Second Round of Artists Announced for Dashville Skyline

Jordie Lane
Image Courtesy of Jordie Lane

Alt-country and Americana festival Dashville Skyline had already announced a solid lineup when they revealed their first round of artists back in June and now they’ve managed to raise the bar even higher with a whole host of amazing singers and bands added to the event.

The second announcement includes a host of Timber and Steel favourites including Henry Wagons & The Only Children, Jordie Lane (above), William Crighton, Spookyland, Charles Jenkins, The Eastern, James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims, Tracy McNeil & the GoodLife, Leah Flanagan, Frank Sultana & the Sinister Kids, Jason Walker, Magpie Diaries, Lyle Dennis Express, William John Jr, The Bluegrass Breakfast and the return of the beloved supergroup Dashville Progress Society.

These artists join 14 other previously announced acts including the likes of Brian Cadd, The Brothers Comatose, The Wilson Pickers and Melody Pool.

Dashville Skyline takes place in the Hunter Valley Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October – for more information check out the official site here. The full lineup so far is below:

Brian Cadd, Henry Wagons & The Only Children, The Brothers Comatose (USA), The Wilson Pickers, Melody Pool, Jordie Lane, Spookyland, Charles Jenkins, Jess Ribeiro, William Crighton, Raised by Eagles, The Eastern (NZ), The Hello Morning, James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims, Leah Flanagan, Davey Craddock & the Spectacles, Karl S. Williams, Frank Sultana & The Sinister Kids, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, Irish Mythen (CA), Andy Golledge Band, Jason Walker, Magpie Diaries, Lyle Dennis Express, William John Jr, Bluegrass Breakfast, Dashville Progress Society

Review: BIGSOUND 2014, A Folkie’s Perspective

All Our Exes

It’s been a few days since I wearily boarded a flight at Brisbane to wend my way home after BIGSOUND and only now am I finally returning to reality. 2014 was my first BIGSOUND and I didn’t really know what to expect – only that my friends in the music industry told me I had to go. As a folkie I kind of expected to be out on the fringes of the festival while all the cool kids compared synth lines and the like, but truth be told I came away feeling a big part of this thing we call the Australian music industry and excited about what the future holds music in this country.

BIGSOUND is whatever you make of it” a friend had told me. “Decide what you want to get out of it before you go and then concentrate on that”. It was good advice as the avalanche of things to do, people to see and parties to get into was overwhelming for a first time BIGSOUND-er like me. So I mapped out my days based on artists I wanted to interview, industry folks I wanted to meet and gigs (both unofficial and official) I wanted to attend. And here’s what I got out of the event:

Music Music Music

Ruby Boots

With over 140 bands officially showcasing at BIGSOUND Live this year and a bunch of auxiliary, unofficial gigs happening around the place we definitely weren’t hard up for music. Most of the acoustic artists were centred around the stage at The Press Club but there was plenty of folk, blues, roots and country happening at most of the other showcase venues as well.

On the first night I managed to catch All Our Exes Live in Texas, Steve Smyth, The Tiger and Me, Spookyland, Rob Moir, Ruby Boots and Brad Butcher. Steve Smyth would have to have been the highlight for me – his wall-of-sound blues and roots style was just transfixing and he definitely lived up to the hype. Spookyland were a little more indie-rock and a little less folk than I expected them to be but definitely worth checking out. Ruby Boots (above) was probably one of my favourite acts of the entire week with Bex Chilcott’s voice in fine form.

Night two was meant to be the night I just parked myself at the Press Club and let the bands come to me, but I ended up running around just as much as the first night catching the likes of Fraser A. Gorman, Jordan Klassen, Sweet Jean, The Pierce Brothers, Harmony James and Marlon Williams. It was Marlon Williams that had been getting the most hype (contributed to by myself) throughout the week so it was great to see him pack in the crowd even as the last act of the night. The Pierce Brothers absolutely killed their set at The Zoo and Fraser A. Gorman was a highlight at The Black Bear Lodge.

