Bluesfest Adds More Roots Artists to 2018 Lineup

All Our Exes
Image Courtesy of All Our Exes Live In Texas

The latest artist announcement from Bluesfest is full of heaps of rootsy goodness including a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites

Joining the Bluesfest lineup this time will be Dan Sultan, All Our Exes Live In Texas (above), Chain, Con Brio, Mia Dyson, Shaun Kirk, Caiti Baker, Steve Smyth, Dog Trumpet and Hanlon Brothers.

Bluesfest is held just outside of Byron Bay from the 29th March to 2nd April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full lineup announced so far is below:

Lionel Richie, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Ms. Lauryn Hill, John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, José González, First Aid Kit, Morcheeba, Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The California Honeydrops, Eric Gales, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Youssou N’Dour, Seal, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jackson Brown, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Gomez, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Benjamin Booker, Hurray for Riff Raff, Canned Heat, Walter Trout, André Cymone, The Teskey Brothers, Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Ethridge, Afro Celt Sound System, William Crighton, Elephant Sessions, Newton Faulkner, Harry Manx, Juanes, Seu Jorge, Ziggy Alberts, Ásgeir, Harts, Holy Holy, Dan Sultan, All Our Exes Live In Texas (above), Chain, Con Brio, Mia Dyson, Shaun Kirk, Caiti Baker, Steve Smyth, Dog Trumpet, Hanlon Brothers

Review: 5 things we learned at Bluesfest

Kale plays at Bluesfest 2016Kaleo playing Bluesfest
Photos by Stuart Bucknell

Year after year, Bluesfest manages to bring the big names and the impressive acts to Byron Bay for the annual Easter pilgrimage. Heading to Bluesfest this year, we really didn’t know many of the acts listed on the bill and wondered just what was in store for us, Timber and Steel wise. So here’s 5 things we learned at this year’s wildly successful, ultimate music sampler opportunity that is, Bluesfest.

#1 – Peter Noble knows how to program…

One thing is for sure, Peter Noble knows how to curate an inclusive, diverse and engaging festival. The big names drew enormous crowds to all their sets. City and Colour had the crowd from the first note and Dallas Green was on form all night.  The Decemberists gave their usual charming set delving in to a fabulous back catalogue of favourites. Not to go without a bit of political comment, they also played a song they thought to offer Donald Trump as his new campaign tune, ‘The Calamity Song’. The Cat Empire delivered a solid hour and a half set jam packed with both new tracks and past hits and favourites to wow the crowd. The biggest coup was probably The Original Blues Brothers Band closing out the weekend with a stellar set of their signature blues.

The festival was dappled with big names throughout the program. Archie Roach was in fine form, weaving his musical spell over the crowd and telling the tales of the land with strength and beauty, and a focus on songs from Charcoal Lane, the title track being a particular stand out moment of the set. Jason Isbell had his one an only set up against The Original Blues Brothers Band, so splitting our time between the two was challenging but rewarding as Isbell’s enigmatic style caught watchers in it’s thrall delivering a contemporary counterpoint to the old school blues on the other stage.

Kim Churchill plays BluesfestBut one of the most notable names for me, still playing midday sets, was Kim Churchill. Getting his big break on the Bluesfest Buskers stage all those years ago, Churchill has been a staple name on the line up ever since. His absence in 2015 was noted and the crowds that gathered for this sets this year spoke strongly of his popularity for the Bluesfest crowd. Watching him command the stage, with the occasional accompaniment of a fiddle player or percussionists, was a joy to witness and testament to the following he has. It felt like he had come home, and in the process had evolved from a keen boy with a guitar to a passionate man with a solid musical career stretching before him.

