Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2016

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You’ve heard what we think the top albums of 2016 were, but lets be honest this is the piece you’ve really been waiting for.

Every year we reach out to the community of folk and acoustic musicians in Australia and around the world to ask them to pick their favourite album or EP of the year, and this year they came through in spades.

So without further waffle may we present to you this year’s Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2016.

Bill ChambersEagle & The Wolf
Bill ChambersCold Trail
What a record. Bill just turns up when he feels like it and shows us all how it’s done. The title track is one of the best driving songs ever written and we’ve done A LOT of driving this year! This record has been with us on every trip and inspires us as artists of the alt. country genre to dig deep and keep being real, in life and in music. He’s the baddest and the best.

James KenyonAnna Cordell
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
This album takes me into such a beautiful space, it is so beautifully written and produced, I find myself smiling every time I listen to it – I’m entranced and inspired.

Joe MungovanImogen Clark
Joe MungovanWay Down South
Joe totally embodies the Joni Mitchell quote about songwriting, “The closer you get to your heart is the closer you get to everyone else’s”. This EP is an evolution for him, the production is so sparse and spacey, almost Bon Iver-ish, and very different from the folky style of his first EP. But what remains is Joe’s amazing ability to capture so perfectly the melancholy of the human condition with his beautiful melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics. A big 5 stars from me. Love ya, Joe!

Piers FacciniSam Lee
Piers FacciniI Dreamed An Island
This album only came out a couple of weeks ago but I think needs mentioning in this years crop. Piers is one of the finest male singers and his musicianship is exquisite. It’s an album of great sensitivity with deep thought and poetry inside. The songs are so well formed, he has a knack at creation of timeless soundings orgs.

DD DumboDan Flynn
D.D DumboUtopia Defeated
Oliver has really found his own unique sound while incorporating some diverse influences including folk, electronic and world music. I was really impressed with his songwriting and his ability to draw you in to his strange little world. I also love the production with all those sonic layers that reveal themselves over repeated listens. Amazing debut.

Michael KiwanukaSkyscraper Stan
Michael KiwanukaLove and Hate
I got hooked on this album while touring around New Zealand. The songwriting is melodic, the dynamics are masterful and the closing track, “Final Frame”, kicks me in the guts.

William CrightonJosh Rennie-Hynes
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
I first heard William at Nannup at the start of this year and loved it. He’s a great performer and his songs are top notch. This album captures all of that perfectly. The production is spot on and is a testament to the benefits of what a more DIY approach to recording can achieve.

Bon IverTanya Batt (BATTS)
Bon Iver22, A Million
There have been a lot of amazing releases this year, Canary, Braille Face and Hayden Calnin were three I wanted to choose too. However, it had to be Bon Iver. The most highly anticipated album in my life, it did not disappoint. This album means so much to me, It’s an extremely innovative album within soundscapes and also so raw, filled with emotion. Many tears were shed when I first listened.

MoulettesClaude Hay
MoulettesPreternatural
Moulettes new album Preternatural really grabed me from the first second, Distorted Cello, Oboe, guitar bass drums and they all sing insane harmonies perfectly live….Audio candy

Bill HuntLiam Gale (Liam Gale & the Ponytails)
Bill HuntUpwey
Conversational, melodic, witty and hooky songwriting flood through the beautiful ebb and flow of Upwey, Hunt’s first of many offerings. The songs are hued by a consistent arrangement of drums, bass, violin and Hunt’s subtle and precise guitar style. But they don’t rely on these arrangements; each song a story, assisted by the swell of instrumentation to convey the tales that swing from the near Latin grooves of “Odalik” to the slow sexy grind of “Sea of Love”. At six tracks long, it leaves you wanting more. Perfect.

Childish GambinoSahara Beck
Childish GambinoAwaken, My Love!
Listening to this album is like switching off the real world and stepping into an original and new world. I find it very inspiring.

Oh PepThe Little Stevies
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
I think the songwriting on Stadium Cake is really interesting. The songs take me to a place that I’m not expecting both lyrically and musically when I begin listening to them and they keep me guessing, which I absolutely love. The arrangements and production are also super cool, and I’m simply just a big fan of talented women and female partnerships doing great things in the arts.