The two artists I “stumbled” across without any intention of seeing at BIGSOUND were Canadians Rob Moir and Jordan Klassen. The former, a post-punk acoustic singer-songwriter in the vein of Frank Turner, wowed the relatively small crowd at Ric’s Bar with his brash stage presence and in-your-face lyrical style. Klassen on the other hand made some really sweet indie-folk sounds with the help of backing vocals from Jocelyn Price and plenty of ukulele and acoustic guitars. Both very interesting artists and I’m extremely glad I made the time to check them out.

After the Party There’s the After Party

Shane Nicholson

Along with the official showcases there were a bunch of after-parties dotted all over the city that people were scrambling to get tickets to. For me there was only one party to get into – The Lost Highway Country and Inner Western show at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall.

Featuring sets from The Morrisons, Eddie Boyd and the Phatapillars, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Marlon Williams, Shane Nicholson (above), Ruby Boots and Laura Zarb, the night was a blur of jamming, whiskey, bluegrass and country music. Lost Highway Records is the new(ish) Americana and alt-country label from Universal Music and they definitely chose some of Australia’s finest for their BIGSOUND party. The following days, as the stories emerged it was clear this was one of the after-parties to be at. I won’t recount them here – you’ll have to ask me in person.

I also have to send a big shout out to Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall which is one of the best venues I have been to in Australia. There needs to be a Lefty’s in every state!

Interviews

Having the music industry converge on Brisbane gave me a good chance to interview a bunch of artists I’d been meaning to for ages, as well as some new artists I’m really excited about. In the coming weeks prepare to catch chats with Tom West, Brad Butcher, Bree De Rome, Sweet Jean, The Pierce Brothers, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Ruby Boots and Marlon Williams right here on Timber and Steel.

The Battle for Country Music

While I wasn’t really in town for the conference itself (I only had a ticket to the BIGSOUND Live, not for any of the panels) but I managed to sneak into what turned out to be one of the most interesting, and least reported on sessions of the week – The Battle for Country Music. Facilitated by Scott Fitzsimons from theMusic.com.au the panel featured country artist manager Dan Biddle (The McClymonts, Adam Eckersley Band), artists Bex Chilcott (Ruby Boots), Shane Nicholson and Luke O’Shea (who is also Councillor for Country Music on the Music Council of Australia) and Universal Music Managing Director Michael Taylor.

The panel managed to cover off the divide between the mainstream, “Tamworth” country scene and the alt-country/Americana scene, whether “country” is a dirty word in Australia (most agreed it isn’t or at least shouldn’t be), what the options are for artists that aren’t considered upper tier country acts, how to get country music played on mainstream radio and the Golden Guitars’ narrow-minded view of country music.

Some golden nuggets from the panel included Dan Biddle proclaiming that “there’s a golden age of country music about to happen in Australia” and that Tamworth should move to Sydney for a year (which he later clarified as meaning we need a Tamworth size event in Sydney to get the mainstream industry interested in country music) and Shane Nicholson telling it how it is by saying “It’s ludicrous that there’s even a debate about what is and isn’t country”.

I wish the panel had gone on for hours more as there’s so much to talk about on the topic (and I definitely talked with the panelists after the panel long into the night). I also wish there’d been someone from the mainstream radio community – either the triple j set or the commercial operators – as at times the panel was a little too insular with everyone being from the country music “scene”.

It’s nice to see this kind of discussion taking place at BIGSOUND, that music outside of what’s played on triple j, is being talked about. Surely this means next year we’ll have a bluegrass panel!

Meet and Greet

A big part of BIGSOUND was actually managing to meet a bunch of people in the industry and putting names to faces. I’m not a big self promotor (I’m more comfortable being the guy standing at the back of the room listening to music than introducing myself to the band) but when you’re surrounded by hundreds of music lovers it’s hard not to strike up a conversation. I got to meet a few of my heroes, a few people in the industry I have so much respect for and more than a few Timber and Steel fans. When one unnamed festival promoter told me to “email me your band’s music” I realised how draining all of the meet and greets were on some people, but I actually really loved it.

Coming away from BIGSOUND I am a convert. This was a music conference and festival not just for the cool kids – there was space for this folkie as well. I made the event my own and came away feeling like I’m part of a larger music industry, not just the guy who writes about banjos in his bedroom. Would I recommend BIGSOUND to other aspiring folk writers, musicians and promotors? Absolutely.