#2 – It’s never just about the Blues. Folk, Country, and Americana all strongly represented in 2016

Strolling from stage to stage, the peeling licks and plucky chords of the more folky persuasion were both notable and popular with punters, letting us stumble across all kinds of gems.  LA based Lord Huron made quite the entrance with a tension building soundscape and crescendo, an upbeat strummy and infectious style, inventive percussion beneath the acoustic lead and an ability to morph between styles, from the old school feel reminiscent of the 50s and 60s summer soundtracks, through alt country and indie folk rock vibes. A particular highlight from the four-piece was ‘Hurricane’, billed as a song about “getting in trouble”, turns out it was aptly named.

Described as an Icelandic Indie pop/rock/folk band, Kaleo was a light and lyrical delight. Building from their delicate opening style to gutsy, rhythm driven choruses, through alt-country sensibilities to deep southern style blues, and a soulful cover of Bang Bang, Kaleo didn’t hesitate to transcend styles and genres to sign off with a blues rock riff and howling vocals when warranted.

The Bros Landreth, hailing from Canada, brought their alt-country and folk laden cover of Wings’ ‘Let ‘Em In’ to break the ice and then let the Americana tinged goodness flow forth. A family affair, big brother David couldn’t attend so father Wally came in his place and whipped the crowd in to a cheering craze.

The Mastersons were touring with Steve Earle & The Dukes, and made appearances both on Earle’s sets and one of their own solo shows for Bluesfest. Their lyrical country styling, featuring voices working together in diverse melodic harmony gave their day opening set a contemplative mood, transporting the crowd to simpler days. Earle’s set was one great big treat of blues soaked tunes with toe-tapping jivey bluegrass edge, all with the sweet country counterpoint of The Mastersons.

Hound mouth playing Bluesfest 2016

It seemed to be a fatherly affair this Bluesfest, with Hussy Hicks welcoming Julz’s dad Greg to their set to deliver some blistering harmonica to their upbeat tempo and at times Joplin-esque wails and passion. Indiana’s Houndmouth however had no dad’s on their line up but did have plenty of twangy blues and American drawl to open their show and unravel your soul where you stood.

#3 – Word of Mouth is King

You know when you look at a line up and you’re not really sure what acts to check out? Well Bluesfest was that way inclined for many but within the first 8 hours, gossip was abuzz with recommendations and wild tales of phenomenal shows and must see acts to catch. So here’s what we checked out based purely on word of mouth.

Steve Smyth plays at Bluesfest 2016

OK, so Steve Smyth isn’t exactly news to us, but the stir on site had his name on the tips of peoples tongues and boy did he live up to the hype. Sheer genius stood on that stage in the form of master lyricist and vibrant stage presence. Smyth’s beautiful voice and stunning vibrato was just powerful solo as with the support backing instrumentalists. His performance of ‘Southland’ blew socks off across the festival.

Shooglenifty, also known as ‘that band I can’t pronounce’, was not what you expect when you read “Celtic” on the program, but a glorious blend of traditional highland derived tunes that were heavy on the fiddle and a mandolin at the ready, intricately twined with modern rhythms, a few electric guitars and a toe tapping beat, drew punters in before they could saunter too far past the heaving tent.

Blind Boy Paxton plays at Bluesfest 2016

The was no way to walk through the site without hearing the name, Blind Boy Paxton. Listening to his set was like a walk through time, from a fiddle calling a country dance and bransles, to a lightning speed banjo frenzy, a soothing guitar tune and even a lone harmonica telling you it’s tale. All this from one man on stage – simply astonishing.

#4 – The Ladies are out in force! And you should catch all of them live

There was a lot of talk about various acts, and word of mouth certainly got us to see some great performers, but thanks to emphatic and multiple recommendations from all kinds of punters, we discovered some of the most phenomenal women who stamped their mark and left as some of the powerhouses of Bluesfest.

We caught Sahara Beck for her last set and were immediately struck by her stage presence, the smooth set up with band and back up singers added the pizazz to her swag and gave her sultry vibe a ‘pop’ on stage.

