Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– UK singer-songwriter Ben Howard has added Sydney, Fremantle and Melbourne dates to his Australian visit next year. Details here

– Canadian folk trio The Once released their new video “We Are All Running”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Eliza Hull has released her new single “Used To” featuring Texture Like Sun. Details here

– Adelaide’s Sam Brittain has announced a couple of intimate songwriter shows in Melbourne and Adelaide. Details here

Frank Turner has announced Australian tour dates when he’s in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

Lanie Lane released her new video “No Sound”. Details here

– UK trio Vena Portae released their new video “Flames & Fury”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter David Blyth released his new video “So So”. Details here

– The Finders Keepers Markets hit Sydney next week with music announced from Kay Proudlove, Direwolf, Peasant Moon, Bonnie Stewart, Laura Zarb, The Maple Trail, Maia Jelavic and more. Details here

Sleepy Dreamers are streaming their new EP Local Football. Details here

The Decemberists released another new video for their track “Make You Better” featuring some awesome 70s throwback action. Details here

– NSW bluegrass band The Mid-North have released their new album Tales From A Mountain via Noisetrade. Details here

– Regular Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s will be hosting their final show of the year which is also their first birthday. Details here

– Another Sydney night, MoFo at the Crate, has announced their Sydney lineup including Catgut and The Button Collective. Details here

– Melbourne Americana duo The Weeping Willows realeased their new video “Acorns”. Details here

Releases This Week

The Mid North
Tales From a MountainThe Mid-North
Noisetrade

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Country & Inner Western

Christmas and Inner Western

The final Country & Inner Western in Sydney this year is going to bring Christmas with an Americana twist. The show will feature The Morrisons, Tim Chaisson, Catherine Britt, A Man Called Stu, Jenny Queen and Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers so you know the night’s going to be an absolute cracker!

Wednesday 10th December – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 5th December – Bennett’s Lane, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 6th December – Sookie Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th December – Sonnys, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Betty & Oswald
Friday 5th December – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 6th December – No. 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 7th December – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 11th December – Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

Country & Inner Western
Wednesday 10th December – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Lee Kendall
Friday 5th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Sunday 7th December – The Welcome Hotel, Rozelle, NSW
Thursday 11th December – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th December – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW

Finders Keepers Markets Sydney feat. Kay Proudlove, Direwolf, Peasant Moon, Bonnie Stewart, Laura Zarb, The Maple Trail, Maia Jelavic
Friday 12th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Husky
Friday 5th December – The Bakery, Perth, WA
Saturday 6th December – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 13th December – Studio Theatre, Darwin, NT

Jack Carty
Friday 5th December – Kay St Saloon Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 6th December – Montrose Town Centre, Montrose, VIC
Sunday 7th December – Bended, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 11th December – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 12th December – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW

Jep and Dep
Saturday 6th December – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA
Friday 12th December – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Josh Pyke
Friday 12th December – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW

Little May
Friday 5th December – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 6th December – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Marlon Williams
Saturday 6th December – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 10th December – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Sam Brittain
Thursday 11th December – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Steve Smyth
Friday 5th December – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, VIC
Saturday 6th December – The Bunker, Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW

The Kruger Brothers w/ The Company
Friday 5th December – Maleny Community Hall, Maleny QLD
Sunday 7th December – Ocean View Winery, Mt Mee, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 5th December – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 6th December – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

The Porch Sessions feat. Shaun Kirk, Halfway to Forth, Alice Haddy
Sunday 7th December – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

Timberwolf
Wednesday 10th December – No 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 12th December – Festival Of The Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Gaudete” – Steeleye Span

We’re in to December so it’s time to start pulling out the Christmas songs for Friday Folk Flashback. First up is the gorgeous a cappella latin carol “Gaudete” from Steeleye Span, the origins of which can be traced all the way back to the 16th century. I love this track!

Listen to the New Eliza Hull Single “Used To” Featuring Texture Like Sun

Eliza Hull
Image Courtesy of Eliza Hull

Melbourne singer-songwriter Eliza Hull this week officially released her brand new single “Used To”. The track features fellow Melbourne indie-electronic-folk artist Texture Like Sun and is really enchanting.

Check out “Used To” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney alt-country duo Jep and Dep released their brand new video “Bluebird Skies”. Details here

Timber and Steel had an exclusive first play of the new track “Amsterdam” from Wes Carr’s Buffalo Tales project. Details here

Ella Hooper and Texture Like Sun have announced a Tuesday night residency at The Toff in Town throughout June. Details here

Once I Was An Eagle from Laura Marling comes out today (see below) but if you want to try before you buy you can stream it on NPR Music. Details here

– Irish music legend Eleanor McEvoy returns to Australia at the end of this month for an east coast tour. Details here

– The Palm Creek Folk Festival has just announced its 2013 lineup including Mal Webb, Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo, Richard Perso, Siskin River and Totally Gourdgeous. Details here

– Sydney alt-country songstress Katie Brianna has just released her new video “Oh Night”. Details here

Matt Corby released a brand new single, “Resolution”, ahead of his Australian tour. Details here

Xavier Rudd, Donavon Frankenreiter and Nahko and Medicine for the People are teaming up for a tour this September and October. Details here

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros revealed “Better Days” the first single from their upcoming self-titled album. Details here

Boy Outside celebrates the Australian outback in his new video “River Runs To The Sea”. Details here

The April Maze released a really sweet, vintage style video for their cover of “Two of Us”. Details here

– Our favourite bluegrass festival JamGrass is heading “On The Road” with a warm up event in Sydney this August. The lineup includes Mustered Courage, The Steamgrass Boys, Rattlehand, Green Mohair Suits and Oh Willy Dear. Details here

Interviews

“In a certain sense I definitely am a folk singer because I sing folk songs, but in a certain sense I’m not a folk singer at all because I’m not trying to sing them at all in the way that other people would expect. I’m using that as the source material to make music”Sam Amidon talks to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Blog

“I am freaking out. I’m 20 days into my 30 day crowd-funding campaign for my new record. It’s sitting at 30%, and pledges seem to have slowed to a drip. I’ve been warned it would be like this, I’ve watched Packwood manage to successfully raise the last $3,000 in the last few days of his crowd-funding campaign to reach his target (plus an extra $2,000 on top), but I’m freaking out anyway. I’m a perfectionist and a control-freak, I’m doing everything I can, and it still doesn’t feel like enough”Rose Wintergreen talks Crowd Funding in the second of a four part series. Blog here

“While there have been artists interpreting and refining the traditional folk music canon since the first collectors ventured out in the late 19th century every now and then an artist will emerge who takes traditional music in a completely new and exciting direction – away from the simple guitar or harmonic singing”Gareth Hugh Evans explores the artists that are on the cutting edge of the traditional music scene. Blog here

Reviews

Recordings

“Obvious comparisons are made of their careful, gentle contemporary folk sound with the likes of Simon and Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers. Such comparisons are useful and accurate in a descriptive sense, but also stifling and reductive to the level of recognition deserved of the band’s creativity, imaginativeness and craft”Thom Owen Miles reviews The Ash & Clay from The Milk Carton Kids. Review here

Releases This Week

Stories from a Porcelain City
Stories from a Porcelain CityImogen Clark
iTunes

Once I Was An Eagle
Once I Was An EagleLaura Marling
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Owls of the Swamp
Owls of the Swamp
Thursday 30th May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st May – The Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD

Tickets

Papa Pilko
Pilko and the Binrats with Max Savage & The False Idols, Cherrywood
Sunday 26th May – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains
Sunday 26th May – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 30th May – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 31st May – Wollongong Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Folk Club feat. Boy Outside, The Falls, Little Bighorn
Wednesday 29th May – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Good Oak
Friday 24th May – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th May – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Little Features feat. Mark Bulmer, Colin Jones, Arbori, Charlie Gradon, Bec Sandridge, Yetis
Saturday 25th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Matt Corby with Grace Woodroofe
Sunday 26th May – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Friday 31st May – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Mustered Courage
Friday 24th May – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 31st May – Clancy’s Fish Bar, Fremantle, WA

The Stillsons
Saturday 25th May – Mars Hill Café, Parramatta, NSW
Sunday 26th May – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Run On” – Moby

If you’ve been following Timber and Steel over the last few weeks you know we’ve been a little obsessed with the early collectors of traditional music. That inevitably leads us to Moby’s 1999 album Play which featured a number of tracks containing samples from the field recordings of Alan Lomax. The track “Run On” is inspired by the traditional “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” and features a sample from Bill Landford & The Landfordaires.

Texture Like Sun and Ella Hooper June Residency at The Toff in Town

Ella Hooper
Image Courtesy of Ella Hooper

This June two of Timber and Steel’s favourite artists, Texture Like Sun and Ella Hooper, will be taking over the Toff in Town in Melbourne every Tuesday.

The shows will kick off each week at 7:30pm with tickets just $10 (plus booking fee. And to add to that each week will feature a different local support artist including the likes of Roscoe James Irwin, Ariela Jacobs and Krista Polvere.

