Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Calexico have added a Sydney date to their Australian tour. Details here

– Folk punk singer-songwriter Isaac Graham kicked off the new year with his new song “Resolutions”. Details here

– Sydney nu-folkers Citizen of the World released their new video “Setting Out”. Details here

– Brisbane acoustic-groove duo Out of Abingdon will be touring through NSW and ACT this month. Details here

– Milk Records released a new Fraser A Gorman track, Skyscraper Skyline Blues”. Details here

– The new Dan Lethbridge single “Everybody Says” features Taasha Coates from The Audreys. Details here

Oscar Lush revealed his new video “Nightmare Song”. Details here

Shovels & Rope teamed with The Milk Carton Kids to cover the Guns N’ Roses classic “Patience”. Details here

– Kris Morris and Sarah Humphreys have finally announced details of their duo project Eagle & The Wolf. Details here

HeyMun released her ethereal new single “Drift”. Details here

– A bunch of US artists were added to the National Folk Festival lineup including Sheila Kay Adams, Steve Poltz, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner and Kristina Olsen. Details here

Cat Canteri has announced a new EP and revealed the first single “What I Need”. Details here

– The Country Conquers Cancer event in Brisbane later this month will feature the likes of Paddy McHugh, Pat Tierney, Megan Cooper, Dana Hassall, Sian Evans, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Brad Butcher, Dana Gehrman, The Mighty Kind, Jen Mize, The Floyd Family Breakdown, Ben Bunting, Andy McDonnell, Cameron Milford, Emma Bosworth, Hayley Marsten, Ellie Jane, Boatkeeper and Byron Short and the Sunset Junkies. Details here

Ruby Boots has announced her I Miss You Already tour that kicks off at the end of this month. Details here

Interviews

“All the shows are heavy on improvising so I guess solo it might be a bit more concise. There’s so many different tools musically that you can use when you have keys or a drummer, bassist or a second guitar. Solo is definitely more of a challenge to be honest. How many dumpy white guys do you want to see playing acoustic guitar? There’s just so many. I try to just make as much energy as I can, as much far out shit as I can acoustically”Ryley Walker chats to Gareth Hugh Evans ahead of his appearance at the Sydney Festival. Interview here

Reviews

Track by Track

“I wrote this song aboard the 107ft two mast banks schooner that The Button Collective help crew every couple of months or so. Inspired by the hunger pains I was suffering after forgetting to bring any food aboard with me, I wrote about sailors suffering from scurvy and starving at sea while they reminisced about love left behind” – Brodie Buttons from The Button Collective takes us through their new EP The Lonesome Sea. Track by track here

Releases This Week

One Up Two Down
A Day On The QuayOne Up, Two Down
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Mudsling Festival

Mudsling

The Mudgee Music Festival give you a taster of what to expect from their 2016 event with a mini festival featuring the likes of Daniel Champagne, Saltwater Sound System, April Maze, Out of AbingdonBig ErleHoney, Euripi, Nick Wall and more playing over the course of the day. If you can get out to Mudgee for the weekend this will be well worth the trip

Saturday 9th January – Roths Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Allison Forbes
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 15th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Archie Roach and My Friend the Chocolate Cake
Saturday 9th January – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Banjo BBQ feat. Mustered Courage and Special Guests
Sunday 10th January – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Cygnet, TAS

Dana Hassall
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Deep Down South feat. Lachlan Bryan, Les Thomas, Mr Alford Country, Jemma Nicole, Andrew Swift, Brooke Russell, Tom Dockray, Gretta Ziller
Saturday 9th January – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15th January – Hotel Nicholas, Beechworth, VIC

Dirty Three
Friday 15th January – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

FBi SMACS
Sunday 10th January – Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW

Hana Maru with The General Assembly, Mijo Biscan
Thursday 14th January – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

HONK! Oz
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Wollongong, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – Bulli, NSW

Irish Mythen
Friday 8th January – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 9th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – The Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Sunday 10th January – Porch Sessions, Adelaide, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 8th January – Sawtell RSL Club, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 9th January – Laurieton United Services, Laurieton, NSW

Maru Tarang
Sunday 10th January – Lennox Theatre, Parramatta, NSW

Matthew E White
Friday 15th January – Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Mirel Wagner and Nadia Reid
Sunday 10th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Mudsling Festival
Saturday 9th January – Roths Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW

One Up, Two Down
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Out of Abingdon
Saturday 9th January – Mudsling Mini Music Festival, Mudgee, NSW
Sunday 10th January – Lounge Sessions @ Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Peasant Moon, Ben Horder, Matt Ward
Friday 15th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sunshine Fiddle Camp
Sunday 10th to Friday 15th January – Alexandra Park Conference Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Georgetown, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Saturday 15th to Sunday 24th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Audreys
Sunday 10th January – Victoria Gardens, Prahran, VIC

The Brisbane Folk Club feat. Garrett Kato, Sissybones, O’ Little Sister
Wednesday 13th January – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

The Buffalo Grass Boys, The Belle Havens, The Howles, Tom Martin
Saturday 8th January – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Thursday 14th January – Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Franklin Electric
Sunday 10th January – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 14th January – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 15th January – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 8th to Saturday 9th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, TAS
Thursday 14th January – Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW

The Plough
Sunday 10th January – Coach and Horses Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. Julia Jacklin, Merryn Jeann, Louis Donnarumma
Sunday 10th January – Adelaide, SA

The Wayward Henrys
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 8th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Thredbo, NSW

Willowy
Thursday 14th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Tippin’ It Up To Nancy” – Christy Moore

There’s something special about the rhythmic way Christy Moore sings accompanied by a bodhrán. And for those of you playing at home – this song is also famously known as “Marrowbones”

Sydney Festival Interview: Ryley Walker

Ryley Walker
Image Courtesy of Ryley Walker

This year’s Sydney Festival is jam packed with amazing musicians, many of which have a folky leaning. Chicago based singer-songwriter Ryley Walker will be making his way to Australia as part of the Sydney Festival so we sat down with him to chat about his live show, his latest album and how his music is evolving.

