Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th September

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton, Lucas Laufen, Sarah Humphreys, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Maes, The Milk Carton Kids and Timothy Blackman. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Jaime
JaimeBrittany Howard
iTunes

Pieta Brown
FreewayPieta Brown
iTunes

Crooked Fiddle
Another Subtle Atom BombThe Crooked Fiddle Band
Bandcamp

Timothy Blackman
Brightest DaysTimothy Blackman
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Nathan Power

Nathan Power

Saturday 21st September – Tumut River Brewing, Tumut, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Old Bus Depot, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 22nd September – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Wednesday 25th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Foghorn Brewhouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th September – Charlies Last Stand, Armidale, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

Alanna and Alicia
Friday 20th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 21st September – Troubadour Central Coast, Woy Woy, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Southern Sydney Folk Club, NSW Shopfront Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Asha Jefferies w/ Ainsley Farrell
Saturday 21st September – Low 302, Sydney, NSW

Because The Night feat. Copperline, Harvey Russell
Thursday 26th September – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 20th September – Music at Street Market, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 20th September – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 21st September – Black Nugget Hotel, Moranbah, QLD

Broads
Saturday 21st September – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Bryan Estepa
Friday 27th September – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 27th September – MECC, Mackay, QLD

Charlie Collins
Friday 20th September – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, VIC
Saturday 21st September – Southport RSL, Southport, QLD
Saturday 21st September – Beer InCider Festival, Brisbane, QLD

Chris Neto
Friday 20th September – Hustle & Flow Bar, Sydney, NSW

Cigany Weaver
Thursday 26th September – The Outpost Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Co-cheòl
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Folk by the Sea, Kiama, NSW

D.C Cross
Thursday 26th September – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Friday 27th September – Howl & Moan Records, Byron Bay, NSW

Don Walker
Friday 20th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral, NSW

Emily-Rose & The Wild Things, Vendulka
Friday 20th September – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Palladium Palace Theatre, Morundah, NSW
Friday 27th September – Eugowra Hall, Eugowra, NSW

Felicity Urquhart
Friday 20th September – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 21st September – Black Nugget Hotel, Moranbah, QLD
Sunday 22nd September – Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay, QLD

Folk by the Sea
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Kiama, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Smith & Jones, Andy Nelson, Clare Hennessy
Wednesday 25th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. The Highfalutin Roadhouse Band, Vigenser & Martin, Marguerite Montes
Friday 20th September – 107, Sydney, NSW

Greta Stanley
Friday 20th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Sandy Point Community Centre, Sandy Point, VIC

Harvey Russell
Sunday 22nd September – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Palladiam Palace Theatre, Morundah, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Servo Bar, Woollongong, NSW

Hello Tut Tut
Friday 20th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 21st September – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Bank Corner Espresso and Bar, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 26th September – The Outpost Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 26th September – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Folk Club feat. Kejafi, Seanchas
Friday 20th September – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

Jeff Lang
Friday 20th September – The Victoria, Bathurst, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Wentworth Falls School Of Arts, Wentworth Falls, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Live ‘N’ Lounging, House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Joe Man Murphy
Friday 20th September – Little Boat, Marcoola, QLD
Sunday 22nd September – Gastro Pub, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Folk by the Sea, Kiama, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Charlie Collins
Friday 20th September – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, VIC
Saturday 21st September – Southport RSL, Southport, QLD

Kate Miller-Heidke
Sunday 22nd September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 24th September – Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th September – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th September – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Kay Proudlove
Friday 27th September – Jose Jones, Thirroul, NSW

Kris Kristofferson
Friday 20th September – Riverlinks, Shepparton, VIC
Monday 23rd September – Civic Hall, Ballarat, VIC
Tuesday 24th September – Kernot Hall, Morwell, VIC
Wednesday 25th September – Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th September – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Kristen Lee Morris & The Dirty Snakes
Saturday 21st September – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Friday 20th September – Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, NSW

Live ‘N’ Lounging feat. Jeff Lang
Sunday 22nd September – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Lyn Bowtell
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg, QLD

Matty T Wall
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

Medusa’s Wake
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Folk by the Sea, Kiama, NSW

Merpire
Sunday 22nd September – summertown studio, Adelaide, SA

Michael Waugh
Saturday 21st September – Sandy Point Music Club. Sandy Point, VIC

Montgomery Church
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Friday 27th September – Eugowra Hall, Eugowra, NSW

Narrownecks
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Folk by the Sea, Kiama, NSW

Nathan Power
Saturday 21st September – Tumut River Brewing, Tumut, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Old Bus Depot, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 22nd September – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Wednesday 25th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Foghorn Brewhouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th September – Charlies Last Stand, Armidale, NSW

Neil Murray
Friday 20th September – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 26th September – Bruthen Mechanics Hall, Bruthen, VIC
Friday 27th September – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Folk by the Sea, Kiama, NSW

Ok Moon
Friday 27th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Out of Abingdon
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 25th September – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Seeker Lover Keeper
Friday 27th September – Altar, Hobart, TAS

Shanty Club
Friday 20th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Tessa Devine
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

The Bottlers
Saturday 21st September – Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 27th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Great Australian Caravan Park Country Music Showcase feat. Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller, Kevin Bennett, Lyn Bowtell, Montgomery Church
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 20th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Water Runners
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Folk by the Sea, Kiama, NSW

Thelma Plum
Friday 20th September – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Monday 23rd September – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 25th September – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Tia Gostelow
Saturday 21st September – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th September – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Wagons
Friday 27th September – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide, SA

Wallaby Creek Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Rossville, QLD

Woman Enough feat. Melody Moko, Natalie Henry, Lyn Bowtell
Thursday 26th September – Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg, QLD

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 20th September – Maryborough Sports Club, Maryborough, QLD
Saturday 21st September – Under The Trees, Boyne Island, QLD
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Hurt” – Johnny Cash

New Music Monday – 16th September

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Image Courtesy of The Crooked Fiddle Band

Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton – “Love For Myself”

Indie singer-songwriters Emma Russack and Lachlan Denton have announced the return of their collaborative project with their new single “Love For Myself” and an album titled Take The Reigns which is due for release on the 18th October. “Love For Myself” is a sweet pop song with a catchy chorus and smile inducing melody.