Side PonyFanny Lumsden
Lake Street DiveSide Pony
It seriously makes me the most joy filled human ever. Side Pony is possibly my biggest songwriting envy of late and they just really nail that motown meets pop retro good times.

Nick CaveMiles O’Neil (Miles and Simone)
Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
I was scared to listen to this album due to the tragic circumstances surrounding it. Finally
mustering the courage one bright morning I listened to it through while walking beside the sea.
I stopped many times during that walk to sit and, floored, marvel at the breathtakingly
sadness and beauty captured in what is, to me and I’m sure many others, a masterpiece.

Hayden CalninForest Falls
Hayden CalninCut Love Pt 1/2
Hayden is an absolute stayer of the Melbourne music scene, but it’s for good reason. This record is world-class. Sparse, rich, cinematic, and desperate in its feel, it holds on to you long after the first listen.

Button CollectiveThe Bottlers
The Button CollectiveThe Lonesome Sea
As a softly lilting mandolin emerges from the silence of the opening track, Brodie’s haunting lyrical ballad begins to unravel the story of the heartbreak of a man, torn between travelling the lonesome sea and those who he has left behind. This beautiful yet bittersweet combination of well-travelled wordsmithing and an instrumental palate carrying a nostalgically truthful warmth, could be heard in any far-flung tavern in the dead of night, as tired candles flicker. Finishing with a raucous fling titled “Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy”, the Button Collective’s release concludes on a stirring high, twisting your arm to crave another ale. The EP’s recording, mixing and mastering add a special flair, as you hear the charismatic live-elements that give you a heart-swelling, beer-swilling singalong that you can partake in at any time. Well done fellas!

The Dreaming RoomPhia
Laura MvulaThe Dreaming Room
Her lyrics explore feminism, faith, self-worth, race, and her harmonies, arrangements and production are deep and multi-hued. One of the most exciting songwriters around, unafraid to experiment with multi-genre collaborations, like the London Symphony Orchestra and Nile Rodgers.

JoyGordon Wallace (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
The Peep TempelJoy
This is a great third album by the Melbourne based three piece that has initial flavours of 90s Aussie pub punk/bloke rock (like Cosmic Psychos) but that is just the beginning – the album is musically quite varied, with intelligent, dark, caustically humorous and often political lyrics with moments of honest beauty.

Wartime SweetheartsJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Wartime SweetheartsSo Long Sparta
It’s always great when a local artist drops something as fully formed and self-assured as Louise Nutting’s second album under the Wartime Sweethearts moniker. Experimental without forgetting the songcraft, it deserves its rightful place amongst the St Vincents, Dirty Projectors and My Brightest Diamonds of the art pop world. Props to local label Art As Catharsis, whose releases in October alone spanned from Wartime Sweethearts to Hashashin’s eastern mathrock and No Haven’s dark hardcore. Eclecticism rules the day!

BeyonceTaryn La Fauci
BeyoncéLemonade
To create and release a piece of work that is so intricately linked and ordered, one you must listen to from start to finish to understand the whole was really refreshing! The film that accompanied the album was also richly interesting, deep and powerful. To address themes such as infidelity and race and then to weave them powerfully into a full album, which on release caused so much controversy and started a conversation world wide, I thought was really great.

Melody PoolKevin Mitchell (Bob Evans)
Melody PoolDeep Dark Savage Heart
Another beautiful record from the most under-rated songwriter in Australia. “Love, She Loves Me” gives me goose bumps every time.

Winter WheatFrank Turner
John K SamsonWinter Wheat
I am a long term partisan of John’s work, so it’s not surprising that I liked this record. But god-DAMN, the man just keeps delivering. This record had me in tears three times on my first listen through, and it gets better with age.

David BowieWilliam Crighton
David BowieBlackstar
My favourite album from 2016 is Blackstar from David Bowie. There were a lot of great albums but I listened to it the most.

TigallerroSteven Barnard (Arbori, Jon Cotton)
Phonte and Eric RobersonTigallerro
Smooth grooves, dope rhymes, sweet melodies. You’d be hard pressed to find another 2016 record his year that has this flow, though Anderson Paaks’ Malibu is a close second. It rolls effortlessly from track to track and the inevitable ass shaking comes with a no “slutty table top twerking” guarantee. It’s rare that a hip hop record explores what it means to be a man of sexual fidelity, a family man, and even man of faith in higher power. Getting hype or turning down, my morning wake up or my party starter, this record has been a solid find.