Gareth Hugh Evans: So I would imagine that Sydney audiences are probably not that familiar with your music – how would you describe it to them? For me it’s folk music with a very strong jazz influence.

Ryley Walker: Yeah, that’s a good way to put it. Live we jam a lot – so yeah, folk with jazz influences is just fine.

GHE: You’ve probably had this comparison a lot of times but your music reminds me a lot of Nick Drake where you’ve got that wonderful finger-picking guitar style which is backed with jazzy accompaniment.

RW: Definitely. Having jazz musicians has definitely been influenced by musicians like that. And they’re some of my good friends so it kind of made sense – it was pretty natural.

GHE: Are you bringing the full band out for the Sydney Festival?

RW: I wish! But it’s a lot of scratch to get five human beings from the United States across the Pacific to your neck of the woods. So it’s just going to be solo.

GHE: It’s definitely a long way to come. I think we appreciate anytime anyone makes the trip out here. How does your live show change when you playing solo compared to when you’ve got the band with you?

RW: All the shows are heavy on improvising so I guess solo it might be a bit more concise. There’s so many different tools musically that you can use when you have keys or a drummer, bassist or a second guitar. Solo is definitely more of a challenge to be honest. How many dumpy white guys do you want to see playing acoustic guitar? There’s just so many. I try to just make as much energy as I can, as much far out shit as I can acoustically.

GHE: Do you play the 12 string much with the solo stuff?

RW: I’ve been playing more 12 string solo for sure. I use both – I guess it’s half and half at the moment when I play live.

GHE: The 12 string has that wonderful resonant sound to it. It adds an extra layer of depth, especially when you’re playing solo.

RW: Yeah man, definitely. I think 12 string is just super far out. You can let that thing ring forever. It’s a really weird instrument, a super strange instrument. It’s totally strange, I love it.

GHE: You released your album Primrose Garden in 2015 and it’s been going really well back in the US. How are you feeling about how it’s been received?

RW: I’m happy it’s getting attention in different parts of the world. It’s crazy, the record feels like it came out a lifetime ago. We’re playing a lot of new stuff mostly right now – we’re recording a new record hopefully some time in 2016.

GHE: How do you feel that your sound is evolving with the new music?

RW: It’s completely different, you know? It’s a lot slower, it’s all about these big spaces. It’s not really a guitar record, there’s just so much horn arrangements and string arrangements on there. It’s more a collaborative record with a producer too. Everything’s changing for the better – we’ll certainly alienate people who wanted a sixties groovey record. I think I’ve developed so much musically and lyrically since the last record came out so we’re definitely showcasing a lot of new ideas and stuff like that.

GHE: Do you feel that the songs from Primrose Green have evolved much live since they were recorded for the album?

RW: I’m making subtle changes every night – improvisation is a big part of the show. I’ll often stretch them out or change the pace, change some of the voicings in the chords. It’s really important to make each show unique. I’d hate for people to see the same show over and over again – it’s no fun. There’s a lot of jamming for sure.

GHE: When you go into a live show where do you draw the improvisation from? Do you have tried and tested licks that you improvise over or does it just appear as you’re playing?

RW: Even though the songs are different every night there’s definitely comfortable phrases people can go to. With ideas no two are the same – it’s just a path that keeps getting carved out in different directions. It’s often informed by the moment – so much can depend on how many beers you drank or if you have to take a piss or if you’re in a bad mood or a good mood. Everybody in the band improvises. It wasn’t a conscious decision to do, it’s just how everybody plays – we all come from that background.

GHE: I guess in the way a live performance can be a workshop for you as well. The evolution of your songs happen in a live setting and you can get instant feedback from your audience.

RW: What’s been really fun lately is people have been recording the shows, kind of like [Grateful] Dead style. It’s really fun that people care enough and notice enough that they know going to the gig is going to be different from the previous night so they want to document it.

GHE: So is this going to be your first trip to Australia?

RW: Yeah man, the first time. I’ve been wanting to go forever, I’ve talked about it forever since I was a kid. I’m really happy to go.

GHE: You’re choosing the right time of year – it’s going to be a hot January.

RW: I’m from the subterranean middle of America which is freezing cold in the middle of winter so I’m very happy, believe me.

GHE: And as well as the Sydney Festival you’re also doing shows in Brisbane and Melbourne.

RW: Yeah. I wish I could see it all but I’d need a lot more time. Hopefully this is the first of many many many more trips.

GHE: Are you going to get a chance to do any travelling while you’re here? Your tour dates are pretty close together so it feels like it might be a bit of a flying visit.

RW: There’s not as much time as I would have wanted but I’ve got a lot of gigs coming up in Europe and stuff. I mean I sound so jaded – “I don’t have any time off because I’m going to Europe” [laughs].

