Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th December

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– Our Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans released his traditional top 25 songs of the year including tracks from Aldous Harding, Bear’s Den, Big Sky Mountain, Bon Iver, Chaika, Charm of Finches, Falls, Fanny Lumsden, Garrett Kato, George Jackson, Joe Pug, John Smith, Julia Jacklin, Luke Plumb & Kate Burke, Mandolin Orange, Matthew And The Atlas, Michael Waugh, Passenger, Seeker Lover Keeper, Stella Donnelly, The East Pointers, The Maes, The Teskey Brothers, Tia Gostelow and Vetiver. Check it out here

– Our annual Chritsmas Eve list of the best folky Christmas and Holiday songs of the year dropped on Tuesday with tracks from Al Parkinson, Anais Mitchell w/ Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett, Arielle Silver, Bear’s Den, Ben Sollee, Courteous Thief, Fanny Lumsden, Good Lovelies, Jackie Marshall and Emma Bosworth, Jesse Blake Rundle, Joe Pug, Lady Maisery w/ Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith, Judy Collins & Jonas Fjeld, Lana Winterhalt, Noah, Mitch, & Kate, Phoebe Bridgers w/ Fiona Apple and Matt Berninger (The National), Richard Walters, Skinner & T’witch, Sophie Jones (Smith and Jones), Stella Donnelly, The Lone Bellow and The Shut-ins. Check out the list here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Andrew Swift and Gretta Ziller

Caravan Park

Friday 27th December – Amberlee Holiday Park, Rosebud, VIC
Saturday 28th December – Inverloch Foreshore Camping Reserve, Inverloch, VIC
Sunday 29th December – Seaspray Caravan Park, Seaspray, VIC
Monday 30th December – Eagle Point Caravan Park, Eagle Point, VIC
Tuesday 31st December – Marlo Ocean Views, Marlo, VIC
Wednesday 1st January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Mallacoota, VIC
Thursday 2nd January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Friday 3rd January – Tathra Beachside, Tathra, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Alana Wilkinson
Saturday 28th December – Inverloch Sounds of Summer, Inverloch, VIC

Alice Skye
Monday 30th December to Wednesday 1st January – NYE on the Hill, Loch, VIC

Amanda Palmer
Monday 30th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Andrew Swift and Gretta Ziller
Friday 27th December – Amberlee Holiday Park, Rosebud, VIC
Saturday 28th December – Inverloch Foreshore Camping Reserve, Inverloch, VIC
Sunday 29th December – Seaspray Caravan Park, Seaspray, VIC
Monday 30th December – Eagle Point Caravan Park, Eagle Point, VIC
Tuesday 31st December – Marlo Ocean Views, Marlo, VIC
Wednesday 1st January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Mallacoota, VIC
Thursday 2nd January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Friday 3rd January – Tathra Beachside, Tathra, NSW

Archie Roach
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Austral
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Barleyshakes
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Ben Mastwyk
Tuesday 31st December – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Blair Dunlop
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Bluegrass and Boilermakers
Thursday 2nd January – Rio Bar, Sydney, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 27th December – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th December – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW

Brooke Russell & the Canyon Callers
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Cat & Clint
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Charlie Collins
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Cigány Weaver
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Cloudstreet
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Colin Lillie
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Dave Wright & The Midnight Ramblers
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Dope Lemon
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Elephant Sessions
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 2nd January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 3rd January – The Bellingen Brewery Co, Bellingen, NSW

Emily Barker
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Falls Festival
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December – Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Marion Bay, TAS
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January – Byron Bay, NSW

Fiona Ross and Shane O’Mara
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Fred Smith
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Freya Josephine Hollick
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gareth Leach
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Georgia State Line
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Great Aunt
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Ray
Monday 30th December to Wednesday 1st January – NYE on the Hill, Loch, VIC

Gulgong Folk Festival
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Gulgong, NSW

Harry James Angus
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Inverloch Sounds of Summer
Saturday 28th December – Thompson Reserve, Inverloch, VIC

Jack Carty
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

James Ellis & the Jealous Guys
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

John Thompson
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Jordie Lane
Tuesday 31st December – Secret Show, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Kay Proudlove
Sunday 29th December – Red Dog on the Green, Figtree, NSW

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Lachlan Bryan & the Wildes
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Lior
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Little Wise
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mal Webb
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Martin Pearson
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Matt Joe Gow
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission
Wednesday 1st January – The Archies Creek Hotel, Archies Creek, VIC

Milky Chance
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Nariel Creel Folk Festival
Tuesday 31st December to Wednesday 1st January – Nariel Creek, VIC

Narrownecks
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Nathan Seeckts
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Niq Reefman
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

NYE on the Hill
Monday 30th December to Wednesday 1st January – Loch, VIC

Of Monsters and Men
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Monday 30th December to Wednesday 1st January – NYE on the Hill, Loch, VIC

Raised By Eagles
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

RAPT
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Gulgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

Rick Hart Trio
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Rose Zita Falko
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Round Mountain Girls
Tuesday 31st December – Seagulls Club, Tweed Heads, NSW

Russell Morris
Thursday 2nd December – Malt Shovel Taphouse, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 3rd December – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Sahara Beck
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Sean McMahon
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Stag 2020 NYE feat. Magpie Diaries, Johnston City, James Thomson, Lyle Dennis Express, Dashville Progress Society
Tuesday 31st December – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Stu Tyrrell
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Gulgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Saturday 28th December – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 29th December – Wonderland Spiegeltent, Barwon Heads, VIC
Thursday 2nd January – The Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 3rd January – Ballina RSL Club, Ballina, NSW

The BordererS
Tuesday 31st December – Para Hills Community Club, Adelaide, SA

The Brother Brothers
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Friday 3rd December – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

The Bushwackers
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Gulgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

The East Pointers w/ Laura Hyde
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Friday 3rd January – The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Saturday 28th December – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 29th December – Margaret River Brewhouse, Margaret River, WA

The New Graces
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Swamp Stompers
Friday 3rd December – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Thelma Plumb
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

This Way North
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Tia Gostelow
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Tin Star
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Western Weekender
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Woodford Folk Festival
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Z-Star Trinity
Saturday 28th December – Mansfield Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Tuesday 31st December – Riley, Cairns, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Woodfordia” – The East Pointers

The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2019

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It’s Christmas Eve which means it’s time to publish our favourite Christmas tracks released this year with a folky flavour.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! Looking forward to folking with you in 2020!

