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

WOMADelaide Announces Final Artists for 2016

Sarah Blasko
Image Courtesy of Sarah Blasko

This week WOMADelaide added the finishing touches to its 2016 lineup, announcing some pretty big names this time around.

The final artists added to the lineup include De La Soul, Asha Bhosle, Ainslie Wills, Ajak Kwai, Alpine, Apy Choir, Eska, Marcellus Pittman, Sarah Blasko (above), 숨[su:m] and Tek Tek Ensemble.

WOMADelaide is held from the 11th to the 14th March in the Botanic Park, Adelaide. Check out the official site for more details

Sarah Blasko Announces New Live Album

Sarah Blasko
Image Courtesy of Sarah Blasko

If you were at Sarah Blasko’s back-to-back Sydney Opera House shows last year when she was promoting her new live album I Awake you’ll know they were something special. And now you can relive the performance with the announcement of a brand new live album recorded at the shows, I Awake Live at Sydney Opera House.

The album will be be released this Friday 10th January and the full track listing is below:

1. [explain]
2. All I Want
3. Bird On A Wire
4. Lost and Defeated
5. No Turning Back
6. Sleeper Awake
7. I Awake
8. An Arrow
9. Bury This
10. God-Fearing
11. All Of Me
12. New Country
13. Here
14. Illusory Light
15. Fool
16. Cast The Net
17. An Oyster A Pearl
18. Not Yet

Sarah Blasko is about to head out on her highly anticipated Heavenly Sounds tour – check out the full list of dates below:

Tuesday 14th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 15th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th January – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 22nd January – St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th January – Flinders St Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features has announced the lineup to its final show of 2013 this Saturday including Bears With Guns, Charlie Gradon, Arbori, Tom Stephens, Lyon Apprentice and Timberwolf. Details here

Jep and Dep have released a haunting alt-country version of Kylie Minogue’s “Confide in Me”. Details here

– US based six piece Okkervil River are returning to our shores next February. Details here

Bluesfest revealed their fourth lineup announcement for 2014. Details here

– Western Australian bluegrass six-piece The Seals have released their debut video “Drink It Down”. Details here

Mama Kin has released her new video “Red Wood River”. Details here

– Next February we’ll be treated to a brand new album from William Fitzsimmons, Lions. Details here

– The Gulgong Folk Festival have revealed their 2014 program including Big Erle, Caitlin Harnett, Daniel Champagne, Fig Jam, James Thomson, Melanie Horsnell and Richard Lawson. Details here

Johnny Flynn has released a stunning new lyric video for his track “Gypsy Hymn”. Details here

– You can stream a couple of tracks from the album Foreverly from Billie Joe and Norah online. Details here

Sarah Blasko has released her new video “Fool” and announced Heavenly Sounds tour dates. Details here

– Melbourne psych folk band Immigrant Union have a new video for their single “I Can’t Return”. Details here

Georgia Fair are performing three headline shows next week to support their new album Trapped Flame. Details here

– The John Butler Trio revealed their brand new single “Only One”. Details here

Interviews

“Songwriting’s really important to me – Boy Outside began as just me and an acoustic guitar. When you take such a pared-back approach into a live setting, every song has to be solid” – Aidan Cooney from Boy Outside chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Yeah we’ve been trying to refine our sound a little bit. 18 months ago, our sound was so different – there was a mix between folk and tremolo surf songs. It was a bit crazy, and seemingly a bit old and weathered. Since then we’ve written a bunch of new songs. We’re playing cut down versions of our full production songs like “Slow Your Mind”, “Blue Afternoon”, and of course our single to be released next year “2001″” – Matt Gollan from The British Blues chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“At the moment we’re gearing up for our EP launches in Sydney and Melbourne! Then we’re planning to do a month of songwriting, maybe a little band camp holiday if we’re lucky, before recording an album early next year then touring to America in the middle of the year. Lots to look forward to!” – Georgia Mooney from All Our Exes Live In Texas chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Reviews

Gigs

“JamGrass is in many ways a unique event. An urban, indoor festival focused on a genre of music that is hardly cool (despite hipsters having a fondness for a banjo), JamGrass is almost the exact opposite of any other bluegrass festival in the country. But it works. And it keeps drawing me back”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the JamGrass Music Festival 2013. Review here