Julia JacklinJesse Lubitz (TinPan Orange)
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
This album is a gem. The more I listen to this record, the more the songs shimmer and shine with a beautiful honesty. Jacklin’s songwriting is earnest and her voice perfect – it feels like an important voice which dances delicately on a wire between mundanity and profundity.

Bon IverOliver’s Army
Bon Iver22, A Million
Although becoming more and more electronic heavy, Justin Vernon’s signature haunting melodies and dynamic vocals remain consistently endearing. I found the production to be quite bold and experimental, and I love that they’re continuing to explore their sound and push it in new directions. Sonically, it’s spacious and beautiful.

RadioheadKim Churchill
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
My top album of 2016 has probably got to go to A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead. It really hit me at the perfect moment. I was deep in the studio and sometimes getting a bit overly flustered by how complex the process of recording can be. I think Radiohead have done something incredible in the way this album is so relaxed, so subtle, but so powerful. There is this beautiful calm confidence that I am completely in awe of. To be alive whilst their legacy is still being added to is a real treat!

Conor OberstThomas Busby (Busby Marou)
Conor OberstRuminations
Brave, personal and heart achingly real. It feels like you’re in the room with him as he’s pouring his heart out.

Iggy PopEm George
Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
It would be a total lie for me to say that I have been patiently and politely waiting for a new Iggy Pop record because I’ve been extremely impatient and downright rude, mouthing off to my vinyl copy of Lust for Life, begging to the Iggy Pop gods for a new release and then Post Pop Depression hit in March this year. Produced by Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), the entire album is gritty and dark, sharp and tight with that small hint of sadness that lies just under the surface of Iggy Pop’s music. However in true Iggy fashion, the melodies and heavy drums lift the album into something that is hard to define, taking you to another place. My pick for 2016!

KaleoGerrit Gmel (Citizen of the World)
KaleoA/B
I came across these guys on Spotify a few months ago as they were our number one associated artist then. I had never heard of them before but their album has been on repeat ever since. Their album is incredibly varied, with high-energy songs like “Way Down We Go” and soft ballads like “Save Yourself”. An emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.

Gregory PorterJoe Glover (Shelley’s Murder Boys, Backsliders)
Gregory PorterTake me to the Alley
I watched a YouTube clip of Gregory Porter performing on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and watched it several times over, absolutely mesmerised. The album is just as mesmerising; full of soul, jazz and RnB, beautiful arrangements and Porter’s effortless delivery; just enough grit and soul to keep the jazz interesting! I listen to this album when I want something that will absolutely zone me out of where I am and what I am doing, Porter’s soothing voice is like being wrapped up in blanket and given a cup of hot cocoa.

Bruce MolskyShell Eves (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
Bruce MolskyCan’t Stay Here This a-Way
Bruce Molsky always manages to bring such a rich, unique sound to the old-time classics. His latest album is no exception. His fiddle-singin’ gives me warm fuzzies akin to sitting by a campfire under a starry sky.

David BowieJimmy Murray (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
David BowieBlackstar
It was hot, humid January afternoon driving through a sun-shower when I first listened to David Bowie’s Blackstar album. Released just 2 days after his death aged 69 this is an amazing final piece of work from this incredible artist. The hauntingly beautiful voice and instrumentation echos with songs about finality and death. Listening to this I was filled pure joy, sadness and reflection of this artist’s inspirational legacy.

Black Mountain String bandThe Plough
Black Mountain String BandTime Traveller
This year The Plough discovered the Canberra based Black Mountain String Band and can’t get enough of them. The exuberance and variety they bring to a live show is showcased beautifully in their recording. Their mix of traditional and original songs and instrumentals take the listener back in time through a landscape of high energy Old Time, Western Swing, triangle pumping Cajun and plucky Fiddle polkas. This CD’s been on high rotation in the Lancer’s CD stacker ever since it was launched in the bush capital on a chilly winters night.

TyrannamenFraser A Gorman
TyrannamenTyrannamen
A brilliant, gruff mixture of Memphis Garage-soul blended deep in a gravel filled, VB bottle of Australian 70’s pub rock. Eight tracks long, all killer no filler.