Joe Pug – “The Letdown”

Richard Walters – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”

Jackie Marshall and Emma Bosworth – “Christmas At The Hotel Grand”

Phoebe Bridgers feat. Fiona Apple, Matt Berninger – “7 O’Clock News / Silent Night”

Bear’s Den – “Only Son of the Falling Snow”

Bear’s Den – “The Star of Bethnal Green”

Fanny Lumsden – “These Days”

Arielle Silver – “Lonely Time of Year”

The Shut-Ins – “Daddy’s Drinking Up Our Christmas”

Courteous Thief – “Mountains And Sea”

The Lone Bellow – “Marshmallow World”

Skinner and T’witch – “The Winter Song”

Stella Donnelly – “Season’s Greetings”

Sophie Jones – “Tamworth For Christmas”

Al Parkinson – “I Get Through The Year Just Fine”

Lana Winterhalt – “The Holly & The Ivy”

Lady Maisery, Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith – “Sing We All Merrily”

Judy Collins & Jonas Fjeld – “River”

Noah, Mitch, & Kate – “O Come O Come Emmanuel”

Anaïs Mitchell w/ Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett – “I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day”

The Good Lovelies – “Song of the Magi”

Ben Sollee – “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”

Jesse Blake Rundle – “Silent Night”

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2019

2019

It’s been a very quiet year on the blogging front from Timber and Steel but I couldn’t let the season go past with at least on of my traditional best of lists.

Here’s 25 of the tracks I’ve been digging this year from across the folk spectrum – everything from trad to bluegrass, singer-songwriter to Americana. Hopefully you’ll agree that 2019 was a bumper year for the music we love.

Without further ado we present Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2019.

1. The Maes – “Treat You Better”

2. Aldous Harding – “The Barrel”

3. John Smith – “Hummingbird”

4. Joe Pug – “The Flood in Color”

5. Bon Iver – “Hey, Ma”

6. The East Pointers – “Wintergreen”

7. Bear’s Den – “Crow”

8. Luke Plumb & Kate Burke – “Billy Boy”

9. Julia Jacklin – “Pressure to Party”

10. Seeker Lover Keeper – “Let It Out”

11. Garrett Kato – “River Mouth”

12. The Teskey Brothers – “Hold Me”

13. Tia Gostelow – “Get To It”

14. Mandolin Orange – “Time We Made Time”

15. Fanny Lumsden – “These Days”

16. Vetiver – “To Who Knows Where”

17. Falls – “On Attack”

18. Chaika – “Arrow”

19. George Jackson – “Dorrigo”

20. Big Sky Mountain – “Cover My Tracks”

21. Charm of Finches – “Lies”

22. Stella Donnelly – “Die”

23. Passenger – “Rosie”

24. Michael Waugh – “Big Things”

25. Matthew and the Atlas – “Calling Long Distance”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new streams and videos from the likes of Brad Butcher, Calexico & Iron & Wine, Clio, Emma Russack, Garrett Kato, Hayden Calnin, Lucy Roleff, Mumford & Sons, Paul Kelly & Dan Sultan, Stella Donnelly, The Head and The Heart, The Teskey Brothers and Tobias Hengeveld. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Edgelarks
FeatherEdgelarks
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The Captain
The Captain (Deluxe Edition)Kasey Chambers
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Left Open In a Room
Left Open in a RoomLucy Roleff
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The Head and the Heart
Living MirageThe Head and the Heart
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival feat. Richard Galluzzi, Flat Rock Boys, The Plough, Whoa Mule, Shelley’s Murder Boys

Bluegrass

Sunday 19th May – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ash Grunwald
Saturday 18th May – Harrington Hotel, Harrington, NSW
Sunday 19th May – Gosford City Park, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 19th May – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Friday 24th May – The Bellingen Brewery & Co., Bellingen, NSW

Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival feat. Richard Galluzzi, Flat Rock Boys, The Plough, Whoa Mule, Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 19th May – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Blues on Broadbeach
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May – Broadbeach, QLD

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 18th May – The Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Brain Romance w/ Clio
Thursday 23rd May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Bulga Beats Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May – Bulga, NSW

Bush Gothic
Friday 17th May – Butcher’s Brew, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th May – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 19th May – Jamberoo Chapel, Kiama, NSW

C.W. Stoneking
Saturday 18th May – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th May – UOW Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys
Thursday 23rd May – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks
Friday 24th May – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Charley Crockett w/ Sierra Ferrell
Thursday 23rd May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Clare Bowditch
Friday 24th May – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Claude Hay
Friday 24th May – Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Crow Mountain
Friday 24th May – Plantbased Wholefoods, Katoomba, NSW

Dani Young
Friday 17th May – Mantra Studio Kitchen and Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th May – House Concert, Carrum Downs, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Fat Goat, Upwey, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 17th May – Smiths, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th May – Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 19th May – Live ‘n’ Lounging, Camden, NSW
Wednesday 22nd May – Smokey Dan’s, Tomakin, NSW
Thursday 23rd May – Lush Factory, Tilba, NSW
Friday 24th May – Dish and Spoon, Nowra, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 18th May – White Cliffs Music Festival, White Cliffs, NSW

Dean Lewis w/ Winterbourne
Friday 17th May – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th May – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Dearly Departed
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May – Bulga Beats Festival, Bulga, NSW

Fallon Cush
Friday 24th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 18th May – Soulful, Grafton, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Friday 17th May – House Concert, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 18th May – House Concert, Healesville, VIC
Sunday 19th May – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 20th May – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

Flats and Sharps
Friday 17th May – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 18th May – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 19th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Flying Seamen
Sunday 19th May – Jimmy’s Bar and Restaurant, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Braden Evans, Mat Morgan, James Mcq
Wednesday 22nd May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Friday 24th May – The Ember Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Georgie Currie
Thursday 23rd May – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 18th to Friday 24th May – Norfolk Island Country Music Festival, Kingston, QLD

Honey
Saturday 18th Saturday – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 23rd May – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Hussy Hicks
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May – Blues on Broadbeach, Broadbeach, QLD

Illawarra Folk Club Nostalgia Night feat. New York Public Library, Three Sixty, Emma and Kenny
Friday 24th May – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Jake and Jaden
Friday 17th May – Ryan’s Hotel, Thirroul, NSW