“My songs from Take the Reigns stretch over a polar period in my life,” says Denton of the upcoming album. “The earlier were written in the midst of a new relationship. I was excited, over emotional and insecure. The others were written after the loss of my brother. The record for me is full of light and shade. I see Emma’s songs on this record as covering a similar spectrum.”

Lucas Laufen – “A Million Miles From Love”

Australian troubadour Lucas Laufen has released his gorgeous new single “A Million Miles From Love”. The track teams Laufen’s fingerpicked guitar, subtle vocal style and ambient accompaniment to build something that is beautifully melancholy.

“A Million Miles From Love” is taken from Lucas Laufen’s upcoming album I Know Where Silence Lives which is due on the 6th December.

Sarah Humphreys – “Quiet Heart”

Central Coast based singer-songwriter Sarah Humphreys released her powerful new single and video “Quiet Heart”. I’ve always loved Humphreys’ songwriting and amazing voice and it’s great to see her really using both talents to full effect here – I’m digging her alongside the full band sound. “Quiet Heart” will appear on Sarah Humphreys’ upcoming album Strange Beauty which is due in October.

The Crooked Fiddle Band – “Counter Errorism”

Oh it’s good to have The Crooked Fiddle Band back. No one does high energy, folk infused instrumental music quite like the Sydney based four piece, and their new single “Counter Errorism” does not disappoint. The track is an ecelctic, high energy mix of time signatures and tones, leaping from gypsy jazz fiddle to etherial vocals to deep bowed bass lines, all puntuated by The Crooked Fiddle Band’s crunchy, rhthmic sound.

“Counter Errorism” is taken from The Crooked Fiddle Band’s upcoming album Another Subtle Atom Bomb due this Thursday 19th September. They also have a bunch of live dates coming up – check them out here:

Friday 27th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Friday 18th October – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 19th October – Steampunk and Victoriana Fair, Goulburn, NSW
Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd November – HOBOFOPO Festival, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 30th November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 1st December – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW

The Maes – “Sunrise”

No one is writing contemporary Australian folk songs quite like The Maes. “Sunrise” is another example of just how talented The Maes are, from their deeply visual storytelling songwriting through to their beautiful harmonies and arrangements. They just keep going from strength to strength.

The Milk Carton Kids – “The Only Ones” & “I Meant Every Word I Said”

I can’t believe this week we got not one, but two new tracks from Americana harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids. “The Only Ones” and “I Meant Every Word I Said” are the first tasters of The Milk Carton Kids’ upcoming album The Only Ones, due on the 18th October and as expected they’re just stunning.

“The Only Ones” is an upbeat love song with a driving beat and more than a few nods to classic country, while “I Meant Every Word I Said” slows things down to the type of melancholy ballad we’ve come to expect from the duo.


Timothy Blackman – “By The River”

Wellington based singer-songwriter Timothy Blackman released his sparsely beautiful new single “By The River”. The track is a beautiful piece of indie-folk reminiscent of Bright Eyes or early Sun Kil Moon, all plucked guitar and vocal layers.

“By The River” is taken from Timothy Blackman’s new album Brightest Days which is due for release today.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th June

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Bryan Estepa, Emma Russack, Greta Stanley, Passenger, Sarah Humphreys, The Avett Brothers, The Teskey Brothers, Tully John & Liza-Jane, Wallis Bird and Winterbourne. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Emma Beau
Emma BeauEmma Beau
iTunes

Tunng
This Is Tunng … Magpie Bites and Other CutsTunng
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Walkerthon – A Benefit For Jason Walker feat. Shane Nicholson, Kevin Bennett, Jenny Queen, Jeremy Edwards, Ben Leece, Peta Caswell, Mark Lucas, Mindy Sotiri, Sam Shinazzi, Peter V Fenton, Abby Dobson

Walkerthon

Friday 28th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Taste of Ireland
Thursday 4th July – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW

AltFest feat. Dallas Frasca, Z-Star Trinity, Sahara Beck, Marz, Filip With An F
Saturday 29th June – Woodville Town Hall, Adelaide, SA

Amber Lawrence
Saturday 29th June – Sale Botanical Gardens, Sale, VIC

Andrew Swift, Harmony James
Friday 5th July – The Bridport Hotel, Bridport, TAS

Angharad Drake
Saturday 29th June – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Currumbin Waters, QLD

Anna Smyrk
Sunday 30th June – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC

Archer
Saturday 29th July – Happy Yess, Darwin, NT
Friday 5th July – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW

Archie Roach
Friday 5th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

BATTS
Friday 28th June – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans
Thursday 4th July – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Bobby Alu
Friday 28th June – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 30th June – Festival Of Voices, Apslawn, TAS

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 29th June – Sydney Brewery, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 4th July – Rock Lily At The Star, Sydney, NSW

Bush Dance
Saturday 29th June – Teralba Community Hall, Teralba, NSW

Chaika
Friday 28th June – Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 29th June – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 30th June – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Cigány Weaver
Friday 28th June – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Daniel Champagne
Friday 28th June – Palace Hotel, York, WA
Saturday 29th June – White Star, Albany, WA
Sunday 30th June – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Wednesday 3rd July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 4th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th July – Mount Nimmel Hall, Gold Coast, QLD

