Spotlight On: Mardi Pannan

Image Courtesy of Mardi Pannan

One of the things I love about my day job is that I get to seek out and book acts of all genres. In focussing on the local area and using all manner of online resources, like Triple J Unearthed, I have found a vast array of acts that I can not only book, but also feature here on Timber and Steel. One such singer/ songwriter I discovered late last year is the delightful Mardi Pannan. Now, I’ve been keeping her all to myself and listening to her self titled EP, but now is the time to share her with you all in readiness for the launch of her new single “Tattooed” this Thursday.

Writing since she was 18, Mardi achieves a certain delicacy in her music, that balance of innocence, experience, pain and joy all in delightful packages of rich sound. It’s no wonder she’s been a Music Oz finalist twice and has won the Lighthouse songwriting award at the Port Fairy Folk Festival. With other festivals including Woodford, Falls and Tamworth Country Music Festival under her belt, it’s testament to the calibre of her music and style. Having seen her live, she is an unassuming performer who plays for the audience, clearly wanting to please them with the best set possible. Her career has taken a slower pace than most musicians try to push for, however, she has collected fans across her home town of Sydney and is now set to expand her fan base throughout Australia.

With her latest single “Tattooed” set for launch at El Rocco Room in Sydney’s Kings Cross tomorrow night (Thursday 12 May), we can only assume that her air play will begin to rise and many of you will be in the ‘I knew about her first’ category. Her soft and folky voice is an absolute pleasure and her EP is one of those recordings you just want to wrap yourself up in and have a cup of tea. With diverse themes to each track on her EP, you’ll find something for every mood, including a couple of nice summery numbers to while away the cold winter days.

Tickets are still available for her single launch tomorrow night, doors open at 8pm with support by Hello Vera and Caitlin Harnett, all for the princly sum of $10. Who said Sydney’s music scene is dead?

Country of origin: Australia (Sydney)
File Under: Alt-Folk, Pop-Folk, Acoustic
Sounds like: Julia Stone and Lisa Mitchell

Kasey Chambers Up for Seven Golden Guitars

Kasey Chambers
Image Courtesy of Kasey Chambers

Country darling Kasey Chambers walked away with seven Golden Guitar nominations today including Album of the Year for Little Bird. The nominations were held in Sydney and also saw nods to The McClymonts and Lee Kernaghan. The full list of nominations is below:

Album of the Year
Keep Breathing – Dianna Corcoran
Little Bird – Kasey Chambers
Planet Country – Lee Kernaghan
Still Walking – Graeme Connors
Wrapped Up Good – The McClymonts

Male Artist of the Year
Luke Austen – She’s So You
Adam Brand – It’s Gonna Be OK
Graeme Connors – A Good Life
Lee Kernaghan – Planet Country
Markus Meier – A Different Land

Female Artist of the Year
Catherine Britt – Can’t Change A Thing
Kasey Chambers – Little Bird
Dianna Corcoran – Thank You For Cheating On Me
Tracy Killeen – Brave
Melinda Schneider – The Deadwood Stage

Maton New Talent of the Year
Luke Austen – She’s So You
Tracy Killeen – Brave
McAlister Kemp – All Kinds Of Tough
Markus Meier – A Different Land
Peter McWhirter – I Will Stand By You

Group or Duo of the Year
The Bostocks – Not By A Long Shot
Jonah’s Road – End Of The World
McAlister Kemp – All Kinds Of Tough
The McClymonts – Wrapped Up Good
The Sunny Cowgirls – Summer

Vocal Collaboration of the Year
“Both Sides Now” – Adam Harvey & The McClymonts
“Here We Are” – Anne Kirkpatrick & Bill Chambers
“Love Like A Hurricane” – Kasey Chambers & Kevin Bennett
“Seven Spanish Angels” – Adam Harvey & Troy Cassar-Daley
“Sing Me Home” – McAlister Kemp & Adam Brand