James Bennett
Saturday 18th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Jeff Tweedy w/ Jen Cloher
Monday 20th May – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd May – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Kallidad
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May – Blues on Broadbeach, Broadbeach, QLD
Friday 17th May – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

King Arthur
Sunday 19th May – Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd May – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 17th May – Soundlounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 18th May – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 19th May – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 24th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes w/ Ben Leece
Friday 17th May – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th May – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 23rd May – Sly Fox, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th May – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Last Aurochs, Witches Leap
Sunday 19th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. Daniel Champagne, Stringline Folk Band
Sunday 19th May – House Concert, Camden, NSW

Luke O’Shea w/ Dana Hassall
Saturday 18th May – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT

Maggie Rogers w/ Stella Donnelly
Tuesday 21st May – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 23rd May – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Magpie Diaries
Wednesday 22nd May – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Friday 24th May – The Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD

Mandy Connell, Bonnie Smith, Pablo Rivas
Thursday 23rd May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Matt Joe Gow w/ Dani Young
Saturday 18th May – House Concert, Carrum Downs, VIC

Neil Murray
Friday 24th May – Mildura Club, Mildura, VIC

Norfolk Island Country Music Festival
Saturday 18th to Friday 24rd May – Kingston, QLD

Pittwater Bluegrass & Old-time Retreat
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May – Pittwater YHA, Pittwater, NSW

Rick Hart w/ Dani Young
Sunday 19th May – The Fat Goat, Upwey, VIC

Riley Pearce
Friday 17th May – Secret Show, Perth, WA
Saturday 18th May – Secret Show, Yallingup, WA

Ro
Friday 17th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th May – Hobart Brewing Company, Hobart, TAS
Friday 24th May – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Saturday 18th May – Seagulls Club, Tweed Heads, NSW

Ruby Gilbert
Sunday 19th May – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Russell Morris
Friday 17th May – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Saturday 18th May – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 24th May – Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong, VIC

Sara Storer
Friday 17th May – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 18th May – Club Sapphire, Merimbula, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 22nd May – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Smith & Jones w/ Montgomery Church
Saturday 18th May – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW

Spunk Records 20th Anniversary feat. The Middle East plus Special Guests
Friday 24th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Tuesday 21st May – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 23rd May – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Sun Kil Moon
Friday 17th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 18th May – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd May – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd May – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Tobias Hengeveld
Sunday 19th May – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

The Bottlers
Friday 24th May – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The BUg Weekly Tues New Farm Folk Night feat. Robert Perrier & Dave Maguire, The Trespassers
Tuesday 21st May – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

The Emerald Ruby
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May – Bulga Beats Festival, Bulga, NSW

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 24th May – City Golf Club, Toowoomba, QLD

The Little Stevies
Saturday 18th May – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th May – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

The Maes
Friday 17th May – Wauchope Community Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Saturday 18th May – The Old Gazette Theatre, Dorrigo, NSW
Sunday 19th May – Leftys, Brisbane, QLD

The Ocelots
Friday 17th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 18th May – Prince Albert Hotel, Gawler, SA
Sunday 19th May – The Cheese Factory Studio Gallery, Meadows, SA

The Pigs
Saturday 18th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

The Plough
Friday 17th May – Plantbased Wholefoods, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 19th May – Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival, Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. All Secret Line Up
Sunday 19th May – House Concert, Oakbank, SA

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 17th May – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

The Settlement
Friday 17th May – Seanchai Irish Pub, Warrnambool, VIC

The Water Runners
Friday 24th May – Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

Tobias Hengeveld
Sunday 19th May – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Vardos
Friday 24th May – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Star Trinity
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May – Blues on Broadbeach, Broadbeach, QLD
Friday 24th May – Yamba Shores Tavern, Yamba, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“California Stars” – Wilco w/ Jason Isbell

New Music Monday – 13th May

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Brad Butcher – “Nature’s Course”

I’m really liking “Nature’s Course”, the new song from Queensland country artist Brad Butcher. As well as evoking classic country sounds (loving the subtle mandolin picking throughout the song) there’s also an epic quality that has echos of The Go Betweens. The track is tacken from Butcher’s upcoming album Travelling Salesman, due on the 5th July.

“It’s frustration,” Brad Butcher said of the song. “Now I believe in some pretty out-there stuff but I think there’s more that we can be doing as a human race to be smarter about technology and about everything moving forward. The song is a global idea but I also tried to humanise it so there’s this couple who are the narrative of the song and that was one way for people to understand this relationship [between humanity and the environment].”

Brad Butcher is heading out on tour with Felicity Urquhart from next week – the full list of dates are here:

Thursday 16th May – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th May – House Concert, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 18th May – House Concert, Healesville, VIC
Sunday 19th May – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25th May – The Music Lounge, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 31st May – Hardy’s Bay Community Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Acoustic Picnic, Dee Why, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – Cowora RSL, Cowora, NSW
Sunday 23rd June – House Concert, Carrum Downs, VIC
Saturday 13th July – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Thursday 19th September – Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns, QLD
Friday 20th September – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Thursday 3rd October – Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton, QLD
Friday 4th October – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD

Calexico and Iron & Wine – “Midnight Sun”

The ongoing collaborations between Calexico and Iron & Wine are some of my favourite in the folk music world. The artists have a joint album, titled Years to Burn, due on the 14th June and “Midnight Sun” is the latest single from it. The track combines Iron & Wine’s haunting lyrical style with Calexico’s deep cut traditional and Americana influences to create something really specia.

Clio – “Silly Girls”

Melbourne singer-songwriter Clio returns with her lush new single “Silly Girls”, a comment on the trivialization of women in the music industry. I’m loving the layers in this track, with the harmonies building through the bridge and into the chorus.

“This is a song for anyone whose love of silliness and absurdity has ever been hijacked and used as a pretext to reduce, rein in and patronize; for all the ‘silly girls’ who have been made to feel trivial, given help they didn’t want and advice they didn’t need,” Clio explained. “I wrote it for myself and to encourage all those girls to embrace the joy and strength of their silliness and LAUGH at anybody who tries to change them.”

Clio is launching her new single with a handfull of upcoming shows – the full dates are below:

Tuesday 4th June – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 16th June – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Emma Russack – “Winter Blues”

The title track from singer-songwriter Emma Russack’s upcoming fifth album Winter Blues (due on the 5th July) has just been released and it’s stunning. The track’s stripped back accompaniment compliments Russack unique vocals and invokes the sombre themes of the song.

