Thank Folk It’s Friday – 9th May


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Felice Brothers have released their first single in three years, “Cherry Licorice”. Details here

– NSW based singer-songwriter Timothy James Bowen has a bunch of east coast dates this month as well as a brand new live video for the track “Breathe Easy”. Details here

– The new folk and Americana show on Double J, hosted by Emma Swift, kicked off this week. Details here

– South Australian singer-songwriter Sam Brittain is heading out on tour to launch his new album. Details here

– The one and only Stu Larsen will be releasing his debut album Vagabond in July. Details here

– Tonight the May edition of Sydney’s MoFo will take place at The Gaelic Club featuring Huckleberry Hastings and Brendon Moon. Details here

– We gave you the exclusive first look at the new Dan and Amy video “Pretend”. Details here

Splendour in the Grass sideshows have been announced for Ben Howard, First Aid Kit, Mikhael Paskalev and The Head and the Heart. Details here

Nick Mulvey has released another new video in the form of “Meet Me There”. Details here

Mark Wilkinson has added some major city dates to his current national tour this July. Details here

– Perth’s Ruby Boots has just released her new EP which you can stream online. Details here

The Lurkers have just released their new clip “Mining Man”. Details here

– The new Al Parkinson single “Like This” has been officially released. Details here

– Get a taster of Nick Payne’s (Dear Orphans) solo material with a live clip for “My Darling” featuring Katie Brianna. Details here

– Folktronica artist Caitlin Park has released her new gender-bending video “Lemonade”. Details here

Busby Marou have released their new video for “My Second Mistake” and announced a tour this July and August. Details here

– Adeladie’s Todd Sibbin has returned with his new band Todd Sibbin and the Acadian Driftwood sharing a new clip and tour dates. Details here

– Alt-country duo Jep and Dep have released their brand new video “Babe Come Down”. Details here

– Next weekend the Sydney Blues and Roots Festival is holding an Autumn edition in Sydney’s west. Details here


On Sunday Timber and Steel celebrated its forth birthday. Check out our annual editorial from Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans here

Releases This Week

Little Bastard
Little BastardLittle Bastard

Luka Bloom
Head and HeartLuka Bloom

First Mind
First MindNick Mulvey

ATLASOwls of the Swamp

Timber and Steel Presents

Scott Matthew

Scott Matthew

Sunday 11th May – Brew, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 12th May – Mandala Organic Arts Cafe, Gold Coast, QLD
Tuesday 13th May – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 14th May – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Timothy James Bowen


We’ve been fans of singer-songwriter Timothy James Bowen for a while now, even though he hasn’t featured a lot on the blog. If you’re in NSW you should check out one of these shows to see just why we think he’s something special

Sunday 11th May – House concert, Bulli, NSW
Friday 16th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Friday 9th May – Regent Cinema, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 10th May – Deakin’s Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 11th May – Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC
Wednesday 14th May – Lismore Workers Club, Lismore, NSW
Thursday 15th May – C.ex Club, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Friday 16th May – Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW

Claude Hay
Thursday 15th May – Venue TBC, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th May – O’Neill’s Pub, Dickson, ACT

Daniel Champagne
Friday 9th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th May – Tattersalls Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 15th May – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 16th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt
Friday 16th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Ella Hooper
Friday 9th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 15th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers w/ Katie Brianna and Emma Beau
Thursday 15th May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW

Hayden Calnin w/ Eliza Hull
Friday 9th May – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Jep and Dep w/ The Weeping Willows
Saturday 10th May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Thursday 15th May – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 16th May – Electric Playground, Brisbane, QLD

Little Wise
Sunday 11th May – Kingston City Arts Festival, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 9th May – Glebe Cafe Church, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th May – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 16th May – Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns, QLD

Melbourne Folk Club w/ Mick Thomas, Suzannah Espie, Marlon Williams
Wednesday 14th May – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

MoFo feat. Huckleberry Hastings, Brendon Moon
Friday 9th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Owen Campbell
Friday 9th May — Mudgee Brewing Company, Mudgee, NSW
Saturday 10th May — TAB Garden Hotel, Dubbo, NSW
Sunday 11th May — Towradgi Beach Hotel, NSW
Thursday 15th May — The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Friday 16th May — Goondiwindi River Jam, Goondiwindi, QLD

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Friday 9th May – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th May – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Sam Brittain
Friday 9th May – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Scott Matthew
Sunday 11th May – Brew, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 12th May – Mandala Organic Arts Cafe, Gold Coast, QLD
Tuesday 13th May – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 14th May – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Blues and Roots Festival Autumn Edition
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May – Windsor, NSW