David Bridie
Friday 28th June – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 29th June – Charlton Footy Club, Charlton, VIC

Emily Rigz, Big Sky Mountain
Friday 5th July – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Ess-Em
Saturday 29th June – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Family’s Fifth Party feat. Evan Buckley, Teri Young, Brianna Thomas, Cj Shaw, Bec Taylor
Sunday 30th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Folk In The Frost feat. Claude Hay, Kane Dennelly, Wolf Gordon, Kay Proudlove, The Black Moon Band, The Water Runners, Kenny Bartley, Leo
Saturday 29th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Rita B, Mish Mash Radio Ensemble, John Mason
Wednesday 3rd July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Smith & Jones, Andy Nelson, The Safety of Life at Sea
Saturday 29th June – 107, Sydney, NSW

Front Yard Sessions: Blues, Roots & Beyond feat. Karin Page, Julius Lutero
Wednesday 3rd July – Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA

Georgia State Line
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Great Aunt
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Greta Stanley
Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th June – Neck Of The Woods Music Festival, Townsville, QLD

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 28th June – Queenscliff Town Hall, Queenscliff, VIC

Honey
Sunday 30th June – Camel Rock Brewery, Wallaga Lake, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 4th July – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

JD and The Hunger Men
Thursday 4th July – Sly Fox, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Thursday 4th July – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 5th July – Sounds Delicious, Huskisson, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Wednesday 3rd July – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

John Flanagan
Friday 28th June – Yackandandah Public Hall, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 29th June – Milton Theatre, Milton NSW

Jordan Merrick
Friday 5th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Joseph Tawadros
Sunday 30th June – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 4th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th July – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Karl S Williams
Friday 28th June – Dust Temple, Currumbin, QLD
Sunday 30th June – Festival Of Voices, Apslawn, TAS

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 28th June – The Manly Fig, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 30th June – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Friday 5th July – Marty’s, Cabarita Beach, NSW

Kristen Lee Morris
Saturday 29th June – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 30th June – Hardys Bay Community Club, Hardys Bay, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival, Darwin, NT

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. Nathan Cavaleri, Carly Mozsny
Sunday 30th June – House Concert, Leumeah, NSW

Luke O’Shea and Lyn Bowtell
Saturday 29th June – Tilligerry RSL, Tanilba Bay, NSW

M.E. Baird
Friday 28th June – Dust Temple, Currumbin, QLD
Thursday 4th July – Sly Fox, Sydney, NSW

Magpie Diaries
Thursday 4th July – Gunnedah Hotel, Gunnedah, NSW
Friday 5th July – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Maizy Coombes
Friday 5th July – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Cox Country Club, Darwin, NT

Nathan Seeckts
Saturday 29th June – The Lost Ones, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 29th June – Entrée Music Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 30th June – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 5th July – The Wharf Barrel Shed, Goolwa, SA

Newport Folk Festival
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport, VIC

Ramblin’ Nights feat. JD and The Hunger Men, M.E.Baird
Thursday 4th July – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Richard Perso
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Sally Balfour
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival, Darwin, NT

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 3rd July – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon and The Owls
Thursday 4th July – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Shantily Clad
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Wednesday 3rd July – The Red Room, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 4th July – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tessa Devine
Saturday 29th June – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Sunday 30th June – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

The April Family
Sunday 30th June – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The BordererS
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

The Hillbilly Goats
Saturday 29th June – Casino RSM Club, Casino, NSW
Friday 5th July – Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Friday 28th June – The Bassendean Hotel, Bassendean, WA
Thursday 4th July – Ningaloo Reef Resort, Coral Bay, WA
Friday 5th July – Whalebone Brewing Company, Exmouth, WA

The Maes
Friday 28th June – Yackandandah Public Hall, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 29th June – Milton Theatre, Milton NSW
Sunday 30th June – Candelo Arts, Candelo, NSW
Friday 5th July – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

The Slipdixies
Sunday 30th June – Clayton RSL, Kingston, VIC

The Thin White Ukes
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival, Darwin, NT
Sunday 30th June – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Tracy McNeil and Dan Parsons
Saturday 29th June – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tully John & Liza-Jane
Wednesday 3rd July – House Concert, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 4th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Gold Coast, QLD

Walkerthon – A Benefit For Jason Walker feat. Shane Nicholson, Kevin Bennett, Jenny Queen, Jeremy Edwards, Ben Leece, Peta Caswell, Mark Lucas, Mindy Sotiri, Sam Shinazzi, Peter V Fenton, Abby Dobson
Friday 28th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Winter Hootenanny feat. Ben Leece, Neptune’s Tide Machine, James Thomson and the Strange Pilgrims, Matt Scullion, The High Andies, Nat Henry, Robbie Long, Gleny Rae Virus
Saturday 29th June – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Boulder to Birmingham” – Emmylou Harris

New Music Monday – 24th June

Sarah Humphreys
Image Courtesy of Sarah Humphreys

Bryan Estepa – “I’m Not Ready For This”

Prolific Sydney-based singer-songwriter Bryan Estepa channels classic Americana and rock with his new single “I’m Not Ready For This”. Taken from his upcoming album Sometimes I Just Don’t Know, due on the 23rd August, “I’m Not Ready For This” sounds like classic Tom Petty – lyrically driven rock music with a pop sensibility.

Emma Russack – “Be Real”

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Emma Russack released “Be Real”, the newest single from her upcoming album Winter Blues, due on the 5th July. Channelling 90s grunge and indie rock, “Be Real” is Russack’s reaction to the selfie culture.