“Thematically, the songs deal with love, loss and confusion in the context of a fairly confusing, complex world,” Emma Russack said of the upcoming album. “The songs pose many questions but refuse to give answers, and that’s the way I like it. That is not to say that the songs aren’t hopeful; they are – but it is my hope that the listener can engage with the songs freely, answering (or not answering) the questions for themselves in relation to their own lives and experiences.”

Garrett Kato – “Where the Vampires Hide”

Australian-Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter Garrett Kato has gifted us with another live track, this time the stunning “Where the Vampires Hide”. This track, along with his previous track “River Mouth” will appear on Garrett Kato’s upcoming EP Distant Land which is due on the 14th June.

“It is a track about those things in your life that you feel are sucking your soul a bit. Pulling away from who you are. The vices that we sometimes can’t get a hold of that hide them selves in this mythological place like where the vampires are,” Kato explained.

Hayden Calnin – “Of Collingwood (Reworks)”

Electro-folk producer and singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin has released new reworkings of three of his songs: “Coward”, “Caution Cares” and “For My Help”. Each of the tracks are a different take on the original songs and not only show off Calnin’s skills as a producer, but also just how good the bones of these songs are.

“Musical reworks are something that in one way or another I’ve always done,” Hayden Calnin explained. “With a lot of my existing songs, they’ve gone through about 3 or 4 different versions of it before I ever release them. I like to try all angles on any song and try to make it fit into my world as best I can. These 3 tracks, were beginning to get a little dated and I hadn’t thought about them in quite a while, so getting back in to the emotional state that I was in while writing them was quite challenging. That being said, it was a brilliant exercise and a chance to give them some new life and a new sound”

Lucy Roleff – “Sometimes Do”

Melbourne harpist and folk singer Lucy Roleff delivers her haunting new single “Sometimes Do”. The track is taken from her upcoming album Open in a Room which will be available this week. This song seems so otherworldly – its the type of track that makes me want to close my eyes and emerse myself in – but from a lyrical point of view it’s very grounded in the here and now. Beautiful stuff.

Mumford & Sons – “Devil In Your Eye”

So you may not know that there’s a “music inspired by Game of Thrones” album titled For The Throne and its not good. But if you’re willing to look past the questionable RnB tracks detailing the exploits of Jon Snow and co you do stumble across the occasional gem, including this inclusion from Mumford & Sons. As I mentioned last week, when Mumford & Sons return to their acoustic roots their music is a lot more palatable, and “Devil In Your Eye” is a lot more classic Mumford than it is recent Mumford

Paul Kelly & Dan Sultan – “Every Day My Mother’s Voice”

When you have an artist of the calibre of Paul Kelly teaming up with the equally amazing Dan Sultan it’s hard not to sit up and take notice. This collaborative track, written by Kelly, is taken from the documentary film The Final Quarter which documents the final three years of champion AFL footballer and Indigenous leader Adam Goodes.

Stella Donnelly – “Die”

Indie pop favourite Stella Donnelly gifted us with her latest single and video, “Die” – a sugary sweet track with definite dark undertones. The song is taken from Donnelly’s debut album Beware of the Dogs.

Having just completed a successful run of shows overseas Stella Donnelly is back on home soil and has bunch of shows coming up in the next few weeks including feature shows in Sydney’s VIVID festival and a support slot with Maggie Rogers – full dates are below:

Tuesday 21st May – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 23rd May – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25th May – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Monday 27th May – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th May – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

The Head And The Heart – “People Need a Melody”

“People Need a Melody” is the third single from The Head And The Heart’s upcoming album Living Mirage which is set to be released this Friday 17th May. What The Head And The Heart do best is craft timeless sounding pop songs, taking the storytelling aspects of folk music and combining them with hooks and choruses that are ripped directly from the acoustic rock of the 1970s. I can see this song soundtracking a Cameron Crowe movie.

The Teskey Brothers – “Hold Me”

The buzz around Melbourne band The Teskey Brothers is undeniable and its easy to see why with their latest single “Hold Me”. With their sound mostly stripped back to its bare minimum – harmonising vocals, foot stomps and body percussion for the most part – “Hold Me” is magical. The track is taken from their upcoming album Run Home Slow, due on the 2nd August.

The Teskey Brothers are currently on a mostly sold out tour of the east coast – if you have tickets catch them at one of these upcoming shows:

Monday 13th May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 14th May – The Night Cat, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tobias Hengeveld – “Separation Street”

Melbourne singer-songwriter Tobias Hengeveld celebrates the release of his new album Naughts & Ones with his brand new single and video “Separation Street”. The video’s retro roller skate vibe sits really well with the old school sounds of the track – not as folky as some of Hengeveld’s other work but we’re digging it all the same.

If you like what you’re hearing Tobias Hengeveld has a couple of album launch shows in Victoria that you don’t want to miss:

Sunday 19th May – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 9th June – The Gaso Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

It’s beginning to look a lot like… Woodford!

While the silly season is in full swing, the folkier of us are looking beyond the tinsel and jolly man in a red suit, and are planning the trek to this year’s Woodford Folk Festival. If you haven’t yet made your New Years plans, it’s not too late to get in on the folk action and plan a post-Christmas trip to Woodfordia.

For those still on the fence, let’s take a quick look at why this year’s festival is going to be a great time for all.

The line up is a heavy blend of traditional and discovery, with a delight around every corner for all discerning music lovers. With heavy weights (and our namesakes) The Cat Empire topping the bill, the scene is set for a party. Timber and Steel favourites like Dan Sultan, Julia Jacklin, Irish Mythen, Hat Fitz & Cara, Emily Wurramara, The Waifs, Alex the Astronaut, Stella Donnelly, and Stiff Gins will join more than 2000 artists, musicians and presenters in over 400 acts, over 25 venues throughout the festival.

We’re excited to see some favourites diversify as The Little Stevies become the Teeny Tiny Stevies for their appearances at the Children’s Festival spaces, making the festival, as always, a very family friendly affair. The array of workshops on offer, once again delivers the ultimate in experiences for any festival goer, from yoga to craft, there will be a workshop to suit anyone.

With major infrastructure improvements for this year’s festival, multiple accommodation options to suit every budget and accommodation style, the Woodford Folk Festival is a completely immersive experience where you can choose your own adventure. Whether you participate in The Game, in The Fire Event, or just take in some amazing Australian and international music, it’s the most exciting way to spend your post-Christmas haze.