The Beards
Friday 9th May – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 10th May – Collector Tavern, Parramatta, NSW

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 9th May – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 10th May – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th May – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Monday 12th May – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 9th May – Albion Hotel, Albury, NSW
Saturday 10th May – Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC

Timothy James Bowen
Sunday 11th May – House concert, Bulli, NSW
Friday 16th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Todd Sibbin and the Arcadian Driftwood
Saturday 10th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Vance Joy
Friday 16th May – The Metro, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Youth” – Daughter

Daughter have become a favourite on the indie scene worldwide but for us our love affair began with the band’s early, folky single “Youth”

Sam Brittain Announces Album Launch Tour

Sam Brittain
Image Courtesy of Sam Brittain

South Australian singer-songwriter Sam Brittain will be releasing his highly anticipated new album Live Simply at the beginning of May (the exact date to be confirmed) and to celebrate he’s about to head out on tour.

The tour will take in dates all over the country and will feature Melbourne duo Amistat in support. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 9th May – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th May – The Promethean Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 22nd May – The Ellington, Perth, WA
Saturday 24th May – Happy Yess, Darwin, NT
Friday 30th May – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 1st June – Garden Party, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 5th June – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st June


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Wes Carr’s Buffalo Tales project hits the road this Friday for Timber and Steel with dates planned in NSW, VIC and SA. Details here

– Before she heads out on tour supporting Whitley, Esther Holt has a brand new video for the track “Rock Me Through The Night”. Details here

JamGrass announced their second artist lineup including Mustered Courage, Davidson Brothers, Bill Jackson Band, The Rusty Datsuns, Appalachian Heaven String Band, Jimi Hocking’s Blue Mandolin and The Morrisons. Details here

– South Australian singer-songwriter Sam Brittain has announced a national tour through July and August. Details here

– Sydney five-piece Castlecomer are heading out on tour in August and September to support their new EP Lone Survivor. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Vance Joy has announced a headline tour this August. Details here

Okkervil River have announced plans to release their new album The Silver Gymnasium this September and have already revealed the first single “It Was My Season”. Details here

– Justin Vernon’s side project, Volcano Choir, has a new single out called “Bygone”. Details here

– Sydney’s Little Features night has announced it’s June lineup including Matt De, Liam Gale, Baby Lips and The Silhouettes, Charlie Gradon and Fanny Lumsden and the Thrillseekers. Details here

– Brother-sister duo Dan & Hannah Acfield are touring the east coast from the end of the month. Details here

Timber and Steel was lucky enough to be treated to the exclusive first viewing of Sam Buckingham’s new video “Follow You”. Details here

Thelma Plum has released a really sweet video for her latest single “Dollar”. Details here

– Check out the new video from the latest Communion Records signing Nick Mulvey. Details here


“We all fell in love with country music at different moments in our lives but I think the main attraction was the potential for some sweet, sweet harmonies. The song titles get us too – my personal favourite is “I Don’t Know Whether to Kill Myself or Go Bowling”.”Katie Wighton from All Our Texas Live In Texas chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“The last couple of shows I’ve played have been truly beautiful experiences. I think I got up on the stage and realised that these people have come to this place to hear something that I get to create. That’s a crazy thing to do, to put yourself out there, to play your songs for a bunch of people. That conceptually, at its fundamental level, is incredible”Matt Corby chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here


“I was really made to feel at home and sensed that everyone wanted me to give my best and this made my job so much easier. Unless you are a slightly awkward singer songwriter who has felt the nakedness of revealing your inner thoughts and feelings on stage before an educated and critical audience, you may not know what I’m talking about but a welcoming feeling and friendly atmosphere at a festival goes a long way towards bringing out the best in me”Hugh McDonald talks through his experiences at this year’s Top Half Folk Festival. Blog here



“The history of Timber and Steel is so closely intertwined with the career of UK singer-songwriter Laura Marling there was no way we were going to pass up the opportunity to review her latest masterpiece Once I Was An Eagle. And because Marling is so special to us we thought we’d try something a little unique for the review – four Timber and Steel reviewers take on four songs from Once I Was An Eagle as well as giving you some insight into their relationship with the singer” – The Timber and Steel team review Laura Marling’s album Once I Was An Eagle. Review here