GHE: Well I think you’ll have a blast.

RW: I’m very excited.

GHE: Thank you so much having a chat with us today. Looking forward to catching you live when you’re in town.

RW: Sounds great – I’ll see you around!

The full list of dates for Ryley Walker’s Australian tour, including his shows as part of the Sydney Festival, are below:

Friday 22nd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th January – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 25th January – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 23rd October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Woodford Folk Festival lineup dropped and it includes the likes of Dougie Maclean, Michael Franti, Harry Manx, The East Pointers, Irish Mythen, Marlon Williams, Kim Churchill, Lanie Lane, Josh Pyke, Katie Noonan, The Paper Kites, Tinpan Orange, Timberwolf, Jacinta Price, Tolka, Starboard Cannons, Davidson Brothers, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Hat Fitz & Cara, Broads, Andrew Clermont, Catgut, Lime and Steel, One Up, Two Down, Kaurna Cronin, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Loren Kate, Totally Gourdgeous, The Little Stevies, Daniel Champagne and many more. Details here

– Sydney bluegrassers The Morrisons released their new live video “Ruby”. Details here

Steve Earle & The Dukes have announced sideshows when they’re in the country for Bluesfest and Port Fairy. Details here

Bluesfest sideshows were also announced for Sturgill Simpson. Details here

The Milk Carton Kids released a version of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Sam Outlaw, who is in the country this week, released his new video “Ghost Town”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Patrick James has announced a headline tour for early next year. Details here

– So many of our favourite artists will be on the Riverboats Music Festival lineup next year including Missy Higgins, CW Stoneking, Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats, Ruby Boots, Jack Carty, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission, The Wilson Pickers, Jess Ribeiro and many more. Details here

– Toronto based Australian singer-songwriter Imogen Bel released her first ever live video. Details here

– LA based Sydney folk duo Falls released their new single “When We Were Young”. Details here

– The Sydney Festival announced its 2016 program. Details here

– Tasmanian folk-punk band The Dead Maggies have announced a new album, released a new video and are heading out on tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Dan Parsons
ValleywoodDan Parsons
iTunes

The Freewheeler
The FreewheelerDougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben Stephenson
Bandcamp

Imogen Clark
Love & Lovely LiesImogen Clark
iTunes

Divers
DiversJoanna Newsom
iTunes

Tim Guy
ChordsTim Guy
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Americana Hayride feat. Bill Chambers, Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri, Dan Waters, Bill Jackson, The Weeping Willows

Americana Hayride

The creme of the crop of Australian alt-country are coming together for a very special show in Melbourne this Sunday

Sunday 25th October – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alex Edwards
Sunday 25th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Americana Hayride feat. Bill Chambers, Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri, Dan Waters, Bill Jackson, The Weeping Willows
Sunday 25th October – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC

April Maze
Saturday 24th October – Shoalhaven River Festival, Nowra, NSW

Arbori
Thursday 29th October – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Friday 23rd October – Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach, QLD
Saturday 24th October – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 25th October – The Jack, Cairns, QLD

CW Stoneking
Friday 30th October – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW

Dan Parsons
Friday 23rd October – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 24th October – Shadow Electric, Abbotsford, VIC
Sunday 25th October – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Wednesday 28th October – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 29th October – Mudgee Brewery, Mudgee, NSW
Friday 30th October – Home Sweet Home (House Concert), Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 23rd October – Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Saturday 24th October – The Glennie School, Toowoomba, QLD
Wednesday 28th October – Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Friday 30th October – Johnny Cash: The Concert, Redcliffe Cultural Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, NSW

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 23rd October – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC
Wednesday 28th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Fleurieu Folk Festival
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Willunga, SA

Folkswagon
Wednesday 28th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hozier
Wednesday 28th October – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth, WA
Friday 30th October – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA
Sunday 25th October – Wandi Swagger, Wandiligong, VIC
Thursday 29th October – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 30th October – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Katie Noonan
Friday 23rd October – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 24th October – Spicers Hidden Vale, Grandchester, QLD
Sunday 25th October – Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD
Wednesday 28th October – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 29th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th October – Australian Institute of Music, Sydney, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 30th October – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC

Lime and Steel
Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Lior
Saturday 24th October – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 30th October – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. Ciaran Gribbin, Ed Wells, Fleur Wiber, James Van Cooper
Sunday 25th October – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Loren Kate
Friday 23rd October – Red Mill Store, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 24th October – House Concert, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 25th October – Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle, WA

Lost Ragas
Friday 23rd October – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 24th October – Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 25th October – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW

Maldon Folk Festival
Friday 30th October to Monday 2nd November – Maldon, VIC

Michael David Thomas
Sunday 25th October – Triffid Roots, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 29th October – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Musketeer
Friday 30th October – Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Mustered Courage
Wednesday 28th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Out On The Weekend
***CANCELLED***Saturday 24th October – Bella Vista Farm, Sydney, NSW***CANCELLED***

Patrick James
Friday 23rd October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 24th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 29th October – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 30th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Ruby Boots
Friday 30th October – Fremantle Festival “Hush”, Fremantle, WA

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November – Happy Wanderer Festival, Benalla, VIC

Sam Brittain
Friday 23rd October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Sam Outlaw with Jonny Fritz, Shelly Colvin & Friends
Sunday 25th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Suzannah Espie
Friday 30th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Tablelands Folk Festival
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th October – Yungaburra, Qld