Whether you visit for a day, or stay for the whole week, there is a journey made just for you. Head over to the website and explore the different journeys you could take at this year’s festival.

When: 27 December 2018 – 1 Jan 2019

Where: Woodfordia, QLD

Tickets: from $25 for kids, from $165 for adults. Book online

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 9th March

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– American indie-folk four piece The Low Anthem released their new video “Give My Body Back”. Details here

– Two of Australia’s most exciting emerging singer-songwriters, Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly, have announced plans for a co-headline tour this April. Details here

– Celebrated singer-songwriter Lucy Wise announced plans to release her third album Winter Sun as well as a bunch of tour dates through May. Details here

The National Celtic Festival announced their first round of artists including Altan, Maggie Carty & Máirtín Staunton, Paul McKenna Band, Colin Lillie, Hat Fitz and Cara, Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Rich Davies & The Low Road, Siobhan Owen, Tim Scanlan Trio, Trouble in the Kitchen (above) and Zeon. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter The Weather Station has announced a Melbourne headline show. Details here

Releases This Week

Blair Dunlop
Notes From an IslandBlair Dunlop
iTunes

Luke Plumb
Turn & ReTurnLuke Plumb & The Circuit
JB HiFi

Mia Dyson
If I Said Only So Far I Take It BackMia Dyson
iTunes

Nathanial Rateliff
Tearing at the SeamsNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
iTunes

Exile
Exile – Songs & Tales of Irish Australia – Various
ABC Shop

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Summer Hill Folk Festival

Summer Hill

The delightful Summer Hill Folk Festival takes place in the inner-Sydney suburb of Summer Hill featuring a massive lineup including Chaika, eüsh, Giffen, Gary & Jimmy Daley, Montgomery Church, Nic Cassey, Queen Porter Stomp, The Restless Legs, Roaring Forties, Summer Hill Community Choir, Tangalo Duo, Whoa Mule and more.

Saturday 10th March – Summer Hill Church, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

10 String Symphony
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Tuesday 13th March – Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Wednesday 14th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

A Day On The Green feat. James Blunt, Pete Murray, Busby Marou, Alex Lloyd and Karise Eden
Saturday 10th March – Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD

A Festival Called Panama
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – Lone Star Valley, TAS

Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont
Friday 9th March – Lone Star Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 10th March – South Acacia Sports Club – Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th March – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Amarillo w/ Brooke Russell
Sunday 11th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Andrew Swift w/ Lyn Bowtell
Monday 12th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Thursday 15th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Ann Vriend
Saturday 10th March – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 15th March – The Old Vic Inn, Canowindra, NSW
Friday 16th March – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

Archie Roach
Friday 16th March – The Palais, Adelaide, SA
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Archer
Friday 9th March – 63 First Avenue, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 10th March – Two Goats Baa & Cafe, Armidale, NSW
Tuesday 13th March – The Scottish Prince, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 14th March – Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD

Ash Grunwald
Friday 16th March – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 11th March – Mini Bar, Rockingham, WA

Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart
Thursday 15th March – House Concert, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Friday 16th March – House Concert, Torquay, VIC

Big Country
Friday 9th March – Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 10th March – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Sunday 11th March – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 14th March – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 15th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Bill Chambers
Friday 9th March – Austrian Australian Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 10th March – Tolmie Tavern, Tolmie, VIC
Friday 16th March – Royal Mail Hotel, Kingston South East, SA

Blair Dunlop
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Katoomba, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 9th March – Lonestar Tavern, Mermaid Waters, QLD
Sunday 11th March – The Barn at Mt Hope, Wallumbilla, QLD
Saturday 10th March – Souths Sports Club, Acacia Ridge, QLD

Brendon Moon, Broken Mountain, CCXO
Tuesday 13th March – Cobra Club, Sydney, NSW

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 4th to Sunday 18th March – Brunswick, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Saturday 10th March – Bimbadgen, Pokolbin, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD

Carus Thompson
Friday 16th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Cecilia Brandolini
Saturday 10th March – Gypsy Tapas House, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 15th March – Little Creatures Brewing, Fremantle, WA

Chris While and Julie Matthews
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – House Concert, Dover Gardens, SA
Thursday 15th March – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Corin Raymond and Scott Cook
Friday 9th March – The Skylark Room, Upwey, NSW
Saturday 10th March – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Courtyard Sessions feat. Leah Flanagan
Friday 16th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions feat. Nicole Brophy
Friday 9th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Devil on the Rooftop
Sunday 11th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Duncan Phillips
Friday 9th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 13th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th March – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Eagle and The Wolf w/ Dearly Departed
Friday 9th March – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Ed Sheeran w/ Missy Higgins
Friday 9th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 12th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 15th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW

Elephant Sessions
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 14th March – The Heritage, Bulli, NSW
Thursday 15th March – Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Faith i Branko
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Claire Anne Taylor, David Gunning
Wednesday 14th March – Natimuk Soldiers Memorial Hall, Natimuk, VIC
Thursday 15th March – Pomonal Community Hall, Pomonal, VIC
Friday 16th March – Apollo Bay Senior Citizens Hall, Apollo Bay, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Skyscraper Stan, Jack Millar
Wednesday 14th March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Saturday 10th March – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW

Georgia State Line and Patrick Wilson
Friday 16th March – FogHorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW

Golden Plains
Saturday 10th to Monday 12th March – Meredith, VIC

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Friday 9th March – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Thursday 14th March – Illawarra Folk Club, City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Great Aunt & Gareth Leach
Saturday 10th March – The Tramway, Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Ziller
Friday 9th March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Grizzly Bear
Friday 9th March – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – A Festival Called Panama, Lone Star Valley, TAS
Saturday 10th to Monday 12th March – Golden Plains, Meredith, VIC
Monday 12th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 14th March – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Handasyd Williams & the Brothers Primitive
Friday 9th March – Time And Tide Hotel, Dee Why, NSW
Sunday 11th March – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Harry James Angus
Wednesday 14th March – The Palais, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 15th March – The Palais, Adelaide, SA

Harry Manx
Wednesday 14th March – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Heart of Ireland
Friday 16th March – The Heritage Theatre, Gympie, QLD

Hello Tut Tut
Friday 9th March – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

High Tea feat. Skyscraper Stan
Thursday 15th March – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark
Friday 9th March – Villa Noosa Hotel, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 10th March – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 16th March – Allenstown Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD

In The Round feat. Maia Marsh, Huckleberry Hastings, Katie Brianna, Jason Lowe
Wednesday 14th March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 9th March – Chinderah Tavern, Chinderah, NSW
Saturday 10th March – Lulu’s Cafe, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 10th March – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Lennox Community Market, Lennox Head, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Riverview Hotel, Murwillumbah, NSW
Monday 12th March – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 13th March – The Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 16th March – KC’s Grill & Bar, Airlie Beach, QLD

Jen Cloher
Saturday 10th to Monday 12th March – Golden Plains, Meredith, VIC
Friday 16th March – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA

Jens Lekman
Friday 9th March – Zoo Twilights, Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 13th March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 14th March – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 15th March – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 15th March – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th March – The Night Cat, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Locke
Friday 9th March – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th March – Norfolk Hotel, Fremantle, WA

Joe Mungovan
Thursday 15th March – The Gaso, Melbourne VIC

John Butler Trio
Friday 16th March – Live On The Hill, Wy Yung Pub, East Gippsland, VIC

John Flanagan
Saturday 10th March – Blues Tram, Bendigo, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

John Spillane & Pauline Scanlon
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Tuesday 13th March – The Brothers Public House, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 15th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Joyce Prescher
Friday 9th March – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th March – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Jacklin
Sunday 11th March – The Palais, Adelaide, SA

Justin Bernasconi
Thursday 15th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Kallidad
Friday 9th March – Southerlys Tavern, Port Denison, WA
Saturday 10th March – The Geraldton Hotel, Geraldton, WA
Thursday 15th March – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 16th March – The White Star Hotel, Albany, WA

Kate Miller-Heidke w/ Odette
Friday 9th March – Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 10th March – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th March – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 9th March – The Teller Collective, Shepparton, VIC

Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – Kiama, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Friday 16th March – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Lior & Paul Grabowsky
Friday 16th March – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Live On The Hill feat. John Butler Trio, Pete Murray, Josh Cashman
Friday 16th March – Wy Yung Pub, Wy Yung, VIC

Luke Sinclair and Sean McMahon
Friday 9th March – The Taproom Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 10th March – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lyn Bowtell
Saturday 10th March – Skylark Room, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 12th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell
Friday 9th March – Burke and Wills Winery, Mia Mia, VIC
Friday 16th March – Berwick Folk Club, Old Cheese Factory, Berwick, VIC

Mat Black
Saturday 10th March – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Merry Muse Blackboard feat. Ecopella
Sunday 11th March – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Friday 16th March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Missy Higgins
Friday 9th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 12th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 15th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW

Modern Folk! From The UK feat. Blair Dunlop, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Wednesday 14th March – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Moomba Festival
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Melbourne, VIC

My Bubba
Friday 9th and Saturday 10th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 11th and Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Thursday 15th March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Neil Murray
Sunday 11th March – Johnny Mullagh Park, Harrow, VIC

Nick Cunningham
Friday 9th March – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 10th March – The Green Owl, Brisbane, QLD

Nicole Brophy
Friday 9th March – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Nundle Country Picnic feat. George Washingmachine’s Band of Gypsies
Sunday 11th March – Nundle Woollen Mill, Nundle, NSW

Papa Pilko and the Binrats
Friday 16th March – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 9th March – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 10th March – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA
Friday 16th March – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Queen Porter Stomp, The Swingin’ Rosellas
Friday 9th March – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Ramblin’ Ash and Ruby Gilbert
Friday 9th March – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 10th March – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC
Thursday 15th March – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – Cedar Bar & Kitchen, Bellingen, NSW

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Friday 9th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 10th March – Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 13th March – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 15th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Rick Hart Trio
Saturday 10th March – Skylark Room, Melbourne, VIC

Sásta
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Friday 16th March – Heritage Theatre, Gympie, QLD

Shaun Kirk
Friday 9th March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th March – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 16th March – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 9th March – Old Bank Bar, Dubbo, NSW
Sunday 11th March – The Lady Hampshire, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 14th March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – Moonshine Bar, Sydney, NSW

Smith & Jones w/ PJ & Tele
Friday 16th March – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

So Li in Folk Fantasia
Friday 9th March – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Steve Poltz
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 15th March – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Stiff Gins w/ Lisa Crawley
Sunday 11th March – Elizabeth Farm, Rosehill, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – Brunswick Mechanics Institute, Melbourne, VIC

Summer Hill Folk Festival
Saturday 10th March – Summer Hill Church, Sydney, NSW

Tesse
Thursday 15th March – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Tex, Don & Charlie
Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Thursday 15th March – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Americana Express feat. Matt Joe Gow, The Weeping Willows, Gretta Ziller, Lachlan Bryan
Friday 9th March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The Backsliders
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

The Beez
Friday 9th March – House Concert, Talbot, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Quigley & Clark, Clunes, VIC
Friday 16th March – House Concert, Geelong, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Saturday 10th March – Mornington Racecourse, Mornington, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Blues Tram feat. Wilson & White, John Flanagan
Saturday 10th March – Blues Tram, Bendigo, VIC

The Bottlers
Friday 9th March – Tumut River Brewing Co, Tumut, NSW
Saturday 10th March – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Newstead Racecourse and Recreation Reserve, Newstead, VIC
Friday 16th March – The Grand Hotel – Cockn’Bull, Sydney, NSW

The Brothers Comatose
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Tuesday 13th March – Bright Courthouse, Bright, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 15th March – The Oxley, Cowra, NSW
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

The Emerald Ruby
Friday 9th March – The Oriental Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 15th March – The Dock, Sydney, NSW

The Eskies
Saturday 10th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Go Set w/ Handsome Young Strangers, Medusa’s Wake
Friday 16th March – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The London Klezmer Quartet
Friday 9th March – Wauchope Community Arts Council, Wauchope, NSW
Saturday 10th March – East Gosford Progress Hall, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, Singleton, NSW

The Long Johns
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Moomba Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th March – Bar Oussou, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th March – Sound Feast, Noosa Heads, QLD

The Water Runners
Friday 9th March – The Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

The Willing Ponies
Sunday 11th March – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 9th March – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th March – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 15th March – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 16th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

TinPan Orange
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March – The River Folk Festival, Warburton, VIC

Tom Dockray
Thursday 15th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th March – Goldmines Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

Toni Swain
Thursday 15th March – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Friday 16th March – Rodney’s Bait n Tackle, Mosman Park, WA

Ukulele Death Squad
Wednesday 14th March – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Vikki Thorn
Friday 9th March – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 10th March – Leadbelly, Syndey, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Monday 12th March – Art of Espresso, Young, NSW
Wednesday 14th March – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 15th March – The Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
Friday 16th March – The Palais Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, SA

WOMADelaide
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Botanic Park, Adelaide, SA

Z-Star Delta
Sunday 11th March – Chillout Carnival, Daylesford, VIC
Tuesday 13th March – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Detectorists” – Johnny Flynn

Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly Announce Co-Headline Tour

Alex and Stella
Image Courtesy of Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly

Two of Australia’s most exciting emerging singer-songwriters, Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly, have announced plans for a co-headline tour this April.

