Mountains”
“Blue Mountains” is not taken from Sam Amidon’s 2015 album of home and field recordings Home Alone Inside My Head but is rather the final single from his amazing 2014 record Lily-O. This is Amidon at his most coherent and accessible – the track has a pretty conservative structure and vocal line which is something he’s not always known for. I love the 6/8 drum beat that comes in about half way through this song giving it that extra drive, and of course Amidon’s meandering fiddle lines are just beautiful.

24. We Banjo 3 feat. Sharon Shannon – “The Fox”
This is traditional music at its most polished, with none of the rough edges you’ll find on other versions of this classic track. But that’s not a bad thing – We Banjo 3 have perfectly captured the rollicking fun of “The Fox”. Strangely Sharon Shannon’s accordion seems to be relegated to the back of the mix until they break into the reel two thirds of the way through (known as “Clumsy Lover” for those of you playing at home) – but I guess that’s why this is We Banjo 3 featuring Sharon Shannon and not the other way around.

25. Nick Payne – “Old Sydney Town”
I’ve had the pleasure of watching Nick Payne workshopping his convict folk song at jam sessions and festivals over the past 18 months and what he’s managed to capture on tape is pretty bang on what you’ll get live. I love the old time feel of this track and the fine group of musicians he’s managed to amass to accompany him (including many members of his band Dear Orphans) elevate the song to another level. I love the “behind the music” style of the video as well – very nice.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Imogen Clark announced her new EP Love & Lovely Lies along with a launch show in October. Details here

– This Sunday’s Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney will feature Darren Cross and William Crighton. Details here

Sam Amidon released an album of home recordings titled Home Alone Inside My Head. Details here

– Sydney roots trio Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars released their new video “A Lover And A Fool”. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Ayleen O’Hanlon, “Send Me Spinning”. Details here

– Adelaide band The Timbers have released their new single “All I’ve Got Time For” and have announced a national tour. Details here

The Weeping Willows will be hosting Americana Hayride in Melbourne at the end of October featuring Bill Chambers, Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri and Dan Waters, Bill Jackson. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Brisbane’s Youngsmith, “Wither”. Details here

– The September Live ‘n’ Lounging will feature The Bollands, The Campervan Dancers, Kay Proudlove and Huckleberry Hastings. Details here

– Blues rockers The Snowdroppers head out on a national tour from today. Details here

Aldous Harding released her new video “Stop Your Tears”. Details here

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– We contributed to the September mixtape from Americana Australia along with Post To Wire and Unpaved. Take a listen here

Releases This Week

Heath Cullen
OutsidersHeath Cullen
Bandcamp

Packwood
VernalPackwood
Bandcamp

Suzannah Espie
Mothers Not Feeling Herself TodaySuzannah Espie
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Ayleen O’Hanlon w/ Tobias Hengeveld, Georgia Spain

Ayleen O'Hanlon

The stunning Ayleen O’Hanlon will officially launch her brand new album Blend and Spill with a show at The Toff in Town this Sunday. O’Hanlon’s been winning a lot of fans recently and this show is the perfect way to see what all the fuss is about.

Sunday 6th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Aldous Harding
Friday 11th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Ash Grunwald
Thursday 10th September – The Rosemount Hotel, Nth Perth, WA
Friday 11th September – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA

Ayleen O’Hanlon
Sunday 6th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Friday 4th September – Lennox Point Hotel, Lennox Head, NSW
Saturday 5th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 6th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolabah, QLD

Falls
Tuesday 8th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Thursday 10th September – Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Folk By The Sea
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Kiama, NSW

Folkswagon feat. The Bollands, The Campervan Dancers, Big Strong Brute
Wednesday 9th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Darren Cross, William Crighton
Sunday 6th September – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Immigrant Union
Friday 4th September – David Bowie Late Nights @ ACMI, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th September – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 4th September – Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th September – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th September – Trinity, Adelaide, SA

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Friday 4th September – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 5th September – The Stables, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 6th September – Acoustic Sunday @ The Silver Shed, Millthorpe, NSW
Thursday 10th September – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 11th September – Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn SA

Mark Lucas
Wednesday 9th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ Tift Merritt
Friday 4th September – National Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th September – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, QLD