The Andrew Collins Trio
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, NSW
Tuesday 27th October – The Black Sombrero, Lismore, NSW
Wednesday 28th October – Stokers Siding Art Gallery, Stokers Siding, NSW
Thursday 29th October – House Concert, Forster, NSW
Friday 30th October – Humph Hall, Allambie Heights, NSW

The AU Sessions feat. Rin McArdle, Tom Stephens
Tuesday 27th October – Hive Bar, Sydney, NSW

The BordererS
Saturday 24th October – Victor Dragons Fundraiser, Victor Harbor, SA
Sunday 25th October – Flerieu Folk Festival, SA

The Go Set
Friday 23rd October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites
Friday 23rd October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 24th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 29th October – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 30th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

The Timbers
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, Willunga, SA

The Waifs
Saturday 24th October – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 25th October – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 28th October – GPAC, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 29th October – Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 23rd October – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 24th October – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 25th October – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 29th October – Port Macquarie Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 30th October – Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Jams O’Donnells Jigs” – Fairport Convention

A Folky Guide to the 2016 Sydney Festival Program

Joanna Newsom
Image Courtesy of Joanna Newsom

The highly anticipated program for the 2016 Sydney Festival dropped today and as always it’s full to the brim of folky goodness. If you’ve been to any Sydney Festival shows before you’ll know that they sell out pretty quickly so it’s time to start planning now – tickets go on sale next Monday 26th October.

Our picks from the program this year include:

  • Joanna Newsom – The queen of the anti-folk movement, Newsom will be touring her brand new album Divers

Thursday 21st January – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

  • Dirty Three – Legendary underground experimental trio in a rare performance

Friday 15th January – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Sunday 10th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Sunday 17th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Sunday 24th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

  • Matthew E White – The country-soul singer returns to Sydney with his band

Friday 15th January – Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th January – Lennox Theatre, Parramatta, NSW

Saturday 23rd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Monday 25th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

  • Kev Carmody – The legendary poet, radical and national treasure will perform songs he’s collected over the past 40 years

Sunday 17th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Friday 22nd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

  • The Weather Station – Canadian singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman brings her project to Sydney

Wednesday 6th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

  • Maru Tarang – Acclaimed Australian roots musician Jeff Lang joins forces with traditional Rajasthani players

Sunday 10th January – Lennox Theatre, Parramatta, NSW

For more information on the Sydney Festival including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Sarah Humphreys released “Take Your Time”, the first single from her forthcoming album New Moon as well as tour dates in November and December. Details on the single here and album here

The Port Fairy Folk Festival revealed their second round of artists for 2015 including 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. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Brendon Moon has released his new video “Augustine”. Details here

– Melbourne’s The Tiger & Me have released their brand new single “Call Me On Your Own” and a couple of launch shows in November. Details here

– Adelaide folk singer Kaurna Cronin has released his new video “Fearless”. Details here

– The Sydney Festival announced its 2015 program and we’ve picked our favourite folk acts. Details here

– Get a peak into what Jack Carty gets up to on tour with this new video “What Am I Gonna Do With All Of My Love Now?”. Details here

WOMADelaide has added a bunch more artists to its 2015 lineup including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robyn Hitchcock with Emma Swift, First Aid Kit, Gruff Rhys, Sinead O’Connor (above), Timberwolf, Sharon Van Etten and many many more. Details here

The Davidson Brothers have announced a November residency and a one of show with US bluegrassers Special Consensus. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Thom Lion and the Tamers released his new single “Fruition”. Details here

First Aid Kit released the video for their track “Stay Gold” and announced a 2015 Australian tour. Details here

– This January will see the release of Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, a double live album with tracks from the likes of Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Milk Carton Kids, Secret Sisters, Lake Street Dive, Elvis Costello, Oscar Isaac, Conor Oberst, Colin Meloy, Joan Baez, The Avett Brothers, Jack White, Marcus Mumford and more. Details here

Conor Oberst has announced an Australian tour next year with The Felice Brothers in support. Details here

– The third lineup announcement from Bluesfest is pretty light on the folk. Details here

Damien Rice has just released the video for his new track “I Don’t Want To Change You”. Details here

Jordan Millar released his new video “Advice From Beyonce”. Details here

– The Nannup Music Festival announced its 2015 lineup including Marlon Williams, Darren Hanlon, Fanny Lumsden, Al Parkinson, Stray Hens, Ruby Boots, Husband, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, Colin Lillie, Melody Pool, Daniel Champagne, The Pierce Brothers, Jacinta Price and many many more. Details here

– UK duo Paper Aeroplanes released their new single “Guessing Game”. Details here

– NSW bluegrass band The Mid-North released their new video “Carry Me Home”. Details here

Hat Fitz and Cara will be kicking off a national tour this week. Details here

Marlon Williams has announced full band headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne along with a bunch of festival dates. Details here

– The latest track from The New Basement Tapes, “Liberty Street” was released. Details here

– The legendary Richard Thompson has announced headline shows when he’s in Australia next year. Details here

– The Gaelic Club in Sydney is relaunching after a a facelift with an Upstairs and Underground gig featuring Bears with Guns, Liam Gale & the Ponytails and Aether Beach. Details here

Daniel Lee Kendall released his new single “Emptiness”. Details here

Releases This Week

Lisa O'Neill
Same Cloth Or NotLisa O’Neill
Bandcamp

The Eastern
The TerritoryThe Eastern
iTunes

The Once
DeparturesThe Once
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

JamGrass Music Festival

Jamgrass

Every year Jamgrass delivers one of the best weekends of contempory bluegrass, folk and jam music in the country and this weekend is no different. With a lineup that boasts the likes of Mustered Courage, The Perch Creek Family Jugband, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Morrisons, The Seals, One Up, Two Down, Marlon Williams, Sweet Jean, James Kenyon and many many more you know you’re going to have a pluckin’ good time. The festival kicks off tonight and goes right through the weekend – if you’re in Melbourne make sure you check it out!

Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Saturday 1st November – Nexus, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th November – The Factory, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 31st October – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 1st November – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – The Fig, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 7th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 31st October – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 2nd November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 31st October – The Crown and Sceptre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 1st November – Grottofest, Marburg, QLD
Saturday 1st November – The Factory, Maroocydore, QLD
Thursday 6th November – The North Shore Tavern, Perth, WA
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th November – The Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 31st October – Isisford, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Winton, QLD
Sunday 2nd November – Barcaldine, QLD
Friday 7th November – Cunnamulla, QLD

Folklore
Friday 31st October – The Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Saturday 1st November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC
Friday 7th November – Church of Trinity, Adelaide, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 6th November – SOL Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 7th November – The J, Noosa Junction, QLD

Husky
Friday 7th November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Jack Carty
Saturday 1st November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 2nd November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 6th Novmeber – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Friday 7th November – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

JamGrass Music Festival
Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Jep and Dep
Friday 31st October – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Jet Black Cat Music, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham
Friday 7th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Lanie Lane
Friday 31st October – Anita’s, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 7th November – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Little May
Thursday 6th November – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA (Supporting Rodriguez)
Friday 7th November – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA (Supporting Rodriguez)

Liz Stringer
Friday 31st October – Basement Discs In Store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st October – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 1st November – The Song Room, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 2nd November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th November – Darwin Railway Club, Parap, NT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 31st October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 1st November – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 2nd November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 7th November – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Friday 31st October – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd November – JamGrass Music Fest, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th November – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 7th November – House Show, Mildura, VIC

Sam Newton
Friday 31st October – Roundabout Inn, Gloucester, NSW
Saturday 1st November – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – The Heritage Hotel, Gladstone, NSW
Friday 7th November – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 31st October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The Acfields
Friday 31st October – Rainbow Beach Hotel, Rainbow Beach, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 31st October – Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Thursday 6th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Porch Sessions feat. Winterbourne and Special Guests
Sunday 2nd November – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Stetson Family
Sunday 2nd November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Tiger & Me
Friday 7th November – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Wagons
Monday 3rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Twa Corbies” – Steeleye Span

We thought we’d choose a nice creepy folk song for your All Hallows’ Eve. Happy Samhain one and all!

Folk on the 2015 Sydney Festival Program

Tiny Ruins
Image Courtesy of Tiny Ruins

The Sydney Festival program was launched last week and as usual there’s a bunch of folk, roots, traditional and world music on the program to keep Timber and Steel readers happy. We thought to save you some time and pick through the program to find you the little folky nuggets. Just make sure you get in quick as tickets are now on sale.

Thursday 8th January – City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, NSW

  • Jessica Pratt – Tranquil-voiced San Franciscan singer-songwriter

Saturday 10th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

  • Archie Roach: Creation – One of Australia’s greatest singer-songwriters and storytellers revisits his first four albums

Saturday 10th January – The Aurora, Sydney, NSW

Sunday 11th January – The Aurora, Sydney, NSW

  • Olivia Chaney – Other-worldly traditional and contemporary folk tunes from the UK singer

Sunday 11th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Thursday 15th January – City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, NSW

  • Tiny Ruins – The buzz-worthy New Zealand alt-country singer (above) returns to Australia. Definitely a must see.

Friday 16th January – The Aurora, Sydney, NSW

  • Far From Folsom Tex Perkins reprises the role of Johnny Cash in this tribute to the late great father of modern country and rock and roll.

Saturday 17th January – Parramatta Gaol, Parramatta, NSW

  • Iva Bittová – Traditional, classical and avant-garde music from the renowned Czech experimental violinist

Wednesday 21st January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

  • Roger Knox – The Koori King of Country brings his 2013 album Stranger in My Land to the Festival with his full band

Sunday 25th January – The Aurora, Sydney, NSW

For more information on the Sydney Festival including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Interview: Emily Barker, Sydney Festival

Emily Barker
Image Courtesy of Emily Barker

Western Australian born, UK based folk musician Emily Barker is currently in Sydney taking part in the Sydney Festival – both as a performer at the Star Sky Terrace and running the world’s smallest venue Folk in a Box in the festival’s Hyde Park hub. Gareth Hugh Evans managed to catch Emily Barker at the start of the Sydney Festival to chat to her about writing music for television and film, running the world’s smallest venue, her links to the punk scene and what’s in store for 2014.

Gareth Hugh Evans: I guess I want to start from the beginning. According to Wikipedia you moved over to the UK in 2002. What was the reason for the move? Why pursue music there instead of Western Australia?

Emily Barker: To tell you the truth I didn’t move there to do music. I just had a two year working visa, I’d dropped out of uni because it didn’t feel right and I wanted to travel the world. So that was actually what I was doing, heading over there to be a bit closer to Europe and North America and the rest of the world. So I went over there and did that. I was doing music – writing songs and performing – in WA before that so I kept on doing that, kept writing songs and things while I was traveling. But initially I had no real desires to make a career out of it – it was something that I loved but I also loved doing other things so I hadn’t really settled on music being my “thing”.