For more information check out the official Facebook event here. The fill list of dates are below:

Tuesday 4th June – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC w/Roscoe James Irwin
Tuesday 11th June – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC w/Ariela Jacobs
Tuesday 18th June – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC w/Krista Polvere
Tuesday 25th June – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC Support TBA

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2012

Listening to Records

Not satisfied with just providing you with our own opinions around the best albums of 2012 we have once again put the call out to some of our favourite artists to find out what they’ve been listening to this year. And the response to this call has been simply astounding – over 90 artists sent us their number one album of 2012, along with a couple of sentences as to why it’s their number one, almost tripling the amount of submissions from last year and demonstrating once again just how personal and diverse everyone’s relationship to music can be.

Once again a big thank you has to go out to all the artists who contributed along with the dedicated managers, publicity people and record labels we pestered to get this piece across the line – you’re all amazing, dedicated, wonderful people who keep this great national (and international) beast that is the music industry alive.

And now it’s time for the blogger to pass his keyboard over to the blogged as we present to you Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2012:

The Lion's ShareSarah Humphreys
Mike McCarthyThe Lion’s Share
Mike has a beautiful way with words and melodies, he can stir up feelings of love, loss, mystery and hope all in one album. Sometimes in one song! There’s a gentleness in this record, I can hear more love in his voice than ever before.

God Bless You AmigoRoland Kay-Smith (Roland K Smith and the Sinners)
Felice BrothersGod Bless You Amigo
After the brave, but often confusing album that was Celebration Florida, The Felice Brothers return to more familiar territory with God Bless You Amigo. “Her Eyes Dart Around” is a tear-jerkingly beautiful ballad, the off-kilter harmonies in “Lincoln Continental” blow my mind every time I hear them, and “Dream On” is a fantastically melancholic retelling of the Stagger Lee story. At 20 tracks it’s overlong, but the porch-strumming charm of the album makes each song a joy to listen to, and I should know, I’ve listen to this album plenty.

The AnecdotesSam Lee
Seamus Cater & Viljam NybackaThe Anecdotes
English Dutch duo based in Amsterdam who have written this chronicle of biographic songs based around cultural figures and steeped in folklore and alternative experimental theatre sound art. They have created this soundworld that is both sepia toned in 70s fender rhodes and melodic drum work and captures the sounds of revival and the monologues of obscure historical figures. A work of touching depth and simplicity.

Who's Feeling Young NowChris Stone (The String Contingent)
Punch BrothersWho’s Feeling Young Now?
Outrageously virtuosic instrumentalists, with super strong musical vision, brilliant execution, and a work ethic like no other … they are the tightest, most polished band around, and given the technical and musical complexity of there music, is both depressing and inspirational.

Carry Me BackBen and James Daley (Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys, The Daley Brothers)
Old Crow Medicine ShowCarry Me Back
This album has all the Old Crow trademarks: hard hitting blues, fast pickin bluegrass, honest singing and lyrics, great harmonies, and most importantly brilliant songwriting. The title track and “Levi” are both contenders for song of the year. This album (and Old Crow’s ever growing and ever impressive body of work) confirms them as one of the great modern American bands. I dare say when they are done they will be remembered as one of the great all time American bands.

Who's Feeling Young NowClaude Hay
SoundgardenKing Animal
This is easy for me: Soundgarden, King Animal, quiet simply my favourite singer of all time. I’ve been waiting for this release for ever, some classic dirty guitar and pure rock the world’s been missing.

The Lion's RoarTodd Sibbin (Todd Sibbin and the Opposite Ends, Traveller and Fortune)
First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
Besides the blatantly obvious reasons (fantastic singing, fantastic songwriting), Mike Mogis (of Bright Eyes fame) has nailed the “atmospheric moodiness” vibe in his production techniques. It’s got that unmistakeable old school Bright Eyes sound, with slightly more polish

Into The BloodstreamWarren Fahey
Archie RoachInto the Bloodstream
I was never a hooked Archie fan but this new collection of very personal and aspirational songs really grabbed me emotionally. Archie has seen a lot of shit in his life including the loss of his partner Ruby Hunter and, over the past couple of years, some shocker medical hurdles yet he writes and sings in such an uplifting manner you feel the joy. It is also a craftily assembled album with a great choir, really tasty musicianship and some vocal acrobatics from Archie that I just wasn’t expecting. At one stage he produces a growl befitting the blues and soul and then his voice soars to the rafters. This is a really fine album

Carried in MindHat Fitz and Cara Robinson
Jeff LangCarried in Mind
This album of 2012 is one of those albums that more than manages to carry you away into another time and world. That’s what I love about a great album, it switches off the mind and lets the imagination take over and it does that completely. One song in particular is track 3, “Fisherman’s Farewell”, co written with his wife Alison Ferrier, a truly exquisite piece of writing.

LeelanauMatt Bauer
Dana FalconberryLeelanau
It’s rare when an album is as fully realized as this. It has everything I want in music: great lyrics and melodies, strange harmonies, beautiful arrangements, unexpected rhythms, a specific sense of place, an air of mystery, and just some kind of undefinable magic. Perfect from start to finish.

Mid AirMatt Walters
Paul BuchananMid Air
Paul Buchanan is the lead singer of one of the world’s most important and underrated bands, The Blue Nile. The lead singer’s first solo offering is a quiet masterpiece. Comprised almost completely of subdued piano, and smoky, hushed vocals; this is one of the most transformative, beautiful records I’ve ever heard. Buchanan, now in his late 50’s, croons like a more poetic and mournful Sinatra – reminiscing, regretting and reconciling through some of the most poignant and intimate songs ever recorded.

Born and RaisedAshleigh Mannix
John MayerBorn and Raised
Truthfully I’ve only listened to it a few times, but it was the first album that came into my head when asked about my favourite album of the year – and for good reason! Mr Mayer always surprises with the twist and turns he has taken when recording his albums. He’s playing with more of a country vibe in this one. In the second single “Queen of California”, there’s a lyric that says “Looking for the sun that Neil Young hung/After the gold rush of 1971”. There’s definitely a Neil Young-esque vibe throughout the album. I love it! It will be my soundtrack for hungover weekend’s in the sun!

HereTigertown
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZerosHere
A perfect way to follow up their first album Up From Below, they have captured the large group sound that they have live while still leaving enough space for Alexander Ebert’s genius song-writing and lyrics to shine through. This record always makes a loud appearance on our touring mix tape.

Farthest FieldMike McCarthy
Daniel Martin Moore & Joan ShelleyFarthest Field
Farthest Field sounds like an album recorded in a hall, live, with four beautiful microphones between two great songwriters. Sparse and incredibly beautiful is how I would describe it.

Mad BastardsJeanette Wormald
Alex Lloyd, The Pigram Brothers, Kasey Chambers and Shane NicholsonMad Bastards: Music From the Motion Picture
I found this late in 2011 and haven’t stopped listening to it. Great colours, great artists and oh so Australian. It’s fresh and it’s interesting and I really enjoyed the collaborations between Alex Lloyd and The Pigram Brothers. The movie is incredibly compelling too. A must see for people wanting an insight into the challenges of Australians living on the fringe.

DeathFrank Turner
Jim Lockey & The Solemn SunDeath
I’ve known Jim for a while and loved his work, but I always suspected he had a record in him that would take what he did from being good to being truly great. It was with great satisfaction, then, that I listened to this one for the first time. It’s everything I was hoping for, a perfect blend of country, rock, folk and something heavier and darker. Brilliant.

The Lion's RoarCallum Adamson (ahab)
First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
I’ve chosen First Aid Kit’s record for a few reasons.
1. The record is nothing more than great country songs beautifully produced
2. They are one of the few bands that are just as good live as on record
3. One of my “goosebumps” moments of this year was when I first heard “Emmylou” – I really really wish I’d written it.

DearEmily and the Woods
Keaton HensonDear
Keaton’s voice and lyrics cut through whatever is happening, wherever I am. There is an immediacy and strength to his words and his delivery is so full of emotion that it makes me want to cry with him. I believe in his heartache; it feels raw. This album truly reminded me how powerful it is when you tell it how you feel it. That’s my favourite kind of songwriting, and it feels exemplified in the way he phrases and sings some lines. My favourite song on the album is the closing track, “Party Song”; which is unashamedly bleak.

Stars and SatellitesThe Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Trampled By TurtlesStars and Satellites
We were waiting for this album to be released and it didn’t disappoint. Got a good mix of slower songs and and the usual kick ass ones. Ear f*$#ingly good!

Trains I MissedNick Keeling (Mustered Courage)
Balsam RangeTrains I Missed
Balsam Range deliver straight up modern driving bluegrass at its best. They are world class pickers, songwriters and boy can they sing. The harmonies are super tight and I love how the vocals are mixed. It gives you that baseball bat of three part harmony hit, straight in the face.