Perch Creek
Friday 4th September – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th September – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 6th September – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 4th September – Arnhem Club, Nhulunbuy, NT
Saturday 5th September – Arnhem Club, Nhulunbuy, NT

Redland Spring Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Cleveland, QLD

Sian Evans
Sunday 6th September – Carnival on Collins, Cairns, QLD

The Buck Loner Revue
Sunday 6th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Mae Trio
Friday 11th September – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Friday 4th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 5th September – Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 10th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolaba, QLD

The Timbers
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW

The Waifs
Thursday 10th September – Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, WA

Tom West
Friday 4th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th September – Cootha Classic, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 6th September – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 8th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Wirrina Cove, SA

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 4th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th September – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 6th September – UC Refectory, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Summer Before the War” – Fairport Convention

When I was a child our family went to the UK and Ireland for an extended three month holiday, much of which was spent in the car driving from place to place. Our soundtrack for that trip was a tape of Fairport Convention’s 1988 album Red and Gold. The album itself is over-produced in that 80s let’s-put-synths-on-everything kind of way but the songs are pretty special. Red and Gold always make me think of Summer in England.

Sam Amidon Releases Album of Home Recordings

Sam Amidon
Image Courtesy of Sam Amidon

Last week American folk singer Sam Amidon released his album Home Alone Inside My Head with almost no fanfare. The album features field recordings but in true Sam Amidon fashion he’s collected them from himself, recording them in his New York apartment.

“It was recorded onto my trusty Marantz tape recorder, mostly at my apartment in Yonkers NY, over the course of winter/spring 2002,” Sam Amidon explained. “I went on a long kayak ride in the northern seas and came back with the idea to make Home Alone Inside My Head. I carried the tape recorder around wherever I went, and made these self-induced field recordings as they emerged from inside. The first song, “Sally Gal,” is a fiddle tune that was first recorded by a Black fiddle player named Will Adam. Most of the other pieces were improvised/composed by myself with a couple other exceptions, including the track where I play along with some women singing; that one is a field recording of Ottawa Indians singing a melody that I had first heard in an old old Shape Note hymn.”

Stream the entirety of Home Alone Inside My Head below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Morrisons will be heading to The Vanguard in Sydney for a series of O Brother Where Art Thou? tribute shows featuring Brian Campeau, Lucky Luke, Georgia Mooney, Hannah Crofts, Katie Wighton, Luke Escombe and more. Details here

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have announced their new album The Traveling Kind ahead of their Australian tour. Details here

– Melbourne country-rock four-piece Raised By Eagles released their new album this week and gave us a taste with a stream of two of the tracks. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk band Yetis have called it a day releasing a final video for their track “Luckiest Guy Alive”. Details here

Sam Amidon released his new video “Blue Mountains”. Details here

– To celebrate the release of his new album Whispers II Passenger has released a short film. Details here

– Adelaide band Oliver’s Army released their stunning new video “Liquor Store”. Details here

The Milk Carton Kids finally revealed their Australian tour dates. Details here

– And The Milk Carton Kids also revealed a new track “The Secrets of the Stars”. Details here

Mumford & Sons will celebrate the release of their new album in Australia with a Sydney pop up bar, and they’ve also started streaming a live version of the track “Snake Eyes”. Details here

– Sydney Americana artist James Thomson announced details of his new album Cold Moon. Details here

Dan Parsons released the video for his new track “I’ll Live and I’ll Die”. Details here

Ryan Adams announced Splendour sideshows with Jenny Lewis. Details here

Of Monsters and Men also announced Splendour sideshows. Details here

Releases This Week

Great Lake Swimmers
A Forest of ArmsGreat Lake Swimmers
iTunes

Marlon Williams
Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams
iTunes

Passenger
Whispers IIPassenger
iTunes

Raised By Eagles
Diamonds in the BloodstreamRaised By Eagles
iTunes

Ruby Boots
SolitudeRuby Boots
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

These Machines Cut Razor Wire feat. Jeff Lang Band, Kavisha Mazzelia, Les Thomas Band, Little Foot

Jeff Lang

Watching some of the best in folk music while raising money for a good cause? Yes please! These Machines Cut Razor Wire will be holding it’s fifth annual event to raise money for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre with performances from Jeff Lang Band, Kavisha Mazzelia, Les Thomas Band and Little Foot