See you next year BIGSOUND!

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Releases This Week

Sweet Jean
Greetings From GoodbyeSweet Jean
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Winterbourne

Winterbourne

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

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

Gigs Next Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Folk Flashback

“Miss Misery” – Elliott Smith

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

Spookyland Announce National Tour

Spookyland
Image Courtesy of Spookyland

Sydney alt-folkers Spookyland are following the release of their EP Rock and Roll Weakling with announcement of a national tour. The tour will mark the first time Spookyland have made it to Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as an appearance at this year’s BIGSOUND conference and festival in Brisbane.

Check out the full list of dates below

Thursday 14th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15th August – JAM Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 22nd August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 5th September – Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 10th September – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – Boney, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th September – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney based singer-songwriter Darren Cross has released his new video “Slings and Arrows” and is heading out on tour this August. Details here

Nick Mulvey has announced a single Melbourne headline show when he’s in Australia for Splendour in the Grass. Details here

– The new video from Bear’s Den, “Elysium”, deals with a group of students in the four days surrounding a shooting at their university. Details here

– Sydney roots singer Steve Smyth has announced details of his new album Exits plus his new single “Written or Spoken”. Details here

Jeanette Wormald has revealed the lyric video for her new track “No Tumbleweed”. Details here

– Looks like another great lineup for Little Features this month with Jake Nauta, John Flanagan, J A Santosa and With Fox. Details here

– Check out the new video from Sydney folk-pop four piece Nova and the Experience, “Jennifer Lawrence”. Details here

Vance Joy has finally revealed details of his debut album including the first single “Mess is Mine”. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Patrick James is heading out on tour this August and September and has released his new video “Message”. Details here

– A brand new Americana festival, Out On The Weekend, was announced for Melbourne this October featuring Justin Townes Earle, Henry Wagons, Ryan Bingham, Robert Ellis, Lindi Ortega, Nikki Lane, The Delines, Jonny Fritz, Emma Swift, Chris Altmann, Raised By Eagles and The Morrisons. Details here

– My mission to get Australian’s loving Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys continues with their new video “A Hymn to the Wolves”. Details here

Timber and Steel’s favourite little bluegrass festival JamGrass in Melbourne has announced its first round of artists for 2014 including Mustered Courage, The Perch Creek Family Jugband, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Morrisons, The Seals, Tattletale Saints, One Up, Two Down, Annie Lou and The Stage Hogs

John Flanagan is heading to Sydney for shows at Menagerie and Little Features. Details here

Trampled By Turtles have released their new video “Wild Animals” from their album from the same name. Details here

Kasey Chambers released her rocking new video “Wheelbarrow”. Details here

– Sydney folk-rock band Castlecomer have announced tour dates for this September. Details here

Angus and Julia Stone have released their new video “A Heartbreak” and have announced more shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for their September tour. Details here

– Bi-state sibling duo The Achfields released the video for their track “Grabbed Me By The Heart”. Details here

– Sydney’s Spookyland release their new EP Rock and Roll Weakling today and are streaming the title track online. Details here

Todd Sibbin and The Acadian Driftwood have just released their new video “Man Made Hurricane” and have announced tour dates in August. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Sydney’s Yetis, “Dangerous”. Details here

Releases This Week

Rock and Roll Weakling
Rock And Roll WeaklingSpookyland
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Husky

Husky

Friday 18th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 24th July – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Friday 25th July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Imogen Clark, Darcy Fox and Paige Renee Court

Imogen Clark

It’s the final stretch of the A Tale of Three Cities tour from singer-songwriters Imogen Clark, Darcy Fox and Paige Renee Court with the girls making their way from Adelaide to Sydney. All reports are that the shows have been pretty special so far so make sure you catch the final dates for this tour!