Toyota Heritage Song of the Year
“Angels Without Halos” – written & recorded by Graham Rodger
“Australian Boy” – written by Lee Kernaghan, Col Buchanan & Garth Porter, recorded by Lee Kernaghan
“Children Of The Gurindji” – written by Sara Storer, recorded by Sara Storer & Kev Carmody
“Nullabor (The Biggest Backyard)” – written & recorded by Kasey Chambers
“Sacred Bones” – written by Luke Austen & Troy Cassar-Daley, recorded by Luke Austen

Fender Instrumental of the Year
“Badl Bounce” – Steve Passfield
“Dixie Breakdown” – Ian Simpson & John Kane
“Optimystical” – Michael Fix
“Pronto Tonto” – Brendan Radford
“Run And Hide” – The Bostocks

APRA Song of the Year
“All The Money’s Gone” – written by Graeme Connors
“Better Than This” – written by Rod McCormack & Adam Harvey
“It Don’t Buy You Love” – written by Drew McAlister & Mike Carr
“Little Bird” – written by Kasey Chambers
“Planet Country” – written by Lee Kernaghan, Matt Scullion, Garth Porter, Colin Buchanan

Video Clip of the Year
“Australian Boy” – Lee Kernaghan, directed by Jesse Frazer
“Calling Me Home” – Sara Storer, directed by Duncan Toombs
“Girl In The Mall” – Felicity Urquhart, directed by Erica Davis
“Little Bird” – Kasey Chambers, directed by Gemma Lee, Blackeberry Films
“Wrapped Up Good” – The McClymonts, directed by Conti Brothers

Single of the Year
“A Beach House in the Blue Mountains” – Graeme Connors
“Little Bird” – Kasey Chambers
“Planet Country” – Lee Kernaghan
“Thank You For Cheating On Me” – Dianna Corcoran
“Wrapped Up Good” – The McClymonts

Bush Ballad of the Year
“The Battered Billy Tin” – written by Shaza Leigh & Ben Jacobs, recorded by Brian Letton
“The Cooper Coming Down” – written & recorded by Graham Rodger
“Every Time He Travels Through Cloncurry” – written by Peter Denahy, recorded by Luke Austen
“Kings Without A Crown” – written by Ray Rose, recorded by Tom Maxwell
“Say G’Day From Me” – written & recorded Ian Quinn

Timber and Steel’s Guide to Summer Festivals

Woodford Folk Festival

As the the sun begins to break through the clouds and folkies everywhere crawl out of hibernation it’s time to start planning how best to spend your summer months. And luckily for you Timber and Steel has decided (after some prompting on our facebook page) to give you a guide to the best folk/roots/acoustic/indie festivals happening around the country this season. And remember, if this summer is looking expensive on the festival front, most of these events offer free tickets and camping in exchange for volunteer hours – check the festival web sites for details.

Kim Churchill Great Southern Blues Festival, Batemans Bay, NSW1st, 2nd & 3rd October
Don’t be fooled by the name, the Great Southern Blues Festival offers a lot more than just blues with roots and folk acts like Ben Kweller, Kim Churchill (left) and the The Travelers taking to the stage. Sadly the Court Yard Hounds have pulled out this year but it’s still a very impressive lineup.

Mama Kin One Movement Music Festival, Perth, WA8th, 9th & 10th October
Perth manages to pull out one of the best local and international lineups for this year’s One Movement Music Festival. Catch the likes of Paul Kelly, Mama Kin (right), Xavier Rudd, Sally Seltmann, Boy & Bear, Georgia Fair, Passenger and Ben Kweller. Maybe they should name this festival “Timber and Steel’s Featured Artists”?

The Lurkers Fleurieu Folk Festival, Willunga. SA22nd, 23rd & 24th October
South Australia gets it’s own taste of folk with the Fleurieu Folk Festival in beautiful Willunga. Some of the best folk festival acts going around make an appearance this year including Danny Spooner, The Lurkers (left), String Theory and more.