Sunday 26th April – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alex Edwards
Friday 24th April – Tall Poppy Studios, Brisbane, QLD

Australian Celtic Festival
Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May – Glen Innes, NSW

Betty & Oswald
Saturday 25th April – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD
Sunday 26th April – The Milk Factory, Brisbane QLD

Brad Butcher
Friday 24th April – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 25th April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Buffalo Nickel
Wednesday 29th April – Yinnar Pub, Gippsland, VIC
Thursday 30th April – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd May – Karuah Bluegrass Music Festival, Karuah, NSW

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 24th April – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 25th April – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 26th April – The Workers Club, Fitzroy, VIC

Elwood Myre
Saturday 25th April – Private Event, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Sunday 26th April – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty Music Festival, Mt Beauty, VIC

Laura Jean and Aldous Harding
Saturday 25th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gale & the Ponytails
Friday 24th April – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Sunday 26th April – Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Mt Beauty Music Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty, VIC

Ruby Boots, Fanny Lumsden, Cookie Baker, Amber Rae Slade
Saturday 25th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

St Albans Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – St Albans, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 24th April – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 1st May – Kidgeeridge Music Festival, Lake Conjola, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 1st May – Lithgow Workies, Lithgow, NSW

The String Contingent
Monday 27th April – Yackandandah House Concert, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 29th April – Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Temora Town Hall Theatre, Temora, NSW
Friday 1st May – Mechanics Institute Hall, Moruya, NSW

These Machines Cut Razor Wire feat. Jeff Lang, Les Thomas, Kavisha Mazzelia and Little Foot
Sunday 26th April – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Wintermoon Festival
Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May – Cameron’s Pocket, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Lark In The Clear Air/Olam Punch” – The Chieftains with Punch Brothers

I’ve been trying to learn the stunning waltz “The Lark In The Clear Air” this week after hearing it on a podcast. I thought I’d share this stunning version from The Chieftains amazing T Bone Burnett produced album Voice of Ages.

Watch the New Sam Amidon Video “Blue Mountains”

Sam Amidon
Image Courtesy of Sam Amidon

American folk-singer Sam Amidon has just released his stunning new video “Blue Mountains”. The track is taken from Amidon’s amazing new album Lily-O and is a fine example of the innovative traditional music that he’s creating right now.

Check out the video for “Blue Mountains” below:

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2014

Records

It that’s time of year again when we sit down and wade through the wealth of amazing releases from throughout 2014 and try to put them into some sort of order. For the past few years we’ve asked Timber and Steel contributors to list their top five albums or EPs from the past 12 months, but this year we thought it was time to provide a single, consolidated list.

It was another cracker year for folk and acoustic music and putting this list together was so difficult – you’ll notice that there’s a few omissions that were on our Ten Albums and EPs From the First Half of 2014 You Should Own showing just how strong the last six months were.

So here it is, our top 25 albums and EPs from 2014. Hopefully your favourite is here or you’ll discover some of the fantastic music from the year that was.

Nick Mulvey

1. Nick MulveyFirst Mind
While Timber and Steel skews towards Australian music I’m always interested to see what’s happening in the folk scenes around the world, in particular the UK and USA. The amount of music from overseas can be overwhelming so I usually go to sources I trust – and the top of that list is the Communion community which is where I discovered Nick Mulvey.

There’s something really special about the way Nick Mulvey approaches songwriting – manipulating his guitar into non-standard tunings with multiple capos, building rhythms and riffs on top of each other and layering in his understated vocals. The entire album is insanely listenable and while highlights are hard to pick the singles – “First Mind”, “Fever to the Form”, “Cucurucu” and “Meet Me There” – always stand out.

I hope that when Nick Mulvey visited our shores earlier this year he gained more than a handful of Australian fans because I’d love to see him back here at some point. His music is simply magical.

Caitlin Harnett

2. Caitlin HarnettThe River Runs North
Where did you come from Caitlin Harnett? Well, I know where you came from. I’ve seen you a number of times over the years in and around Sydney. But when The River Runs North came out it completely blindsided me. Here is one of the most powerful, sensitive, eloquent and strong releases of the year. Caitlin Harnett has a clear musical voice that shines through on the most exciting debut in Australia in 2014.