Friday 18th July – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 19th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 20th July – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ben Howard
Friday 25th July – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Busby Marou
Friday 25th July – Brolga Theatre & Convention Centre, Maryborough, QLD

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Friday 18th July – The Corner Hotel, Richmond, VIC
Friday 25th July – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Elbury
Saturday 19th July – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC
Sunday 20th July – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden and the Thrillseekers with Ruby Boots
Friday 18th July – Eastern Riverina Arts, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 18th July – Tooma Hall, Tooma, NSW
Saturday 19th July – Rand Hall, Rand, NSW
Sunday 20th July – Jugiong Hall, Jugiong, NSW
Friday 25th July – Weethalle Hall, Weethalle, NSW

Husky
Friday 18th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 24th July – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Friday 25th July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Imogen Clark, Darcy Fox and Paige Renee Court
Friday 18th July – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 19th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 20th July – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 18th July – Williamstown RSL, Williamstown, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 20th July – Beavs, Geelong, VIC

Jen Cloher
Friday 18th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th July – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th July – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Friday 25th July – Skukum Lounge, Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Jep and Dep
Sunday 20th July – Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Friday 18th July – Holgate Brewery, Wooden, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 24th July – Music Man Megastore, Bendigo, VIC

Little Bastard
Sunday 20th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 19th July – Fly By Night, Perth, WA

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Friday 18th July – Leaps & Bounds Festival, Fitzroy Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 20th July – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Thursday 24th July – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 25th July – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS

Mikhael Paskalev
Friday 25th July – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Peasant Moon
Sunday 20th July – Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Rose Wintergreen
Sunday 20th July – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 23rd July – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July – North Byron Parklands, NSW

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

The Beards
Friday 18th July – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 20th July – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Wednesday 23rd July – Bar on the Hill, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 24th July – Entrance Leagues, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 25th July – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW

The Man in Black feat. Tex Perkins
Friday 18th July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 20th July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

The String Contingent
Sunday 20th July – House Concert, Marrickville, NSW

The Yearlings
Friday 18th July – Smiths Alternative Book Shop, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 19th July – Candelo Arts Society, Candelo, NSW
Sunday 20th July – Paynesville Wine Bar. Paynesville, VIC
Wednesday 23rd July – Melbourne Folk Club at Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th July – Basement Discs In-store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th July – The Main Bar, Ballarat, VIC

Tom Stephens
Friday 18th July – TBA, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 19th July – Taps, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 20th July – Room 60, Brisbane, QLD

Tracy McNeil
Friday 18th July – Baha Taco Joint, Rye, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Cam Ye O’er Frae France” – Steeleye Span

I’ve been listening a lot to Bellowhead’s new album Revival and noticed that their instrumental “Jack Lintel’s Jig” (which is actually a hornpipe) is basically the same tune as “Cam Ye O’er Frae France”, which in turn sent me down a Youtube rabbit hole listening to different versions of the Jacobite song. This was probably my favourite, and there’s not much that beats Steeleye Span live (and Maddy Prior dancing!)

Listen to the New Spookyland Track “Rock And Roll Weakling”

Spookyland
Image Courtesy of Spookyland

The new EP from Sydney’s Spookyland, Rock and Roll Weakling, is released today and to celebrate we thought we’d give you a listen to the title track. The track itself is a bluesy, rock number with plenty of harmonica and Spookyland’s trademark vocals. Check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 30th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Passenger has announced Australia as part of his Whispers world tour with dates in January and February 2015. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Noah Earp has released his new single “Bound for Glory”. Details here

– The incomparable Patrick James has released his new single “Message”. Details here

– Sydney seven-piece Little Bastard have released their brand new video “Be My Kind”. Details here

– The one and only Bob Dylan is returning to Australia this August and September for a series of intimate theatre shows. Details here

The Davidson Brothers will be launching their new album Wanderlust at a very special show in Melbourne next month. Details here

– English folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman has released his new video “Last Rider”. Details here

– New York folk-pop singer-songwriter Mackenzie Shivers has released her new track “Nothing to Fear”. Details here

– World music six piece Chaika have a new album, a new video and are currently on a tour of the east coast. Details here

The Pierce Brothers are embarking on a tour following today’s new EP release. Details here