GHE: And you started doing singer-songwriter nights in London right? I interviewed Frank Turner last year and he was saying he first met you at a singer-songwriter night in South London.

EB: Oh, good old Frank! I was based in Cambridge and I started doing singer-songwriter open mic nights and I met a bunch of musicians and sort of tapped my way into the local scene. One guitarist, a guy called Rob Jackson who plays a lot with Boo Hewerdine, he really loved my voice and he had a solo spot at the Cambridge Folk Festival. He just did instrumental guitar pieces but I came along and I sang a song and he also played one of my songs and did a cover of “Oh! Susanna” – a slow, long version, very sparse. We ended up recording that and it was lovely. I had a really great time but then my visa was up and I had to leave the country. I didn’t realise he was going to do this but he actually sent a CD-R with texta on it to [BBC Radio presenter and producer] John Peel and he loved this “Oh! Susanna” track and started playing it on his Radio One show and before I knew it there was lots of interest in – we’d called ourselves – The Low County.

I then wen’t home after about three years of travelling for a about 10 weeks and then went back to the UK to record my first album. We made two albums as The Low Country and then I moved to London and started doing open mic nights and things like that and I met Frank at The Windmill in Brixton.

GHE: Frank Turner said the night was called Sad-are-the-days or some other punny name like that.

EB: I didn’t actually meet him that night. I think that he saw me but I don’t know that we met that night. Then I got a MySpace message from him saying “would you like to come on tour with me”. I’d been on a proper tour, I’d just done gigs here and there, maybe four gigs in a row. But this was like a 30 day tour and I was travelling with the guys in their van – it was pretty rock and roll!

GHE: I’m probably glossing over a bunch of stuff here but you’ve also risen to prominence over in the UK thanks to a couple of your songs appearing as themes for TV shows. How does that even come about?

EB: For the second solo album Despite The Snow, because I released my first three solo albums on my own label, in order to raise money I was doing lots and lots of house gigs. I contacted the mailing list and just said to our fans “we need to raise our money would you be interested in having us (The Red Clay Halo) come and playing your kitchen, living room, wherever”. It went really well and at one of these places was a guy called Martin Phipps who was composing at that time the music for a BBC One series Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. He ended up hearing us perform the song “Nostalgia” and then he rang me a few days later and said “could you like to come the studio, I’d love to use “Nostalgia” as the theme tune and title and end music of each episode of the series”.

So that was awesome and we got along really well. Then he was working on another BBC series a couple of years later called The Shadow Line and he’d got my [2011] album Almanac and on that album is a song called “Pause”. The director wanted female harmonies at the beginning and end and he was like “I’ve got the perfect thing”.

GHE: That’s got to build your audience.

EB: It was great. It really did wonders to raise our profile especially being completely independent. I was a total DIY artist so that was awesome. And since then I’m now working on my first full length feature film, the music from it. I also did some more work for Martin Phipps last year on a film called The Keeping Room. He got me in to write three songs for this film so it sort of launched my career as a composer for film and television.

GHE: I get the impression that you’ve really been adopted by the folk scene over in the UK. The music that you play seems quite influenced by Americana and American country music which you don’t see a lot of in English folk. How have you found being part of that scene?

EB: It’s a funny one. It depends on your musical background as to how you hear our music. Weirdly we’ve been really embraced by the punk scene in the UK and Europe…

GHE: Because of Frank Turner?

EB: Yeah. And I did this revival tour with a guy called Chuck Ragan and also a band called Crazy Arm out there and a label called Xtra Mile who release punk records. I guess punks are pretty open minded about their music and are influenced by so many things. And we toured with Against Me! as well. It’s a strange combination and I couldn’t quite work it out to begin with. To the punks we are just 100% pure folk but to the folkies of Britain we’re not – some of them are incredibly purest. We sort of tend to straddle all these fences but not quite be completely in that genre of folk or Americana necessarily. I’m really enjoying calling Americana in lots of ways – it’s a bit more broad.

GHE: You seem to come back to Australia fairly often to visit your family and quite often play shows in WA. Have you ever tried to “crack” Australia?

EB: Not yet. We haven’t put in every effort that we could so far. But we are going to be – probably this year actually.

GHE: It seems a bit odd saying “you’ve done the UK, now you need to crack Australia”.

EB: It’s funny! We definitely have fans here but Australia’s so big. Wallander was broadcast here and that definitely helped. And I think with the latest record Dear River having a lot more exposure than previous records has definitely helped build a fan base. I’m constantly getting messages saying “you’ve got to come home!” and I’d love to particularly with this new record Dear River because so much of it is about the subject of home. It is an album that I would like a lot of Australians to hear.

GHE: So while you’re in Australia you’re playing Sydney Festival – you seemed like a fairly late addition, is that right?

EB: Yeah, yeah. I’m doing two things here. I’m running the smallest venue in the world called Folk in a Box. We’re up at the Festival Village from 5pm to 10pm every night of the festival except Mondays and Tuesdays. Folk in a Box is a one on one musical performance in the dark inside this box which is about 2.5 metres long by 2.5 metres high by 1.6 metres across. And there’s one musician inside the box and they play you a song – it’s simple but very beautiful.