“Sibylla and Beth are obviously very comfortable in their new duo-with-a-backing-band setup and seemed to really be enjoying bringing their new material to the audience. The girls’ trademark harmonies (and relaxed banter) were in full force and despite some sound issues as a result of a lot of microphone swapping they were sounding absolutely beautiful in Camelot’s intimate space”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews The Little Stevies in Sydney. Details here

Releases This Week

Andrew Bird
I Want to See Pulaski at NightAndrew Bird
iTunes

Foreverly
ForeverlyBillie Joe and Norah
iTunes

Jacinta Price Dry River
Dry RiverJacinta Price

Laura and Susie
MerembaLaura & Susie
iTunes

Lost Ragas
Phantom RideLost Ragas
iTunes

Wichita
WichitaWhitaker
Bandcamp

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
riday 22nd November – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 23rd November – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Busby Marou
Friday 22nd November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 23rd November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th November – Fowlers, Adelaide, SA

Communion Melbourne feat. Thomas Calder (The Trouble With Templeton), Castlecomer, Martha Marlow, Dominic Youdan
Sunday 24th November – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 24th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Dustin Tebbutt
Sunday 24th November – The Aviary Rooftop Sessions, Perth, WA
Friday 6th December – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 22nd November – Balnarring Community Hall, Balnarring, VIC
Saturday 23rd November – Butter Factory, Mornington, VIC
Wednesday 27th November – Red Hot, Devonport, TAS
Thursday 28th November – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 29th November – Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA

Emma Davis and Brian Campeau
Thursday 28th November – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls w/ Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins
Saturday 23rd November – St Martins Parish Hall, Mullum Music Festival, NSW
Wednesday 27th November – Forest Hill School of Arts, Forest Hill, QLD
Friday 29th November – Sandgate Town Hall, Sandgate, QLD

Georgia Fair
Friday 29th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Gossling with Whitaker
Saturday 23rd November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Immigrant Union
Friday 22nd November – Howlers, Melbourne, VIC

John Butler Trio
Sunday 24th November – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd November – Gorgeous Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 23rd November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Monday 25th November – The Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Kate Martin
Saturday 23rd November – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Kaurna Cronin
Sunday 24th November – Sofar Sounds, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th November – The Aztec, Forster, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Saturday 23rd November – Mona Museum & Gallery, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 24th November – Brookefield Winery, Margate, TAS
Tuesday 26th November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Lime and Steel
Friday 22nd November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 28th November – Union Hotel, Newtown, NSW

Little Features feat. Bears With Guns, Charlie Gradon, Arbori, Tom Stephens, Lyon Apprentice, Timberwolf
Saturday 23rd November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mullumbimby Music Festival
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 22nd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd November – Gorgeous Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 24th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Wednesday 27th November – Black Bear Lodge

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 22nd November – The Soundlounge, Currumbin, QLD
Thursday 28th November – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW
Friday 29th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Robert Ellis and Corey Chisel
Friday 22nd November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 22th to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW
Friday 29th November – The Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 22nd November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 23rd November – The Standard, Sydney, NSW

The Little Stevies
Friday 22nd November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby NSW

The Twoks
Friday 22nd November – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC

Whitaker
Friday 29th November – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC

Whitley
Thursday 28th November – Alhambra, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th November – Woombye Pub, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Riddles Wisely Expounded” – Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer

The theme of the impossible riddle is often repeated in traditional music, most famously in this Child Ballad, “Riddles Wisely Expounded”. This song has been recorded by many artists over the years and we’ve chosen a very recent version for this week’s FFF because, well, we think it’s really really good.

Watch the New Sarah Blasko Video “Fool”

Sarah Blasko
Image Courtesy of Sarah Blasko

“Fool” is the brand new single from Sarah Blasko which comes complete with an arty black and white video. “Fool” has been released as part of a new EP which also features remixes of “I Awake” (from PVT) and “Fool” (from Seekae). Watch the video for “Fool” below:

Sarah Blasko has also announced a string of Heavenly Sounds shows next January – check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 15th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th January – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 22nd January – St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th January – Flinders St Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA

Review: Splendour In The Grass, A Folkie’s Perspective

Splendour in the Grass
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As a veteran of dozens, if not hundreds of music festivals it probably comes as somewhat of a surprise that I’ve never been to Splendour in the Grass prior to 2013. With some of the world’s best indie-folk acts gracing the Splendour stage over the last few years it’s definitely been on my wish list for a while and given this year featured the likes of Mumford and Sons, Of Monsters and Men, Laura Marling and more I couldn’t really find a reasons not to go.

