Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Irish music legend Sharon Shannon announced an Australian tour this January. Details here

The Lumineers relased their new video “Sleep On The Floor”. Details here

The National Folk Festival added a bunch of artists to its lineup including Jarlath Henderson, Katey Brooks, Mel Parsons, Melisande, Andy Salvanos, Catherine Fraser Trio, David Spry, Colin Lillie, YuNiOn with Stonewave Taiko, Dubmarine, Kutcha Edwards, Zulya and the Children of the Underground, Sparrow-Folk, The Martins and 19-Twenty. Details here

– We finally posted the new Rowena Wise video “Hollow Hearts”. Details here

– Progressive folk mandolinist Chris Thile and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau have announced a duo album to be released in January. Details here

– Perth folk-rock band Joel Barker & The Low Company released their new video “Make It Good”. Details here

– The new Gillian Welch album Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg is released today. Details here

– Irish born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Gallie performs in Sydney tomorrow night. Details here

Bear’s Den released their new video “Emeralds”. Details here

– The amazing Rhiannon Giddens is returning to Australia next year. Details here

– American folk singer Willie Watson returns to Australia next year. Details here

Releases This Week

Buffalo Nickel
Buffalo NickelBuffalo Nickel
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Gillian
Boots No 1: The Official Revival BootlegGillian Welch
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Kay Proudlove w/ Melanie April

Kay

South Coast singer-songwriter will take to the Bulli School of Arts this weekend to record some of her new songs live to an intimate crowd

Saturday 26th November – Bulli School of Arts, Woonona, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Wednesday 30th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

BBQ & Blues feat. The Plough
Wednesday 30th November – Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Saturday 26th November – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Monday 28th November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 30th November – Kings Park, Perth, WA

Boy & Bear
Friday 25th November – Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 27th November – The Venue, Townsville, QLD
Friday 2nd December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

Crowded House
Friday 25th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Syndey, NSW

Davey Craddock
Saturday 26th November – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA

Eilen Jewell
Friday 25th November – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

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

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers
Saturday 26th November – Spring Plains Hall, Wee Waa, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Candice McLeod, Alister Turrill, Lazy Colts
Wednesday 30th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

FRACK OFF! Concert feat. John Butler Trio, The Pigram Brothers, Mama Kin, Ten Cent Shooters w/ MC Peter Rowsthorn
Saturday 26th November – 3 Oceans Winery, Cowaramup, WA
Sunday 27th November – 3 Oceans Winery, Cowaramup, WA

Gallie w/ Seanchas
Saturday 26th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Green Mohair Suits w/ Luke Escombe
Friday 25th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 2nd December – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Haywood Billy Goats w/ The Tawny Owl Stringband, Rebecca Bastoli
Friday 25th November – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hashshashin, Vanishing Shapes, Kurushimi, Raven
Thursday 1st December – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. The Faraway Eyes
Sunday 27th November – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride feat. Night Kite, Mudlarks Choir, Christina Mimmocchi
Saturday 26th November – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans
Friday 25th November – The Pretoria, Mannum, SA
Saturday 26th November – Clandys Fishpub, Dunsborough, WA
Sunday 27th November – Live at the Orchard, Perth, WA
Friday 2nd December – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Julia Jacklin
Friday 25th November – Paradise Music Festival, VIC
Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Thursday 1st December – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd December – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 2nd December to Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, NSW

Kay Proudlove w/ Melanie April
Saturday 26th November – Bulli School of Arts, Woonona, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 2nd December – Revesby Workers’ Club, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gerner & The Sunset Pushers
Friday 25th November – Leftys, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 26th November – Drill Hall, Mullum, NSW
Thursday 1st December – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd December – Lazy Bones, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise
Friday 25th November – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC
Sunday 27th November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Matt Andersen
Friday 25th November – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Tuesday 29th November – The Front Gallery & Café, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 1st December – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 2nd December – The Music Lounge, Wollongong, NSW