Stars and SatellitesCoty Hogue
RodriguezSearching for Sugar Man Soundtrack
Okay, so maybe all these songs were originally released in 1970-71, but considering most all of us (at least over here in the States) had never heard of Rodriguez before this film, and the fact that these songs are absolutely BRILLIANT and beautiful, makes this my must listen to album of the year! (I should also include the original two albums that these songs come from)

Warm in the DarknessNadine Budge (The Stetson Family)
Liz StringerWarm in the Darkness
From the multitude of reasons why this is my favourite album this year, the overarching one is that Liz Stringer is authentic – the real deal. This album serves up some of the melting beauty of Liz’s slower songs that she has shown herself to be a master of – then whacks it for a six when she pulls out some big guns and rocks it out! It’s the triple threat of great songwriting, sublime vocals and kick-arse musicianship.

Hard RubbishLouise O’Reilly (Laneway)
Lower Plenty – Hard Rubbish
It’s stony dreamy domestic. We found it driving from Melbourne to Adelaide on our tour and it took us all the way home.

Off We GoDesert Rat Shorty (The Lurkers)
Jess and Richard ArrowsmithOff We Go
This year I have a toddler, and as a consequence, I’ve spent most of the year listening to my favourite kids CD. It’s real music for kids. No autotune, no synthesisers and no politically correct rewriting for kids (the pirates in the songs still drink rum!). The songs are all old English nursery rhymes played on traditional instruments. And our one-and-a-half-year-old loves it.

Black Vat TrioWeary Hobo and Rocky Mountain Slim (The Lurkers)
Black Vat TrioBlack Vat Trio
They are a Sydney-based trio with Rishin (trombone), Rascal (violin) and Bones (piano accordion plus drums) who play Klezma and Romani inspired originals and Eastern European Classics. Songs and tunes they perform from other traditions they acknowledge openly unlike some Australian bands in the same scene. What Black Vat Trio create themselves are soundtracks to my dirty old Sydney town. Songs like “Rapscallions” are reminiscent of Waiting for Guinness and the genuine, straightforward production of the album brings it out on top of the new releases of the year for me. This album keeps toddlers of all ages laughing and dancing!

Court The StormJeremiah Fraites (The Lumineers)
Y La BambaCourt the Storm
It’s a terrific album. Is it folk, is it world, is it singer-songwriter? I don’t know. And personally, I don’t care. Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. Just listen to the damn thing.

Spirit BirdNardi Simpson (Stiff Gins)
Xavier RuddSpirit Bird
I first heard Xavier Rudd perform over twelve years ago. I knew nothing about him but watched as he played and stomped and sang the young audience into waves of inspired frenzy. He was on the way up, he sounded great, the kids loved him and he had his own unique sound. He also played the yidaki or didjeridoo. Now as blackfullas we regularly walk around festivals and see masses of people dancing and trancing out to the sound of yidaki – but most times it is not being played by a black musician. And so we carry this with us a little bit, well I do anyway. I sat there and listened to Rudd and looked at the crowd and thought of all the brothers I knew who would never get the same chance or attention if they did. Ten years later an ‘Indig’ stage was funded at Bluesfest. We had got a gig and walked around starry eyed, shyly watching legends from the wings and spinning out on the greenroom facilities. We walked past dressing room doors…Blind Boys of Alabama, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jason Mraz, Angelique Kidjo, and as we came up to Xavier Rudd’s room out popped his head: “Brother, come and be part of this smoking ceremony”, he asked my partner. I can only guess he didn’t see or recognise me. So in he went, into this stranger/stars dressing room and did ceremony. Four months ago I saw Xavier Rudd had a new album out. I assembled together all the little pieces of him I knew and I bought it. I wanted to understand something more of the man. I listened to his songs and let them soak into me and it was at that point that our worlds collided. Where first I was a young musician, starting to sing of my world and my special place in it – and compete with all those who were doing the same, now I was a searcher of stories and of deep, and meaningful connections. I had come to the place that perhaps Rudd was at all those years ago- creating narratives to forge and maintain relationships with people, place and country. As a musician Rudd has consistently taken steps towards the place that I too now wish to explore. To show others how beautiful it is when country sings back. I still haven’t met Xavier Rudd, I doubt whether I will but I think I am a little closer to understanding him and his music. And so I see this album Spirit Bird as more than a collection of songs, it’s a story about a man on a journey. And as he walks, so do we.

BlunderbussHenry Wagons
Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
Following the epic legacy of his other bands, there is no doubt the pressure was on, whether Jack admitted it to himself or not. All the publicity said this album was kinda throwaway, recorded when another artist cancelled his session at Third Man Records. Yet, when you tune in to the opening riff of the album’s opener “Missing Pieces”, you immediately realise this album is about to deliver in spades to all those curious ears pointed towards it. It sounds so smooth, rockin’ and analogue … and seems it would have been a blast to put together. Its sense of spontaneity and creative freedom translates through to the listener. A bluesy, garage masterpiece, gloriously thrown together.

Me and MoonHannah Acfield (Dan and Hannah Acfield)
Lydia ColeMe & Moon
As I suspected, iTunes confirmed this was my most played album of 2012! I met Lydia at the APRA Song Summit earlier in the year and she was so lovely it prompted me to buy her album. Me & Moon is a stunning collection of songs, the production is delicate and raw, yet so beautiful and clever. In this case, less is certainly more. Lydia has an exquisite voice that captured me straight away. The songs are well written, am honest tale of heartbreak and loss. I had an immediate connection with this album and have not stopped playing it. Beautiful.

BlunderbussDave “Christo” Christensen (Charlie Mayfair)
Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
By far the most soulful and energetic album of the year from a man that understands the effect that the women in his life have had on his personality and the insecurities it hides. Through big speakers this album is louder than anything else out this year.

Young Man in AmericaEmily Barker
Anaïs MitchellYoung Man in America
I love the mood she creates straight from the outset; pensive and alluring. Lyrically I think it’s phenomenal – it has a stream of consciousness element and repetition of themes: childhood; parenthood; growing up in America; stories we inherit. Instrumentally it’s killer too – I love the combination of woodwind instruments, mandolin, guitars, layered vocals, such rich textures always serving the songs. I get more and more from it every time I listen to it – there is so much depth in this record.

There's No Leaving NowLittle Bastard
Tallest Man on EarthThere’s No Leaving Now
It’s great to see a modern day artist maintain the quality of songwriting up to his fourth release. He has also manage to arrange and produce the music that keeps the listener interested and shows growth from previous albums.

The Burgh Island EPHeidi Waddell (Cordial Factory)
Ben HowardThe Burgh Island EP
All I want to do is sit in a cool, dark room with my eyes closed and breathe in the sounds of this EP. Since I heard Ben Howard’s song “Depth Over Distance” last year, I had been waiting and hoping that his new EP would be much the same and it is. I love that he’s not afraid of combining stillness and passion. He’s created something really unique; it’s deep and full and haunting.

Back at the Quonset HutKetch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show)
Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll BoysBack at the Quonset Hut
About 20 years ago, while Nashville was perfecting it’s recipe for the blandest batch of country music yet, a band called BR-549 was serving it up raw seven nights a week on the freaky streets of Lower Broad. This year Chuck Mead, BR’s longtime frontman, released Back At The Quonset Hut – 12 classic cuts backed by Nashville’s A-Team of sessions players, the color guard of pickers, the very men who made country music what the world knows it to be – true. It still is, and Chuck Mead proves it.

Race the LoserJohn Spiers (Bellowhead, Spiers and Boden)
LauRace the Loser
It’s got everything going for it. It’s hugely complex and experimental with some superb playing yet it bears up to repeated listening incredibly well. For me, the ability to listen to it on lots of different levels makes it the perfect album.

Adventures in Your Own BackyardPete Flood (Bellowhead)
Patrick WatsonAdventures in Your Own Backyard
Eerie, lush, cinematic and full of intriguing twists and turns – it’s like walking through a sunlit wood in late autumn. Pretentious but true.

GossamerSam Sweeny (Bellowhead)
Passion PitGossamer
It’s a perfect pop record. It combines musical simplicity with awesome technical complexity. Each track has new layers that keep jumping out at you at every listen, and to top it all, there isn’t a duff track on the album. It’s sublime music.

Time As We Know ItAdam McGrath (The Eastern)
Todd SniderTime As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker
We spend at least 100-150 days a year sucking up bitumen, roadside pies (best one in six years is the fish pie from wairoa on the bottom of the east cape of the Nth Island of NZ), junk from junk shops, and lung disorders from the air con, in all manner of wheeled transport around New Zealand, Australia and parts and ports beyond. There are basically three rules in the van, 1) Only let Flora the fiddle player drive when no one else can possibly manage it 2) Adam must listen to Waylon Jennings on any post 1am drives (and be allowed to sing along with gusto and a slight edge of drunken melencholy) 3) and when the shit gets bad, hard, or both then we must listen to Todd Snider bootlegs (Tales From Moondog Tavern Vol. 1-5 are particular faves) or Jerry Jeff Walker, they are our road guards. This year Todd Snider released Time As We Know It an album of Jerry Jeff Walker covers, it wouldn’t have mattered if it sucked (it doesn’t) the idea alone would have made it our album of 2012. If next year he does an album of Thin Lizzy songs our lives would indeed be complete.