Flying into the north coast on Friday night I manged to completely avoid all of the bus and queue issues that had plagued the festival on the first full day (and have been amply documented by the media elswhere). I managed to walk straight in, fix myself up with some food and my first of many mid-strength beers and walk over to the Supertop to catch some music. Arriving late did however have its pitfalls in that I missed sets from Daughter, Boy & Bear and Matt Corby.

Mumford and Sons

The band I had most come to see, in their only Australian show this time around, was of course Mumford and Sons and I was not disappointed. The Supertop was filled to overflowing and I found the best view was actually outside of the tent, ankle-deep in sticky mud and doing my best to dance without moving my feet. The folk-infused four-piece were in fine form and complimented throughout the set by a cast of horn and string players, backing vocalists and some amazing lighting. The massive crowd sang along to “Little Lion Man”, “I Will Wait” and “Roll Away Your Stone” as expected and Mumford and Sons genuinely appeared to be having a ball.

Saturday was packed with folk and singer-songwriter inspired music and I was spoilt for choice as I ran between the GW McLennan stage and the Supertop. I made sure I got to the festival nice and early – there was no way I was missing anything this time.

Art of Sleeping kicked off the day with a half hour set at the GW McLennan stage. These guys have a big sound that’s perfect for a festival (although their 12:30 time-slot probably didn’t do them any favours) and I wouldn’t be surprised if we start to see them popping up on more and more lineups. With a sound in the Boy & Bear flavour of indie – albeit with a lot less folk and west coast influence – I really enjoyed the set, with “Empty Hands” the obvious highlight.

The crowd that Vance Joy drew was impressive although I couldn’t help but feel they were all just there to see “Riptide” and nothing else. No one around me seemed that engaged with Joy until he brought out the ukelele and then there was almost an audible sigh when he launched into “Snaggletooth” instead of “Riptide”. Which is a shame as the set was really good and Vance Joy is a clear talent. I’ll definitely be seeking him out live again.

Irish band Villagers have been popping up on folk blogs for a while now but I’ve never really paid them much attention. Their sound is laced with acoustic instruments but I’d struggle to call them “folk” even with Timber and Steel’s broad definition of the genre. That said their set was amazing and definitely a highlight of the festival for me. “Nothing Arrived” was the standout track (probably because I know it from the radio).

One of the biggest “hype” names on the Splendour line up was 19 year old singer-songwriter Jake Bugg so there was no way I was going to miss his set at The Supertop stage. A lot of people have been asking me since whether I think he lives up to the hype and to be honest I’m not sure. His music was good – a lot of alt-country and Americana influences and plenty of decent songwriting – but I’m just not sure that it’s any better than music that’s been produced by thousands of other similar artists. Good on him for breaking through, amassing a decent following and signing to Mercury so early on in his career – I’m just keen to see if he does something extraordinary.

Whitley’s return to the music scene, which was first revealed via his inclusion on the Splendour lineup, had also been hyped by the media (including us). To be honest I was a little surprised that Whitley had drawn a relatively small crowd at Splendour (maybe a symptom of going up against Chet Faker in the program?) but those that were there were treated to some fine music. Camped out behind his organ and with a full band in tow Whitley pulled generously from his new album Even The Stars Are A Mess as well as peppering a few tracks from his back catalogue for good measure.

After endulging in some 90s nostalgia with a cracking set from Something For Kate (they played “Captain (Million Miles An Hour)”!) and enjoying some indie goodness from Cold War Kids it was back to the GW McLennan stage for the gorgeous Sarah Blasko. Blasko is one of the classiest artists in the country and her set was just stunning, despite a few technical difficulties at the very beginning of the show. The lighting for Blasko’s set was pretty astounding and the crowd really got into the songs, singing and clapping along at every opportunity – lots of fun.