Matt Joe Gow
Thursday 1st December – The Unicorn, Sydney, NSW

Mel Parsons
Saturday 26th November – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 27th – Djangos, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 30th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st December – The V Room, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 2nd December – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Music for a Warming World – Green Music benefit
Sunday 27th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Nick Payne, Matt J Ward, Peasant Moon
Thursday 1st December – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen
Tuesday 29th November – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA
Wednesday 30th November – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA

PJ Michael & The Banditas
Saturday 26th November – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Queenscliff Music Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff, VIC

Steve Poltz
Friday 25th November – Blue Mountains, Warrimoo, NSW
Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Wednesday 30th November – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 1st December – Bridgetown Hotel, Bridgetown, WA
Friday 2nd December – Ravenswood, Ravenswood, WA

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

Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Xmas Market feat. The Detonators, The Morrisons, The Cruisin’ Deuces, The Drey Rollan Band
Sunday 27th November – Manning House, Sydney, NSW

The Buck Loner Revue
Sunday 27th December – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 25th November – The Bellingen Brewery & Co., Bellingen, NSW

The Tallest Man On Earth
Wednesday 30th November – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st December – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Thursday 1st December – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 25th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Tom West
Thursday 1st December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th December – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Diamantina Drover” – Hugh McDonald with John Schumann & The Vagabond Crew

We sadly lost the great Hugh McDonald this week. Hugh very kindly let us publish his review of the Top Half Folk Festival in 2013. Here’s probably his most well known track from the 2010 Woodford Folk Festival. RIP Hugh McDonald.

Sharon Shannon Announces Australian Tour

Sharon Shannon
Image Courtesy of Sharon Shannon

Irish music legend Sharon Shannon has announced plans to return to Australia this January with a bunch of dates on the east coast. Shannon will be joined by Jim Murray, Sean Regan and Jack Maher – check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 6th January – Mick O’Malley’s Irish Pub, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 7th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th January – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 14th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2015

2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Irish band We Banjo 3 released their version of “The Fox” featuring Sharon Shannon. Details here

Alabama Shakes have announced details of their new album Sound & Color. Details here

– Melbourne’s Skyscraper Stan And The Commission Flats have announced a national tour this March and April. Details here

– Regular Sydney night Bunker Bluegrass returned last night with shows planned through the first half of 2015. Details here

Daniel Lee Kendall released his new single “Don’t Worry Darlin’”. Details here

– Adelaide’s Tom West released his new single “Easy Love”. Details here

– Canadian fiddler April Verch has announced her new album The Newpart. Details here

– Hunter Valley based festival Folk In Broke announced its 2015 lineup including Lloyd Spiegel, Alex Bowen, Gambirra, Gordi, Hillbilly Goats, Good Corn Liquor, Nic Cassey, Galleri, Oscar Lush, The Timbers and Dave Well. Details here

Sufjan Stevens released his new single “No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross”. Details here

Packwood released his first live action video, “All Smoke Must Find Its Way Home”. Details here

Xavier Rudd released his new video “Come People”. Details here

– American music festival MusicNOW have revealed details of their tenth anniversary live album featuring Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Sufjan Stevens, Owen Pallett, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and many more. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Alex Edwards released his new video “My Baby Don’t Know”. Details here

Sam Buckingham released her new video for “Down The Rabbit Hole” featuring sock puppets. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Kristafor Farrenkothen released his new single “Quiet Shouts”. Details here

– Perth singer-songwriter Steve Parkin released a new album Live & Solo with Guitar and Singing. Details here

– New Zealand based singer-songwriter Luke Thompson released his new video “Oh Christina”. Details here

Laura Marling released the video for “False Hope”. Details here

– A new boutique music festival, Solar Saturday Lounge Party, will be hitting Melbourne next week featuring Tracy McNeil and The GoodLife, Hello Satellites, Tully Sumner and Dan Flynn. Detauls here

– Bluesfest added even more artists including Frank Yamma, Wagons, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Marlon Williams, Genevieve Chadwick, Eddie Boyd and the Phatapillars and many more. Details here