The Idler WheelTexture Like Sun
Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
Although I haven’t listened to too much new music this year this album is one that recently came to me, and floored me. It’s dark, melancholly and sparse, about what I’d excpect from a Fiona Apple album. Love the additional instumentation in some tracks (you can hear lot of things clanging in the background) – and her voice! This music makes me feel something more than most.

I've Got a Friend Called Emily FerrisJen Cloher
Courtney BarnettI’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris
The debut release from Melbourne based singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett was recorded in a friend’s lounge room in Thornbury. A lo-fi seven song collection of pop gems with plenty of psych-rock wig outs to boot. Original, often humorous lyrics tumble effortlessly over catchy-as-hell melodies. The first song, “Lance Jnr” opens with the lyric “I masturbated to the songs you wrote”. Nuff said.

The Stars Are Indifferent to AstronomyKevin Micthell (Bob Evans, Basement Birds)
Nada SurfThe Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
I’ve been a fan of this band since their seminal album Let Go around 10 years ago and they’ve barely put a foot wrong since. Their new album is another perfect template on how to write glistening power pop with intelligent, poetic lyrics. Underated? I think so.

A Different ShipHusky Gawenda (Husky)
Here We Go MagicA Different Ship
Interesting, infectious songs. A diverse album, but one that flows nicely from start to finish. Spoke to me immediately, before I had a chance to consider why – as all good albums do.

All The Little LightsHelen Croome (Gossling)
PassengerAll The Little Lights
A beautiful album with sweet and heartbreaking stories. Mike is an incredible story-teller who manages to find the perfect balance between memorable melodies and a descriptive tale. A favourite track would be “Let Her Go” with it’s beautiful lyric imagery. And the live version of “I Hate” is another favourite for it’s humour and honesty.

Out of FrequencyNikki Thorburn (ILUKA)
The Asteroid Galaxy TourOut Of Frequency
Danish psychedelic pop band The Asteroid Galaxy Tour are in a class of their own, and their second studio album Out Of Frequency proves just this. With more attitude and swagger than their debut album Fruit, this record is as innovative and refreshing as it is inviting. Drawing on array of eccentric, hypnotic and inviting sounds, they create a fantasy world that is deeply potent and entrancing. Chicago blues on “shrooms” and film noir on acid, it’s truly a case of the sum being greater than its parts.

Mirage RockMark “Looch” Lewis (Handsome Young Strangers)
Band of HorsesMirage Rock
On first listen its hard to believe this is the same band who put out the excellent Everything All The Time album back in 2006. Raw, loose and stripped back, Mirage Rock is everything that their debut was not. Folk purists may baulk at the move in a popier direction on some tunes and whilst I agree that it is not all an easy ride, stand firm! Because with repeated listening this record will reward you if you invest the time. As all great records should.

An Awesome WaveHayden Calnin
Alt-J (∆)An Awesome Wave
This is one of those albums that you tend to pick up and chuck on pretty much every day. In my eyes (ears?) Alt-J have delivered not only the most original sounding record of the year with their very infectious compositions and hauntingly fragile yet powerful vocal style, but also the best written as well. My personal favourite “Ms” off the album takes the cake for being my favourite track of the year as well.

Mirage RockGeorge Jackson
Brittany Haas and Dan TruemanCrissCross
Here’s something you don’t hear every day, unless you have the album like me. Appalachian fiddle goddess Brittany Haas meets Norwegian style fiddler and modern composer Dan Trueman. There is no music I’ve heard before that sounds quite like this, and to top it off the performers achieve that oh so important mix of stimulating both the body and the mind! This project is full of beautiful and mind bending new compositions by both Brittany and Dan. Mix in Natalie Haas on cello + guitarist Jordan Tice along with Brittany’s Crooked Still comrade Cory Di’Mario on Double Bass = a stellar line up. The tunes literally criss-cross the complimentary fiddle styles of Norway and Appalachia, developed with masterful ensemble arrangements and some demanding modern harmony.

JerildereeLachlan Bryan
Bill JacksonJerilderee
It’s actually pretty hard to write convincingly about Australia – most people end up stumbling over the awkward sounding place names, or struggling to extract poetry from our often brutal, frequently covered-up history. Bill and his brother Ross are exceptions to the rule. They write stunning songs together, and microphones just seem to love Bill’s warm, weathered voice. Jerilderie is full of great stories, and was my favourite record this year.

PrisonerEli Wolfe
The JezabelsPrisoner
Driving on tour we have been listening to The Jezabels Prisoner, which fits the landscape perfectly. Though it was released late 2011, I only bought Prisoner this year. It’s a great vibey album and Hayley is an amazing front woman.

How About I Be MeDamien Dempsey
Sinead O’ConnorHow About I Be Me (And You Be You)?
A blinding return to form by a fearless warrior woman who is my favorite female singer. Her song “Take Off Your Shoes” makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck every time I hear it, breathtaking.

Fear FunTom Busby (Busby Marou)
Father John MistyFear Fun
This album reminds me of why I love listening to music – it makes me so happy! The songs are cheeky and full of swagger, and somehow steers away from sounding arrogant. I love the production, including the small imperfections which are clearly intended. It is obvious that there were no rules when recording the record and this is probably why I can’t stop smiling each time I hear it.

Toward The Low SunAidan Cooney (Boy Outside)
Dirty ThreeToward the Low Sun
Choose your time wisely because I cried like a mother fucking bitch recently on a long haul flight listening to this album. Melancholy to get lost in and the dirtiest violin sound known to man give you an album that should be sold with a warning.

Music From Kennedy's PoolCourtney Barnett
Merri Creek PickersMusic From Kennedy’s Pool
I have seen the Merri Creek Pickers play live about 80 times. I’ve heard them rehearsing about 400 times. I adore the gentle genius of Alex Hamilton’s songwriting, the all-inclusive yet sometimes argumentative arrangement process and the fact that it was all recorded by the band themselves live at a farm in the middle of nowhere. This is a classic album that should transcend our generation.

Warm in the DarknessCat Canteri (The Stillsons)
Liz StringerWarm in the Darkness
Beautifully tasty arrangements, playing, sounds and songs across the whole album.

HereSam Buckingham
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZerosHere
It’s so full of joy and somehow, every time I listen, manages to remind me to stop and enjoy the simplest and most beautiful things the world has to offer, and I have to offer the world. I love the songwriting, the production is unique and brilliant but I think, more than anything, it’s the feeling of hope and beauty that sits inside every song.

El CaminoCat Colman (Billygoat and the Mongrels)
The Black KeysEl Camino
So many albums to choose from!! The Black Keys scraped in at number 1, mainly because it has such a full solid and infectious sound.

Carry Me BackJohn Flanagan (John Flanagan and the Begin Agains)
Old Crow Medicine ShowCarry Me Back
Having just traveled to the US this year for the first time I’ve fallen in love with the mountain music that is so prominent in North Carolina and Virginia. Old Crow Medicine Show clearly draw on a wide range of influences though I love the old-timey core to their music with the claw-hammer banjo and fiddle. There are a lot of references to places we recently visited: Virginia, the Shenandoah river, etc, so for many reasons the album brings back fond memories of traveling through the South.

The Lion's RoarElla Hooper
First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
First Aid Kit are so full of potential it hurts. I don’t think they’ve quite revealed all they will in years to come but Lions Roar boasts great lush production from Mike Mogis (a modern master) and the girls’ tight folk pop songwriting is just my kind of teenage day dream, sorry Katy Perry, but This is talent.

PackwoodJulia Johnson (Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens)
PackwoodPackwood
In all honesty, I spent much of 2012 rediscovering old favourites. I re-arranged my bedroom, which inadvertently meant it was much easier for me to use my record player. Dad’s impeccable record collection has been liberated from the garage and given a healthy airing this year. There is one 2012 release that has had a particular impact on me musically though, so that automatically catapults in to becoming my favourite release of 2012. Early in the year I supported Packwood and The Falls in Canberra, at The Front Gallery. Probably one of the loveliest gigs with some of the loveliest musicians I’ve played with all year, but I digress. I’ve never heard such an ambitious EP as Packwood’s. Simply a man, his banjo, and an orchestra. Yup, a 50 piece orchestra. With a banjo. I’ve been messing around with my banjo for a few years half-arsedly, but since hearing that EP I haven’t practiced my guitar at all. I can’t put my banjo down. So thank you Packwood, for re-invigorating my love for banjo, and sorry housemates and neighbours, I’m not going to stop playing my banjo any time soon.

Baby We Were Born to DieRosie Catalano
Jen CloherBaby We Were Born To Die
Each song on this 3-track EP is so special. “Call If You Need Me” has an incredible ability to transport me to a whole other world every time I listen to it, “Baby We Were Born To Die” leaves me awed by Jen Cloher’s way of looking at the world and the hand she has been dealt, and the lyrics in her duet with Courtney Barnett always manages to catch me by surprise and make me laugh.

Love This GiantSarah Blasko
David Byrne & St VincentLove This Giant
It’s a collaborative album that really works and feels very cohesive. The arrangements are really imaginative and it has the freshness of not sounding like anything else that’s out at the moment. The brass arrangements are fantastic. It’s a classic sounding record, it’s beautiful and rich and full.