Margo PriceNick Payne (Dear Orphans)
Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
Margo is one of the first of a new breed of Americana artists to come out of the new epicentre of country music in East Nashville. Alongside Cale Tyson, Michaela Anne, Erin Rae, et al., these guys are playing authentic honky-tonk reminiscent of 1970s outlaw country, yet with their own fresh take. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter reminds me of the edgiest tracks from Dolly Parton, and the fact she is the first country act signed to Jack White’s Third Man Records is a testament to the quality of this album.

Oh PepJames Kenyon
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
Stadium Cake is a brilliant album – brave arrangements, tight pop writing, great lyrics and Liv’s voice is a pleasure. I love the ambition of the album, and the assuredness the result. It’s an inspiring record

Julia JacklinAinsley Farrell
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
I’ve had the chance to see Julia perform these songs over the past couple years so I’ve been very excited for her album. She has an incredible songwriting talent topped by this powerful yet vulnerable voice that’ll break your heart and put it back together again all in one go. If you get the chance to see her and her band live I wouldn’t miss it.

Liz StringerMel Parsons
Liz StringerAll The Bridges
I have been a fan of Liz for a good few years now, I’m completely smitten with her voice – all husk, beauty and pain. I had high expectations for her new album, and All The Bridges delivers and then some, it’s been on repeat in my house since it arrived.

CanaryKathleen Mary Lee
CanaryI Am Lion
I like this because it is a celebration of very big, very beautiful feelings that I reckon have no other way of being celebrated other than through this kind of emotionally epic music. The lyrics are attempts at honesty and the music is always their non verbal emotional equivalent, making the album a very cathartic experience. If you want it to be. A bit of a masterpiece

Eagle and the WolfSam Buckingham
Eagle & The WolfEagle & The Wolf
Sarah brings out Kris’s sweetness and Kris brings out Sarah’s no bullshit strength – making this album the perfect balance of heart and “fuck you”. It just sounds like two musicians being real and having a ball. Awesome songwriting, perfect harmonies – it’s golden.

Sian EvansTori Forsyth
Sian EvansHow Time Has Treated Thee
This EP has only swept across my table recently but it is hands down a stand out. It makes me feel happy, sad and inspired all in one hit!

Songs From DanLucie Thorne
Dan TuffySongs From Dan
Aussie expat (now Dutch resident) and legend Dan Tuffy (Big Low, Wild Pumpkins at Midnight) has made one of my favourite albums not just of 2016 but of all time (seriously!). Co-produced by Melbourne’s Matt Walker, and recorded partly here in Melbourne, and partly in Holland, this album is an extraordinary collection from a true poet who sings straight to the heart of it all. Check it out folks!

Sian EvansHusky Gawenda (Husky)
Damien JuradoVisions Of Us On The Land
While this is Damien Jurado’s twelth album, it is the first I heard of him. Visions is a psychedelic, mystical odyssey, one that takes place within and without. The internal wanderings, the struggles and revelations, mirror an external landscape that is both beautiful and haunting. Each listen draws you further into these mirror worlds and all the while Jurado’s songs and sounds are immediately and undeniably striking.

Tracy McNeilLeah Flanagan
Tracy McNeil and the Good LifeThieves
Thieves is such an enjoyable record to listen to. It’s poppy and catchy yet underneath the veneer of fun singalong good times the songs themselves incredibly well crafted and arranged. Tracey writes a damn good song and if you’re lucky enough to see her band live, you’ll see them play those songs damn well too.

Adora EyeMusketeer
Adora EyeIf You Need A King, I’ve Been Prepared All My Life
This is probably the most raw and enduring folk album I have listened to all year. I am sure that this Swedish singer-songwriter was up all night writing this album in a smokey boat in the Stockholm harbour somewhere. You can almost see him clutching that ink pen with a red right hand, as his pet raven swings in a cage above his head eating dead beetles.

Hiss Golden MessengerDave Powys (The Paper Kites)
Hiss Golden MessengerHeart Like A Levee
I heard this album playing in a record store in London, and as I flicked through racks of vinyl I was drawn into the melodies and depth of his song writing. Every now and then you come across an artist who really moves you, or scratches an itch you never knew you had – this album has done both for me.