“[“Be Real”] is about my frustration with phone obsession, social media, hype and trend – the phoniness that I see all over the place (and actually buy into),” Emma Russack explained. “I’m really trying to emphasise the importance of being true to yourself and being ‘real’ – whatever the hell that means. The video is a snapshot of how insular and isolated people have become as a result of technology. I just wanna connect irl.”

To celebrate the release of her new album Emma Russack has a bunch of tour dates in the second half of the year.

Wednesday 7th August – The Jazzlab, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th August – Sideway, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 10th August – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th September – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC
Sunday 15th September – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Greta Stanley – “Follow Suit”

Queensland based singer-songwriter Greta Stanley released her new single “Follow Suit”. With gorgeous production from Mark Myers (The Middle East), “Follow Suit” explores what it’s like to go from youth to adulthood in isolated Far North Queensland. I like the way the song meanders through different production styles while keeping Stanley’s voice front and centre – the production almost feels like a stream of consciousness, kept in line by the conventional structure of the song’s lyrics and phrasing.

“Follow Suit is about wanting to pull away and wanting to feel something more but not knowing how, or when, or where to go,” Greta Stanley explains. “It’s a song I wrote when I was questioning my reasons for continuing to do things I didn’t want to do, and a lot of my friends were too. Because we were afraid of change and the unknown. It’s about how quickly your mind can change – to being sure and moving forward, to feeling like time is slipping and you’re stuck still – full of uncertainty.”

“Follow Suit” is taken from Greta Stanley’s upcoming EP Sun In My Eyes which is due for release on the 26th July. Upcoming tour dates are below:

Saturday 29th June – Neck of the Woods Festival, Townsville, QLD
Friday 23rd August – Darwin Festival, Darwin, NT
Friday 13th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 19th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 20th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Passenger – “Let Me Dream A While”

Any day with new Passenger music is a good day. His latest video “Let Me Dream A While” was filmed and recorded at Abbey Road complete with a string quartet. The track is taken from Passenger’s latest album Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing At All and is exactly what you’d expect from the UK based singer-songwriter – beautiful fingerpicked guitar, emotionally driven melancholic lyrics and Mike’s unique voice.

Sarah Humphreys – “Slow Dance”

Central Coast based singer-songwriter Sarah Humphreys has returned with a really sweet new song and video, “Slow Dance”. Humphreys is the queen of this understated style of indie-folk and her voice in the track is perfectly matched by the simple arrangement of acoustic guitar, bass, pedal-steel and trumpet (not to mention the obligatory toy piano). Lovely stuff

The Avett Brothers – “High Steppin'”

New York’s indie-folk favourites The Avett Brothers have released their new single “High Steppin'”, taken from their upcoming album Closer Than Together, due on the 4th October. The track takes country music conventions (including a spoken word interlude!), couples it with a straight rock beat, synths and some swirling guitars and creates something that feels familiar and new at the same time. It’s kind of odd but I kind of like it for being odd.

The Teskey Brothers – “Man Of The Universe”

As The Teskey Brothers gear up to release their new album Run Home Slow on the 2nd August, we’ve been gifted with another new track from the Melbourne based band. Following the gospel of “Hold Me”, the band’s latest single and video is the soul driven “Man Of The Universe”. This track feels like it’s been ripped directly from the 70s with its distinctly retro sound.

Tully John & Liza-Jane – “Embers”

Gold Coast duo Tully John & Liza-Jane have released their new single “Embers”, a mixture of indie-folk storytelling with more pop sensibilities. The way Tully John & Liza-Jane’s vocals intertwine over the pulsing melody of “Embers” is beautiful and is further heightened by the shimmering guitars and keys.

“The song begins with two souls divided before they begin to interweave and come together again,” Liza-Jane explains. “In the end it is a song of resolution and solace. The ember is the hope to which we cling when things are just a bit wobbly.”

Tully John & Liza-Jane have a handful of tour dates in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales next week:

Wednesday 3rd July – House Concert, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 4th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 6th July – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW

Wallis Bird – “As The River Flows”

It’s easy to see why Irish artist Wallis Bird has such a following in Australia when she’s releasing music like her latest single “As The River Flows”. The first taste of her upcoming album Woman, due on the 27th September, “As The River Flows” is a frantic, visceral song with Bird’s lyrics tumbling over a cacophony of sounds and music. Intensely mesmerising music from Wallis Bird

Winterbourne – “Too Many”

“Too Many” is the third single from the upcoming album Echo Of Youth from Winterbourne, due on the 23rd August. The duo have transitioned seamlessly from their original indie-folk sound to take on a more synth-driven context which is seeing them win the hearts and minds of their fans.

“”Too Many” is a slow build from one point to another with a bunch of ramblings that rhyme over the top,” James from Winterbourne explained. “Much like when you’re staring out into the distance and all the things that are making you feel overwhelmed are adding up in your head but then some thought or chemical brings you comfort, and you revel in that while you walk home listening to music.”

Winterbourne are heading out on tour this October, playing some of their biggest headline shows to date:

Friday 25th October – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 26th October – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th November – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 9th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th November – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Ten Albums and EPs From the First Half of 2016 You Should Own

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As Sandy Denny once sang, who knows where the time goes? It’s the beginning of July which means we’re already halfway through 2016 without really breaking a sweat. And already this year has proven to be filled a treasure trove of music with some excellent albums and EPs released over the last 6 months.

In fact I had a lot of trouble coming up with my usual Top Ten Albums and EPs From the First Half of The Year list because of all the amazing records released so far in 2016. The following ten albums are just the tip iceberg and if you want to dive deep into all the releases we’ve covered this year check out the Album News category tag here.