Jackson McLaren and the Triple Threat have released their new video “Here’s A Memory”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Isaac de Heer recently released his new album Summer which is streaming online. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features will be celebrating its second birthday tomorrow with a show featuring The Former Love, Joshua Chamberlin, Baby Lips and the Silhouettes, Charlie Gradon and Bexley De Lion. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Roo Panes released the video to his stunning track “Tiger Striped Sky”. Details here

– This Sunday the Fleurieu Folk Festival’s annual Folkathon fundraising event hits Adelaide. Details here

Angus and Julia Stone released the first single from their highly anticipated new album, “Heart Beats Slow”. Details here

– Sydney’s Spookyland will be launching their new single “The Silly Fucking Thing” at FBi Social next month. Details here

– Adelaide duo The Yearlings have a new album on the way and national tour planned for July. Details here

Interviews

“Claire Patti has a voice that has to be heard to be believed and she plays the harp (the stringed one), french horn and piano accordion. Claire sings harmonies with the guitar-playing band leader Marcus de Rijk (note the strong Scottish influence in that name — mmm, maybe not so much), while Geoff Jones plays pipes, whistles and bodhran. Angus Downing makes the whole thing fly with his wonderful fiddle playing. Taliska’s traditional Ceilidh will have your feet pounding the tiles” – Marcus de Rijk from Taliska chats to Billy Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

House of Jacks
House of JacksBlair Dunlop
Official Site

Pierce Brothers
The Night TreeThe Pierce Brothers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Little Features feat. The Former Love, Joshua Chamberlin, Baby Lips and the Silhouettes, Charlie Gradon, Bexley De Lion

Josh Camberlin

Sydney indie-folk night Little Features celebrate their second birthday this weekend with a show packed full of amazing folky talent.

Saturday 31st May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Friday 30th May – Orange Ex Services Club, Orange, NSW
Saturday 31st May – Dubbo Ex Services Club, Dubbo, NSW

Chaika
Friday 30th May – The Breslin Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st May – Farouk’s Olive, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th June – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 30th May – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 1st June – The Towradgi Beach Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 30th May – Mumbulla School Hall, Bega, NSW
Saturday 31st May – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 1st June – Beyond Q, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 4th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Folkathon feat. AP D’Antionio, Cal Williams Jr, Chris Finnen, Courtney Robb, Emlyn & Jodie O’Regan, Halfway to Forth, Ragged But Right, Saltwater Taffy, Serendipity and Spiral Dance
Sunday 1st June – Port Noarlunga Bowling Club, Adelaide, SA

Jackson McLaren & The Triple Threat
Wednesday 4th June – The Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

James Vincent McMorrow
Saturday 31st May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 6th June – Nexus Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 6th June – Montrose Town Centre, Montrose, VIC

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 30th May – The Ranges Concert Lounge, Upway, VIC

Kaurna Cronin and Ben Whiting
Friday 6th June – Pirie & Co. Social Club, Adelaide, SA

Kim Churchill
Friday 30th May – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st May – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 1st June – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 4th June – Indi Bar, Perth, WA
Thursday 5th June – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 6th June – The Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Little Features feat. The Former Love, Joshua Chamberlin, Baby Lips and the Silhouettes, Charlie Gradon, Bexley De Lion
Saturday 31st May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise and Megan Bernard
Friday 30th May – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 31st May – Sheoak Shack, Fingal Head, NSW

Melbourne Folk Club feat/ Lucie Thorne, Jackson McLaren, Luka Lesson
Wednesday 4th June – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Sunday 1st June – Lizotte’s Central Coast, Kincumber, NSW
Thursday 5th June – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Peak Festival
Friday 6th to Monday 9th June – Perisher, NSW

Ruby Boots
Sunday 1st June – The Hundred Club, Collie, WA

Sam Brittain
Friday 30th May – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 1st June – Garden Party, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 5th June – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

The Acfields
Saturday 31st May – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Sunday 1st June – Frankie Brown, Byron Bay NSW

The April Maze
Saturday 31st May – Clifton Beach Tennis Club, Clifton Beach, QLD
Sunday 1st June – Quincan Cottage, Yungaburra, QLD
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Townsville, QLD

The Audreys
Thursday 5th June – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Friday 6th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