Polyphonic Spree

I have to admit that I’ve never seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show and my only point of reference point is dancing to “The Time Warp” in dodgy retro night clubs. So the prospect of The Polyphonic Spree peforming the musical from start to finish probably didn’t excite me as much as it did a lot of the crowd – but when they started I was hooked, shouting “Dammit Janet” and pelvic thrusting with the best of them. I’m really chuffed that The Polyphonic Spree decided to end their set with a bunch of their original numbers including “Hold Me Now” and “Two Thousand Places” – this was just icing on an already rich musical cake.

For his new album, Departures, Bernard Fanning has re-embraced his rock roots and all but shaken off the folkiness of his debut Tea and Sympathy. So going into his Splendour set to round out Saturday night I was intrigued to see whether we’d see both sides of the Australian icon. And while the majority of his show centred around Departures I was chuffed when a couple of Tea and Sympathy tracks cropped up. “Thrill is Gone” was a definite highlight and had the crowd (or maybe just me) singing in full voice – beautiful.

As the sun came up on Sunday I was sad I had to miss the last day of Splendour in the Grass due to an early flight and work the next day. Laura Marling, Of Monsters and Men and Gurrumul would have been on must-see-folk list for the day but sadly I’d have to catch them elsewhere.

Overall my impression of Splendour in the Grass was positive. A lot of the issues that plagued the festival on the first day – the bus and queue debacle and the cancellation of Frank Ocean – didn’t affect me much due to the type of festival I chose to have (getting there late on Friday, focusing on folk acts). The mud was unavoidable with all the recent rain but definitely impacted on my festival experience – it’s hard to dance it out to Mumford and Sons or run between venues when you’re ankle deep in sticky black mud. I’m also not sure about the “exclusive bar” setup where different tickets allowing you to get into different venues – it seemed to create a class system and definitely contributed to the amount of booze being smuggled into the event (only the exclusive bars sold full strength drinks).

Overall I have to commend the organisers – the lineup was pretty spot on allowing this fokie to revel in my favourite genre all festival long, the venue itself was laid out in a way that prevented any sound bleed or insane bottlenecks and the issues at the beginning of the event were dealt with quickly and decisively. While I’m still partial to smaller, folkier festivals as a giant rock festival goes Splendour in the Grass was pretty amazing.

Will I go next year? Well I guess that all depends on how many folk-type artists they have on the bill. And whether I can get my gumboots clean in time…

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th June

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– French-Canadian trad trio Genticorum released their brand new live album Enregistré Live. Details here

– Last night saw the first show in the Timber and Steel presented June single-launch tour from Jep and Dep. Details here

– We finally got a taste of some new music from Boy & Bear with their new single “Southern Sun” and it’s very very 70s. Details here

The Perch Creek Family Jugband have released a new single, “Big Things Calling”, and are heading out on tour this month. Details here

– The ever prolific Laura Veirs has announced plans to release a new album in August and has already revealed the first song, “Sun Song”, featuring Neko Case on backing vocals. Details here

– Sydney’s MoFo have announced an amazing lineup for their June event including Karl Christoph and Jacky Wotton. Details here

Josh Pyke has announced a full national tour this August and September. Details here

– Up-and-coming Sydney singer-songwriter Imogen Clark will be showcasing her new EP at a June residency in Glebe. Details here

– Melbourne trio The Stillsons have revealed a brand new single, “Feel So Young”, plus live dates in NSW, VIC and ACT. Details here

– The new Billy Bragg video features a who’s who of English comedic actors and was directed by Johnny Vegas. Details here

Sarah Blasko revealed the slightly NSFW clip for her latest single “All Of Me”. Details here

– And sticking with Sarah Blasko, the songwriter has announced plans for a regional tour in July and August. Details here

Edward Deer revealed a new song, “High Roller”, written with Jess Chalker. Details here

– The enigmatic Father John Misty has released his latest video “Funtimes in Babylon”. Details here

Buffalo Tales revealed his brand new, slightly surreal video for the track “Amsterdam”. Details here

The Gov in Adelaide will be starting up weekly old time fiddle sessions from next Friday. Details here

