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.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– British indie-folk songstress Lucy Rose announced headline tour dates when she’s in the country supporting Ben Folds. Details here

Sufjan Stevens released another outtake track “John My Beloved iPhone Demo”. Details here

– The final artists added to Porchland including Ainsley Farrell, Ryan Martin John and headliner Thelma Plum. Details here

– Melbourne based troubadour James Kenyon announced an extensive East Coast tour. Details here

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift are living the Australian summer holiday dream with a tour of caravan parks through January. Details here

The Waifs are rounding out their 25th anniversary year with a regional tour. Details here

– Sydney based Americana band Echo Deer released their new single “Lost My Way”. Details here

– English indie-folk trio The Staves have announced a collaborative album with New York City-based chamber ensemble yMusic, The Way Is Read. Details here

Julia Jacklin released her new video “Cold Caller”. Details here

– WA country-rocker Ruby Boots released her new video “It’s So Cruel”. Details here

Paul Kelly announced a once off Christmas show in Melbourne, Making Gravy, with Gang of Youths, Meg Mac and Gretta Ray in support. Details here

– Indie-folk singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly released her new video “Boys Will Be Boys”. Details here

Releases This Week

Catherine Traicos
LuminaireCatherine Traicos
Bandcamp

Afloat Adrift
Afloat, AdriftGeorgia Fields and The Andromeda String Quartet
iTunes

Hussy Hicks
On The BoundriesHussy Hicks & Raphael White
iTunes

Nathaniel Rateliff
Live at Red RocksNathaniel Rateliff & The Nights Sweats
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s Bluegrassified Country Classics UNHCR Fundraiser feat. Whoa Mule, Shelley’s Murder Boys, Flat Rock Boys, Simone East

Bluegrassified

Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s holds its annual UNHCR fundraiser with local bands performing bluegrass and old time versions of classic country songs.

Wednesday 15th November – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Weekend in the Gardens feat. Paul Kelly, Steve Earle, Middle Kids
Friday 17th November – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 17th November – CullyFest, Toowoomba, QLD

Americana at the Hamilton feat. Nat Henry, Ramblin’ Ash, Ruby Gilbert
Sunday 12th November – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Andy Golledge Band
Saturday 11th November – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Thursday 16th November – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 17th November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 12th November – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA

BANFF
Thursday 16th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Beechworth Celtic Festival
Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November – Beechworth, VIC

Ben Salter
Friday 10th November – The Wharf, Ulverstone, TAS
Friday 10th November – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 11th November – House Concert, Swansea, TAS

Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival
Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo, VIC

Betty & Oswald
Friday 10th November – Yah Yah’s, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 15th November – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Blues & Roots Fiesta at The Reef
Sunday 12th November – Tysons Reef Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

Blues at Bridgetown
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bridgetown, WA

Blues In The Bottle-O
Friday 10th November – The Wellington at Botanic Gardens, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 11th November – The Wellington at Botanic Gardens, Bendigo, VIC

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s Bluegrassified Country Classics UNHCR Fundraiser feat. Whoa Mule, Shelley’s Murder Boys, Flat Rock Boys, Simone East
Wednesday 15th November – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass Pub Pick feat. Golden Whistler, Willing Ponies
Sunday 12th November – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 10th November – C.ex, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 10th November – House Concert, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Saturday 11th November – House Concert, Geelong, VIC

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds
Friday 17th November – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Saturday 11th November – Ballina Prawn Festival, Ballina, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Shoalhaven Heads Bowling Club, Nowra, NSW
Friday 17th November – Towradgi Beach Hotel & Waves, Towradgi, NSW

Byron Bay Guitar Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Candice McLeod
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 17th November – House Concert, Warrnambool, VIC

Caravan Music Club 10th Birthday Bash feat. Rob Snarski, Suzannah Espie, Liz Stringer, Billy Miller, Rebecca Barnard, The Dusty Millers, Gallie, Ian Bland
Sunday 12th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Catherine Traicos
Sunday 12th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th November – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Charm of Finches
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW

Chris Jagger
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 17th November – Retreat Hotel, Brunswick, VIC

Claude Hay
Friday 10th November – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th November – Blues Train, Queenscliff, VIC
Friday 17th November – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Cullyfest
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Toowoomba, QLD

Dan Parsons
Sunday 12th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Danjo
Friday 10th November – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 11th November – The Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 11th November – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 14th November – Currumbin Pub, Currumbin Waters, QLD
Wednesday 15th November – Crowbar, Brisbane, QLD