The Kill Devil HillsCatherine Traicos
The Kill Devil HillsIn On Under Near Water
This album encapsulates all that I love about the The Kill Devil Hills. A mad racket of noise, it pulses with life and is as ripe with heartfelt ballads as it is with sexy, sinister, badass, guitar driven numbers. Enjoy with whiskey.

Robert Ellis10 String Symphony
Robert EllisRobert Ellis
His first self-produced effort combines thoughtfully crafted songs with unique and interesting arrangements, expertly performed by him and his killer band. It’s the full package real deal and we love it so much.

The Dead MaggiesThe Dead Maggies
The Cloves and The TobaccoAcross The Horizon
TCATT are one of many celt-punk bands making great music in Java, and this album is a standout. It’s straight up driving celtic punk, with big powerful singalong choruses that tug the heartstrings. Good arrangements and musicianship help make this album great. We played with them in their hometown of JogJakarta, in the attic of a vegetarian cafe. The power cut out just before the gig, so the bands went ahead and played unplugged, it was a great moment of sweaty singalongs.

Howe GelbMark Moldre
Howe GelbFuture Standards
Late night meanderings. Laid back, whisky infused jazz piano. Wordplay and lyrical twists that stand alongside the wit of Ira Gershwin and Hoagy Carmichael with the quiet phrasing of Chet Baker. Gelb continues to walk to his own beat – confounding expectations whilst smashing and recreating genres. His history has always hinted towards a love of jazz and occasionally detoured into Monk style musings – here Gelb embraces it wholeheartedly.

TullaraSian Evans
TullaraBetter Hold On
Earthy folk and roots with a dash of dirty grunge, Tullara presents her debut EP Better Hold On. Featuring her superb guitar slinging and percussive finger tapping wizardry, genius pop-roots arrangements and powdery vocals; it’s as if an Aussie Taylor Swift, John Butler and Andy Mckee were entrapped in a love triangle and spawned gold threads of wild honesty weaving together this admirable little Roots record. It’ll jerk a tear and invoke a bit of primal badass equally.

TaliskJake Pember (The Button Collective)
TaliskAbyss
Ever since first hearing Mohsen Amini’s amazing concertina playing earlier this year I have been a little bit obsessed with this band. They have the perfect blend of traditional and modern styles, and each member has such command of their instruments that every track feels as natural and flowing as a conversation.

Max SavageKaurna Cronin
Max SavageTrue Believers
Max has a brilliant ability to invite his audiences into the narrative of his works. With brilliant imagery and musicianship True Believers captures a great snapshot of true Australian culture, while also creating a great sense of nostalgia by grasping that 80’s Australian rock sound perfectly. The perfect soundtrack for an Australian road trip or any suburban household.

Nick CaveAlex L’Estrange
Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
Amongst all the huge artists that dropped albums in 2016, and the loads of Australian artists that arguably dropped career highlights (Ball Park Music, These Guy, D.D Dumbo), there was one album that I found myself frequently listening to, uninterrupted, alone on the hi-fi, and that was Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. It’s not necessarily my favourite, I think it’s an impossible task to name a favourite, but it was the first album that came to mind for this list, and that means more than anything. Hearing it coupled with the film One More Time With Feeling was challenging, given its subject matter. But its atmosphere was expertly executed; dynamic, fluid, smooth and heartbreaking. The rooms of Air, La Frette and Retreat studios are beautifully on display in songs like “Girl in Amber”, where the wispy backing vocals of The Bad Seeds hauntingly resonate across the walls. These contrast the desperate and almost maddening mantras of “I Need You”. What makes it a truly extraordinary album, is that it isn’t just doom and gloom. ‘Skeleton Tree’ doesn’t dwell on tragedy, it addresses it as part of the human condition, and there is an underlying beauty in that.

William CrightonClaire Ann Taylor
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
The storytelling and the whole atmosphere created by Crighton on this album is incredible. His dark, brooding voice and emotive style of delivery, commanded my attention from the first moment I heard it.

Andy ShaufWilliam Fitzsimmons
Andy ShaufThe Party
This was my favorite album of the year for one simple reason: MELODY!!! Andy is everything that’s right about classic “pop” music; never playing a note without a damn good reason for doing so, and songwriting that makes you feel something deep in your gut. He’s the worthy musical son of Harry Nilsson that we’ve longingly been waiting for.