Blog

“People keep telling me I must feel wonderful. I do! But I’m also more tired than I think I’ve ever been in my entire life”Rose Wintergreen talks Crowd Funding in the forth of a four part series. Blog here

Releases This Week

Wayward Daughter
Wayward DaughterEliza Carthy
iTunes

Genticorum
Enregistré LiveGenticorum
Official Site

Timber and Steel Presents

Jep and Dep
Jep and Dep
Friday 7th June – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – The National Celtic Festival, Port Arlington, VIC
Wednesday 12th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Evan and the Brave
Friday 14th June – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Folk Club feat. Liam Gale & the Ponytails, Lily So & The Bellows, Martha Marlow
Wednesday 12th June – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark
Sunday 9th June – The Toxteth Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Martha Wainwright
Saturday 8th June Lizotte’s, Newcastle NSW
Sunday 9th June Lizotte’s, Newcastle NSW
Friday 14th June Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC

Matt Corby with Grace Woodroofe
Friday 7th June – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

MoFo feat. Karl Christoph, Jacky Wotton
Friday 14th – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Palm Creek Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Palm Creek, QLD

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 7th June – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 9th June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Texture Like Sun, Ella Hooper, Ariela Jacobs
Tuesday 11th June – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The Milk Carton Kids with Melody Pool
Friday 7th June – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 8th June – St Kilda Memo, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th June – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Tigertown
Thursday 13th June – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 14th June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Top Half Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June – Glen Helen Resort, NT

Tom West
Friday 7th June – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th June – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“I Am A Youth That’s Inclined To Ramble” – Cara Dillon

Like so many traditional songs that I love I first came across “I Am A Youth That’s Inclined To Ramble” thanks to Kate Burke and Ruth Hazelton, but most people probably know the track thanks to versions from Paul Brady or this one from Cara Dillon.

Sarah Blasko Announces Regional Tour

Sarah Blasko
Image Courtesy of Sarah Blasko

Following on from the release of her new NSFW video “All Of Me” yesterday Sarah Blasko has announced a massive, 16 date regional tour in July and August. The tour will coincide with Blasko’s appearance at this year’s Splendour in the Grass and support will be from Fletcher. Check out the full list of dates below:

Monday 22nd July – The Playhouse, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 23rd July – Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, NSW
Wednesday 24th July – City Hall, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 27th July – Splendour In The Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 28th July – The Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Tuesday 30th July – Eastbank Centre, Shepparton, VIC
Wednesday 31st July – The Capital, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 1st August – Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Lighthouse Theatre, Warnambool, VIC
Sunday 4th August – Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie, SA
Monday 5th August – Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, SA
Tuesday 6th August – Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mt Gambier, SA
Wednesday 7th August – Chaffey Theatre, Renmark, SA
Friday 9th August – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 10th August – Queen’s Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA
Monday 12th August – Cultural Centre, Margaret River, WA
Tuesday 13th August – Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

Watch the Semi-NSFW Sarah Blasko Video, “All Of Me”

Sarah Blasko
Image Courtesy of Sarah Blasko

It seems that Sarah Blasko has taken the title of her latest single “All Of Me” quit literally when it comes to her new video. I guess it’s semi-NSFW – Blasko is essentially nude in the video, albeit in a tasteful, PG way – so I would make sure you’re not anywhere where someone can mis-construe your ideo watching intentions. Check out “All Of Me” below:

Splendour in the Grass 2013 Lays on the Folk

Mumford and Sons
Image Courtesy of Mumford and Sons

You’ve no doubt seen the massive Splendour in the Grass lineup that was released this morning – we’re far far far from the first blog to run these names and we’ll unlikely be the last. We just felt we had to comment on just how many Timber and Steel friendly indie-folk and acoustic acts are on the bill this year – including the headliners Mumford and Sons in their only Australian show of the visit.

Along with the Mumfords there’s also Laura Marling, Of Monsters & Men, Matt Corby, Boy & Bear, Sarah Blasko, Gurrumul, Daughter, Vance Joy, Art Of Sleeping and so many many more.

Splendour in the Grass runs from the 26th to the 28th July in the North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay. Tickets are on sale on the 2nd May. Check out the full lineup in the video below:

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