Datson Hughes
Friday 17th November – Live and free @ Brat Cave, Brisbane, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 12th November – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Dean Lewis
Wednesday 15th November – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 16th November – Badlands, Perth, WA
Friday 17th November – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA

Devil Goat Family String Band
Saturday 11th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Devil on the Rooftop
Friday 17th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th November – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

Diana Anaid
Sunday 12th November – World Vegan Day, Melbourne, VIC

Echo Deer
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW
Sunday 12th November – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Ella Belfanti
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Byron Bay Guitar Festival, Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 13th November – Byron Fresh, Byron Bay, NSW

Emma Russack
Sunday 12th November – Noisy Ritual People-Powered Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC

Fallon Cush and The Hazeys
Saturday 11th November – Beaches Hotel, Thirroul, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 10th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW
Saturday 11th November – Greenthorpe War Memorial Hall, Monument, NSW

Finders Keepers Brisbane Market
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Christian Patey, Julia Johnson, Kay Proudlove
Wednesday 15th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Four In The Morning
Friday 17th November – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Fox n Firkin
Tuesday 14th November – Currumbin Pub, Currumbin, QLD
Wednesday 15th November – Crowbar, Brisbane, QLD

Fraser A. Gorman w/ Tesse
Friday 17th November – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Frazey Ford
Wednesday 15th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Jive, Adelaide, SA

Fred Smith
Friday 10th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th November – Healesville Music Festival, VIC
Friday 17th November – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Saturday 11th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Georgia Fields and The Andromeda String Quartet
Saturday 11th November – Kew Court House, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th November – High Tea, Sydney, NSW

Grizzlee Train
Friday 10th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 17th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Great Aunt
Saturday 11th November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 12th November – Maroondah Festival, Croydon, VIC

Gretta Ziller
Saturday 11th November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 16th November – God’s Kitchen, Mornington, VIC

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 17th November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Handkerchief Thief
Saturday 11th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th November – The Catfish, Melbourne, VIC

Handsome Young Strangers
Sunday 12th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Harvey Russell and the Widowmakers, Peta Caswell
Sunday 12th November – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Healesville Music Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Healesville, VIC

High Tea feat. Georgia Fields and The Andromeda String Quartet
Thursday 16th November – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hollow Coves
Thursday 16th November – Hotel Steyne, Sydney, NSW

Holly Throsby
Friday 10th November – Hawthorn Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bridgetown Blues Festival, Bridgetown, WA
Tuesday 14th November – Perth Blues Club, Perth, WA
Wednesday 15th November – Clancy’s, Fremantle, WA
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Irish Mythen
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 10th November – Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort, Avoca Beach, NSW
Thursday 16th November – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT

James Kenyon
Friday 10th November – The Lounge, Albury, NSW
Saturday 11th November – House Concert, Wolumla, NSW
Sunday 12th November – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Monday 13th November – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 16th November – The Temperance Union, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th November – House Concert, Mudgee, NSW

Jed Rowe
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Cullyfest, Toowoomba, QLD

Jess Locke
Friday 10th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th November – Beatdisc Records, Parramatta, NSW
Sunday 12th November – North Wollongong Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 10th November – Hudson Ballroom, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Jo Jo Smith w/ Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Thursday 16th November – Number 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

John Butler Trio
Saturday 11th November – The Domain, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Domain, Sydney, NSW

Jordan Merrick w/ The Duke, Lou Parker
Sunday 12th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Joseph Tawadros Trio
Friday 10th November – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Thursday 16th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke w/ Harrison Storm
Saturday 11th November – Baroque Bar, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 12th November – The Playhouse @ Canberra Theatre, ACT

Kate Burke and Laura Targett
Saturday 11th November – Narooma Ecotel, Narooma, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Wednesday 15th November – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th November – God’s Kitchen, Mornington, VIC
Friday 17th November – Trumpet Bar, Cowes, VIC

Kutcha Edwards
Friday 17th November – St Paul’s Cathedral Carpark, Melbourne, VIC