Both Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly defined their 2017 with the powerful anthems “Not Worth Hiding” and “Boys Will Be Boys” respectively and seeing both of them come together is somewhat of a dream come true.

The full list of dates for the tour are below:

Thursday 12th April – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 13th April – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 14th April – Commonwealth Games Arts Forecourt, Southbank, QLD
Sunday 15th April – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Thursday 19th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th April – Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, WA
Saturday 21st April – The River, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 22nd April – Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 24th April – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 25th April – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th April – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th April – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 28th April – Tap House, Bendigo, VIC


Watch the New First Aid Kit Video “Fireworks”

First Aid Kit
Image Courtesy of First Aid Kit

Swedish Americana duo First Aid Kit have just released the wonderfully 80s video for their new track “Fireworks”.

The song is taken from First Aid Kit’s upcoming album Ruins which is due for release on the 19th January.

Check out the video for “Fireworks” below:

First Aid Kit will be in Australia this April for Bluesfest and a handful of sideshows supported by Stella Donnelly. The full list of shows are here:

Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 3rd April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th April – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th April – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 7th April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017

2017

The final of our traditional end of year lists sees Timber and Steel Editor-in-Chief Gareth Hugh Evans sifts through all of the amazing music that was produced this year and pick his top 25 tracks. As always he’s tried to only pick one track per artist, although as you’ll see there’s some exceptions with different artists collaborating on different projects through 2017.

But enough of our jabbering – it’s time to get to the music. Without further ado we present Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017.

1. Emma Davis – “Danger in Me”
Emma Davis just has a way of writing a song which draws you in and never lets go. With just a finger picked guitar, understated rhythm section, muted organ and reverbed vocals, Davis has created a piece of music that I genuinely put on repeat. The fact that there’s a very relevant social message underpinning “Danger in Me” just adds a depth to my appreciation of it. Thank you Emma Davis for producing one of the most beautiful three and a half minutes of 2017.

2. The East Pointers – “82 Fires”
For a band I almost exclusively associated with fiddle tunes, The East Pointers have delivered one of the best songs of the year with “82 Fires”. Co-written with our very own Liz Stringer about fires in Tasmania, “82 Fires” may be the most Australian song written by a trio of Canadians. There’s an epic feel to the song that shouldn’t be possible from three guys playing (mostly) acoustic instruments – but I’ve seen this song live and they get pretty close to reproducing the recording on stage. Try to listen to “82 Fires” on not have it stir something inside.

3. Willie Watson – “Gallows Pole”
No one interprets traditional American music quite like Willie Watson. Here he’s managed to take the Leadbelly classic “Gallows Pole” and turn it into a thoroughly modern, haunting piece of music which is a definite standout on his latest album, Folksinger Vol. 2.

4. The Morrisons feat. Georgia Mooney – “Long Time Travelling”
It seems odd to choose an a cappella song from a band that features some of the best bluegrass musicians in the country. But I just can’t get passed how delightful it is hear James Morrison singing over the combined voices of The Morrisons plus Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas). The harmonies, the dynamic variations, the passion – “Long Time Travelling” is pure joy.

5. Offa Rex – “Sheepcrook and Black Dog”
As you probably know by now we have A LOT of love for the 2017 Offa Rex album The Queen of Hearts. The collaboration between The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney is full of highlights and to be honest songs like “The Old Churchyard”, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Willie o’ Winsbury” are more likely to hit this year’s best of lists. But for me “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” captures the nostalgia of the late-60s/early-70s British folk revival better than any other track on The Queen of Hearts with its Steeleye Span style arrangement, crunchy Black Sabbath style guitars and Sandy Denny style vocal performance. “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” is vintage folk-rock for the modern era.

6. Laura Marling – “Next Time”
Laura Marling goes full Nick Drake on “Next Time”. The orchestral arrangement over the top of Marling’s inventive guitar tunings and finger-picking, along with her hushed but powerful vocal performance is so reminiscent of the late English singer-songwriter it can’t not have been inspired by his work. This is definitely the highlight of Semper Femina for me and it even comes with a video directed by Laura Marling herself.

7. The Young’uns – “Be the Man”
“Be The Man” was inspired by the story of Matthew Ogston, founder of the Naz and Matt Foundation which tackles religious and cultural homophobia, following the tragic death of his fiancé (you can read the full story here). The Young’uns have written a song which is not only powerful in its message, and deeply respectful to its subject matter, but also a wonderful compliment to the rest of their harmony-driven catalogue. Check out the video featuring Matthew Ogston himself.

8. Billy Bragg – “Why We Build the Wall”
When Anaïs Mitchell wrote “Why We Build the Wall” for her 2010 folk-opera Hadestown I doubt she knew how precient it was considering the build-the-wall platform Donald Trump ran on during his 2016 presidential campaign. Billy Bragg has been singing “Why We Build the Wall” for a few years now but it’s taken until this year for him to officially release it as a single. The political singer-songwriter has purposefully politicised the track and filled it with a jarring, electric guitar to great effect. Could this be the folk anthem for the Trump era?

9. David Rawlings – “Cumberland Gap”
The genius of David Rawlings and Gillian Welch is their ability to write songs that sound like they’ve existed forever and then produce those songs in such a way that makes it sound like they’re being “modernised”. “Cumberland Gap” is the perfect example of this – the track sounds so timeless yet so fresh at exactly the same time. That’s probably why it’s been getting so many comparisons to Neil Young.

10. Stu Larsen – “Chicago Song”
“Chicago Song” is exactly the kind of song you want from a singer-songwriter like Stu Larsen. Simple, catchy and foot-tappingly joyful, “Chicago Song” captures a little piece of magic.