Sam Amidon

3. Sam AmidonLily-O
2013’s Bright Sunny South was such a revelation for me, the way Sam Amidon was able to reinvent traditional music. I thought it would be impossible to top but then Lily-O came along and all my epectations were blown out of the water. Maybe it’s his work with jazz guitarist Bill Frisell this time around. Or that Lily-O is a little more rhythm section driven than Amidon’s previous effort. Whatever it is, this album is a masterpiece that I just can’t stop listening to. Can’t wait to see you try and top this one Sam Amidon!

Husky

4. HuskyRuckers Hill
“I’m Not Coming Back” announced Husky’s triumphant return with their second full length album Ruckers Hill, giving us another slice of indie-folk goodness. Husky Gawenda’s songwriting is at its best with gutsy melodies and sweet harmonies all over this album. I feel like Husky’s sound has been cemented here – they’ve grown up without losing their essence, without feeling the need to reinvent. I was lucky enough to make it to the Sydney launch of Ruckers Hill and I can say that all of the tracks translate really well live which is just the icing on the cake.

Sweet Jean

5. Sweet JeanGreetings From Goodbye
Sime and Alice from Sweet Jean refer to Greetings From Goodbye as their “folk album” – a strange turn of phrase considering folk is at the heart of pretty much everything they produce. But when you sit down and listen to Greetings From Goodbye you understand exactly what they mean. Recording in the duo’s converted-laundry studio and featuring traditionals, covers and originals, the album is a laid back, stripped back, heartbreaking masterpiece that sucks you in and leaves you wanting more (seven tracks is never enough).

Bears Den

6. Bear’s DenIslands
When I asked Kevin Jones why he and Andrew Davie ended their original band Cherbourg to only then start Bear’s Den he said “It was quite a set formula with Cherbourg and I think we’re all multi-instrumentalists in Bear’s Den and it allows us to be a lot more fluid with the sort of sounds we can make and what we choose to do with them”. And this fluidity has culminated in Islands. The album has some really touching folky moments in tracks like “Elysium”, “Above The Clouds of Pompeii” and “Isaac” but is not afraid to embrace the rock side of the spectrum as well with the likes of “Think of England”. A wonderful album that I just can’t put down.

JVM

7. James Vincent McMorrowPost Tropical
Post Tropical would have made my best of list last year if its release wasn’t delayed until January – even though I had an advance copy at the end of 2013 I still consider this a 2014 release. Post Tropical is the evolution of James Vincent McMorrow from acoustic singer-songwriter to synth-driven, pop purveyor. This will likely be the last album of McMorrow’s that we cover – there’s an essence of folk in tracks like “Look Out”, “Gold” and “Red Dust” but it feels like he’s saying goodbye to the genre. As a transitional record I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

OCMS

8. Old Crow Medicine ShowRemedy
When this album came out I listened to it non-stop for two weeks. Everything else fell by the wayside as I found myself transported to Tennessee and beyond, travelling with the world’s best string band. Sure, some tracks are silly (“Brushy Mountain Conjugal Visit”, “8 Dogs 8 Banjos”) and their latest Bob Dylan collaboration on “Sweet Amarillo” is no “Wagon Wheel”, but the album as a whole is one of my favourites to date from Old Crow Medicine Show and is well worth investing time in. In fact I might go and listen to it right now.

Passenger

9. PassengerWhispers
Passenger has faced down the pressure of following up the massive international success of All The Little Lights by producing another classic in Whispers. It’s a little more slickly produced than his previous work but at the core of Whispers is the solid songwriting and storytelling that Passenger is renowned for. And the more I listen to it the more I’m convinced that “Heart’s on Fire” is my favourite Passenger song to date.

Bellowhead

10. BellowheadRevival
I love Bellowhead dearly but sometimes their bombasity makes it difficult to make it through an entire album in one sitting. But with Revival this all changes making it their most listenable album to date. Jon Boden’s voice is still in fine form (and fast becoming synonymous with modern English traditional music) and the arrangement of each track is pitch perfect. I love their version of Richard Thompson’s “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight”, the only contemporary song amongst eleven traditionals but its the instrumental “Jack Lintel’s Jig” that is by far and away my favourite.

