FBi Social’s Folk Informal Announces April Lineup

Maia Jelavic
Image Courtesy of Maia Jelavic

The April edition of Sydney’s Folk Informal at FBi Social is due again next week and they have a lineup that I’m really excited about.

Along with Melbourne Americana singer John Flanagan the lineup also includes local singer-songwriter Maia Jelavic (above), sixties folk influenced duo Telegraph Tower and folk-rocker Forster Anderson.

The Folk Informal takes place next Thursday 10th April at FBi Social in Sydney’s King Cross. Entry is $10 on the door. For more information check out the official Facebook invite here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd May


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney’s MoFo night have announced their lineup for May with Chris Gillespie and Nick Street performing. Details here

– And MoFo have also announced a second speakeasy themed night later in the month to help raise funds for Sydney venue The Gaelic Club. Details here

– South Australia’s Sam Brittain has released the gorgeous new video for the track “Bones”, deftly combining folk music and motor sports. Details here

Telegraph Tower have announced plans to launch their new EP Concubine in Sydney next week. Details here

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains have teamed for a massive co-headlined tour this month that kicked off last night. Details here

– The wonderful Monument Valley has just released his brand new single “When I Go Clear”. Details here

Laura Marling has revealed yet another new track, “Once”, via a live performance on Later … With Jools Holland. Details here

– Melbourne folk group Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides have just released the video for “Broken Road” featuring guest vocals from Aluka. Details here

The April Maze are one of our favourite folk acts in Australia at the moment and they’ve just released a new single “Don’t Let The Bastards Bring You Down”. Details here

The Civil Wars announced an unexpected return with a new album on the way. Details here

The Mountains have just released their brand new single “Loose Jaw”. Details here

– Sydney’s Arbori have made their latest single, “Polar Bear Swim”, available as a free download. Details here

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros announced plans to release an album (or two) in July this year. Details here

– UK based, Australian born folk singer Emily Barker has announced plans to release a new album, Dear River, this July. Details here



“This kind of celebration is a traditional mark of respect for great songwriters, and Drake was certainly one of those. But he hated live performance. His place was in the studio, and accordingly, his recordings have a unique and timeless quality that could never be replicated. In that knowledge, could [Joe] Boyd, who had been so close to those recordings, find a new approach to the songs themselves?”JDX reviews Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake. Review here

Releases This Week

The Mountain Moves
The Mountain MovesTreetop Flyers

Timber and Steel Presents

SteelBirds with Into The Woods and Whitaker
Sunday 5th May – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains
Friday 10th May – The Junkyard Hotel, Maitland, NSW

Friday 3rd May – Northcote Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Beth Orton
Monday 6th May – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA
Wednesday 8th May – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th May – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD

Bob Evans
Friday 3rd May – The Bakery, Perth, WA
Saturday 4th May – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 9th May – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 10th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Bobby Alu
Saturday 4th May – Mandala Arts Cafe, Mermaid Waters, QLD

Ella Hooper
Thursday 9th May – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Folkraiser feat. Packwood, The Falls, Kate Martin, Fanny Lumsden, Rosie Catalano, Yetis, Oscar Lush, Huckleberry Hastings
Saturday 4th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar
Friday 3rd May – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 5th May – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Jordie Lane
Saturday 4th May – Planting Festival Woodfordia, Woodford, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Coorabell Hall, Byron Bay, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 3rd May – Gertrudes Brown Couch, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th May – Southside Tea Room, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Noonan with Brian Campeau
Friday 3rd May – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Sunday 5th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

MoFo feat. Chris Gillespie and Nick Street
Friday 10th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage with The Nymphs
Friday 10th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Telegraph Tower
Thursday 9th May – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

The Bad Shepherds
Friday 3rd May – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th May – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

The Folk Informal feat. Arbori, The Ellis Collective, TJ Quinton, TFT
Wednesday 8th May – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Wide Open Space Festival feat. Rapskallion, Ginger & The Ghost, Lupine, Lucy and the Diamonds, Pin Rada, Jess Melodías, Sally Balfour, Tully Sumner, Jeanette Wormald, Erik Parker, Desert Rain, Katie Harder, More
Friday 3rd May to Sunday 5th May – Ross River, NT

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Last Thing On My Mind” – Tom Paxton

There are certain songs that have been written in the last century that have been completely and utterly assimilated into the folk tradition. “The Last Thing On My Mind” has been embraced by artists on both side of the Atlantic (and of course Australia) with everyone from The Dubliners to The Seekers to Johnny Cash to Neil Diamond offering up a version and is instantly recognisable to anyone who has spent time at folk and country music festivals the world over. We thought we might reach back and offer up a version of the song by its writer, Tom Paxton.

Telegraph Tower Announce Sydney EP Launch

Telegraph Tower
Image Courtesy of Telegraph Tower

Cello based Sydney folk duo Telegraph Tower have announced plans to officially launch their brand new EP in their hometown on the 9th May.

The EP, Concubine, hit the stands last week (you can pick it up on Bandcamp here). The official launch is set to take place at 107 Projects in Redfern with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets for the show are $10 on the door and Louise Nutting (Wartime Sweethearts) will be in support.

For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

MoFo Artists for July

Image Courtesy of MoFo

Sydney monthly modern folk night MoFo has just announced the next lineup of artists for it’s July event. If you haven’t graced MoFo with your presence yet then we recommend you rectify this immediately – not only does it showcase some of Sydney’s most exciting and talented folk artists it also has one of the most welcoming and warm atmospheres of any regular night in the city.

July’s MoFo will once again take place at The Gaelic Club (Upstairs) in Surry Hills on the 13th July and will feature the wonderful guitar/cello duo of Telegraph Tower and the melting pot of world music sounds that is My Sauce Good.

Tickets for the night are $20 (concessions available) with the proceeds going towards the musicians. Check out the MoFo Facebook page for more details.

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