A Creature I Don't KnowLiam Gale (Liam Gale and The Ponytails)
Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
I spent this year listening to some not-so-current music, and it seems I’ve got some catchng up to do considering the snippets of albums I’ve heard over the last twelve months. Of 2012’s offerings, Laura Marling’s A Creature I Don’t Know was one that caught my ear. It had a lilt toward that concept-album-feel, some tracks outright flowing into the next, like Floyd with banjos or something. There was this poem she’d written that came out shortly after the album was released that seemed to explore the record’s protagonist character; the Beast. It’d come up every now again, like it was teasing the other characters on the album. Trippy.

Phaux CiscoSivan (The April Maze)
VariousPhaux Cisco
It astounds me that some of the greatest songwriters of all time remain relatively unheard. James Cisco is one of them. This album was produced as a surprise gift for the songwriter and includes some great Melbourne musos doing versions of his wonderful songs. The album features versions from Jeb Cardwell, Dan Lethbridge, Jed Pickett & Kate Walker, Kate Crowley, The Shivering Timbers, Simon Hudson & Anita Quail, Adrian Whitehead and more. The songs are in chronological order of when they were written, from 1988 to 2012. Its a real genre journey and wanders through folk, rock, country, punk, soul and blues. We love it and listen to it on the road all the time.

The Great DespiserFanny Lumsden
Joe PugThe Great Despiser
To me his songs are like stories from those who don’t usually tell stories. This album feels like I’m moving forward on a monster of a drive where one has very minimal encounters with anything man made and at the same time feeling settled. Good one JPUG.

An Awesome WaveBity Booker
Alt-J (∆)An Awesome Wave
Driven by Joe Newman’s haunting melodies, vowel-curling words, heart breaking notes; each song on this album is an independent masterpiece: cohesive and scrupulous. Every track is rich in layered detail, synthesizing meticulous sounds of pianos, guitars and xylophones. “Taro” is a wonderful story and an adventure in itself. I can’t get enough of it’s obsessive melody, which reaches a haunting climax when Newman’s voice breaks in the refrain, missing the crucial note, but making it that much more important in its absence.

The Only PlaceEmma Davis
Best CoastThe Only Place
This album really just came at the perfect time. I had just returned from a long trip overseas and having had a few changes along the way I took some time out to live by the beach and write. There’s nothing really ground-breaking or creatively astounding about this record, it’s just a great record. Solid, well-constructed pop songs all the way through. It’s a more positive sounding album than the last, with cleaner production and perhaps less raw emotion but to me still has that distinct ‘Best Coast’ sound that I first fell in love with. The lyrics are beautifully simple to the point where I’m not sure sometimes how they get away with it, but they do. Overall, it simply made me feel good, and at a time when I needed it. I’ve listened to it so much that I wouldn’t be surprised if a few subconscious references to “waves” or “babes” make it into my next record.

The Money StoreMark Piccles (Tin Sparrow)
Death GripsThe Money Store
Possibly the most intense, in-your-face hip hop record I’ve ever heard, but it’s endless originality and almost tangible persona is undeniable. It’s not for everyone but if you can withstand the brutality of the initial listen, there is much to be discovered on second venture and beyond.

LonerismDean McLeod (Tin Sparrow)
Tame ImpalaLonerism
Some killer overseas albums this year but Lonerism is by far my favourite. It’s texturally amazing which is really important for me and I love Kevin’s song writing. It also expands the sound they crafted on Innerspeaker. Almost perfect psych pop. Plus after seeing them at Splendour this year I reckon they are one of the best live bands going. Conclusion: instant froth.

The Year of HibernationBen Cooper (Radical Face)
Youth LagoonThe Year of Hibernation
I’m never good at these lists. I’m almost always a year or two behind, as I tend to stop hunting new records while recording and then play catch up when I’m not. So this album was late 2011, but I was told that’s okay. Anyway, this is one of those records that feels like it was made in a bedroom and is all the better for it. It’s a record that makes me smile, and as the lyrics slowly became discernible I found I really liked them. I don’t often describe records as charming, but this one I do. And it’s good walking music. I like it a lot

Spring and FallJack Carty
Paul KellySpring And Fall
I got myself into a tis trying to choose between a bunch of amazing releases this year by First Aid Kit, The Falls, Leroy Lee, Tim Hart and Packwood (just to name a few) but when I stopped thinking too much about it and just went with my gut, I had to go with Paul Kelly’s Spring And Fall for my favourite album of 2012. I am not sure if it’s because I grew up listening to my Dad singing along to his records or just because of the beautiful, simple honesty with which he writes, but I find something about Paul Kelly’s records incredibly comforting, and Spring And Fall is among his best. Each song is a story in itself, and a paragraph in the bittersweet tale the album as a whole tells. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, just says it plain and true … Music for everyone.

Unfinished BusinessJessica Cassar and Darren Cross (Jep and Dep)
Wanda JacksonUnfinished Business
It was on our way back from our Jep and Dep tour of Germany, cheap flights with Air China, that we spent our last night in Frankfurt. With a giant stroke of luck, Wanda Jackson was performing a stones throw away from our crappy fluorescent pink hostel. After one song she blew us away. The devil’s girlfriend. Queen of Rockabilly. She is Rockabilly (no visible tattoos by the way). Her 2012 album, Unfinished Business, is mixed a saddlebag of rock, blues and country covers and originals that doesn’t try to be anything that it isn’t. It’s a fun and sassy album that pays tribute to the era the 75-year-old pint-sized, tassle wearing old school banshee reigned in. Listen to it.

SomethingEdward Deer
ChairliftSomething
For me the realm of intelligent and visceral pop music was completely owned by the ladies in 2012 (see also the exceptional recent records from Bat for Lashes, Cat Power, First Aid Kit and Sharon Van Etten, to name just a few). But the album I listened to more than any other this year was probably Chairlift’s Something. It’s full of thrilling juxtapositions – spontaneous and energetic performances meet painstaking songcraft, super hooky 80s-inspired pop melodies sit alongside bizarre sounds you’ve never heard before in your life. Caroline’s angelic, crystal clear voice is used to deliver wounded and often darkly comic lyrics, while Patrick’s bass lines are just plain killer. The band has just released some early demos from this album and those bare bones recordings reveal just how much work went into making the finished product so great.

Summer SongsJake Holmes (Merri Creek Pickers)
My Left BootSummer Songs
This is the coolest album I’ve heard in such a long time, absolute stoner heaven. “Sharks in the water” will make your hair stand on end. Roll up and just put it on.

The LumineersAchoo! Bless You
The LumineersThe Lumineers
I (Ross) heard the single “Ho Hey” in about July, and it was love at first listen. Catchy, awesome americana-folk-pop. There’s a massive scene they are championing, and they’re doing it real well.

MuseumPatrick James
Ball Park MusicMuseum
I often love albums where you can discover something new in the music every time. For me, this is one of them. I happened to catch a Ball Park Music concert at the Metro Theatre in the latter part of the year and was blown away. Since then, I keep going back to this band and especially this record, even to the point of covering one of their songs at my own live show. The songwriting is so left of field and it never fails to surprise me. Every time I listen to this album, I feel it moves me in a different way and keeps me intrigued about their music.

HypnotisedThe Twoks
Pony FaceHypnotised
Mature, fuzzy, warm and dark. The sound of three lads who know exactly how their music should sound, but (having mastered the art of subtlety) don’t shove it down your throat. Hypnotised has beautiful layers and textures. Not only does the album creep up and grow on you, but each song does. Highlights are the amazing “Alabama” (featuring the coolest laconic percussive vocal) and the spirited “Holly Said”.

Who's Feeling Young NowJane Hendry (The Tiger and Me)
Punch BrothersWho’s Feeling Young Now?
I’ve been a big fan of these guys for a few years now and this album shows just how talented they all are. I love the way they are bringing together traditional bluegrass instrumentation and techniques with songwriting that is much more indie-pop. This particular album does this probably more than their previous releases, but their complex and intricate arrangements are still there in spades, coupled with some heartbreakingly good melodies. There’s quite a bit of swagger too! Top track (changes regularly for me) – “Hundred Dollars”, where Gabe Witcher (fiddle) takes the lead vocals and swaggers all over the place.

The RubensSally Balfour
The RubensThe Rubens
Soulful, rockin’ blues; can’t get enough of The Ruben’s debut album. This album stirs something new within me each time I listen to it, especially their single “My Gun”. That track always cuts straight through to my heart. It is no wonder The Rubens are this year’s triple j Unearthed Artists of the Year.

Seven DaysAndrew Drummond
Emmy BryceSeven Days
The songs are fun and catchy and full of 90s pop influenced goodness! The EP also showed what an artist (and team) with drive and vision can achieve in a short period of time, with numerous TV show appearances (both live and soundtrack) and a national tour. Seven Days by Emmy Bryce inspired me to keep dreaming.