LuciusRuby Boots
LuciusGood Grief
I have to choose this album because I’m still, since its release, pulling away the layers on it. Although it’s a predominantly pop record, the lyrical content and melodic arrangements are so intelligent and accessible all at once – a fine line that is hard to walk. The girls’ voices are otherworldly and tend to make me forget where I am and what I’m doing every time I put this album on. I still can’t get enough of it.

WetLacey Cole (Lazy Colts)
WetDon’t You
If you have a soft spot for B-grade pop ballads/R&B this Brooklyn-based three piece may just have written the soundtrack of your 90s-nostalgia drenched dreams. Their latest album Don’t You is a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine. Helmed by the stunning front-woman Kelly Zutrau, her unusual vocal inflections and impassioned delivery suggest an emotional complexity in what may otherwise be confused as banal sentiments (one song is called “Baby, You’re The Best”). Once combined with the lush production and rhythms of the band – assigned with the noble task of turning tears into toe-tappers – these songs are wonderfully earnest, rarely overwrought and exactly what you need right now.

James KenyonJoe Murphy (The Timbers)
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
I have been lucky enough to see James play a couple of times. His beautifully crafted songs are reminiscent of great songwriters like Paul Kelly. The album is a stunning representation of his work.

JRHMabel Windred-Wornes (Charm of Finches)
Josh Rennie-HynesFurthermore
I love this album. It’s got so much warmth, it’s spacious. I listen to it late at night doing my homework and it’s so calming. It’s like the energy he captured recording it in the hills of Woodford transmits. We met him at Bendigo Blues and Roots Fest this year and felt we’d discovered a rare gem. He’s an amazing songwriter.

Tom BrosseauMatt Bauer
Tom BrosseauNorth Dakota Impressions
Beautiful storytelling, vivid imagery, and an incredible sense of place. I’ve always loved Tom’s records and he’s at the top of his game here writing about his native North Dakota.

Jim JamesTimberwolf
Jim JamesEternally Even
It’s a pretty passionate political plea and America needed a timely voice. He even released it the day before election day. I think his voice is very much from another world, so that’s an important “third person” kind of perspective. It’s a well sequenced collection of songs, and I really love the warm psych and soul inspired production/composition. Maybe I’m just biased because I know that Jim James and Blake Mills would make up my sonic dream-team.

Nigel WearneJustin Bernasconi (The Stillsons)
Nigel WearneDrawing Circles
Nigel has really forged his own fingerpicking techniques on both the banjo and guitar on this album, and his voice tenderly delivers every song with intense concern and passion. Just check out the live version of the title track.

The Kill Devil HillsMark ‘Looch’ Lewis – (Wifey/Handsome Young Strangers)
The Kill Devil HillsIn On Under Near Water
I have always loved this band. In all their incarnations and styles whether that is folk, country, gospel, rock or what I call the “WA dirge” (Kim Salmon, Drones type bass driven tunes). Hard to believe it is now 12 years since the release of their debut Heathen Songs when that “Drinkin’ Too Much” song first got my attention. And while it has been 7 years since the last studio album Man You Should Explode, the good news is that I reckon this is the most cohesive album yet. Cracking harmonies, great playing and strong tunes. Tracks like “The Nets”, “Chinese Burns” and notably “The Kid” are 3 of the best tunes they have released. Let’s hope there is more output and touring to come.

Austin LucasMatt Golotta (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Austin LucasBetween the Moon & the Midwest
I spend a fair bit of time on the road traveling to see my partner and this record became the perfect traveling companion for me. Took a few listens to get into and also realise it’s a concept album which draws from Lucas’ own past experiences. Without spoiling the outcome, it follows the luckless musician Richard, his partner Kristie Rae and his best friend William. It features killer song writing with pedal steel, twangy tele, country influences with punk rock subtlety, numerous guest vocals from the likes of John Moreland and Corey Brannan, and a cracker duet with Lydia Loveless “Wrong Side of the Dream”, dealing with the struggles and plights that many musicians face. My song of the record is “William”, the solo acoustic number at the end that makes you feel like you’ve just been kicked in the guts. Songwriting at its finest.