So without further ado here’s our Ten Albums and EPs From the First Half of 2016 You Should Own:

Eagle & The WolfEagle & The Wolf

Eagle and the Wolf

Eagle & The Wolf is the perfect example of a coming together of artists whose sum is greater than its parts. Alt-country singer-songwriter Kris Morris and indie-folk chanteuse Sarah Humphreys are both celebrated artists in their own right (as well as Timber and Steel favourites) but Eagle & The Wolf has elevated them to a new level. Humphreys’ voice seems to have been unshackled and is out in full force. Morris’ guitar work is pitch perfect – blistering in the bluesier numbers and restrained in the ballads. At only 5 tracks the self titled Eagle & The Wolf is the perfect taster for a partnership that has a big future ahead of it.

The Wild SwanFoy Vance

Foy Vance

I feel like Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance has been the quiet achiever of the folk scene in recent years. But with the release of his latest album The Wild Swan, the massive success of its lead single “She Burns” and his association with Ed Sheran, Foy Vance is finally getting the recognition he deserves. The Wild Swan is a melting pot of tone and style – anyone expecting 12 songs all like “She Burns” might be a bit shocked with the blues of “Noam Chomsky is a Soft Revolution” or the Bryan-Adams-like balladry of “Ziggy Looked Me In The Eye”. This is an album that deserves to be listened to from start to finish.

Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado SymphonyGregory Alan Isakov

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Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony doesn’t really feature any new music from the US based South African singer-songwriter, but the inclusion of the orchestra just takes Gregory Alan Isakov’s music to the next level. In most cases the Symphony is actually pretty understated on the album with Isakov’s vocals and finger-picked guitar well and truly at the front of the mix. The result is a lush experience that still feels intimate.

Love & Lovely LiesImogen Clark

Imogen Clark

Imogen Clark has come of age with the release of her debut album Love & Lovely Lies. Her EPs to date have all been pretty strong but it feels like Love & Lovely Lies realises Clark’s potential as a singer and a songwriter – which is not at all hurt by the slick production and fantastic band she has behind her. Imogen Clark is touted as an alt-country singer (and we’ve been known to use that label as well) but I feel there’s a pop sensibility to her music that’s had a country sheen added to it courtesy of her band. Imogen Clark has a big future ahead of her and Love & Lovely Lies is a fantastic foundation.

Deep Dark Savage HeartMelody Pool

Melody Pool

I feel like I’ve been waiting for a new Melody Pool album for too long. But do you know what? Now that I have Deep Dark Savage Heart I can honestly say it was worth the wait. Melody Pool is seriously one of the finest young songwriters in Australia – her melodies are complex, her lyrics are layered and each song is just so perfectly crafted and presented. If you listen to Deep Dark Savage Heart from start to finish – and trust us, you should – prepare to be transported by Pool’s liquid velvet voice. “Black Dog” is the standout track but it’s a highlight in an album full of highlights – every song is worth revisiting over and over again.

JohannesburgMumford & Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg

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I don’t think anyone expected a new Mumford & Sons record this year, but after traveling to South Africa earlier in 2016 and a collaboration with Senegalese singer Baaba Maal, London/Malawi DJ duo The Very Best and South African pop band Beatenberg the EP Johannesburg was born. This record brings together the best of each band – epic choruses, groovy afro-beats and passionate vocals. The project is reminiscent of Mumford & Sons’ 2010 collaboration with Laura Marling and India’s Dharohar Project, but this time around with a focus on creating new music rather than recording new versions of existing songs. I think what I love most about Johannesburg is just how joyous it is – the EP has become a go to should I need a pick me up. Wonderful stuff.

A Day On The QuayOne Up, Two Down

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George Jackson and Daniel Watkins are some of the best musicians coming out of the Australian bluegrass and old-time scene at the moment. Their pairing with American bassist Andrew Small for the One Up, Two Down project is inspired and the release of their A Day On The Quay mini-album in January was the perfect way to kick off 2016. Each track is a delight from instrumentals like “Kansas City Railroad Blues” and “The Ways Of The World” to songs like “Ginseng Sullivan”. But the absolute highlight is One Up, Two Down’s version of “Bury Me Not On The Lone Praire” – the song seems to have been written for Dan Watkins’ voice.

Seven Sonnets & A SongPaul Kelly

Paul Kelly

Whoever came up with the idea of Paul Kelly putting music to the sonnets and songs of William Shakespeare should be commended. Here you have Australia’s greatest songwriter elevating some of the greatest writing in the English language. And the best thing is that for the most part we’re treated to Paul Kelly the folk singer (as opposed to his rock or soul incarnations) which means plenty of acoustic guitar, pedal steel and fiddle throughout the tracks. This is pure magic.

The Family Tree: The LeavesRadical Face

Radical Face

Five years in the making, Radical Face finally puts his The Family Tree trilogy of albums to rest with the release of the highly anticipated The Family Tree: The Leaves. With this album we’re once again treated to Radical Face’s unique brand of indie-folk – all layered vocals, finger-picked guitar, piano and floor-tom. Radical Face has kept a consistent sound through The Family Tree trilogy and The Family Tree: The Leaves is a fitting way to wrap everything up. I wonder what’s in store next for Radical Face – whether this album will be the closing of a chapter in his musical career and the next we hear from he will completely redefine his sound. Who knows? I’m just so glad that The Family Tree: The Leaves, along with The Family Tree: The Roots and The Family Tree: The Branches, exist in this world

Charleroi: Pittsburgh, Volume 2William Fitzsimmons

William Fitz

My fondness for Charleroi: Pittsburgh, Volume 2 stems from the fact William Fitzsimmons released it a couple of days after his first ever show in Sydney. Made up of tracks left off his 2015 album Pittsburgh, the Charleroi: Pittsburgh, Volume 2 EP is delicate, sad and brilliant. By allowing these additional songs to see the light of day William Fitzsimmons has gifted the world more of his amazing songwriting.