“The one thing about the Top Half Folk Festival that always makes it a standout for me is the singing. That might seem a strange thing to say, when folk festivals are traditionally full of singing. But these days that singing is more about performers singing to audiences, not ordinary people singing their lungs out with performers” – Jeff Corfield reviews The Top Half Folk Festival. Review here

Releases This Week

Roadtrip Confessions
Roadtrip ConfessionsBuffalo Tales

Fever to the Form
Fever to the FormNick Mulvey
Communion Shop


Timber and Steel Presents

Anne of the Wolves
Anne of the Wolves with Wayward Breed, James Kenyon
Sunday 23rd June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Buffalo Tales
Buffalo Tales
Friday 21st June – Bucket List, Bondi, NSW
Wednesday 26th June – Folk Club, The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th June – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Official Site

Jep and Dep
Jep and Dep
Saturday 22nd June – FBi Social, Kings Cross, NSW
Wednesday 26th June – City Conversations, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th June – Green Room, Enmore, NSW

Facebook Event

Gigs Next Week

Dan & Hannah Acfield
Thursday 27th June – Treehouse On Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 28th June – The Loft Chevron Island, Gold Coast, QLD

Folk Club feat. Buffalo Tales, Lily So & The Bellows, Jacob Pearson
Wednesday 26th June – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Grizzly Jim Lawrie w/ Canary, Tin Lion, Yeo, Money For Rope DJs
Wednesday 26th June – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark
Sunday 23rd June – The Toxteth Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Martha Wainwright
Saturday 22nd June – Astor Theatre, Perth WA

Matt Walters
Saturday 22nd June – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 23rd June – Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Mustered Courage
Wednesday 26th June – Yinnar Pub, Yinnar, VIC
Friday 28th June – Molly Malones, Devonport, TAS

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 28th June – Bangalow Bowling Club, Bangalow, NSW

Texture Like Sun, Ella Hooper
Tuesday 25th June – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The Stillsons
Friday 21st June – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 21st June – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 22nd June – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 28th June – The Weatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Saturday 22nd June – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“More Than Boys” – Luke Jackson

Sometimes you just hear a song that blows your head back. “More Than Boys” turned up on a podcast I was listening to this week and I just had to seek it out online to listen to again and again and again. Really great stuff from the English singer-songwriter.

Sam Brittain Announces National Tour

Sam Brittain
Image Courtesy of Sam Brittain

South Australian singer-songwriter Sam Brittain has announced a series of intimate solo and band gigs around the country before he heads into the studio to record his new album later this year. The tour will take in shows in most states through July, August and September – check out the full list of date below:

Sunday 14th July – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 20th July – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 21st July – Secret House Gig, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adealaide, SA
Sunday 4th August – The Ellington, Perth, WA
Thursday 8th August – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 23rd August – The Loft, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Friday 30th August – The Beresford, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st August – Barossa Regional Art Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Thursday 5th September – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 14th September – Happy Yess, Darwin, NT

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd May


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney’s MoFo night have announced their lineup for May with Chris Gillespie and Nick Street performing. Details here

– And MoFo have also announced a second speakeasy themed night later in the month to help raise funds for Sydney venue The Gaelic Club. Details here

– South Australia’s Sam Brittain has released the gorgeous new video for the track “Bones”, deftly combining folk music and motor sports. Details here

Telegraph Tower have announced plans to launch their new EP Concubine in Sydney next week. Details here

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains have teamed for a massive co-headlined tour this month that kicked off last night. Details here

– The wonderful Monument Valley has just released his brand new single “When I Go Clear”. Details here

Laura Marling has revealed yet another new track, “Once”, via a live performance on Later … With Jools Holland. Details here

– Melbourne folk group Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides have just released the video for “Broken Road” featuring guest vocals from Aluka. Details here

The April Maze are one of our favourite folk acts in Australia at the moment and they’ve just released a new single “Don’t Let The Bastards Bring You Down”. Details here

The Civil Wars announced an unexpected return with a new album on the way. Details here

The Mountains have just released their brand new single “Loose Jaw”. Details here

– Sydney’s Arbori have made their latest single, “Polar Bear Swim”, available as a free download. Details here

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros announced plans to release an album (or two) in July this year. Details here

– UK based, Australian born folk singer Emily Barker has announced plans to release a new album, Dear River, this July. Details here



“This kind of celebration is a traditional mark of respect for great songwriters, and Drake was certainly one of those. But he hated live performance. His place was in the studio, and accordingly, his recordings have a unique and timeless quality that could never be replicated. In that knowledge, could [Joe] Boyd, who had been so close to those recordings, find a new approach to the songs themselves?”JDX reviews Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake. Review here