Interviews

“I became a singer-songwriter because I knew that bands were hard to keep together. I discovered that I liked songwriting when I was in college and by the time I was ready to graduate, I decided to try it for a while and see if there was any future in it for me”Andrew Belle chatted to Adriana Rossi. Interview here

Releases This Week

Eons
EonsJim Lawrie
iTunes

Vestiges and Claws
Vestiges & ClawsJosé González
iTunes

Unveil
UnveilTaryn La Fauci
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Rowena Wise

Rowena Wise

Rowena Wise launches her new single “Words” with a tour that kicks off in Sydney tonight. There’s a reason Rowena Wise is getting a lot of buzz at the moment – make sure you get to one of these shows and see what all the fuss is about.

Friday 20th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st February – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th February – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Gigs Next Week

Alanna Eileen
Tuesday 24th February – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

Alex Edwards
Thursday 26th February – The Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Andrew Swift
Saturday 21st February – Berwick Show, Berwick, VIC
Saturday 21st February – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 22nd February – Bonnie Doon Music Festival, VIC
Thursday 26th February – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 20th February – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st February – Panthers, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 24th February – AEC Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 26th February – Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC
Friday 27th February – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Ann Vriend
Friday 20th February – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW

April Maze
Saturday 21st March – Maclaey Island Progress Hall, Moreton Bay, Brisbane, QLD

Bell St Delays
Thursday 26th February – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Brothers & Sisters – The Music of O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Friday 20th February – Teatro 1, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, WA
Saturday 21st February – Teatro 1, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, WA
Sunday 22nd February – Teatro 1, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, WA

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Cobargo, NSW

Conor Oberst with The Felice Brothers
Wednesday 25th February – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 26th February – Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC

CW Stoneking
Friday 20th February – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Saturday 21st February – Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Bathurst, NSW
Sunday 22nd February – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th February – The Substation, Newport, VIC

Darren Hanlon
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Nannup Festival, WA

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Frances, SA

Heartstring Quartet
Saturday 21st February – Albany Town Hall, Albany, WA
Thursday 26th February – Mandurah PAC, Mandurah, WA
Friday 27th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan
Wednesday 25th February – The Yarra Hotel, Abbottsford, VIC

Jordie Lane
Friday 27th February – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA

Kim Richey
Friday 27th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup Music Festival, WA

Kyneton Music Festival
Friday 20th and Saturday 21st February – Kyneton, VIC

Lake Street Dive
Saturday 21st February – SummerSalt Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 24th February – Opera Bar, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th February – Opera Bar, Sydney NSW
Friday 27th February – Enlighten Festival, Canberra, ACT

Little Bastard
Friday 20th February – Kyneton Music Festival, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 21st February – Party In The Paddock Festival, TAS

Mandy Connell with Tom Ciccone
Wednesday 25th February – Clifton Hill Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 27th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup, WA

Phia
Friday 20th February – Longplay, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th February – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Rowena Wise
Friday 20th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st February – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th February – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Ruth Moody
Friday 20th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 21st February – Candelo Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Sunday 22nd February – Indi Valley Music, VIC
Wednesday 25th February – The Red Room, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th February – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Friday 27th February – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA

Sam Brittain and Amistat
Thursday 26th February – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Sam Buckingham
Thursday 26th February – The Bird, Northbridge, WA

Steve Smyth
Friday 20th February – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 21st February – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Sweet Jean
Sunday 22nd February – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

The AU Sessions feat. Taryn La Fauci, Imogen Clark
Tuesday 24th February – Hive Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. Shane Howard, Skyscraper Stan
Wednesday 25th February – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Friday 27th February – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Carolina in My Mind” – James Taylor

I watched John Flanagan perform an awesome cover of this track earlier this week (check it out here) and knew I just had to post the original as this week’s FFF.