Ashes & FireStu Larsen
Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
I know it was released pretty late in 2011, but all year long I just always went back to it. A classic easy listening album. I love the simplicity, I love the instrumentation and I love the way Ryan Adams’ imagery takes me some place else. My favourite track off this album at the moment is the opener, “Dirty Rain”.

Warm in the DarknessLeah Flanagan
Liz StringerWarm in the Darkness
Liz is one of my favourite Australian songwriters. The quality of musicianship and songwriting on Warm in the Darkness is incredible and it’s nice to hear her rocking out with full band and horn section. There are moments when listening to this record that I suddenly get goosebumps. They remind me of how truly beautiful her voice is. Buy it. Favourite songs are “High Open Hills” and “Warm in the Darkness”.

Slay Me In My SleepPiers Twomey
Grand SalvoSlay Me In My Sleep
The paradox about Paddy Mann – aka Melbourne’s Grand Salvo – is how he’s both adored and celebrated while also being overlooked and unsung. His critically acclaimed albums come across (to me) like profound, melodically gorgeous, yet slightly awkward museum folk songs: pure and emotionally charged vignettes from another era. Enough has been written about 2012’s Slay Me In My Sleep being one of his very best. I’ll just add that the record’s “The Boy’s Story Of His Faithful Family Dog” reduces me to tears. If you’ve ever loved and lost a family dog – and if you let it – the song may evoke the same consequence in you.

Over The SunCountry Town Collective
Tinpan OrangeOver the Sun
We love Tinpan Orange’s new album. It’s quirky, unexpected and eerily beautiful. A bit like Portishead but more organic sounding, it could be the soundtrack to an old movie, a bit James Bond theme even? It’s definitely got some magic to it.

Swing Low MagellanSteven Barnard (Arbori)
Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
I was surprised and satisfied by the peculiar and purposed brilliance of this record. It satisfies so many corners of my affection as it effortlessly showcased a band that are so deliberate and intentional. From the intricate electronic sounds scapes, to the biting crunch of guitar riffs, to the sweet and often bitter harmonics, dull acoustic tones, manic riffs, intimacy, mania … Lyrically prophetic both socially and emotionally and musically nostalgic yet completely original. I listened to it over and over as it continued to claimed my satisfaction.

Odd SoulPaul Brown (Arbori)
MutemathOdd Soul
This album came as a bit of a surprise to me. Mutemath have been a favourite band of mine for a while and they always do something different with each album, yet manage to create a sound uniquely theirs. Odd Soul is a masterpiece of musicianship which in my mind brings together the Mutemath feel to a very 60s soul and psychedelic sound. It is a fresh sound (albeit retro) in a market saturated in same sounding music! Fav tracks: “Cavalries” and “One More”.

RedJames Hutchinson (Arbori)
Taylor SwiftRed
We’re forgetting the biggest album of the year, the one that defines this generation and will go down in the annals of history as a watermark in the second decade of this century – Taylor Swift’s Red. It is my emotional comfort when I’m home crying myself to sleep over a lost boyfriend at night and the musical incentive to get me through the day.

Born and RaisedSibylla Stephen (The Little Stevies)
John MayerBorn and Raised
First let me say, I haven’t heard many new albums this year as I gave birth to my son in June. And like many first time mums I’ve just been tumbling my way through his first year trying to keep my head above water. It sure has been fun though, and one new album that we have sung, danced and gone to sleep to is the new John Mayer, Born and Raised. I know it’s cheesy, and it’s not all that “cool” to admit it, but I’m a big fan of his. I’ve always loved his lyrics, he had me at “I’ll never let your head hit the bed without my hand behind it” … Swoon … And on this new album he’s done it again. It’s full of songs I can’t stop humming and lyrics I wish I’d come up with. And he seems to have taken a little turn towards a more alt-country sound in some songs which I love. But all-in-all its just a great pop record, my favourite. Don’t judge me!!!

Young NorthZoe Elliot
The Paper KitesYoung North
The Young North EP has managed to stay true to the Paper Kites sound while still feeling fresh. My two favourite songs are “Leopold Street” due to the romantic nostalgia I hold onto of my grandparents, and “Paint” as its beautiful simplicity brought me to tears when I first turned it on sitting alone in my car – it takes a strong lyric to break me.

Goat Rodeo SessionsBayden Hine (Packwood)
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris ThileGoat Rodeo Sessions
Of all the albums that I heard over the course of 2012, the one that really stood out for me was Goat Rodeo Sessions – a collaborative album put together by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and one of my musical heroes Chris Thile. I first heard the album by way of a buddy, who told me I “had to listen to this”. Naturally I didn’t, until several months later whilst sitting in a car listening to The Punch Brothers’ latest album – at which point I remembered. The album’s title refers to a chaotic ruckus of sorts, a big ol’ mess that somehow just … works out in the end – exactly what this album is. I absolutely adore blended genres – especially blends of classical/folk/bluegrass – and so this album has been on high-rotation ever since! The stand out track for me is “Attaboy”, but if you can’t stand instrumentals and harmonies are your thing – “Here and Heaven” is sure to please.

TempestNigel Wearne
Bob DylanTempest
Yes, I’m another songwriter who’s a Bob Dylan fan but I had to choose this album because he’s still got it in spades. It’s more of a poetry reading these days but his phrasing is as good as it’s ever been. It’s pretty hard to beat a nasty 8 minute murder ballad and a beautiful 15 minute epic about the Titanic sinking. The man still has something to say!

The Rip TideJesse Lubitz (TinPan Orange)
BeirutThe Rip Tide
I started my year off with a live Beirut show in early 2012 and it’s stayed with me as one of the best shows I’ve seen all year. The songs on The Rip Tide seem effortless and the album flows as an album should flow. I love the quirky instrumentation and clever arrangements – it’s an album from a band who don’t sound like they are trying to sound like anything other than themselves.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– On Sunday morning two huge names were added to the 2013 Bluesfest lineup – Paul Simon and Rufus Wainwright. Could this be the biggest Bluesfest lineup ever? Details here

The Trouble With Templeton will be capping off an amazing 2012 with their first ever headline national tour. Details here

– After wowing Australian audiences earlier this year Father John Misty has announced plans to return to our shores in February 2013. Details here

Roland Kay-Smith elegantly tackels the issue of Coal Seam Gas in his new video “Dirt Farmer Blues”. Details here

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have announced an Australian tour in March. The question now is, will they stick around for any festivals? Details here

Communion Melbourne have a fantastic lineup this month – The Hello Morning, Buffalo Tales, Trouble With Templeton and a special pre-Meredith Festival warm-up performance by an artist they’re are refering to as Lima Spitz. Details here

– Having already announced a Melbourne sideshow when they’re in the country for the Laneway Festivals next year we got pretty excited when Kings of Convenience added a show at the Sydney Opera House as well. Details here

Brendan Maclean shot the video for “Beat Me To It” in a single take. Details here

The Lumineers (the band that sing that “Ho Hey” song that’s stuck in your head) are coming to Australia for three dates next March. Which is suspiciously close to Easter. Details here

– Tonight sees the launch of The April Maze’s much anticipated new album Two at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne before a they set off on a bunch of dates all over the East Coast. Details here

– This week marked the first two dates in Jackson McLaren’s seven date, two city residency with The Falls in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Brother-sister duo Dan and Hannah Acfield kicked off a national tour this week as well as releasing their brand new video “Lonely Robot”. Details here

Ben Taylor, folk-singing son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, has just released his new video “Words Are Made of Paper” featuring a hot couple making out – which is kind of the reason we had to post it. Details here

– Renowned Irish accordion player Sharon Shannon is returning to Australia for the Woodford Folk Festival and then sticking around to play a bunch of dates through January. Details here

Damien Dempsey released the video to his new single “Almighty Love” taken from the album of the same name. Details here

– Alt-country noise makers Deer Tick have announced three Australian shows next February with Two Gallants. Details here

– UK songstress Emily and the Woods has just released the video for her new single “Small Song”. Details here

Ben Howard revealed the second track from his upcoming Burgh Island EP, the wonderful “Oats in the Water”. Details here

Radical Face is currently working on a new album but in the meantime they’ve released their Always Gold EP featuring some unreleased tracks and some that have appeared on other releases. Details here

– The latest Christmas boxset from Sufjan Stevens, Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10, is released today (see below) and we’ve collected all the audio and video from it that’s found its way online over the last couple of weeks. Details here

– The new clip from Willy Mason, for the track “I Got Gold” feature some very funky old man dancing. Details here

Blog

Phia and Pete

Phia and Owls of the Swamp sent us a tour diary detailing their experiences in Europe. Blog here

Reviews

Gigs

“I had all these grand plans of mingling with the musos (many of which I had only met via email), snaffling a few beers from the green room rider and even trying to conduct a few between set interviews. But those plans disintegrated as soon as I was planted in front of the stage – the music had captured me and just wouldn’t let me go. The alternating two-stage setup of JamGrass probably contributed to keeping me front and centre with the only downtime between acts to change the lighting and for JamGrass founders Jason Taylor and Pheobe Preuss to introduce the next band. All I had to do was turn 90 degrees to face the next stage and let the music take over”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the JamGrass Music Festival. Review here