GHE: Were you involved in the conception of Folk in a Box?

EB: Yes, it was me and my friend Dom [Coyote]. We conceived the idea and we run it mostly in the UK – this is its first Australian outing and it’s been an absolute hit. I think I’ve booked about 40 local, Sydney-based singer-songwriters and musicians and we’ve got a wonderful little community vibe happening down there.

GHE: I went along last night. It was funny because at the beginning you have this awkward conversation with the artist to begin with and then when they start playing it’s just magical. Because all of your other senses are deprived pretty much you have to concentrate on the music.

EB: Wonderful. I love hearing people’s response to being the audience member as well but also I really love the artist response as well. Everybody just comes away going “I wish every gig was like that” because you’ve got no barriers between you and the audience. There’s no microphone, there’s no stage. Initially people can find that idea intimidating but eventually they come out of it reconnected with songs that they’ve been playing as rote.

GHE: And then of course you’re playing shows at The Star Sky Terrace on your nights off on Mondays and Tuesdays as well.

EB: Yes!

GHE: So what’s next for you in 2014?

EB: I’m actually doing a show in Perth before I go home, the 2nd February. And then I’m heading back to the UK and doing a big headline show at Kings Place as part of the launch of Americana Music Association UK. Then I am working on this film – its current working title is Anywhere Away – so I’m going to be writing and recording that as soon as I get back. Then I’m heading out on tour with an Americana artist called Austin Lucas – I’m heading out to Europe with him for about 30 shows. And then I’m hoping to come back to Australia in April if I can.

GHE: I won’t make any assumptions about why you might be here in April.

EB: Ok, yeah no don’t [laughs]. Then basically lots and lots of festivals over the UK summer. I’m going be going to Europe at least three times this year as I’ve just signed a deal over there. I’ve not really done much there despite it being close to the UK.

GHE: I know a lot of Australian artists go over to Europe and love it. People just go out and see music a lot more.

EB: And people buy merch! The hospitably, in Germany in particular, is second to none. Then hopefully in September doing my first States tour. So lots of touring and writing and new record at some point – I’m going to do something different I think.

GHE: Feels like you just released the last record.

EB: I know. It takes a long time to do it. I’m also going to be doing at least two films this year.

GHE: Awesome! Well we might leave it there – thank you so much for chatting with us today.

EB: No worries.

Folk in a Box runs in Sydney Festival Hub in Hyde Park every night except Monday and Tuesday from 5pm to 10pm. Emily Barker’s upcoming Australian shows are below:

Monday 20th January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd February – Astor Lounge, Perth, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Emily Barker is a very welcome late addition to the Sydney Festival lineup, and she’s bringing the Folk In A Box project with her. Details here

– The Folk Informal at FBi Social in Sydney have announced the lineup for their first show of 2014 including Tom Staniford, Timothy Bowen, Little Bighorn and Huckleberry Hastings. Details here

– Adelaide’s Traveller & Fortune will be launching their new EP I Am Only Snow in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide at the end of January. Details here

– Irish music legend Andy Irvine is in the country and has dates right through January and February. Details here

– Melbourne duo Sweet Jean will be kicking off their 2014 with a gig at the Northcote Social club later this month. Details here

– Tomorrow night the first Fairlight Folk of 2014 will feature Andy Irvine and Señor Cabrales. Details here

– Melbourne based Americana singer-songwriter Tom Dockray has just released his debut EP Iron Suit and has a couple of launch gigs next week. Details here

Releases This Week

Post Tropical
Post TropicalJames Vincent McMorrow
iTunes

Iron Suit
Iron SuitTom Dockray
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

James Vincent McMorrow

James Vincent McMorrow

The new album from Irish singer James Vincent McMorrow, Post Tropical, hits Australian stores today and it’s something pretty special (we’ve had a sneak peak). McMorrow has just finished his appearances at this year’s Falls Festival and is about to hit the stage for a couple of headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

Tuesday 7th January – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th January – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Andy Irvine
Friday 3rd January – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
Saturday 4th January – Fairlight Folk Lounge, Fairlight, NSW
Sunday 5th January – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 9th January – Cadgee House Concert
Friday 10th January – The Merry Muse, Canberra Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT

Anna Smyrk and the Appetites
Friday 3rd January – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 4th January – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 5th January – Queens St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 6th January – The Cave, Gold Coast, QLD

Ben Caplan
Wednesday 8th January – The Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th January – Cygnet, TAS

Fairlight Folk feat. Andy Irvine, Señor Cabrales
Saturday 4th January – Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge, Sydney, NSW

James Vincent McMorrow
Tuesday 7th January – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th January – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 3rd January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW
Saturday 4th January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW
Thursday 9th January – Pacific Palms Recreation Club, Elizabeth Beach NSW
Friday 10th January – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour NSW

Ruby Boots
Sunday 5th January – Graceland, Melbourne, VIC

The Folk Informal feat. Tom Staniford, Timothy Bowen, Little Bighorn, Huckleberry Hastings
Thursday 9th January – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 3rd January – Mac’s Hotel, Mt Gambier, SA
Saturday 4th January – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 5th January – Summer Sunday’s, Ballarat, VIC

Tom Dockray
Thursday 9th January – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Zoe Elliot
Saturday 4th January – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 5th January – Laurieton Markets, Laurieton, NSW
Sunday 5th January – House Concert, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 10th January – The Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT

Friday Folk Flashback

“To The Ghosts Who Write History Books” – The Low Anthem

I read to day that we can expect a brand new album from The Low Album in 2014 and that the band has grown since their last release, 2011’s Smart Flesh. I can’t wait – so I just had to share some of their older stuff in the meantime.