Jack and Charlie

11. Jack McNeill and Charlie HeysAny Other Morning
A contemporary folk gem, combining fiddle, guitar and the Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys’ beautiful voices in some of the best music of the year.

Jack Carty

12. Jack CartyEsk
Jack Carty finally seems happy in his 2014 offering, but don’t let that scare you away – Esk is his most mature record to date and confirms Carty as one of the finest songwriters in the country.

First Aid Kit

13. First Aid KitStay Gold
Filled with lush arrangements, beautiful harmonies and First Aid Kit’s trademark cascading lyrics, Stay Gold transports you to a 70s summer somewhere on the west coast of the USA.

Patrick James

14. Patrick JamesBroken Lines
Patrick James’ output is consistently brilliant and Broken Lines sees him continue to shine as a songwriter creating little drops of folk gold with every lyric, chord and melody.

The Staves

15. The StavesBlood I Bled
It may only be a precursor to their upcoming Justin Vernon produced album If I Was, due in January next year, but Blood I Bled is three songs of pure harmonic wonder and joy that you need to buy right now.

One Up Two Down

16. One Up, Two DownOne Up, Two Down
On the surface this is a bluegrass release but One Up, Two Down are so well versed in the folk traditions that you can feel celtic, blues and country influences creeping in to make a wonderful, folky mess.

Davidson Brothers

17. Davidson BrothersWanderlust
The Davidson Brothers are not only some of the best musicians – of any genre – in Australia but they’re also amazing bluegrass songwriters – I just couldn’t stop listening to Wanderlust when it was released this year.

Jordan Millar

18. Jordan MillarThe Wheel EP
The song “If Only…” sucked me into this EP early and I stayed because I love the way Jordan Millar writes pop music – although I suspect he’s a folkie at heart.

Kasey Chambers

19. Kasey ChambersBittersweet
There’s so much to love about Bittersweet, from its old-timey Americana influences to the collaborations with Bernard Fanning, Dan Kelly, Bill Chambers and more, that I reckon it could be Kasey Chambers’ best solo effort yet.

Stu Larsen

20. Stu LarsenVagabond
Travelling the world, playing to thousands of people every night – none of this deterred Stu Larsen from creating an intimate, stripped back album with Vagabond, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

New Moon

21. Sarah HumphreysNew Moon
This has been a big year of change for Sarah Humphreys and this has bled into her music – the cutesy pop-folk princess has been dismantled and in her place a confident, mature singer-songwriter has emerged.

Emma Swift

22. Emma SwiftEmma Swift
There’s nothing technically amazing about Emma Swift’s self titled EP, but its simple, stripped back, three-chords-and-the-truth style harkens back to country music of old and is one of the most honest releases of the year.

Little May

23. Little MayLittle May
Epic indie-folk from the Sydney trio whose star is most definitely on the rise, the EP is full of hamonies, building crescendos and catchy melodies.

Winter Pick

24. Justin BernasconiWinter Pick
Justin Bernasconi is one of the best folk/country/blues guitarists in the business right now and Winter Pick is full to the brim with awe inspiring instrumentals and deceptively laidback songs.

Aubergine

25. Green Mohair SuitsAubergine
I honestly wasn’t expecting to like Aubergine as much as I do but I was so impressed with just how tight it is, how good the songwriting is and how much fun The Green Mohair Suits are having taking Bluegrass seriously.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th August

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Vance Joy revealed another new video from his upcoming debut album, “First Time”. Details here

– Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s have announced their August edition which will feature a set from Oh Willy Dear. Details here

– Adelaide’s Todd Sibbin and the Acadian Driftwood are streaming their new album A Set Of Knives, A Pair Of Pens. Details here

– The John Butler Trio vented some rage with their new video “How You Sleep At Night”. Details here

Sweet Jean launched their new mini-album Greetings From Goodbye in Sydney last night and we’re streaming it online. Details here

Little Features have announced their August lineup including Mimi Gilbert, Lissa, Brendon Moon, Sarah Dahl and James Griffin. Details here

– Irish-American supergroup The Gloaming have added a Sydney show to their Australian visit this October. Details here

– Melbourne folk duo Flash Company have treated us to a couple of live videos. Details here