Elle King had tongues wagging as word spread that after her first, expletive laden set, her set list had to be ‘revised’. However her husky, growling vocal licks were well and truly flowing when we caught her set in a heaving tent overflowing in to the customary Bluesfest rain. Sass and attitude would be the plainest way of describing King, her vibrancy comes from her musical versatility and ability to weave country vibes and bluegrassy panache throughout her ballsy bluesy set. A chameleon of style, King bowled over crowds with big notes, fiery wit and feisty repartee.

Elle King plays at Bluesfest 2016

Hailing from Ireland, via Canada, Irish Mythen is a modern troubadour equipped with a powerhouse voice and emphatic lyrics. Mythen might have been the grittiest, most real musician seen at Bluesfest this year, armed only with her guitar and her stories, she held hundreds of people spellbound, hanging on her every word any time she took to the stage. We caught her multiple times, and laughed, cried, cheered and sung along to songs we had only heard the first time days before. She regularly had the crowd in stitches with her sense of humour and story telling capers, and woe betide any punter brave enough to heckle her! Four stand out moments stayed with me, even though I saw them all more than once. Her performance of ‘Tullamore Blues’ almost defies description, except that the crowd was with her, in that space, singing every word and feeling every sentiment. Jesus is an experience to behold, hilarious in it’s explanation and empowering in it’s performance, I sincerely hope every person gets to experience it live. Her a Capella rendition of ‘The Auld Triangle’ gives me chills and is simply astounding.  And finally ’55 Years’ had me (and most in the crowd) in tears for the beauty it captures in it’s tale. A truly moving experience. Irish Mythen is awe inspiring and we’re excited she’ll be visiting Australia again soon.

Rhiannon Giddens plays at Bluesfest 2016

And finally, probably the all-singing, all-dancing highlight of the ladies was Rhiannon Giddens. Establishing herself originally as a part of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens’ solo work is a sight to behold and a treat to hear. Her stunning vocals are soulful yet soar high in beautiful arcs and trills of an almost Celtic style. The skill of her band melds electric with acoustic in wonderful instrumental breaks, bouncing off one another jamming to a crescendo and returning the spotlight to her lead when the time was right. Her banjo crept through tunes to pounce on you unawares, yet could alternate and become the hero of the song. Old Bob Dylan lyrics never previously turned in to songs until Giddens got her hands on them offered a treasure trove to discover. Doing a Dolly Parton cover can be tough, but Giddens’ rendition of ‘Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind’ saw her own the song completely, from every element of style through to her emotive connection with both lyrics and sentiment. From start to finish and for each and every set, she wowed the crowd with fiddle, banjo, modern takes on traditional style, soul stirring lyrics and even a step back in time to the 1920s. Her fancy footwork went down a treat and her ability to connect with the audience and tether them to her tale as the most exquisite experience to behold. She could chat to the crowd but make you feel like she spoke to you and you alone, and yet at all times Rhiannon Giddens continued to exist as her own ineffable self.

#5 – Soul is in, along with BIG bands

Now strictly speaking, Timber and Steel doesn’t really cover Soul, but the prevalence of the big band style soul injections at Bluesfest is worthy of admiration and appreciation, so it gets a gong here.

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks were a sight to behold as Donovan put her own stamp on soul, with earthy tones and a voice that rolled over the crowd, calling to them, beckoning them to hear her story. The combination of her stories and passionate, soulful delivery made for a tight set and profound performance.

I wrote down 4 words when seeing The Word, and two of them were expletives… “holy f***ing sh*t wow.” The couple of songs we caught were incredible, full of funky groves and some sweet slide guitar, all topped off with an electric organ. Very smooth and cool indeed.

Ash Grunwald plays at Bluesfest 2016Ash Grunwald hasn’t moved in to soul, but his Bluesfet setup did resemble the big backing bands of the soul acts and boy did it compliment his wailing blues. Never conforming to just one genre, Grunwald drew on bluegrass vibes, some indie rock to his blues and of course his signature commentary on Australian life. Playing River from his new album, Grunwald spoke about the anti-CSG message prevalent throughout his most recent recordings and confirmed he was among friends int he Bluesfest crowd. His set was punctuated with old favourites as highlights, crowds rollicking in his passionate performance and joining in to sing along on choruses, and the utter delight when Kasey Chambers joined him on stage for a brand new song was palpable.