Cody JinksAndrew Cavalieri (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Cody JinksI’m Not the Devil
Raw, honest and heartache. That is this album! The first track really sets the mood for the rest of the album, but is broken up by “Chase This Song” which is a damn banger of a driving song! The outlaw vibe flowing from Junks’ music really prepares you for some hard times and disappointment in life. Bloody hell I love this album! Honorable mentions: Murlocs – Young Blindness, Jonny Fritz – Sweet Creep and Mudcrutch – 2.

Wartime SweetheartsLaura Bishop (Chaika)
Wartime SweetheartsSo Long Sparta
A killer voice, some super awesome writing skills, and an obsession with bodybuilders (hello Ms Olympia!) make this my favourite album of 2016. Wartime Sweethearts, aka singer-keyboardist-loop artist-songwriter Louise Nutting, signed to Art As Catharsis Records this year and released an album full of all the beats and electric piano and vocal harmony sounds that I like to hear (and I wish I could make) – and my favourite track “Figure It In, Figure It Out” has all the unexpected twistings and turnings of chord progressions that I wish I could write. One day Chaika will make sounds like this! One day…

Neil YoungTristan Goodall (The Audreys)
Neil YoungPeace Trail
Well with everyone saying we should just put 2016 behind us (although to be honest we should probably be approaching 2017 with a little trepidation too) I’ve decided not to dig too deeply into the past when thinking of my favorite record release of the year. I’ve loved many, but my recent love is the just-released 37th album by Neil Young. Peace Trail is short, musically experimental within its tight three piece band approach, and lyrically angry and poignant. I love it for the drummer’s drummer Jim Keltner and the way his delicate touch chases Neil’s quirky phrasing around the songs. I love it because it captures another freeze frame moment from a restless and undaunted songwriter, and I love it, of course, for those mighty guitar tones.

Davey CraddockLachlan Bryan
Davey CraddockCity West
2016 was a great year for my friends releasing good music. Melody Pool comes to mind, as do The Weeping Willows, Henry Wagons, Ange Boxall and Bill Jackson. It’s actually really hard to contribute to a “best of” list when you’re close to many of the artists – it’s hard to be objective – even after I rule out the records I was actually involved in making. Actually – it’s always hard to be objective, whether you know the artists or not. Furthermore, judging a whole body of work is hard – and for me, more than ever, 2016 was the year of the song (as opposed to the album or EP). And as songs go, the one that’s really stuck with me this year is the song “Number 9” by Davey Craddock. I love the cricket references. I asked Davey if he was a diehard cricket fan like me. He’s not. I was bitterly disappointed.

The Stray BirdsThe Mae Trio
The Stray BirdsMagic Fire
The Stray Birds made our fave album of 2014 and they’ve done it again in spectacular style with Magic Fire. It’s everything about this album and this band, the playing, the three part harmony and songs that are unabashed, true and unadorned. Magic Fire is a reminder of the things that matter, it’s definitely a fire and maybe a little bit magic.

Tori ForsythAndrew Swift
Tori ForsythBlack Bird
This EP is right up there as one of my favourite releases of 2016. From the moment I heard the opening title track, “Black Bird”, I knew that I was in for a treat. The diversity on display within the 5 tracks of Tori Forsyth’s debut release excites me. The songs are so well crafted and presented with such a mature sound, especially for someone so young. I’m eagerly awaiting the next release from one of Australia’s most promising young songwriters.

Hayden CalninRoscoe James Irwin
Hayden CalninCut Love Pt 1
A beautiful album from Melbourne artist Hayden Calnin. Drenched in melancholy and ambient awesomeness, this album had me at hello. (One of my favourite live shows of 2016 as well).

Jordie LaneNadine Budge (The Stetson Family)
Jordie Lane & The SleepersGLASSELLLAND
Have to say I’ve been particularly digging Jordie Lane’s GLASSELLLAND this last couple of months – with mighty input from the multi-talented Clare Reynolds. Let’s face it, Jordie’s a bit of an all-round talented guy!

Melody PoolDavey Craddock
Melody PoolDeep Dark Savage Heart
One of my fave local album’s of the year was Melody Pool’s Deep Dark Savage Heart. I’m a sucker for strings and a massive chorus and I love the way the songs build from really intimate, delicate and ornate passages into full-blown, wailing-on-a-mountain top with Stevie Nicks, 100 soaring bats and a thunderstorm moments. I saw her launch it at the Abbotsford Convent earlier this year and it was a really powerful and affecting show for me.