“While Texture Like Sun had the people on their feet and in an entranced, reflective daze, with Mark Pearl’s scruffy voice that sounds as though he’s permanently waking up from a deep sleep, Patrick James brought people to the floor, cross legged and huddled with friends, cosying into the old granny chairs and throw cushions that give FBi Social that garage hang out feel. While Texture Like Sun brought an intensity and severity to the room, Patrick James lit it up with youth, hope and longing, singing melodic tunes harmonized by Scotty and Kurt Smith”Lil Mercanti reviews Texture Like Sun and Patrick James at FBi Social in Sydney. Review here

Releases This Week

Shiny New Toy
Shiny New ToyEmma Wall & the Urban Folk
CDBaby

Music From Kennedy's Pool
Music From Kennedy’s PoolMerri Creek Pickers
Bandcamp

Ahoy
Ahoy!Punch Brothers
iTunes

Always Gold
Always GoldRadical Face
iTunes

Sufjan Stevens
Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10Sufjan Stevens
iTunes

Two
TwoThe April Maze
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Davidson Brothers
Davidson Brothers with The Simpson Three
Sunday 18th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Henry Wagons
Henry Wagons
Friday 16th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

A Day On The Green feat. Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Catherine Brit and Felicity Urquhart
Sunday 18th November – Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD

Andrew Morris with Zac Gunthorpe
Friday 23rd November – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Angus Stone
Saturday 17th November – TBA, Perth, WA
Wednesday 21st November – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd November – Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully, VIC

Bob Evans with Thelma Plum
Friday 16th November – Rhino Room, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th November – Norfolk Basement, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 22nd November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd November – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Buffalo (Wes Carr)
Friday 23rd November – Notes @ Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Dan and Hannah Acfield
Friday 16th November – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 17th November – Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Friday 16th November – Hotel Shamrock, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 17th November – Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, Harrietville, VIC
Sunday 18th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Eli Wolfe
Friday 16th November – The Aztec Forster, NSW
Wednesday 21st November – The Old Kirk, Yamba, NSW
Friday 23rd November – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW

Emmylou Harris
Friday 16th November – Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Gosti
Saturday 17th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Grizzly Bear
Friday 16th November – Metro, Sydney, NSW

Harvest Festival (Grizzly Bear, Beirut)
Saturday 17th November – Parramatta Park, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Jackson McLaren with The Falls and Special Guests
Wednesday 21st November – Folk Club at Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd November – Gertrudes Brown Couch, Melbourne, VIC

Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett
Saturday 17th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Joe Pug with Little Bastard
Wednesday 21st November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd November – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Joe Robinson
Friday 16th November – The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW

John Williamson
Wednesday 21st November – 99 on York, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 16th November – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 22nd November – Smiths Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT (Solo)

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 16th November – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 17th November – Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 23rd November – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 16th November – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 17th November – Roth’s Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW
Friday 23rd November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Mike McCarthy
Thursday 22nd Novemebr – Bottlerocket, Nowra, NSW

Missy Higgins (with Gurrumul and Emma Louise)
Saturday 17th November – Soundscape Festival, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 20th November – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd November – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Mullum Music Festival (Husky, TinPan Orange, Mama Kin, Gossling, Joe Pug, Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer, Stiff Gins, Hat Fitz and Cara, Sara Tindley, The Rescue Ships, Rosey, Jack Carty)
22nd to 25th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Bortier Okoe (Afro Soul), Organic Roots and DJ Earthshaker

Friday 16th November – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. A night of traditional and contemporary Persian music featuring a diverse range of Persian artists
Friday 23rd November – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nigel Wearne and The Cast Iron Promises
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November – Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, Harrietville, VIC

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Friday 16th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 17th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 16th November – The Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

The April Maze
Friday 16th November ‐ Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 16th November – Newcastle Leagues, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18h November – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 16th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“London Danny” – Jez Lowe

The version of this song I’m probably most familiar with is from the 1995 Fairport Convention album Jewel In The Crown. I’m so happy I came across this live video of the song’s writer, Jez Lowe, performing at a house concert – I love how you can hear the audience singing along in the background. This is the folk experience.

Reveiw: Texture Like Sun and Patrick James, FBi Social, Sydney

Texture Like Sun

Texture Like Sun and Patrick James
9th November 2012, FBi Social
Sydney

On Friday November 9th, FBi Social hosted another show of Australian talent, featuring Melbourne six-piece Texture Like Sun and the young buck Patrick James and his band. Differing in styles and disposition, the two could have been each other’s alter ego.

Texture Like Sun opened the night with the dreamy “Weekend” off their debut self-titled EP and then moved into “Ever Wanted More” which was a despairing piece showcasing the vocals of frontman Mark Pearl. He sang with a ghostly meandering drawl that called to mind Thom Yorke and Muse frontman Matt Bellamy. Texture Like Sun songs start slowly and build to gut-wrenching crescendos where Mark Pearl was at times bordering on screamo. And it is a treat to watch. He has a voice that could fill stadiums yet all that power was tightly packed in the small space of FBi Social engaging the modest audience in a deeply gripping way.

Texture Like Sun continued with EP tracks “One Great Prize” and “That Evening” – a song of lost and revisited love where Mark Pearl sings “Love is blind but I could always see this coming”. The band continued into an unrecorded song, “World” a lament to living, followed by a cover of Gorillaz’ “Feel Good Inc.” which the band effectively transposed into their own sound. Scotty Smith joined the band on stage to close with their first single “Bottle”, bringing in the banjo and helping the band bring it home.

Texture Like Sun had their EP available for sale, as frontman Mark Pearl reminded the audience of frequently and unashamedly in between songs. It is also available from the iTunes store and is worth the purchase. Well suited for restful weekends, grey days, long car rides.

Patrick James

Patrick James

While Texture Like Sun had the people on their feet and in an entranced, reflective daze, with Mark Pearl’s scruffy voice that sounds as though he’s permanently waking up from a deep sleep, Patrick James brought people to the floor, cross legged and huddled with friends, cosying into the old granny chairs and throw cushions that give FBi Social that garage hang out feel. While Texture Like Sun brought an intensity and severity to the room, Patrick James lit it up with youth, hope and longing, singing melodic tunes harmonized by Scotty and Kurt Smith. The band transitioned quickly into each song, playing “Bugs” and “Stay” without too much chitchat, explaining they had slept for only an hour or two in a car outside the airport the night before. They offered up a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young inspired piece, “Something in the Way We Are” which brought their poppy nu-folk verses together with a soulful chorus that had a taste of the folk rock super group that was their inspiration.

Patrick James played tribute to one of his favourite bands, Ball Park Music, covering the positive and poppy “It’s Nice to Be Alive”, and closed with their new single, “Brighter Lights”, where the keys take the spotlight, next to Patrick James vocals and band harmonies. “Brighter Lights” builds fantastically and piano keys trickle it out. Patrick James was a spoonful that went down easy, while Texture Like Sun hit you like a shot of whiskey. They made for a well balanced evening and an interesting dynamic.

Patrick James has a number of videos on YouTube and watching the video for “Bridges” where he’s joined by Scotty Smith and a cup of tea in a plain bedroom provides a stark contrast of immense talent and low production value. This is leveled out in his video for “Carry On” where talent and production value are more so on par. Patrick James has been compared to indie folk icon Bon Iver. His melodic style and lyrical content also call to mind Irish folk musician Fionn Regan and Vancouver based indie-rock band, Said the Whale. Patrick James EP is due to release in March of 2013.

FBi Social

FBi Social

FBi Social, located on the second floor of Kings Cross Hotel is a nice little venue to showcase great up and coming Australian acts, but pretty soon bands like Texture Like Sun and Patrick James may be needing bigger venues. Hats off to Texture Like Sun, Patrick James, Scotty, Kurt and Lincoln Smith, and FBi Social for a terrific evening.

This review was also published over at The Verb Unheard.