The Beards
Friday 30th May – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 31st May – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 1st June – Astor Theatre, Perth WA
Thursday 5th June – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale, NSW
Friday 6th June – Wollongong Uni, Wollongong, NSW

The Mountains
Friday 30th May – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 31st May – The Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

The Paper Kites
Friday 30th May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st May – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 1st June – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Saturday 31st May – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Wednesday 4th June – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 5th June – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 30th May – TBC, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st May – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Top Half Folk Festival
Friday 6th to Monday 9th June – Mary River, NT

Wagons
Saturday 31st May – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 6th June – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Girl That I Love” – The Falls

This week a little duo from Sydney topped 10,000 Facebook likes and has been celebrating all week with a bunch of flashback’s on social media. We thought we’d join in by posting this live track from April 2012 when The Falls still had a “The” and played every week at the Hotel Hollywood in Surry Hills, Sydney.

Spookyland Announce Single Launch Show in Sydney and New Video

Spookyland
Image Courtesy of Spookyland

Sydney indie-folk four-piece Spookyland recently released their new single “The Silly Fucking Thing” and they’ve just announced plans for a single launch show in their home town.

The launch is set to take place on the 13th June at FBi Social (a venue where Spookyland frontman Marcus Gordon cut his teeth). Spookyland will be supported on the night by by the chilled out folk-pop of Atlas B. Salvesen and the solo project from Simon Relf (Deep Sea Arcade), The Tambourine Girls.

Tickets for the show are just $10 – check out the official Facebook event for more details.

And as an extra special treat here’s the new video for “The Silly Fucking Thing”:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th May

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The UK’s VerseChorusVerse released the new video for their track “Three”. Details here

– Bi-State brother-sister acoustic duo The Acfields released their brand new track “Grabbed Me By The Heart”. Details here

– The lack of Splendour sideshows for Nick Mulvey has been remedied with his announcement as Ben Howard’s support. Details here

The April Maze only have a handful of dates left before they head back overseas. Details here

– The wonderful new single from Pepa Knight, “Rahh!”, has a gorgeous new video. Details here

– The UK’s Monument Valley has just released his new single “Tattooed Fists”. Details here

Claude Hay and The Gentle Enemies are currently on tour and have just released their new animated clip “Borracho”. Details here

The Audreys have a new video out, “Baby, Are You There”, and a regional tour planned for June and July. Details here

– Seeing Sydney duo Falls (now with a dropped “The”) on Daytrotter was a “They’ve Made It!” moment for me. Details here

– In the last few weeks First Aid Kit have released two new videos for their tracks “My Silver Lining” and “Cedar Lane”. Details here

– Sydney’s Spookyland released their long awaited new single “The Silly Fucking Thing”. Details here

Al Parkinson released the video to her new single “Like This”. Details here

– While they’re in the middle of a regional tour Boy & Bear have announced another tour of capital cities this September. Details here

– The hugely successful Melbourne Folk Club have announced their June lineup including sets from Jack Carty, Lucie Thorne, Steve Smyth, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Matt Walters, Jackson McLaren, Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Tim Guy and many more. Details here

– To launch his new album Jackson McLaren & The Triple Threat has announced appearances at regular folk and accoustic nights in Sydney and Melbourne – The Melbourne Folk Club, Little Features and Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel. Details here

– Berlin based Australian singer Phia has teamed up with her producer Josh the Cat to cover David Bowie’s track “As The World Falls Down” from the movie Labyrinth. Details here

– Bluesgrass trio Nickel Creek have released the video for their new single “Destination”. Details here

– There’s a new Tracy McNeil album on the way, Nobody Ever Leaves, as well as a launch tour this June and July. Details here

Tiny Ruins return to Australia this July for a string of dates. Details here

– Doom folkers Graveyard Train are taking their new album Takes One To Know One on the road this June. Details here

– Sydney folk rock four-piece The Mountains have just released their new video “Amends”. Details here

Releases This Week

Conor Oberst
Upside Down MountainConor Oberst
iTunes

Jeff Lang
I Live A Lot In My Head These DaysJeff Lang
iTunes

Wagons
Acid Rain and Sugar CaneWagons
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Scott Matthew

Scott Matthew

Sunday 18th May -The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Al Parkinson w/ James Kenyon

Al Parkinson

This Saturday is the single launch for the wonderful Al Parkinson. If you’ve been to a folk gig in Melbourne the last year or so you’ve no doubt seen this very talented lady in the support slot. Now it’s time to support her headline show.