Releases This Week

The Mountain Moves
The Mountain MovesTreetop Flyers

Timber and Steel Presents

SteelBirds with Into The Woods and Whitaker
Sunday 5th May – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains
Friday 10th May – The Junkyard Hotel, Maitland, NSW

Friday 3rd May – Northcote Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Beth Orton
Monday 6th May – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA
Wednesday 8th May – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th May – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD

Bob Evans
Friday 3rd May – The Bakery, Perth, WA
Saturday 4th May – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 9th May – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 10th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Bobby Alu
Saturday 4th May – Mandala Arts Cafe, Mermaid Waters, QLD

Ella Hooper
Thursday 9th May – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Folkraiser feat. Packwood, The Falls, Kate Martin, Fanny Lumsden, Rosie Catalano, Yetis, Oscar Lush, Huckleberry Hastings
Saturday 4th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar
Friday 3rd May – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 5th May – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Jordie Lane
Saturday 4th May – Planting Festival Woodfordia, Woodford, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Coorabell Hall, Byron Bay, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 3rd May – Gertrudes Brown Couch, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th May – Southside Tea Room, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Noonan with Brian Campeau
Friday 3rd May – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Sunday 5th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

MoFo feat. Chris Gillespie and Nick Street
Friday 10th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage with The Nymphs
Friday 10th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Telegraph Tower
Thursday 9th May – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

The Bad Shepherds
Friday 3rd May – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th May – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

The Folk Informal feat. Arbori, The Ellis Collective, TJ Quinton, TFT
Wednesday 8th May – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Wide Open Space Festival feat. Rapskallion, Ginger & The Ghost, Lupine, Lucy and the Diamonds, Pin Rada, Jess Melodías, Sally Balfour, Tully Sumner, Jeanette Wormald, Erik Parker, Desert Rain, Katie Harder, More
Friday 3rd May to Sunday 5th May – Ross River, NT

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Last Thing On My Mind” – Tom Paxton

There are certain songs that have been written in the last century that have been completely and utterly assimilated into the folk tradition. “The Last Thing On My Mind” has been embraced by artists on both side of the Atlantic (and of course Australia) with everyone from The Dubliners to The Seekers to Johnny Cash to Neil Diamond offering up a version and is instantly recognisable to anyone who has spent time at folk and country music festivals the world over. We thought we might reach back and offer up a version of the song by its writer, Tom Paxton.

Watch the New Sam Brittain Video “Bones”

Sam Brittain
Image Courtesy of Sam Brittain

Adelaide folk singer Sam Brittain has managed to do the seemingly impossible with his latest clip “Bones” – successfully combined the worlds of folk music and go kart racing. Beautifully shot and directed by Timber and Steel’s good friend Kieran Ellis-Jones (Arcade Photo), “Bones” is an amazing clip for a really really special song.

Check out the video below:

Ticket Giveaway: Sam Brittain Album Launch at The Promethean, Adelaide, Thurs 27th September

Image courtesy of Sam Brittain

If you read our review of Sam Brittain’s debut album Our Shining Skin on Timber and Steel, you’ll know that we think very highly of this young South Australian songwriter. So we’re very pleased to be giving away 2 x free double passes for his album launch show tomorrow night (Thursday, 27th September) at the Promethean in Adelaide. Simply be the first to email through to us her at to get your name on the doorlist.

Joining Sam on the night will be his full band of folky tunesters w/ support by the wonderful Maggie Rutjens. Get in quick, because Sam’s been drumming up quite some support recently by hitting the Adelaide pavement busking on the back of his national tour and support slots for the likes of Matt Corby and Passenger. If you miss out, tickets will be $20 from moshtix, that you can purchase from this link. The night’s proceeding should kick off at around 7:30pm.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Busby Marou will wrap up the tour-cycle of their debut album with their first annual Bring It Home tour of regional Queensland. Joining the duo will be melodic four piece masters Slip on Stereo. Details here.

– Brother/sister duo Dan and Hannah Acfield have gifted Timber and Steel with an exclusive free download of their new singles “After You” and “Sorry I’ve Taken So Long to Love”. Details here

First Aid Kit have revealed the next single from their acclaimed album The Lion’s Roar – the track titled “Wolf”. The single will be released in September along with a reissue of the album. Details here

– Alice Springs native Sally Balfour, the daughter of folk legend Scotty Balfour (Bloodwood), has just started producing some beautiful acoustic music, releasing demos online. Details here

– Sydney folkie Wyatt Moss-Wellington has announced a brand new bluegrass project titled The Lunch Mothers and will be playing a gig at The Green Room in Enmore next week. Details here.