Another of the tongue wagging recommendations was for Vintage Trouble, and my first impression was that lead singer Ty Taylor was sex on legs, with enough swagger stuffed in to a cravat and suit to fell an army. And when the full band kicked in, it blew the show off the Richter scale. A set full of southern blues, call and response, screaming and wailing blues breaks and enough on stage antics to warrant a lie down after watching. This was my kind of place, 1950s style jazzy blues, complete with energy and onstage charisma!

Vintage Trouble plays Bluesfest 2016

Now, if you haven’t yet heard of the phenomenal popularity and praise for Bluesfest debutants St. Paul and The Broken Bones, then you haven’t been doing the internet properly. Of all the word of mouth recommendations, St Paul and The Broken Bones was THE most talked about act at Bluesfest, and not without good reason. A big band blues-laden soul outfit, oozing funk, with a big personality for a front man in Paul Janeway. Opening with an almighty wail and sliding in to a crooning style track, the crowd knew exactly where they stood and were rooted to the spot to witness the explosive show by one of the most engaging acts we’ve seen in years. Janeway, on behalf of the entire band, exclaimed that Bluesfest was the best experience they had ever had and they would definitely be coming back to Australia, to which the crowd erupted with delight. A set filled with rumbling soul, emotive ballads and big, ballsy blues, St Paul and The Broken Bones is sure to be a high rotation favourite on many punters playlists for some time to come.

St Paul and The Broken Bones plays Bluesfest 2016

Without a doubt, Bluesfest’s skillfully curated 2016 lineup was a smash hit success, sure to be spoken of for years to come. Can’t wait to see what Peter Noble comes up with for 2017!

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival revealed their full 2015 lineup including headliners Bob Fox and The Outside Track. Details here

The Audreys announced a national tour through March and April. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Andrew Swift released his new video “Sound The Alarm”. Details here

Sean Watkins revealed his cover of “Banks of the Ohio” featuring Fiona Apple. Details here

All Our Exes Live In Texas released their new single “Sailboat”. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Timberwolf released his new single “Fallen Sun”. Details here

– We got full details of the new Joe Pug album Windfall. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Jess Locke announced a tour to support her album release. Details here

Steve Smyth and The Outlaws have announced a national headline tour. Details here

– Indie-folk icon Matthew E. White has announced plans for his new album Fresh Blood. Details here

– Country singer Aleyce Simmonds released her new video “Joshua”. Details here

Old Crow Medicine Show released their new video “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer”. Details here

– The Lucy Wise Trio announced plans to release their new EP A Painting of the Universe next month. Details here

– Alt-country singer Davey Craddock released his new single “Better Alone”. Details here

– Irish trad singer and musician Nuala Kennedy announced her Australian tour dates. Details here

– Victorian singer Harrison Storm released his new single “Be Yourself” which was produced by Timber and Steel favourite Hayden Calnin. Details here

Releases This Week

Tomorrow Will Follow Today
Tomorrow Will Follow TodayKathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
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And The War Came
And The War CameShakey Graves
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Cobargo Folk Festival

Cobargo

Nestled on the NSW South Coast the Cobargo Folk Festival has built itself a reputation as one of the best small festivals in the country. This year will feature the likes of Archie Roach, Ken Nicol, Daniel Champagne, Ann Vriend, Folklore, Heartstring Quartet, The Bon Scotts and many more.