And of course special mention also has to go to the following albums and EPs:

Applewood RoadApplewood Road
YesteryearAriela Jacobs
Wayside Ballads Vol 2Bill Jackson
Second LoveEmmy The Great
ElsewhereGretta Ray
TelluricMatt Corby
case/lang/veirsNeko Case, K.D. lang, Laura Veirs
Stadium CakeOh Pep!
Love Letter For FireSam Beam and Jesca Hoop
The Lonesome SeaThe Button Collective
Sleeping In A CarThe Staves
Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’The Weeping Willows
Golden FleecesTom West

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Calexico have added a Sydney date to their Australian tour. Details here

– Folk punk singer-songwriter Isaac Graham kicked off the new year with his new song “Resolutions”. Details here

– Sydney nu-folkers Citizen of the World released their new video “Setting Out”. Details here

– Brisbane acoustic-groove duo Out of Abingdon will be touring through NSW and ACT this month. Details here

– Milk Records released a new Fraser A Gorman track, Skyscraper Skyline Blues”. Details here

– The new Dan Lethbridge single “Everybody Says” features Taasha Coates from The Audreys. Details here

Oscar Lush revealed his new video “Nightmare Song”. Details here

Shovels & Rope teamed with The Milk Carton Kids to cover the Guns N’ Roses classic “Patience”. Details here

– Kris Morris and Sarah Humphreys have finally announced details of their duo project Eagle & The Wolf. Details here

HeyMun released her ethereal new single “Drift”. Details here

– A bunch of US artists were added to the National Folk Festival lineup including Sheila Kay Adams, Steve Poltz, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner and Kristina Olsen. Details here

Cat Canteri has announced a new EP and revealed the first single “What I Need”. Details here

– The Country Conquers Cancer event in Brisbane later this month will feature the likes of Paddy McHugh, Pat Tierney, Megan Cooper, Dana Hassall, Sian Evans, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Brad Butcher, Dana Gehrman, The Mighty Kind, Jen Mize, The Floyd Family Breakdown, Ben Bunting, Andy McDonnell, Cameron Milford, Emma Bosworth, Hayley Marsten, Ellie Jane, Boatkeeper and Byron Short and the Sunset Junkies. Details here

Ruby Boots has announced her I Miss You Already tour that kicks off at the end of this month. Details here

Interviews

“All the shows are heavy on improvising so I guess solo it might be a bit more concise. There’s so many different tools musically that you can use when you have keys or a drummer, bassist or a second guitar. Solo is definitely more of a challenge to be honest. How many dumpy white guys do you want to see playing acoustic guitar? There’s just so many. I try to just make as much energy as I can, as much far out shit as I can acoustically”Ryley Walker chats to Gareth Hugh Evans ahead of his appearance at the Sydney Festival. Interview here

Reviews

Track by Track

“I wrote this song aboard the 107ft two mast banks schooner that The Button Collective help crew every couple of months or so. Inspired by the hunger pains I was suffering after forgetting to bring any food aboard with me, I wrote about sailors suffering from scurvy and starving at sea while they reminisced about love left behind” – Brodie Buttons from The Button Collective takes us through their new EP The Lonesome Sea. Track by track here

Releases This Week

One Up Two Down
A Day On The QuayOne Up, Two Down
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Mudsling Festival

Mudsling

The Mudgee Music Festival give you a taster of what to expect from their 2016 event with a mini festival featuring the likes of Daniel Champagne, Saltwater Sound System, April Maze, Out of AbingdonBig ErleHoney, Euripi, Nick Wall and more playing over the course of the day. If you can get out to Mudgee for the weekend this will be well worth the trip

Saturday 9th January – Roths Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Allison Forbes
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 15th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Archie Roach and My Friend the Chocolate Cake
Saturday 9th January – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Banjo BBQ feat. Mustered Courage and Special Guests
Sunday 10th January – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Cygnet, TAS

Dana Hassall
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Deep Down South feat. Lachlan Bryan, Les Thomas, Mr Alford Country, Jemma Nicole, Andrew Swift, Brooke Russell, Tom Dockray, Gretta Ziller
Saturday 9th January – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15th January – Hotel Nicholas, Beechworth, VIC

Dirty Three
Friday 15th January – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

FBi SMACS
Sunday 10th January – Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW

Hana Maru with The General Assembly, Mijo Biscan
Thursday 14th January – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

HONK! Oz
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Wollongong, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – Bulli, NSW

Irish Mythen
Friday 8th January – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 9th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – The Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Sunday 10th January – Porch Sessions, Adelaide, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 8th January – Sawtell RSL Club, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 9th January – Laurieton United Services, Laurieton, NSW

Maru Tarang
Sunday 10th January – Lennox Theatre, Parramatta, NSW

Matthew E White
Friday 15th January – Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Mirel Wagner and Nadia Reid
Sunday 10th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Mudsling Festival
Saturday 9th January – Roths Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW

One Up, Two Down
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Out of Abingdon
Saturday 9th January – Mudsling Mini Music Festival, Mudgee, NSW
Sunday 10th January – Lounge Sessions @ Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Peasant Moon, Ben Horder, Matt Ward
Friday 15th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sunshine Fiddle Camp
Sunday 10th to Friday 15th January – Alexandra Park Conference Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Georgetown, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Saturday 15th to Sunday 24th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Audreys
Sunday 10th January – Victoria Gardens, Prahran, VIC

The Brisbane Folk Club feat. Garrett Kato, Sissybones, O’ Little Sister
Wednesday 13th January – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