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 10th November – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 11th November – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th November – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 15th November – 48 Watt Street, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Leadbelly Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th November – Leadbelly Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Lansdowne Arvos feat. Andy Golledge Band, Maia Marsh, Easy Street
Saturday 11th November – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gerner
Friday 10th November – Piping Hot Chicken, Ocean Grove, VIC
Saturday 11th November – MONA, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 12th November – MONA, Hobart, TAS
Friday 17th November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Likely Celts
Friday 10th November – The Old Priory Beechworth, Beechworth, VIC
Friday 17th November – Mozart Hall, Warrnambool, VIC

Lindi Ortega
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Little Georgia
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Blues at Bridgetown, WA
Tuesday 14th November – The Perth Blues Club, Perth, WA
Thursday 16th November – Mojos Bar Fremantle, Fremantle, WA
Friday 17th November – Indi Bar, Perth, WA

Lloyd Spiegel
Saturday 11th November – Healesville Music Festival, Healesville, VIC
Friday 17th November – The Wonderland Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Low Down Riders, Ruby Gilbert & Ramblin’ Ash
Friday 10th November – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Lyall Moloney
Friday 10th November – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 12th November – Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads, NSW

Lyn Bowtell
Friday 10th November – The Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th November – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th November – The Gilded Palace Gigs, Torquay, VIC

Maddy Jane
Fridau 10th November – PCYC Northern Beaches, Dee Why, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Hotel Steyne, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Maia Marsh
Saturday 11th November – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Majors Creek Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek, NSW

Mandy Connell
Friday 10th November – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 11th November – Daylesford Cider Company, Musk, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 10th November – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC
Saturday 11th November – House Concert, Lara, VIC
Sunday 12th November – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC

Marlon Williams
Wednesday 15th November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Maroondah Festival
Sunday 12th November – Town Park, Croydon, VIC

Martin Pearson
Friday 10th November – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th November – House Concert, Canberra, ACT

Melbourne Music Week
Friday 17th to Friday 25th November – Melbourne, VIC

Mia Dyson
Friday 10th November – SS&A, Albury, NSW

Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen
Friday 17th November – Canberra Theatre Playhouse, Canberra, ACT

Mountaingrass
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Harrietville, VIC

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Mustered Courage w/ Frank Solivan
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, NSW
Thursday 16th November – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mountaingrass, Harrietville, VIC

Newtown Festival
Sunday 12th November – Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Sydney, NSW

Obscura Hail
Wednesday 15th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Ocean Grove International Americana Music Festival feat. Gallie, Twin Peaks, Liam Gerner
Friday 10th November – The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill, Ocean Grove, VIC

Paul Kelly
Saturday 11th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 12th November – Regional Botanic Gardens, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Tuesday 14th November – Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 15th November – Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 17th November – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Peel Street Festival feat. Archie Roach, Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, Girl Zone, Terry
Saturday 11th November – Peel Street, Melbourne, VIC

Piece Brothers
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – CullyFest, Toowoomba, QLD

Psycho Zydeco
Saturday 11th November – Manly Warringah District Rugby League Football Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th November – Christmas Harbour Cruise, Sydney, NSW

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats w/ The Drunken Poachers
Friday 10th November – Baha, Rye, VIC

Ralway Bell
Saturday 11th November – Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA

Ruby Gilbert & Ramblin’ Ash
Friday 10th November – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th November – The Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna, NSW
Sunday 12th November – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Simon Imrei
Friday 10th November – Brass Razu, Mornington, VIC
Saturday 11th November – Republica, Melbourne, VIC

Songwriters Circle
Wednesday 15th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Spring Folk Festival feat. Echo Deer, The Burley Griffin, Bec Taylor, Cj Shaw, The Standard Deviants, Betty Slim
Sunday 12th November – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Stella Donnelly
Thursday 16th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Strawberry Fields
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Tocumwal, NSW

Surrey Hills Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre, Melbourne, VIC

The Audreys
Friday 10th November – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 11th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

The Band Who Knew Too Much
Sunday 12th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Wednesday 15th November – Coopers Alehouse, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 16th November – Norwood Hotel, Norwood, SA
Friday 17th November – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC

The Blues Tram w/ Genevieve Chadwick, David Spry
Friday 10th November – Bendigo, VIC

The Bottlers w/ Topnovil, The Lurkers
Saturday 11th November – Dicey Riley’s Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

The Dandy Mountain Rangers
Wednesday 15th November – Upwey Belgrave RSL, Upwey, VIC

The Drunken Poachers
Friday 10th November – Baha, Rye, VIC
Saturday 11th November – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

The Franklin Folk Club feat. Anne Toner & Tiffany Eckhardt, Gypsy Suitcase
Saturday 11th November – Palais Theatre, Franklin, TAS