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

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 27th February – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th February – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS

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

April Maze
Saturday 28th February – Northcote Uniting Church Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 1st to Sunday 15th March – Brunswick, VIC

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

Conor Oberst with The Felice Brothers
Saturday 28th February – Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 4th March – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th March – Anitas, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 6th March – Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW

CW Stoneking
Friday 27th February – The Substation, Newport, VIC
Saturday 28th February – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 1st March – The Memo, Healesville, VIC

Darren Hanlon
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Nannup Festival, WA
Monday 2nd March – Mojos Bar, Freemantle, WA
Tuesday 5th March – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March – Panama Festival, TAS

Davey Craddock
Wednesday 4th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

First Aid Kit
Friday 6th March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

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

Heartstring Quartet
Friday 27th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Sunday 1st March – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Husband
Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA

Jess Locke
Friday 6th March – Blackwire Records, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan
Thursday 5th March – The Tree House, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 6th March – Upfront Bar, Maleny, QLD

Jordie Lane
Friday 27th February – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Kim Richey
Friday 27th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup Music Festival, WA
Thursday 5th March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th March – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW

Lake Street Dive
Friday 27th February – Enlighten Festival, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 28th February – Secret Garden Festival, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 3rd March – Perth Festival, Perth, WA
Wednesday 4th March – Perth Festival, Albany WA
Friday 6th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan VIC

Little Bastard
Thursday 5th March – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 6th March – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

Little Features feat. Jacob Pearson, Hannah Robinson, Vanessa Caspersz, Josh Chamberlin
Saturday 28th February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

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

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Richard Thompson
Wednesday 4th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th March – Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, SA

Rowena Wise
Friday 27th February – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup Music Festival, WA

Rufus Wainwright
Wednesday 4th March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Ruth Moody
Friday 27th February – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th Feruary and Sunday 1st March – Nannup Folk Festival, WA
Wednesday 4th March – Melbourne Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th March – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival

Sam Buckingham
Saturday 28th February to Sunday 1st March – Nannup Folk Festival, Nannup, WA
Thursday 5th March – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Shakey Graves with Shovels and Rope
Wednesday 4th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th March – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th March – Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Skyscraper Stan And The Commission Flats
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Steve Smyth
Saturday 28th February – Secret Garden Festival, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th March – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Sweet Jean
Saturday 28th February – Between the Bays Festival, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

The Felice Brothers
Sunday 1st March – Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. Ruth Moody & Band, Scott Cook, Nadia Reid
Wednesday 4th March – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Friday 27th February – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th February – Nannup Festival, Nannup, WA

Vance Joy
Thursday 5th March – Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 6th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The False Knight on the Road” – Fleet Foxes

I love it when indie-folk bands show their “folk cred” by releasing versions of traditional songs. Many Fleet Foxes fans don’t even realise that “The False Knight on the Road” is a traditional (from the Child Ballads) as it fits so well with their original material. Such a great version of this song – very reminiscent of the Tim Hart and Maddy Prior version.

Steve Smyth Announces National Headline Tour

Steve Smyth
Image Courtesy of Steve Smyth

Blues and roots rocker Steve Smyth had a massive 2014 and it looks like that’s set to continue into 2015 with the announcement of a massive national headline tour kicking off this week. Smyth has some big appearances coming up – spots at Port Fairy, Bluesfest and SXSW are definite highlights – so this is definitely a chance to see an artist on the rise.

Steve Smyth will be touring with his band The Outlaws. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 20th February – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 21st February – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 28th February – Secret Garden Festival, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th March – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Saturday 14th March – Elsewhere Festival, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th to Monday 6th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 10th April – Four 5 Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday 11th April – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th April – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 18th April – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Sunday 19th April – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Friday 24th April – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 1st May – Kidgeeridge Music Festival, Lake Conjola, NSW
Saturday 2nd May – Stratton Room, Wollongong Uni, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 8th May – The Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD

More Artists Added to the Bluesfest Fifth Lineup Announcement

Bluesfest
Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

Artist announcement number five for Bluesfest was announced yesterday with more exciting names added to an already bursting lineup.