11. The Ahern Brothers – “Comb That River”
Whoever decided to pair singer-songwriters Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady as The Ahern Brothers deserves all of my adulation. Their self titled debut album is an homage to the close harmony singing of The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel, with “Comb That River” exemplifying their sound. Listen to this track and be transported back to another time.

12. Charlie Fink – “Firecracker”
I’m sure I’ve printed this elsewhere on Timber and Steel but for the reader’s benefit: Noah and The Whale’s 2009 album The First Days of Spring is one of my favourite albums of all time. So when ex-Noah and The Whale lead singer Charlie Fink releases a single like “Firecracker” that sounds like it’s been ripped directly from The First Days of Spring there’s no way this song wasn’t going to make my best of 2017 list.

13. All Our Exes Live in Texas – “Boundary Road”
“What if I want to be the one to fall apart once in a while?” has somehow become one of my favourite chorus lines of 2017. All Our Exes Live in Texas have taken on the lyrical challenge of the line, as well as the fight songwriter Katie Wighton had with her mum that inspired the line, and crafted one of the best songs from one of the best albums of the year. There is All Our Exes Live in Texas magic all over this song – with a simple “ooh” and “ahh” the quartet can elevate every song they touch. Lovely stuff.

14. Nick Mulvey – “Mountain To Move”
I’m going to make a prediction: “Mountain To Move” is the song most likely to appear on the soundtrack of sweet and quirky rom coms over the 12 months. Nick Mulvey continues to impress me with the way he crafts a song over a repeating melody line or guitar rhythm, building the simplicity into something more.

15. Julia Johnson – “Melissa”
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the new direction that Julia Johnson has taken with her songwriting in 2017. Moving beyond her work with Julia and The Deep Sea Sirens and working with producer Sarah Belkner, Johnson is producing some of the most interesting music of her career. I have a feeling “Melissa” is only the tip of the iceberg for what’s coming next from Julia Johnson and I can’t wait.

16. The Northern Folk – “Get On”
Despite the wealth of shows they’ve done this year I only managed to catch Melbourne folk 10 piece The Northern Folk live for the first time really recently. They manage to combine the indie folk sound of bands like The Middle East with the distinct groove that comes with having a saxophone heavy horn section. “Get On” epitomises The Northern Folk’s unique sound for me and was one of those songs that made me hit the repeat button again and again the first time I heard it.

17. Fanny Lumsden – “Roll On”
Want to know what it’s like to be an Australian artist on an endless tour of our country? Listen to the lyrics of “Roll On”. What I love about this track is its authenticity. This isn’t the Americanised version of the Australian outback full of dust kicking cowboys and pickup trucks. And this isn’t the romanticised nostalgic version of Australia either with its drovers and men-of-the-land. Instead “Roll On” is a song about about what its like to hit the road in 2017 complete with speeding fines, Gaytimes, roadtrains and small town bowlos. Keep writing songs like this Fanny Lumsden.

18. Paul Kelly – “Firewood and Candles”
After a few years of genre and experimental albums Paul Kelly announced his return to the classic Paul Kelly with the killer track “Firewood and Candles”. That rocking riff with Kelly’s vocals (ably supported by Vikka and Linda Bull) is just so damn catchy. If you wonder why everyone’s making such a fuss over Paul Kelly at the moment, why he’s winning awards and being praised at every turn, just listen to the songs on his 2017 album Life Is Fine, starting with “Firewood and Candles”.

19. Gretta Ziller – “Slaughterhouse Blues”
If someone asks you for the best voice in Australian Americana music then just show them Gretta Ziller. There may be some artists earlier in this list who you could squeeze into the genre, but as far as pure Americana music goes you can’t get much better than Ziller’s “Slaughterhouse Blues”. This is a modern track with its feet firmly in roots music. And that production! Perfection! More of this please Gretta Ziller.

20. I’m With Her – “Little Lies”
Before the release of “Little Lies” the American super-goup I’m With Her were really known for interpreting traditional music or covers of contemporary songs. But then this track comes along and solidifies the (probabaly assumed) fact that I’m With Her are a band to watch. Aoife O’Donovan has one of the best voices in Americana music, and it’s all the sweeter combined with the voices of Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. And Watkins’ fiddle playing on this track is some of my favourite instrumental work in 2017.

21. BATTS – “Little White Lies”
I’ve been a fan of Tanya Batt’s music for some time, but it’s been her transformation into BATTS and the lo-fi, shoe-gaze, lyric driven songwriting that has come with it that has really caught my attention in 2017. “Little White Lies” is the second single released under the BATTS moniker and it’s by far my favourite, with its etherial production and confessional lyrics. I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot more from BATTS in the coming months and I can’t wait.

22. Taryn La Fauci – “Winter”
When her EP Cycling came out I messaged Taryn La Fauci and told her “Just wanted to tell you that I’m in love with your track “Winter”.” Above every other song on the EP “Winter” struck me, most likely because this year I lost my cat as well and the lyrics just resonated. This song was on repeat for a lot of this year – thank you for sharing it with me Taryn La Fauci.

23. Diamond Duck – “Marry Me By The Sea”
Another collaboration (this time between The Morrisons’ Jimmy Daley and Canadian-Australian singer-songwriter Brian Campeau) that evokes the close harmony singing of The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel, Diamond Duck have made quite an impression with their first single “Marry Me By The Sea”. What makes this stand out for me is the way the Diamond Duck boys explore unusual, almost twisted chords in their accompaniment while maintaining a sweetness in their vocal delivery. Listen to the piano “solo” in the middle of the song and you’ll see what I mean – there’s something a little off kilter in the track and it’s absolutely delicious.

24. Stella Donnelly – “Boys Will Be Boys”
In the wake of the #metoo movement and everything that’s been coming out in the media over the last few months I think Australia needed a song like “Boys Will Be Boys”. Stella Donnelly has made quite a splash this year and with her amazing voice and lyrical chops I can imagine there’s big things on the horizon for the singer-songwriter.

25. Johnny Flynn – “Wandering Aengus”
The return of Johnny Flynn to music this year was heralded by this really quirky track and promised much from his new album Sillion. All the elements of what makes a classic Johnny Flynn song are here – his amazing voice, jangly guitar and subtle horn accompaniment – but there’s also something a little twisted about the structure of this track that I really really like. Definitely up there with my favourite Johnny Flynn songs.

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