The Garden of Earthly Delights
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November – The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah, NSW

The Go Set
Friday 17th November – Baha, Rye, VIC

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 10th November – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 12th November – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Mouldy Lovers
Friday 10th November – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 11th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th November – The Homestead Tasmania, Hobart, TAS

The Northern Folk
Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 12th November – Healesville Music Festival, Healesville, VIC

The Nukes
Saturday 11th November – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 14th November – Werribee Bowls Club Inc, Werribee, VIC

The Rechords
Saturday 11th November – The Thornbury Theatre Velvet Room, Melbourne, VIC

The Snowdroppers
Saturday 11th November – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD

The Stetson Family
Saturday 11th November – Healesville Music Festival, Healesville, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Strawberry Fields, Tocumwal, NSW

The Weekend of Beautiful Music
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Melbourne, VIC

The Willie Wagtails
Sunday 12th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

TinPan Orange w/ Jess Ribeiro
Friday 10th November – Hudson Ballroom, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Tom Dockray w/ Mitch Power
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Tuesday 14th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th November – The Fox Den, Gloucester, NSW
Friday 17th November – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Tom West
Friday 10th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 17th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Tristen Bird
Friday 10th November – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 12th November – Sails At Clayton Bay, Clayton Bay, SA
Friday 17th November – The Old Union Chapel, Angaston, SA

Twin Peaks
Friday 10th November – Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC
Sunday 12th November – Belbrea Winery, Bellbrae, VIC
Friday 17th November – Corporate Moose, Mildura, VIC

Vardos Trio
Saturday 11th November – The Foreshore, Benalla, VIC
Sunday 12th November – Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 13th November – Bonegilla Migrant Experience, Bonegilla, VIC
Friday 17th November – German Austrian Australian Club, Wodonga, VIC

Wallis Bird
Friday 10th November – Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 11th November – Pelican Playhouse Theatre, South Grafton, NSW
Sunday 12th November – The Lennox Sessions, Lennox Head, NSW
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

William Crighton and Terra Lightfoot
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Left’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Witches Leap
Saturday 11th November – Garden Of Earthly Delights, Mount Tomah, NSW

Z-Stay Delta
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Call Me On Your Way Back Home” – Ryan Adams

Watch the New Stella Donnelly Video “Boys Will Be Boys”

Stella Donnelly
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Western Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly continues her rise with the release of her powerful new video “Boys Will Be Boys”.

The song was written in 2016 as an attempt to make sense of the culture of victim blaming when it comes to sexual assaults. Check out the video here:

Stella Donnelly is currently on a national tour – all of the remaining dates are below:

Thursday 16th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 18th November – The Plot, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Thursday 30th November – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 1st December – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 2nd December – Porchland, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 7th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th December – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW
Saturday 16th December – The Rosemount, Perth, WA

Stella Donnelly Announces National Tour Dates

Stella Donnelly
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Fremantle singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly is definitely the current darling of the indie singer-songwriter scene in Australia.

After a successful tilt at this year’s BIGSOUND conference, winning the inaugural Levis Music Prize, Donnelly has just announced plans to head out on a bunch of tour dates around the country.

Stella Donnelly has already been announced on the lineups for the Mullum Music Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, WAMfest, Fairgrounds and Porchland and has now added headline dates in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne along with support slots for Mama Kin Spender (Melbourne), San Cisco (Wollongong) and Polish Club (Perth).

Check out the full list of upcoming tour dates below:

Saturday 4th November – WamFest, Perth, WA
Sunday 5th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 18th November – The Plot, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Thursday 30th November – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 1st December – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 2nd December – Porchland, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 7th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th December – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW
Saturday 16th December – The Rosemount, Perth, WA

Port Fairy Adds Three More Artists to 2018 Lineup

Port Fairy
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The Port Fairy Folk Festival continues to drip feed additions to its 2018 lineup and with each artist announcement we’re getting more and more excited.

This time around Port Fairy has added three more artists – acclaimed singer-songwriter Archie Roach, Americana favourites Jordie Lane & The Sleepers and current indie darling Stella Donnelly.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival is held in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 9th to the 12th March. For more information check out the official site here.