Watch the New Video from We Banjo 3, “The Fox” feat. Sharon Shannon

We Banjo 3
Image Courtesy of We Banjo 3

We Banjo 3 are four-piece Americana band based out of Galway, Ireland. The band, made up of two sets of brothers – Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley – have been winning multitude awards all over the place for a number of years now and released their acclaimed new album Gather the Good last year.

The latest single from We Banjo 3 is a version of the classic track “The Fox” which features legendary Irish accordion player Sharon Shannon. Check out the video for “The Fox” below:

Port Fairy Announces First Round of Artists for 2015

John Butler
Image Courtesy of John Butler Trio

March 2014 feels like an age away but that doesn’t mean it’s not time to start planning for the folk festival season – and to make your life a little easier the Port Fairy Folk Festival has announced its first round of artists for next year.

The lineup is headed up by Christine Anu, John Butler Trio and Charlie Musselwhite and also includes the likes of All Our Exes Live In Texas, Ami Williamson, Ash & Bloom, Bobby & the Pins, Catherine Britt, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Enda Kenny Band, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Himmerland, Jan Preston’s Boogie Circus, Jeff Lang, Jodi Martin, Jordie Lane, Lake Street Dive, Mark Seymour & the Undertow, Marlon Williams, Maru Tarang, Sharon Shannon Band, Steve Poltz, The Black Sorrows, The Chipolatas, The Orbweavers, The Yearlings and We Two Thieves.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 6th to 9th March. For more information and tickets check out the official site here.

New Sharon Shannnon Video, “Top Dog Gaffo”


Image Courtesy of Sharon Shannon

Sharon Shannon has enlisted the help of her most trusted companions to take part in her new video “Top Dog Gaffo”. The video features Shannon’s dogs Gaffo, Daisy, Lilly, Benji, Begley, Sammy, Foxy, Gnasher, Bella and Louis and aims to raise awareness and funds for animal rescues worldwide. “Top Dog Gaffo” is taken from Sharon Shannon’s latest album Flying Circus (With The RTE Concert Orchestra) – check it out below:

Sharron Shannon will be touring Australia in January next year. The full list of dates are below:

Sunday 30th Dec to Tuesday 1st Jan – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Wednesday 2nd January – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 3rd January – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th January – The Irish Club, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th January – Lizotte’s Sydney, Dee Why, NSW
Sunday 6th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 8th January – The Clarendon Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 9th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 10th January – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 11th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– On Sunday morning two huge names were added to the 2013 Bluesfest lineup – Paul Simon and Rufus Wainwright. Could this be the biggest Bluesfest lineup ever? Details here

The Trouble With Templeton will be capping off an amazing 2012 with their first ever headline national tour. Details here

– After wowing Australian audiences earlier this year Father John Misty has announced plans to return to our shores in February 2013. Details here

Roland Kay-Smith elegantly tackels the issue of Coal Seam Gas in his new video “Dirt Farmer Blues”. Details here

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have announced an Australian tour in March. The question now is, will they stick around for any festivals? Details here

Communion Melbourne have a fantastic lineup this month – The Hello Morning, Buffalo Tales, Trouble With Templeton and a special pre-Meredith Festival warm-up performance by an artist they’re are refering to as Lima Spitz. Details here

– Having already announced a Melbourne sideshow when they’re in the country for the Laneway Festivals next year we got pretty excited when Kings of Convenience added a show at the Sydney Opera House as well. Details here

Brendan Maclean shot the video for “Beat Me To It” in a single take. Details here

The Lumineers (the band that sing that “Ho Hey” song that’s stuck in your head) are coming to Australia for three dates next March. Which is suspiciously close to Easter. Details here

– Tonight sees the launch of The April Maze’s much anticipated new album Two at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne before a they set off on a bunch of dates all over the East Coast. Details here

– This week marked the first two dates in Jackson McLaren’s seven date, two city residency with The Falls in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Brother-sister duo Dan and Hannah Acfield kicked off a national tour this week as well as releasing their brand new video “Lonely Robot”. Details here