The Buffalo Grass Boys, The Belle Havens, The Howles, Tom Martin
Saturday 8th January – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Thursday 14th January – Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Franklin Electric
Sunday 10th January – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 14th January – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 15th January – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 8th to Saturday 9th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, TAS
Thursday 14th January – Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW

The Plough
Sunday 10th January – Coach and Horses Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. Julia Jacklin, Merryn Jeann, Louis Donnarumma
Sunday 10th January – Adelaide, SA

The Wayward Henrys
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 8th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Thredbo, NSW

Willowy
Thursday 14th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Tippin’ It Up To Nancy” – Christy Moore

There’s something special about the rhythmic way Christy Moore sings accompanied by a bodhrán. And for those of you playing at home – this song is also famously known as “Marrowbones”

Kris Morris and Sarah Humphreys Announce New Album as Eagle & The Wolf

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Image Courtesy of Eagle & The Wolf

Central Coast based singer-songwriters Kris Morris and Sarah Humphreys have finally announced details of their duo Eagle & The Wolf.

Morris and Humphreys have been making music together for some time but it’s great to see these very talented songwriters officially coming together for their Eagle & The Wolf. They have also recorded a brand new, self titled album which is due for release on the 15th February this year.

You can pre-order the album here. Take a listen to the first track “Tired and Lost” below:

Eagle & The Wolf will be supporting Kasey Chambers on some dates through January as well as heading to the Tamworth Country Music Festival – check out the full list of shows below:

Thursday 7th January – Ballina RSL Club, Ballina, NSW
Friday 8th January – Sawtell RSL Club, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 9th January – Laurieton United Services, Laurieton, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – House Concert, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW (with Bill Chambers)
Thursday 21st January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW (with Catherine Britt)
Friday 22nd January – The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW (with Fanny Lumsden)

Fanny Lumsden’s Sydney Album Launch

Fanny Lumsden
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden

For the last few weeks Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers have been working their way around rural New South Wales and Victoria on one of their regular Country Halls tours. Lumsden and co have been taking their unique brand of alt-country music to Australia’s country halls for a number of years now, bringing music to spaces that have otherwise gone ignored by regular touring artists.

This Saturday 14th November Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers will be taking the country halls experience to the big smoke with the official launch of the their new album Small Town Big Shot at the St Stephens Church Hall in Newtown Sydney.

“It’s such a wonderful tour,” Fanny Lumsden explained. “We have kids to Grandmas coming to our shows and everyone in between and everyone gets in and has good go. We also run workshops for the kids, get local support acts and the local footy club or P&C run the BBQ – its an ‘all in community night out’ and I just can’t wait to bring it to Sydney.”

The Sydney show will feature Kris Morris and Sarah Humphreys in the support slots. For more information on the show check out the official Facebook event here.

Out On The Weekend Announces Headline Sideshows

Dawes
Image Courtesy of Dawes

As with last year Americana festival Out On The Weekend has announced a bunch of headline sideshows for its major international artists including supports from some of Australia’s finest.

This morning Out On The Weekend announced sideshows for Dawes (above), Sam Outlaw with Jonny Fritz and Shelly Colvin and Jamestown Revival. The festival itself takes place on the 17th October in Melbourne and the 24th October in Sydney (see details here). Get the full run down of side shows below:

Dawes

Dawes with Barna Howard & Tracy McNeil

Sunday 18th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Tuesday 20th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 21st October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Sam Outlaw

Sam Outlaw with Jonny Fritz, Shelly Colvin & Friends

Friday 16th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 18th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 21st October – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 25th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Jamestown Revival

Jamestown Revival with Raised by Eagles (Melbourne) and Sarah Humphreys & Kris Morris and Little Georgia (Sydney)

Wednesday 21st October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We finally posted the new video from Tim Wheatley “Valerie”. Details here

Timber and Steel favourites Arbori have announced a return to the stage with a residency in Sydney throughout October. Details here

The BordererS hit the road from this Friday. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival revealed a huge lineup for 2016 including Dougie MacLean, The East Pointers, Catgut, Chaika, Daniel Champagne, Handsome Young Strangers, Liz Stringer, Rebecca Bastoli, Shane Howard, Shanty Club, The Button Collective, The Dead Maggies, Big Erle, Joe Mungovan, Kay Proudlove and many many more. Details here

– Queensland based singer-songwriter Greta Stanley released her new single “Lakes”. Details here

– A couple of live videos have surfaced from Sarah Humphreys and Kris Morris’ new duo project. Details here

– Canadian trad trio The East Pointers will be releasing their debut album in October. Details here

Calexico released their new video “Tapping On The Line” featuring Neko Case. Details here

Bluesfest announced their second round of artists for 2016 including The Decemberists, Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Tweedy, Steve Earle, Nahko and Medicine for the People and Blackberry Smoke and many more. Details here

– Irish singer Foy Vance announced headline shows while he’s in the country supporting Ed Sheeran. Details here

– Sydney duo Jep and Dep released their new video “Cut All Ties”. Details here

Winterbourne released their poppy new single “To Get To Know You”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard released his new video “Her Mercy”. Details here

– Folk and bluegrass trio One Up, Two Down announced details of their upcoming EP A Day On The Quay. Details here

– Next Monday and Tuesday will see 21 singer-songwriters will converge for If You See Her, Say Hello as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival including Ali E, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Ayleen O’Hanlon, BABY BLUE, Bek Street, Brooke Russell, Claire Hendry, Cookie Baker, Emilee South, Georgia Spain, Gretta Ray, Jemma Nicole, Jemma Rowlands (Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies), Kate Boston-Smith (Modesty), Kate McMahon, Kelly Day (Broads), Ladie Dee (Howl at the Moon), Loni Rae and Shannon Busch (WILSN) plus special guests. Details here