– The wait is finally over – UK trio The Staves have announced the details of their much anticipated debut album. Details here

– Folk duo Laneway have announced a string of dates around the country to launch their new album Turn Your Love Up including a Timber and Steel presented Sunday Matinee show at The Workers Club. Details here

Jens Lekman has released the video for his single “I Know What Love Isn’t”, the title track from his upcoming album. Details here

– New videos from Feist are always very exciting so we were chuffed when we discovered the release of “Anti-Pioneer”. Details here

Daniel Champagne released his first ever music video for the track “Nightingale”. The video features a single shot and was set-up, rehearsed and filmed in under five hours. Details here

– UK trio Daughter have revealed a stream of their new single “Smother” which will be released on vinyl on the 1st October. Details here

Fanny Lumsden is offering her new single “Apricot Sunday” as a free download. Details here


“The idea is that there’s a stack of really fabulous and scary, horrific traditional songs of ours in Australia. But usually when people play them – if they play them at all – it’s very jolly … And for me, that didn’t ring true at all. So we were looking at what the intention behind the lyrics are. And the true anxiety and fear. So we reflected that in the music that we’ve put to it”Jenny M Thomas chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here.

“The albums that I grew up listening to were Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, early Dylan and Nick Drake. For me, regardless of how intricate those albums were, they were always about songs, they were always about great song writing and I guess that’s the tradition I wanted to follow in. I don’t profess to be a great songwriter at all, I’m still just learning my craft, but that was my benchmark, what I was aiming for, the whole idea of it being raw.”Tim Hart chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here.


Track by Track

“The title of our EP Little Father Time, and our track “Sweet Sue” are references to a book by Thomas Hardy, called Jude The Obscure. I was making my way through his collection of novels last year when I was particularly struck by the writing and the story of this book. It was easily the gloomiest story I have ever read, but was written so beautifully that I was captivated by it”We Are The Birdcage, Little Father Time. Track By Track here


Our Shining Skin is a formidable and wide-spanning resume from Sam Brittain and it will be very interesting to see how his writing solidifies as his career continues, as this record proves he has far more options for direction than most”Sam Brittain, Our Shining Skin. Review here


“This was not sing-around-a-microphone bluegrass – this was bluegrass played with a rock and roll attitude and Thile was our rock star”Punch Brothers, The Basement, Sydney. Review here

“I’m always a little wary that I have seen these guys so often and I have become a complacent listener – but seeing them in this situation, with a full band and performing to a crowd of their nearest and dearest, I was once again in awe of their music.”The Falls, The Hellen Rose Schauersberger LabOratorium, Sydney. Review here

“What followed was an absolutely wonderful set from an artist I have become infatuated with over the last little while. Her music – the affected, country influenced vocals, the complex lyrical structure, the melodies overlaid with banjo, mandolin and more – is just captivating.”Faith Lee, The Vanguard, Sydney. Review here

Releases This Week

Tim Hart
Milling the WindTim Hart
Katie Noonan
Songs of the Southern SkiesKatie Noonan and Karin Schaupp

Gigs Next Week

Communion Melbourne feat. Fraser A. Gorman, Castlecomer, Roller One, Elle Graham
Sunday 19th August – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Darwin Festival
9th to 26th August – Darwin, NT

Jenny M Thomas and the System
Friday 17 August – Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 19 August – Yours and Owls, Wollongong

Jinja Safari
Friday 17th August – Metro, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th August – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD

Lanie Lane
Friday 17th August – The Lighthouse, Darwin Festival, NT
Friday 24th August – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns Festival, QLD

Little Bastard (with Lacey Cole and Achoo! Bless You)
Thursday 23rd August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Nick and Liesl
Friday 17th August – The Albion, Albury, NSW

Friday 17th August – The Hi-Fi, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd August – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Thursday 23rd August – Fowlers, Adelaide, SA
Friday 24th August – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC

Roland K Smith & The Sinners with Terry Serio’s Ministry of Truth and CJ Shaw & The Blow Ins
Wednesday 22nd August – Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 17th August – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 18th August – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 22nd August – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 23rd August – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Friday 24th August – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Lunch Mothers and The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Thursday 23rd August – The Green Room, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sorry The Day I Was Married” – Tim Hart and Maddy Prior

With Boy & Bear’s Tim Hart releasing his solo album today we thought we’d remind you of the first famous folk singer with that name, the late, great Tim Hart from Steeleye Span. Here he performs with Maddy Prior at Cecil Sharp House in London a year before he passed away.