Ben Taylor, folk-singing son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, has just released his new video “Words Are Made of Paper” featuring a hot couple making out – which is kind of the reason we had to post it. Details here

– Renowned Irish accordion player Sharon Shannon is returning to Australia for the Woodford Folk Festival and then sticking around to play a bunch of dates through January. Details here

Damien Dempsey released the video to his new single “Almighty Love” taken from the album of the same name. Details here

– Alt-country noise makers Deer Tick have announced three Australian shows next February with Two Gallants. Details here

– UK songstress Emily and the Woods has just released the video for her new single “Small Song”. Details here

Ben Howard revealed the second track from his upcoming Burgh Island EP, the wonderful “Oats in the Water”. Details here

Radical Face is currently working on a new album but in the meantime they’ve released their Always Gold EP featuring some unreleased tracks and some that have appeared on other releases. Details here

– The latest Christmas boxset from Sufjan Stevens, Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10, is released today (see below) and we’ve collected all the audio and video from it that’s found its way online over the last couple of weeks. Details here

– The new clip from Willy Mason, for the track “I Got Gold” feature some very funky old man dancing. Details here

Blog

Phia and Pete

Phia and Owls of the Swamp sent us a tour diary detailing their experiences in Europe. Blog here

Reviews

Gigs

“I had all these grand plans of mingling with the musos (many of which I had only met via email), snaffling a few beers from the green room rider and even trying to conduct a few between set interviews. But those plans disintegrated as soon as I was planted in front of the stage – the music had captured me and just wouldn’t let me go. The alternating two-stage setup of JamGrass probably contributed to keeping me front and centre with the only downtime between acts to change the lighting and for JamGrass founders Jason Taylor and Pheobe Preuss to introduce the next band. All I had to do was turn 90 degrees to face the next stage and let the music take over”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the JamGrass Music Festival. Review here

“While Texture Like Sun had the people on their feet and in an entranced, reflective daze, with Mark Pearl’s scruffy voice that sounds as though he’s permanently waking up from a deep sleep, Patrick James brought people to the floor, cross legged and huddled with friends, cosying into the old granny chairs and throw cushions that give FBi Social that garage hang out feel. While Texture Like Sun brought an intensity and severity to the room, Patrick James lit it up with youth, hope and longing, singing melodic tunes harmonized by Scotty and Kurt Smith”Lil Mercanti reviews Texture Like Sun and Patrick James at FBi Social in Sydney. Review here

Releases This Week

Shiny New Toy
Shiny New ToyEmma Wall & the Urban Folk
CDBaby

Music From Kennedy's Pool
Music From Kennedy’s PoolMerri Creek Pickers
Bandcamp

Ahoy
Ahoy!Punch Brothers
iTunes

Always Gold
Always GoldRadical Face
iTunes

Sufjan Stevens
Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10Sufjan Stevens
iTunes

Two
TwoThe April Maze
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Davidson Brothers
Davidson Brothers with The Simpson Three
Sunday 18th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Henry Wagons
Henry Wagons
Friday 16th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

A Day On The Green feat. Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Catherine Brit and Felicity Urquhart
Sunday 18th November – Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD

Andrew Morris with Zac Gunthorpe
Friday 23rd November – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Angus Stone
Saturday 17th November – TBA, Perth, WA
Wednesday 21st November – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd November – Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully, VIC

Bob Evans with Thelma Plum
Friday 16th November – Rhino Room, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th November – Norfolk Basement, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 22nd November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd November – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Buffalo (Wes Carr)
Friday 23rd November – Notes @ Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Dan and Hannah Acfield
Friday 16th November – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 17th November – Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Friday 16th November – Hotel Shamrock, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 17th November – Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, Harrietville, VIC
Sunday 18th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Eli Wolfe
Friday 16th November – The Aztec Forster, NSW
Wednesday 21st November – The Old Kirk, Yamba, NSW
Friday 23rd November – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW

Emmylou Harris
Friday 16th November – Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Gosti
Saturday 17th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Grizzly Bear
Friday 16th November – Metro, Sydney, NSW