– Adelaide’s Sam Brittain announced an October residency. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival announced their first round of artists for 2016 including Ayleen O’Hanlon, Claymore, DakhaBrakha (Ukraine), Dave Arden, Eric Bogle, Fourplay, Grigoryan Brothers, John McCutcheon (USA), Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, Lloyd Spiegel, Manran (Scotland), Mary Black (Ireland, above), Moxie (Ireland), Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, Pierce Brothers, Ruby Boots, Steve Poltz (USA), Sara Storer, Shellie Morris, Suzannah Espie, The Bushwackers, The East Pointers (Canada), The Ugly Uncles, Truckstop Honeymoon (USA), Three Kings, The Woohoo Revue and The Young’uns (UK). Details here

– We premiered the new video from The Timbers, “All I’ve Got Time For”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Suzannah Espie released her new video “I’m Sorry” and announced a national tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Now
NOWAsh Grunwald
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Lachlan Bryan
The MountainLachlan Bryan & The Wildes
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Pierce Brothers
Into The DirtPierce Brothers
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

If You See Her, Say Hello feat. Ali E, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Ayleen O’Hanlon, BABY BLUE, Bek Street, Brooke Russell, Claire Hendry, Cookie Baker, Emilee South, Georgia Spain, Gretta Ray, Jemma Nicole, Jemma Rowlands (Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies), Kate Boston-Smith (Modesty), Kate McMahon, Kelly Day (Broads), Ladie Dee (Howl at the Moon), Loni Rae and Shannon Busch (WILSN)

If You See Her Say Hello

21 of Melbourne’s favourite female singer-songwriters are coming together for this Melbourne Fringe Festival show. Each singer will be performing their songs backed up with a choir of the other performers. This is going to be something special

Monday 28th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 29th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Ainsley Farrell w/ Georgia Mulligan, Catgut
Friday 2nd October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

April Maze
Friday 25th September – Private House Concert, QLD

Arbori
Thursday 1st October – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Friday 25th September – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 26th September – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Thursday 1st October – Wickham, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 2nd October – Yours and Owls Festival, Wollongong, NSW

Batch Sessions feat. Andy Golledge, Caitlin Harnett
Wednesday 30th September- Batch Brewing, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 25th September – Johnny Cash: The Concert, The Events Centre, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 26th September – Johnny Cash: The Concert, Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD

Dustin Tebbutt w/ Jesse Davidson, Caitlin Park
Friday 25th September – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd October – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Friday 25th September – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 26th September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 25th September – Wanganella Hall, Wanganella, NSW
Saturday 26th September – Sandigo Hall, Sandigo, NSW
Sunday 27th September – The Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Finders Keepers Markets Melbourne
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October – Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

Forest Falls
Friday 2nd October – Cafe Go, Geelong, VIC

Fred Smith, Humbug
Saturday 26th September – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Goulburn Gathering
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th October – Goulburn, NSW

If You See Her, Say Hello feat. Ali E, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Ayleen O’Hanlon, Baby Blue, Brooke Russell, Clare Hendry, Cookie Baker, Emilee South, Georgia Spain, Gretta Ray, Jemma Nicole, Jemma Rowlands, Kate Boston-Smith, Kate McMahon, Kelly Day, Ladie Dee, Loni Rae, WILSN
Monday 28th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 29th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Ribeiro
Saturday 26th September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Joan Baez
Sunday 27th September – Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 30th September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Saturday 26th September – House Concert, Newstead, VIC
Sunday 27th September – The Boite Music Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Saturday 26th September to Saturday 3rd October – Mildura Country Music Festival, VIC

Lime and Steel
Thursday 1st October – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd October – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Little May
Saturday 26th September – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA

Lost Ragas
Saturday 26th September – Café Burrinja, Burrinja, VIC

Madeleine Duke w/ Tim Haines
Saturday 26th September – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Lucas and Chris Porter
Wednesday 30th September – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Martha Wainwright
Friday 2nd October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Mildura Country Music Festival
Friday 25th September to Sunday 4th October – Mildura, VIC

Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th October – Murwillumbah, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Thursday 1st October – Rolling Stone Live Lodge, Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd October – Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW

Rowen w/ Brother Fox, Charlotte Emily
Saturday 25th September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Sam Brittain
Friday 2nd October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Semaphore Music Festival
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th October – Adelaide, SA

Surry Hills Festival
Saturday 25th September – Sydney, NSW

The AU Sessions feat. Kay Proudlove, Paul Mason
Tuesday 29th September – The Hive Bar, Sydney, NSW

The BordererS
Friday 25th September – Polish White Eagle Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 26th September – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 27th September – Pittwatter RSL, Mona Vale, NSW
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October – Murtoa Big Weekend, near Horsham, VIC

The Muso Next Door Sydney feat. The Cope St Parade, Diamond Duck, Justine Eltakchi
Friday 25th September – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Friday 25th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 1st October – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd October – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

The Timbers
Friday 25th September – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 26th September – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 27th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Upstairs & Underground feat. The Gypsy Dub Sound System, Edema Ruh
Friday 2nd October – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Uranquinty Folk Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October – Uranquinty, NSW

Wallaby Creek Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September – Rossville, QLD

Winterbourne
Friday 25th September – Club 54 Launceston, TAS
Saturday 26th September – Uni Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 2nd October – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT

Wollombi Music Festival
Saturday 26th September – Wollombi, NSW

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 25th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Saturday 26th September – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth, WA
Sunday 27th September – 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Spike Island Lassies” – Moxie

This was a last minute sub in for FFF after I saw this video posted on a friend’s Facebook wall and then fell down a Moxie themed YouTube rabbit hole. Moxie will be in the country next year during the folk festival season – make sure you get out and see them!

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