Emily Barker Last Minute Addition to Sydney Festival

Emily Barker
Image Courtesy of Emily Barker

In some pretty exciting news England based Australian folk singer Emily Barker has been added to the lineup of the Sydney festival in January. Barker will be performing two very special shows at the Sky Terrace in The Star on the 13th and 14th January and the 20th and 21st January. And best of all the shows are free. For more information check out the official Sydney Festival site here.

And as an extra special treat Emily Barker will also be bringing the Folk in a Box project to the Festival Village in Hyde Park. Folk in a Box is a unique experience giving one audience member the opportunity to enter the “box” where they will be sung one song by a solo folk musician. Folk in a Box venue will operate daily at the festival from 5pm to 10pm (except Mondays). More details here.

Check out the full list of Emily Barker’s Sydney Festival dates below:

Monday 13th January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 14th January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW
Monday 20th January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The week kicked off with over 500 artists being announced for this year’s Woodford Folk Festival. Details here

WOMADelaide also added eleven new artists to its 2014 lineup including Timber and Steel favourite Sam Lee and Scottish trad specialists Breabach. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features have announced their October lineup including Hushka, Colin Jones, Little Bighorn and Jacob Pearson. Details here

Bluesfest announced their third lineup additions for 2014 including Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Passenger and Kasey Chambers. Details here

– We posted the full lineup for the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival which kicks off today. Details here

Busby Marou revealed their new video “Get You Out Of Here”. Details here

– Australian-born, Berlin-based folk-pop singer Phia has released her new single “Do You Ever?”. Details here

– Another festival to announce its 2014 lineup is Golden Plains 8, whose folky artists include Neko Case, The Orbweavers, Archer and the Long Gone Daddies and The Perch Creek Family Jugband. Details here

Patrick James has revealed a brand new track “Wait” ahead of his Spring tour. Details here

Dustin Tebbutt, who is heading out on tour with Boy & Bear, has revealed his new video “Where I Find You” from his new EP The Breach. Details here

Timber and Steel has an exclusive stream of “Streets”, the new EP from Isaac de Heer that is officially released today. Details here

Emma Davis released her new single “Stand Tall” and announced an east coast tour with Brian Campeau in November. Details here

– Sydney’s The Mountains have announced their last headline show for 2013 with Edward Deer and Direwolf. Details here

Daughter have announced Laneway sideshows next year. Details here

– The Sydney Festival announced its 2014 lineup including a bunch of folk acts like Chris Thile, The Staves, Dom Flemons and more. Details here

Midlake released their brand new video “Antiphon”. Details here

– On the 21st November Timber and Steel will be presenting a very special night of music featuring Boy Outside, The British Blues and All Our Exes Live In Texas. Details here

Interviews

“I just don’t think we worked out what we were trying to do with Cherbourg. I think we learnt a lot of lessons from it. It was quite a set formula with Cherbourg and I think we’re all multi-instrumentalists in Bear’s Den and it allows us to be a lot more fluid with the sort of sounds we can make and what we choose to do with them” – Kev Jones from Bear’s Den chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Wild Heart
Wild HeartBec Sandridge
Bandcamp

Isaac De Heer Streets
StreetsIsaac de Heer
iTunes

The Head and the Heart
Let’s Be StillThe Head And The Heart
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Arbori
Arbori
Saturday 26th October – Festival at Mezzanine Styles, Parkes, NSW
Sunday 27th October – Balcony TV, Coolum Beach, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Friday 25th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sundey 27th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st November – Wool Exchange, Geelong, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 25th October – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 26th October – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD

Caitlin Rose
Friday 25th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Clannad
Saturday 26th October – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 28th October – City Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 30th October – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st November – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 25th October – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 26th October – Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 27th October – Woombye Pub, Eumundi, QLD
Thursday 31st October – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 1st November – Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW

Fleurieu Folk Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October – Willunga, SA

Foghorn Stringband
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, NSW
Tuesday 29th October – Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall, Kyogle, NSW
Thursday 31st October – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 1st November – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

heart.beats.mind.
Friday 1st November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Jordie Lane
Friday 25th to Saturday 26th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA
Sunday 27th October – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA (Afternoon show)
Sunday 27the October – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Thursday 31st October – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 1st November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Sunday 27th October – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 31st October – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 1st November – Burleigh Underground Drummers, Gold Coast, QLD

Little Features feat. Hushka, Colin Jones, Little Bighorn, Jacob Pearson
Saturday 26th October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Matt Corby with Bear’s Den
Sunday 27th October – Arts centre, Fremantle, WA

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 25th October – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 26th October – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 27th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Sam Buckingham and Buffalo Tales
Wednesday 30th October – Royal Exchange Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 31st October – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Friday 1st November – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 25th October – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 1st November – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD

The Little Stevies
Friday 25th October – The Velvet Room, Melbourne, VIC

Whitley
Friday 25th October – Bendigo Bank Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 26th October – A Day On The Green, Mudgee, NSW
Sunday 27th October – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Forever Young” – Joan Baez

Proof that my wife has far better music taste than me – this song was playing in our house the other day and I had to ask her what it was

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