Debut: Patrick James’ New Single “Brighter Lights”

Patrick James
Image Courtesy of Patrick James

We are very proud to debut for you this morning the brand new single from Sydney based singer-songwriter Patrick James. The track is titled “Brighter Lights”, the second single from James’ highly anticipated new EP which will see the light of day next March. Take a listen below:

Patrick James will be launching “Brighter Lights” in a co-headlined tour with Texture Like Sun this November. The full list of dates is below:

Thursday 8th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 9th November – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbounre, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Civil Wars have announced they will release a seven track EP of their VH1 Unplugged session featuring covers of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Portishead’s “Sour Times”. Details here

– With over 400 acts on the lineup this year the Woodford Folk Festival may just have announced the biggest program we’ve seen. Headliners include Andrew Clermont, Angus Stone, Ben Sollee, Flap!, Folk Uke, Julia Stone, Mal Webb, Mikelangelo and the Tin Star, Penelope Swales, Shane Howard, Tim Hart, Wagons and more. Details here

– Another new track from Sufjan Stevens’ upcoming Christmas release Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10, titled “Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling” has found its way online. Details here

Andrew Morris kicked off his East Coast tour supported by Zac Gunthorpe at this week’s Folk Club in Sydney. He has dates all the way through November. Details here

– Sydney duo Achoo! Bless You have released their new video “Before We Say Goodbye” after it debuted at Folk Club last week. Achoo! Bless You will be promoting the single with a handful of gigs in Sydney before supporting Henry Wagons on his NSW and ACT shows. Details here

– After teasing us with a trickle of names the Port Fairy Folk Festival has finally revealed it’s official first round of artists form 2013 including Arlo Guthrie, Eric Bogle, Finbar Furey, Glen Hansard, Gurrumul, Kim Churchill, Lisa Hannigan, The Little Stevies, Tuba Skinny and many more. Details here

– Cello virtuoso Ben Sollee revealed dates for a January tour of Australia. Details here

– The Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions will be closing off the year with a celebration of the songs of Ted Egan. Egan himself will be joined by some of the brightest talents in the red centre including Jeanette Wormald, Colin Lillie, Sally Balfour, Katie Harder and more. Details here

– The new video from The April Maze is for a cover of The Hooters’ track “And We Danced” which will appear on their next album Two. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Martha Tilston released the second video from her new album Machines of Love and Grace, the beautiful “Survival Guide”. Details here

– 13 months after it was first recorded Arbori will finally be launching their single “In The Places You Fold” in Sydney next Friday. Joining them will be Yetis, Little Big Horn and Ryan Collings. Details here

– The brand new video from Julia Stone features “Blind Side” actor Quinton Aaron and is really really sweet. Details here

Liz Frencham is looking for double bass players to send her videos of how difficult it is playing such a large instrument for the clip to her next song. Details here

– A week out from releasing their self-titled EP Texture Like Sun have revealed their brand new video “One Great Prize”. Details here

Interviews

“I find it a little frustrating sometimes that the first time people hear music is often just on the Internet these days. It’s a bit of an anticlimax when I can stream the entire album before it comes out. Maybe I’m just old fashioned, I don’t know”Sarah Blasko chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We’ve been going for nearly 19 years now, and I was just talking with someone today – Gabi, she’s our backing vocalist – and I said that after 19 years, we should be doing the reunion tour now, rather than still going!”Bill Quinn chats to Jim Paterson from The BordererS. Interview here

Reviews

Track by Track

“We are big fans of C.S.Lewis. His stories were a big part of our childhood and the idea of brothers and sisters running through another world resonated strongly with us as a band, being all related. Making music that creates another world to go to is pretty important to us”Tigertown take us through Before The Morning. Track By Track here

Gigs

“Gone was the chair, music stand and placid setting of the night before to make way for a standing height mic and two large amps on stage. When Billy Bragg took the stage, seemingly enlivened and energised by the fact it was Saturday night, one riff across the strings of his Dyson guitar for the opening of “St Swithin’s Day” was enough to announce that Woody Guthrie had left the building”Bill Quinn reviews Billy Bragg in Melbourne. Review here

“Festival goers awoke the next day feeling different. Crawling out of vans, squirming from under collapsed tents, we were now on Dungog time, moving slowly and still tingling with contentment from the previous days events”Lillian Mercanti reviews the Gentlemen of the Road Dungog Stopover. Review here

Releases This Week

Machines of Love and Grace
Machines of Love and GraceMartha Tilston
Online Store

No Shape Can Hold Me Now
No Shape Can Hold Me NowMatt Bauer
Bandcamp

Psychedelic Pill
Psychedelic PillNeil Young and Crazy Horse
iTunes

I Awake
I AwakeSarah Blasko
iTunes

New York Times
New York TimesSimone Felice
Online Store

The Staves
Dead & Born & GrownThe Staves
Online Store

Timber and Steel Presents

Catherin Traicos
Catherine Traicos with Anna Smyrk & The Appetites, Tracy McNeil
Sunday 28th October (Matinée) – The Workers Club, Melbourne VIC

Jack Carty
Jack Carty with Jackson McLaren, Pinky Beecroft
Sunday 28th October (Evening) – The Workers Club, Melbourne VIC

ILUKA
Don’t Think Twice feat. Iluka, We Are The Birdcage, Ross Henry
Sunday 28th October – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You
Thursday 1st November – FBi Social, Kings Cross, NSW

Ainslie Wills
Friday 26th October – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 28th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Andrew Morris with Zac Gunthorpe
Saturday 27th October – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Angus Stone
Thursday 1st November – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Friday 2nd November – Level One Newcastle Leagues, Newcastle

Arbori with Yetis, Little Big Horn, Ryan Collings
Friday 2nd November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Billy Bragg
Saturday 27th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 30th October – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 31st October – Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd November – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Charles Jenkins
Friday 26th October – The Velvet Lounge, Mt Lawley, WA

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 26th October – The Beresford Hotel, Surry Hills, NSW
Saturday 27th October – Sydney Blues & Roots Festival, Windsor, NSW
Thursday 1st November – Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 2nd November – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival feat. The New Worlds, Mustered Courage, Jimmy The Fish, The Company, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, The String Contingent, Chaika, The Mid North, Breaking Hart Benton, Nick and Liesl
26th to 28th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Elliot The Bull
Friday 26th October – The Lass, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 27th October – The Patch, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 28th October – Old Manly Boat Shed, Manly, NSW

Fleurieu Folk Festival feat. Eric Bogle, The Go Set, The Stetson Family, Barry Skipsey, The Timbers
26th to 28th October – Willunga, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 26th October – Kidgeeridge Festival, Lake Conjola, NSW
Saturday 27th October – Illawarra Builder’s Club, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 28th October – Lizotte’s, Kincumber NSW

Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett
Thursday 1st November – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Joe Robinson
Saturday 27th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

John Williamson
Friday 26th October – Crown Casino, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Crown Casino, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 26th October -Bended Elbow, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Thursday 1st November – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Friday 2nd Novemrber – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 26th October – Illawarra P.A.C., Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 27th October – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 26th October – Ballarat Regent Multiplex, North Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Regent Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 30th October – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 31st October – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 1st November – Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, NSW
Friday 2nd November – York Theatre Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Laneway
Saturday 27th October – Drill Hall, Mullumbimby NSW

Lisa Mitchell with Alpine and Danco
Friday 26th October – The Astor, Perth, WA
Saturday 27th October – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 28th October – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 31st October – Anthenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd November – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Mama Kin
Friday 26th October – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Sunday 28th October – Island Vibes Festival, North Stradbroke Island, QLD
Tuesday 30th October – Camelot, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 31st October – Clarendon Guesthouse Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 1st November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 26th October – The Ellington, Perth, WA
Wednesday 31st October – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 1st November – Cafe Le Monde, Noosa, QLD
Friday 2nd November – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Mike Compton
Friday 26th October – Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th October – State Theatre of Western Australia, Perth, WA
Friday 2nd November – Albany Town Hall, Albany, WA

Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Friday 26th October – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 28th October – Kurunda Ampitheatre, Cairns, QLD
Monday 29th October – Convention Centre, Townsville, QLD
Wednesday 31st October – Convention Centre, Gold Coast, QLD

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Alex Tsiboulski and Akoustic Odyssey

Friday 26th October – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Sufi Soul and Luminaria
Friday 2nd November – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 26th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Pure Pop Records, St Kilda, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Elwood Lounge, Elwood, VIC

Surry Hills Festival
Saturday 27th October – Prince Alfred Park, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Blues & Roots Festival (Lanie Lane, Mia Dyson, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Chase The Sun, Microwave Jenny, Ashleigh Mannix, Hat Fitz and Cara)
25th to 28th October – Sydney, NSW

Tablelands Folk Festival
26th to 28th October – Yungaburra, QLD

The Borderers
Sunday 28th October – Sunday by the Lake, Tuggeranong, ACT
Sunday 28th October – King O’Malley’s, Canberra City, ACT

The Paper Kites (with Art of Sleeping, Battleships)
Friday 26th October – The SoundLounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 27th October – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 2nd November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The String Contingent
Friday 26th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW
Saturday 27th October – Restrung Chamber Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

The Tiger and Me
Saturday 27th October – Revolt, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Tigertown
Friday 26th October – Barsoma, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 27th October – Bon Amici Café, Toowoomba, QLD

Tin Sparrow
Friday 26th October – The Standard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th October – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

TinPan Orange
Friday 26th October – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Danse Macabre” – Béla Fleck feat. Ben Sollee

After Ben Sollee announced his Australian tour this week I was reminded of this track he recorded with Béla Fleck to accompany the Neil Gaiman book The Graveyard Book. You can buy this as a single or its also available as part of the audio book.

New Texture Like Sun Video, “One Great Prize”

Texture Like Sun
Image Courtesy of Texture Like Sun

The new Texture Like Sun EP hits digital stores next Friday 2nd November and we’re really looking forward to it. As I’m sure we’ve said before we’ve had a bit of a sneak peak at the self titled EP and it’s really good.

The latest video from Texture Like Sun is “One Great Prize”, track four on the new EP. The video was directed by Cesar Rodrigues and we’ve gotten an embed below:

Texture Like Sun will be touring with Patrick James in November. The full list of dates is below:

Thursday 8th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 9th November – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbounre, VIC

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