The full lineup announced so far is below:

Jack Broadbent (UK), Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb (IRL), The Topp Twins (NZ), The Teskey Brothers, YolanDa Brown (UK), Steve Poltz (US), Harry Manx (CAN), Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, Faith I Branko (SER/UK), The Mexicans, Sophie Koh & Her Lady Choir, The Ahern Brothers, Mental As Anything, Rebecca Barnard, Declan O’Rourke (IRL), Alan Kelly Gang (IRL), The Brothers Comatose (USA), John Spillane (IRL), Pauline Scanlon (IRL), Chris While & Julie Matthews (UK), Troy Cassar-Daley, Gordie Mackeeman & His Rhythm Boys (CAN), Nano Stern (Chile), The Band Who Knew Too Much, Amistat, Ben Waters Band with Derek Nash (UK), Black Sorrows, Blair Dunlop (UK), Davidson Brothers, Frank Burkitt Band (NZ), Lily & King, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (USA), Rory Ellis Trio, Ted Egan, Victoriana Gaye, Archie Roach, Jordie Lane & The Sleepers, Stella Donnelly

Porchland Announces First Artist Lineup

Porchland
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South Australian music festival Porchland has this week announced its first round of artists for 2017.

The festival is an offshoot of the hugely popular Porch Sessions house concerts that are held on verandahs and backyards throughout South Australia. Described as “a Porch Session on steroids”, the annual Porchland festival will kick off the summer season of concerts from The Porch Sessions.

The first four artists added to Porchland include 30/70 (VIC), Stu Larsen (QLD), Stella Donnelly (WA) and Bjear (SA) with a headliner and more acts to be announced soon.

The event will also feature a screening of Belong Nowhere from local South Australian surf filmograhper Andy Manners of State of Surf.

Porchland takes place at The Range Hall, 45 minutes from Adelaide, on Saturday 2nd December. For more information check out the official Facebook page here.

Mullum Music Festival Adds More Artists to 2017 Lineup

Husky
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We thought the Mullum Music Festival had already announced their full lineup back at the start of the month. But it looks like they have room to squeeze a few more artists into their already impressive list of performers.

Joining the Mullum Music Festival will be the likes of Husky (above), Caiti Baker, Stella Donnelly and Strange Daddy. They join an already impressive lineup featuring the likes of Marlon Williams, Lindi Ortega, Harry James Angus, Tinpan Orange, The Teskey Brothers, Mama Kin Spender, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Wallis Bird, Áine Tyrrell, The East Pointers, Irish Mythen, Loren Kate, Hussy Hicks, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Twoks and many more.

The Mullum Music Festival takes place in Mullumbimby, NSW from the 16th to the 19th November. Fore more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here. The full list of artists for 2017 is below:

Jon Cleary & The Monster Gentlemen (USA), Marlon Williams (NZ), Frazey Ford (CAN), Lindi Ortega (CAN), Harry James Angus, Too Many Zooz (USA), Jazz Party, Z-Star Delta (UK), Tinpan Orange, Husky, Gabriel Garzon-Montano (USA), OKA, The Teskey Brothers, Mama Kin Spender, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Wallis Bird (IRE), Small Halls feat. Vance Gilbert (US) and Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Ron Artis II (USA), Áine Tyrell (IRE), Sex On Toast, The East Pointers (CAN), Irish Mythen (IRE/CAN), King Tide, Caiti Baker, Ladyslug, Brian Nankervis, Mandy Nolan, Joel Salom, Dustyesky, Gabriel Otu Orchestra (GH), Moussa Diakite and Wassado (Mali/AU), Ollie McGill Trio, Greg Sheehan, Loren Kate, The Coconut Kids, Jojo Smith, Hussy Hicks, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Scott Cook (CAN), Sara Tindley, Sal Kimber & the Rollin Wheel, Charles Maimarosia (Sol Is) His Merry Men, The Twoks, Strange Daddy, Angie Hudson, Rebecca Ireland, Ethno Folk Orchestra, Cecilia Brandolini, Domini Forster, Heartworn Highway, Jimmy Dowling, Levingstone, Low Down Riders, Mandy Hawkes, Megan And The Vegans, Palm Wine Ambassadors, Raku One O’Gaia, Sal Wonder, Shanteya and Jo The Lion and the Leaves, Tin Can String Band, Titan Sky, Ukulele Death Squad, Vesica Pisces, Welcome To Country, The Biggest Little Town Choir, Roundabout Theatre, Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Spaghetti Circus, Bollywood Sisters, The Magic Bus, Workshops and much more

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