Timber and Steel is most excited about the inclusions of Justin Townes Earle, Steve Smyth, Donavon Frankenreiter, Ash Grunwald and Karl S. Williams with the announcement also featuring Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Augie March, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Declan Kelly presents Diesel n’ Dub ft. Emma Donovan, Alex Lloyd, Pat Powell, Radical Son & Tony Hughes, Blue King Brown and The Beautiful Girls.

Bluesfest is set to take place north of Byron Bay from the 2nd to the 6th of April. Tickets for the festival are already on sale – check out the details on the official site here.

Port Fairy Adds Its Second Round of Artists for 2015

Trouble in the Kitchen
Image Courtesy of Trouble in the Kitchen

After drip feeding a couple of big name headliners (Buffy Sainte-Marie, Richard Thompson and Sinéad O’Connor) The Port Fairy Folk Festival released their official second round of artists for 2015.

The new additions include the likes of Davidson Brothers, Shane Howard, Wagons, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Lucy Wise Trio, Steve Smyth, The Company, Tracey McNeil & The Goodlife, Trouble in the Kitchen and many more.

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

Check out the full list of second round additions below:

Davidson Brothers, Fiona Boyles & The Fortune Tellers, Shane Howard, Frankie J Holden & Wilbur Wilde, Wagons, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Jo Jo Smith Band, Jodi Martin Band, Kamerunga, Kieran O’Connell & Shanakee, Lucy Wise Trio, Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence, Microwave Jenny, Steve Smyth, Sweethearts, The Baker Suite, Sky Scraper Stan & The Commission Flats, The Company, Tracey McNeil & The Goodlife, Trouble in the Kitchen, Whitetop Mountaineers

Review: BIGSOUND 2014, A Folkie’s Perspective

All Our Exes

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

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

Music Music Music

Ruby Boots

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

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

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

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

After the Party There’s the After Party

Shane Nicholson

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

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

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

Interviews

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

The Battle for Country Music

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

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

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

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

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

Meet and Greet

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

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

See you next year BIGSOUND!

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th September

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Green Mohair Suits have announced an east coast tour in support of their new album Wooden Duck. Details here

– Sydney quartet All Our Exes Live In Texas have released their new single “Tell Me”. Details here

– To support his new album Daniel Lee Kendall has announced an east coast tour this November. Details here

MountainGrass announced their 2014 lineup including Special Consensus, The Flying Emus, Lonesome Still, String Theories, Little Rabbit, The Davidson Bros, Pipi Pickers, Old South, Coolgrass, Bluegrass Parkway, Appalachian Heaven, Karen Lynne, The Company, Fat Cousin Skinny, Flying Engine Stringband, Pete Denahy, One Up, Two Down, Chris Henry & the Hard Core Grass, Harman and Hellens, Banjo Boys and more. Details here

– Roots troubadour Steve Smyth has just kicked off a truly massive national tour from now until December. Details here

Damien Rice has announced plans to release his first album in eight years. Details here

Dallas Green (City and Colour) and Pink have been secretly recording as brand new folk duo You+Me, and it’s sounding pretty good! Details here

– Sydney’s Liam Gale & the Ponytails released their new single “Self Righteous Blues”. Details here

Reviews

Recordings

“Interestingly, the songs I most enjoyed on the album are those that break it from the steadiness of its groove. Live Simply delves less deeply into blues than his debut, but its single foray delivers the goods in the form of “Rats” – the dirtiest song on the record”Thom Owen Miles reviews the new Sam Brittain album Live Simply. Read the review here

Releases This Week

Dabiel Lee Kendall
Daniel Lee Kendall Is DeadDaniel Lee Kendall
iTunes

Ryan Adams
Ryan AdamsRyan Adams
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Ari & Mia with Lucy Wise Trio

Ari and Mia

Boston duo Ari & Mia will join local favourites the Lucy Wise Trio for their east coast tour of Australia this week and their shows are not to be missed.