Review: Sam Brittain, “Our Shining Skin”

Image Courtesy of Sam Brittain (photo credit: Little Finch Photography)

Sam Brittain has been one of the shining stars of the South Australian singer-songwriter scene over the past year, supporting the likes of Passenger and Matt Corby and bravely embarking on his own national tour to launch his debut solo album Our Shining Skin. Sam’s a product of SA’s famous Barossa Valley region, where he has been active in gigging and recording (mostly with rock bands) ever since his high school years. However, it’s only been recently that Sam Brittain has been hitting the city in a big way as a solo artist.

Our Shining Skin delivers a lot more than could be expected of a 22 year old’s debut. Vocally, his experience shines through with control and range that will allow Sam to hold his own on any stage. The recorded sound is also very impressive. Blues guitar, cello, mandolin and fiddle all come and go and the production quality is absolutely faultless.

It’s hard to really peg Our Shining Skin within a genre. Most of the time it feels like a folk record, other times a blues-rock odyssey, but there are also songs that would sound right at home on country radio. Straight ahead and subdued acoustic-pop songs such as “Don’t Cry” and “Bones” and “Our Shining Skin” are shuffled between moodier and wonderfully creative bluesy tracks like “Wait For You” that compare to Matt Corby’s “Souls a’Fire” and entrancing journeys like “The Coldest Trace” and “Laneway”. The most enjoyable pop songs on the album I find are those that are fast-paced and tinged with bluegrass or quick-picked folk instrumentation such as “Bruises” and “Garden”. The moment where the versatility of this album really strikes you when the final notes of the contemporary-classical arrangements of “A Perfect Line” fade to welcome the   strumming of “Carnival” which evolves unexpectedly but very naturally in a very funky direction.

Our Shining Skin is a formidable and wide-spanning resume from Sam Brittain and it will be very interesting to see how his writing solidifies as his career continues, as this record proves he has far more options for direction than most. I only regret that it took me 2 months to take this record out of its plastic.

Catch Sam Brittain play alongside Timber and Steel‘s favourite sons Jack Carty (Syd) and Tom West (of Traveller & Fortune) at the Annex Cafe in Glenelg, South Australia on Thursday 16th August. Click here for details.

Matt Corby performs “Big Eyes” for Your Take Sessions

Image courtesy of Matt Corby

Matt and Your Take Sessions captured this rendition of Big Eyes immediately after his set at his Stirling (SA) leg of his Secret Garden Tour.

Many Timber & Steel readers around Australia would have had the pleasure in recent months of attending a leg of Matt Corby‘s Secret Garden Tour. I had been hearing great things down the grape vine from the shows in the eastern states, and when I finally managed to find the very well hidden secret garden in Stirling, South Australia, I could tell that we were in for something very special too.

Stirling is a beautiful part of South Australia. Its unbelievably vibrant green, rolling profile casts little nooks and nests everywhere; so much so that it actually reminds me of the those wonderful scenes in Lord Of The Rings of springtime Hobbiton. Truly the most wholesome corner of suburbia I’ve come across. The particular house hosting Matt Corby‘s gig was no exception. The sprawling grass slope gave an excellent, amphitheatre-like view for all; which was bordered beautifully by leafy trees.

Supporting Matt on the day were local coast-pop sweetheart Laura Hill and Barossa Valley lad (and long lost childhood neighbour/friend of mine, incidentally) Sam Brittain. Both friendly artists went down well with the relaxed crowd, and by the time Matt‘s set began, he was running well overtime.

Unlike the rest of the Timber & Steel alumni, I’m not a particularly avid listener of Matt‘s recorded works. I’ve loved everything I’ve heard (especially live videos and sessions on Youtube), but this show was the first time I’d actually sat down and listened to Matt‘s songs for any substantial length of time. I was obvious right from word go that these small, one of a kind gigs are really Matt‘s element. His sparse compositions and gusty, whispered vocals require a level of complete attentiveness to appreciate fully. The crowd’s silent respect made it difficult to determine which songs went down the smoothest. “Brother”, of course, being the only exception.

Matt was kind enough to stick around after his set and sportingly record this video with local Adelaidian session-makers Your Take Sessions. Unfortunately, by this time the sun had well ant truly gone down, but although the splendour of the garden is somewhat lost, the surrounding darkness provides a wonderful, eerie feel.

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