Wheeze and Suck Band Folk in Broke, Hunter Valley, NSW5th, 6th & 7th November
What is the perfect way to watch folk music? Why with a glass of wine in hand of course! And when that wine comes from the Hunter Valley’s Nightingale Wines you can’t go far wrong. We can doubly recommend Folk in Broke as it’s Takadami’s first gig in a very long time and these guys are amazing. Other feature artists include Paul Robert Burton, FIG and The Wheeze and Suck Band (right).

Jeff Lang Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Adelaide, SA25th, 26th, 27th & 28th November
Celebrating all things guitar related the Adelaide International Guitar Festival has been building a reputation as one of the top events on the Australian musical calendar. This year’s festival features the likes of Jeff Lang (left), Lisa Miller and more.

The Dirty Three Meredith Music Festival, Meredith, Vic10th, 11th & 12th December
The Meredith Music Festival scored quite a coup when they enlisted The Dirty Three (right) as the headline act for their 20th anniversary. It’s probably one of the reasons the event has already sold out. That and they have a massive lineup including Little Red, Neil Finn, C.W. Stoneking, Sally Seltmann and more.

Mal Webb Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, Qld27th, 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st December & 1st January
Despite the fact that the Woodford Folk Festival is yet to announce it’s 2010/11 lineup it still has to be the highlight of any folky’s summer. Mal Webb (left) has already let slip that he and Totally Gourgeous are appearing so expect to see a lot of your favourite acts. Hopefully we’ll get a confirmed lineup shortly.

Boy & Bear Falls Music and Arts Festival, Lorne, Vic and Marion Bay, Tas28th, 29th, 30th & 31st December & 1st January
A New Year’s Eve institution, the Falls Festival just gets bigger and bigger each year. This year’s lineup includes Angus and Julia Stone, Boy & Bear (right), JUNIP, Sally Seltmann and Paul Kelly.

The Audreys Peats Ridge Music Festival, Glenworth Valley, NSW29th, 30th & 31st December & 1st January
The rock music festival with the heart of a folk festival, Peats Ridge is as much about the environment and sustainability as it is about the music. It’s also one of the most relaxing ways to spend New Year’s Eve. The first lineup is massive and includes the likes of Angus and Julia Stone (these guys get around), The Audreys (left), Cloud Control, Kim Churchill, The Seabellies and more.

Wongawilli Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW13th, 14th, 15th & 16th January
Easily one of our favourite small folk festivals in the country, the Illawarra Folk Festival is held in historic Bulli just a couple of hours south of Sydney and has a real community atmosphere. No word on the lineup yet but they usually have a number of the larger folk acts in attendance. Definitely worth the train trip down from the big smoke if just to have a beer at the Heritage Hotel.

Golden Guitar Tamworth Country Music Festival, Tamworth, NSW14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd January
The top event on the country music calendar, the Tamworth Country Music Festival is an absolute institution. Tickets for the festival go on sale (internet only) on the 1st of October. If you’re keen you should be booking your accommodation now to avoid disappointment.

Liz Frencham Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, Vic11th, 12th, 13th & 14th March
One of the “big three” Australian folk festivals (along with Woodford and The National), Port Fairy has been adding a larger amount of nu-folk and acoustic-rock acts to their lineup in recent years. Definitely a top destination for the folk faithful and folk curious alike, Port Fairy also has the advantage of being in one of the most beautiful locations in the country.

WOMADelaide WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA11th, 12th, 13th & 14th March
In this time of musical awareness and diversity does the term “world music” mean anything any more? Probably not, but the best way to find out will be to head to Adelaide for the annual WOMADelaide festival. The artist lineup is due to hit the interwebs this November so we’re sure to keep you posted.

Blue Mountains Folk and Roots Blue Mountains Folk & Roots, Katoomba, NSW18th, 19th and 20th March
Always a fantastic mix of the very best contemporary artists along with the cream of folk scene the Blue Mountains Folk & Roots Festival is one of the best around. Tickets sell out really quickly (probably due to its proximity to Sydney) but is definitely worth the effort.

And that’s it for the summer. Worn out yet? Well better get some rest, because Easter and The National are just around the corner…


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