Monday 15th September – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 16th September – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 17th September – Mechanics Institute Hall, Moruya, NSW
Thursday 18th September – House Concert, Araluen, NSW
Friday 19th September – Mofo at The Crate, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 12th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 13th September – Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 14th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 15th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 17th September – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 18th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 19th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Ari & Mia with Lucy Wise Trio
Monday 15th September – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 16th September – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 17th September – Mechanics Institute Hall, Moruya, NSW
Thursday 18th September – House Concert, Araluen, NSW
Friday 19th September – Mofo at The Crate, Sydney, NSW

Bare Bones feat. Limbo, Little Lord St Band, Husband
Saturday 13th September – The Swan Basement, Perth, WA

Boy & Bear
Friday 12th September – The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 13th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Casey Driessen
Wednesday 17th September – Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 18th September – Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Castlecomer
Friday 12th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Cat Canteri
Friday 19th September – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 19th September – South Side Tea Room, Brisbane, QLD

Jep and Dep
Friday 12th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Katie Noonan w/ Jack Carty
Friday 12th September – Bangalow Bowlo, Banaglow, NSW
Saturday 13th September – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Pier One @ Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW

MoFo feat. Laura and Susie, Golden Whistler
Friday 12th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

MoFo at the Crate feat. Ari & Mia, Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 19th September – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Olivers Army
Friday 12th September – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 12th September – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 18th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Sahara Beck
Saturday 13th September – The Originals Music Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 14th September – The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Wednesday 17th September – Sunshine Coast University, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Spookyland
Friday 12th September – Boney, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th September – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 12th September – The Pier, Pt. Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 13th September – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 18th September – The Front Gallery & Café, Canberra, ACT
Friday 19th September – Howlin Wolf, Wollongong, NSW

The Living Room feat. Laura Zarb, Brother Jimmy, The Morrisons
Sunday 14th September – Lewisham Hotel, Sydney

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 12th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 19th September – Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

The Timbers
Friday 12th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Todd Sibbin and The Acadian Driftwood
Saturday 13th September – Secret Rooftop Party, Adelaide, SA

Tom West
Saturday 13th September – Secret Party, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Florida Rain” – Matt Bauer

Steve Smyth Hits the Road With Massive National Tour

Steve Smyth
Image Courtesy of Steve Smyth

To celebrate the release of his brand new album Exits last week Australian troubadour Steve Smyth has just kicked off a massive, 50 date national tour. The tour comes off the back off a mountain of buzz for the roots artist and tickets to his shows are bound to be in high demand.

The dates began last week – check out all the remaining dates below:

Tuesday 9th September – BIGSOUND, Mushroom x Sonos Party, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 10th September – BIGSOUND, The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 11th September – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – The Pier, Pt. Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 13th September – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 18th September – The Front Gallery & Café, Canberra, ACT
Friday 19th September – Howlin Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 20th September – Small World Block Party, Marrickville, NSW
Thursday 25th September – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 26th September – Baroque Bar, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 28th September – The Rhythm Hut, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 3rd October – The Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 4th October – Westernpoint Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 5th October – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Thursday 9th October – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 10th October – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th October – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 16th October – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 17th October – The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 18th October – Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 19th October – The Palace Hotel, Broken Hill, NSW
Sunday 26th October – The Wollombi Tavern, Wollombi, NSW
Friday 31st October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 8th November – Royal Hotel, Springwood, NSW
Sunday 9th November – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 14th November – No.5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 15th November – The Bean Bar Cafe, Taree, NSW
Wednesday 19th November – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Thursday 20th November – Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Friday 21st November – Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Saturday 22nd November – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 23rd November – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Wednesday 26th November – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 27th November – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Friday 28th November – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 29th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, QLD
Sunday 30th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, QLD
Thursday 4th December – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 5th December – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, VIC
Saturday 6th December – The Bunker, Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Festival of the Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Releases This Week

Rock and Roll Weakling
Rock And Roll WeaklingSpookyland
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Husky

Husky

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

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Imogen Clark, Darcy Fox and Paige Renee Court

Imogen Clark

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

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

Gigs Next Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Folk Flashback

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

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

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