– Following his recent Australian tour Ben Howard has released his new single “End of the Affair”. Details here

Sam Amidon has announced details of his new album Lily-O as well as the first single “Walkin’ Boss”. Details here

Eliza and the Bear have just revealed their poppy new single “Light It Up”. Details here

– Sydney artist Arbori has released his folk-hip-hop track “Walls” – trust me, it works. Details here

– Sydney based folk band The Button Collective released their new video “On The Road”. Details here

Josh Pyke has announced details of his annual Busking for Change show, this year featuring Urthboy. Details here

– Canberra’s Sparrow-Folk have released their latest comedy folk video “Grumpy Little Manny”. Details here

Justin Townes Earle has announced a string of sideshows when he’s in the country for Out On The Weekend with Lindi Ortega and Marlon Williams in support. Details here

– The national tour from Sydney’s Spookyland kicked off this week. Details here

– Irish duo The Lost Brothers announced details of their new album New Songs Of Dawn and Dust. Details here

Daniel Lee Kendall has revealed the details of his upcoming album Daniel Lee Kendall Is Dead along with the new video for “Under a Spell”. Details here

Billy The Kid is a name to watch, and she’s recording her new album with Frank Turner. Details here

– Melbourne’s Sleepy Dreamers have announced a launch show in September for their upcoming single “Hunk”. Details here

Releases This Week

Sweet Jean
Greetings From GoodbyeSweet Jean
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Winterbourne

Winterbourne

Central Coast duo Winterbourne will be launching their new EP All But the Sun at a very special early-evening show at The Lair at The Metro in Sydney. The duo have just been announced as supports for Patrick James’ upcoming tour so this will be a great chnace to see them before they hit the road

Saturday 16th August – The Lair at The Metro, Sydney, NSW
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Gigs Next Week

Bob Dylan
Friday 15th August – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Monday 18th August – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 19th August – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 20th August – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st August – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Bree De Rome
Friday 15th August – Rabbit and Cocoon, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 16th August – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 15th August – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 16th August – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale, NSW
Thursday 21st August – Collector Hotel, Parramatta, NSW
Friday 22nd August – The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW

Darren Cross
Saturday 16th August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 15th August – Happy Yess, Darwin, NT

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Thursday 21st August – Sookie Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 22nd August – Baha in Rye, Rye, VIC

Luke Morris
Saturday 16th August – The Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Friday 15th August – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Saturday 16th August – Baby Black Café, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 17th August – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Nova and the Experience
Friday 15th August – The Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th August – The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Oliver Downes
Saturday 16th August – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

Taliska
Thursday 21st August — Mamma Vittoria, Fitzroy, VIC

Spookyland
Friday 15th August – JAM Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 22nd August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Tobias Hengeveld
Friday 15th August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Tracy McNeil
Friday 22nd August – Lefties Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Vincent Cross
Friday 15th August – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW
Saturday 16th August – The Supper Club, Nundle, NSW
Tuesday 19th August – The Bug, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 21st August – No.5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 22nd August – The Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW

Winterbourne
Saturday 16th August – The Lair at The Metro, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Miss Misery” – Elliott Smith

I don’t think I need to explain why I’ve chosen today’s song. Just remember that depression and mental illness affect so many people and it always pays to ask, “Are You OK?”.

Sam Amidon Announces Details of His New Album Lily-O

Sam Amidon
Image Courtesy of Sam Amidon

We’re huge fans of folk-singer Sam Amidon so got pretty excited when we heard there’s a new album on the way. Amidon has a very unique way of re-imagnining traditional and contemporary songs and it looks like the new album will be more of the same.

Titled Lily-O the new album was recorded in Reykjavik alongside jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro and is due for release on the 30th September.

“I decided to put us all in a room together in Reykjavik for a few days,” Amidon Explained. “I knew if I got Bill together with those guys they would get into a deep situation. I imagined that we would do something weird and fiddle-based, but when we got in there it just felt great to sing the songs I had gathered. Recording took about four days. I’d teach them the basic structure of the song; we’d do a few takes, and move on to a new one. There’s maybe one or two overdubs but otherwise you’re hearing what we played.”

Check out the first cut from Lily-O, “Walkin’ Boss”, below:

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