Saturday 17th May – The Aviary Creative Hub, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Al Parkinson w/ James Kenyon
Saturday 17th May – The Aviary Creative Hub, Melbourne, VIC

Boy & Bear
Friday 16th May – Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 17th May – Panthers, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18th May – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Wednesday 21st May – The Crow Bar @ CSU, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 22nd May – Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, NSW
Friday 23rd May – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT

Christopher Coleman Collective
Tuesday 20th May – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd May – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 23rd May – Saints and Sailors, Portarlington, VIC

Claude Hay
Friday 16th May – O’Neill’s Pub, Dickson, ACT
Saturday 17th May – The Lewisham Hotel, Lewisham, NSW
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th May – The Blues on Broadbeach Festival, QLD

Daniel Champagne
Friday 16th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 17th May – Diggers Tavern, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 18th May – Bangalow Bowling Club, Bangalow, NSW
Wednesday 21st May – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 22nd May – Four5Nine Bar, Perth, WA

Drawn From Bees
Saturday 17th May – Studio 188, Ipswich, QLD
Friday 23rd May – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Dustin Tebbutt
Friday 16th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd May – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd May – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD

Ella Hooper
Friday 16th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 17th May – Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers w/ Lacey Cole & The Lazy Colts
Thursday 22nd May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW

James Vincent McMorrow
Wednesday 21st May – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Friday 23rd May – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Kim Churchill
Friday 16th May – Electric Playground, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th May – Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 18th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 23rd May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise and Megan Bernard
Thursday 22nd May – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 16th May – Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 17th May – Conrad Jupiters Ballroom, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 18th May – Mission Beach Resort, Airlie Beach, QLD
Tuesday 20th May – Maraboon Tavern, Emerald, QLD
Wednesday 21st May – The Lionleigh Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Thursday 22nd May – Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Friday 23rd May – Gympie Civic Centre, Gympie, QLD

Melbourne Folk Club w/ Sal Kimber, Brendan Welch, Grand Salvo
Wednesday 21st May – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Owen Campbell
Friday 16th May — Goondiwindi River Jam, Goondiwindi, QLD
Saturday 17th May — Queensland Hotel, Goondiwindi, QLD
Sunday 18th May — Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD
Wednesday 21st May — The Joynt, South Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 22nd May — Blues on Broadbeach Festival, QLD

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Friday 23rd May – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Sam Brittain
Friday 16th May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th May – The Promethean Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 22nd May – The Ellington, Perth, WA

Scott Matthew
Sunday 18th May -The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

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

The Acfields
Friday 23rd May – Babushka Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

The April Maze
Saturday 17th May – Sea Change Festival, Tomerong Hall, NSW
Sunday 18th May – Sea Change Festival, Tomerong Hall, NSW
Friday 23rd May – House Concert, Hunters Hill Tennis Club, Sydney, NSW

The Mountains
Saturday 17th May – The Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 22nd May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Timbers
Saturday 17th May – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

The Waifs
Wednesday 21st May – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 22nd May – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 16th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Todd Sibbin and the Acadian Driftwood
Friday 23rd May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Vance Joy
Friday 16th May – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd May – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Wagons
Thursday 22nd May – Pirie & Co Social Club, Adelaide, SA
Friday 23rd May – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Keep on the Sunny Side” – The Carter Family

Since going to the Bluegrass at Yulli’s jam on Wednesday I’ve had this song stuck in my head. Now it’s your turn.

Listen to the New Spookyland Single “The Silly Fucking Thing”

Spookyland
Image Courtesy of Spookyland

It’s been a while since we heard from Sydney indie-folk artist Spookyland but with a new EP out later this year they’re back with a brand new single “The Silly Fucking Thing”.

Previously the solo project of Marcus Gordon, Spookyland has evolved into a four piece in recent years. The upcoming EP will be titled Rock And Roll Weakling – check out “The Silly Fucking Thing” below:

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