Harvest Festival (Grizzly Bear, Beirut)
Saturday 17th November – Parramatta Park, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Jackson McLaren with The Falls and Special Guests
Wednesday 21st November – Folk Club at Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd November – Gertrudes Brown Couch, Melbourne, VIC

Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett
Saturday 17th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Joe Pug with Little Bastard
Wednesday 21st November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd November – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Joe Robinson
Friday 16th November – The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW

John Williamson
Wednesday 21st November – 99 on York, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 16th November – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 22nd November – Smiths Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT (Solo)

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 16th November – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 17th November – Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 23rd November – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 16th November – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 17th November – Roth’s Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW
Friday 23rd November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Mike McCarthy
Thursday 22nd Novemebr – Bottlerocket, Nowra, NSW

Missy Higgins (with Gurrumul and Emma Louise)
Saturday 17th November – Soundscape Festival, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 20th November – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd November – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Mullum Music Festival (Husky, TinPan Orange, Mama Kin, Gossling, Joe Pug, Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer, Stiff Gins, Hat Fitz and Cara, Sara Tindley, The Rescue Ships, Rosey, Jack Carty)
22nd to 25th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Bortier Okoe (Afro Soul), Organic Roots and DJ Earthshaker

Friday 16th November – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. A night of traditional and contemporary Persian music featuring a diverse range of Persian artists
Friday 23rd November – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nigel Wearne and The Cast Iron Promises
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November – Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, Harrietville, VIC

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Friday 16th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 17th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 16th November – The Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

The April Maze
Friday 16th November ‐ Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 16th November – Newcastle Leagues, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18h November – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 16th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“London Danny” – Jez Lowe

The version of this song I’m probably most familiar with is from the 1995 Fairport Convention album Jewel In The Crown. I’m so happy I came across this live video of the song’s writer, Jez Lowe, performing at a house concert – I love how you can hear the audience singing along in the background. This is the folk experience.

Sharon Shannon Announces Woodford Sideshows

Sharon Shannon
Image Courtesy of Sharon Shannon

The wonderful Sharon Shannon, probably one of the world’s most accomplished and respected traditional and contemporary accordion players, is visiting our shores again for this year’s Woodford Folk Festival and has decided to tack on some solo tour dates throughout January. Sharon Shannon was in the country earlier this year for the Port Fairy Folk Festival so we’re pretty excited to have the chance to see her for the second time in less than 12 months.

The full list of dates for Shannon’s tour are below:

Sunday 30th Dec to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Wednesday 2nd January – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 3rd January – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th January – The Irish Club, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th January – Lizotte’s Sydney, Dee Why, NSW
Sunday 6th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 8th January – The Clarendon Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 9th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 10th January – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 11th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

First Artists Announced for WOMADelaide

Eddi Reader

We’re getting pretty good at this prediction thing. In the last month we have started rumours around festival appearances next year from Eddi Reader (above) and Sharon Shannon and lo and behold they’ve both been announced for the 2012 WOMADelaide festival.

And its looking to be another Timber and Steel friendly event again next year with Blue King Brown, First Aid Kit, The Pigram Brothers and The Bearded Gypsy Band also making the WOMADelaide first lineup.

Obviously this is just a taster of what’s to come next year but it’s a very exciting taster. WOMADelaide is held from the 9th to the 12th March in Adelaide. The full lineup so far is below:

Blue King Brown (Australia)
Diego Guerrero y El Solar de Artistas (Spain)
Eddi Reader (Scotland)
First Aid Kit (Sweden)
Groundation (Jamaica/USA)
Johnny Clegg (South Africa)
Lo’Jo (France)
Master Drummers of Burundi (Burundi)
Sharon Shannon Big Band (Ireland)
Shivkumar Sharma (India)
Staff Benda Billili (Democratic Republic of Congo)
The Pigram Brothers (Australia)
Tinariwen (Mali)
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UK)
The Bearded Gypsy Band (Australia)

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