Methyl EthylTim Guy
Methyl Ethel – “No.28”
I know it’s not an album, but I’ve listened to this song more than any other this year, and it only came out a little while back. It has a lot going for it – great rhythm behind a smart piece of songwriting and then the whole thing is bathed in a deep silver mercury type thing. An Australian classic I swear.

DocksThe Staves
Amanda BergmanDocks
Our favourite album of 2016 is Docks by Amanda Bergman. Her voice is utterly sublime. You want to listen to every word she says. The music is dreamy, deep, soft, moody with melodies that whirr deliciously around your mind for days and weeks on end.

Katie BriannaRaechel Whitchurch
Katie BriannaVictim or the Heroine
I picked this album up when Katie and I did a songwriters showcase together. Sitting beside her listening to her songs was so magical – her voice is one of the most enchanting I have ever heard and her lyrics hit you right in the feels every time. Reminds me of a young Lucinda!

James KenyonMandy Connell (Stray Hens)
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
James’ lyrics have that magic of time and place usually associated with voices like Paul Kelly or Bruce Springsteen. You can practically smell his scenes. You’re there. This album captures the voice but better than that, like a Tim Winton book, its a record that makes you present in Kenyon’s stories.

Jordie LaneLiz Stringer
Jordie Lane & The SleepersGLASSELLLAND
It’s no secret that Jordie Lane and I are good mates. We grew up together, musically speaking, and I am more familiar with his work than with most other artist’s. His new album, his first full-length release in five years, is called GLASSELLLAND, recorded by Jordie himself in various make-shift recording spaces in North Los Angeles and co-produced by his fiercely talented partner, Clare Reynolds, who also co-wrote half of the songs and sings and plays a heap of instruments on the record. Jordie’s songwriting and musicianship continue to evolve and stretch out with the years and these songs, and the way they’re recorded, ache with longing while driving forward with a swagger and a playful showmanship, melodically rich and hooky as fuck. I always become a bit weepy listening to Jordie sing. And, now, the combination of him and Clare ruins me every time. Beautiful.

David BowieColin Jones (Colin Jones & The Delta Review)
David BowieBlackstar
An exceptional reflection on final days and the unknown. Every note by Bowie, McCaslin and the band emphasize the chaos and fragility of life. There is no better swansong for an artist.

A Moon Shaped PoolEmma Anglesey
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
A Moon Shaped Pool completely surrenders to simple truths that both lie in plain sight and in the messy tangled, kicking and screaming realities of life. The epic levels of angst in the opening track “Burn the Witch” are like an exorcism – Jonny Greenwood’s sharp string arrangement take you right to the edge – and then from there it’s like Alice falling through the rabbit hole of raw emotion and you go deeper and deeper.

DawesTim Hart (Boy & Bear)
DawesWe’re All Gonna Die
Some of the best lyric writing welded on to some pretty simple, but catchy, pop songs. Produced by Blake Mills (Alabama shakes, Laura Marling), this is a great record start to finish if you can forgive some slightly John Mayer sounding guitars that pop their head up from time to time. This I the record I keep coming back to this year

Oh PepRebecca Bastoli
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
I don’t think I have ever been so entranced, excited or exhausted by the journey of listening to an album start to finish.

Bon IverDustin Tebbutt
Bon Iver22, A Million
Bon Iver has once again exceeded expectations on this release. It’s both familiar and foreign, delicately coloured, softly focused yet angular and stark. It’s brave, honest and all the things that I loved about Justin’s earlier works, without coming close to formulaic. It’s colloquial and conversational, yet inherently profound. Incredible stuff both musically and sonically.

Margo PriceJosie Rothwell (Peasant Moon)
Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
There’s something comforting about Margo Price’s debut album, almost like I’d listened to it before, but not in an overly familiar sort of way. Perhaps there’s something in her glorious voice that reminds me of my parent’s Dolly Parton records. She’s a great story teller, and I want to know more about her heartaches and headaches, particularly when accompanied by her crack band. I’m also proud to say my 4 year daughter keeps calling for “Hurtin’ (on the Bottle)” when we’re in the car – and I can’t think of anything else I’d want her to be listening to right now.

BJ BarthamHarvey Russell (Peasant Moon)
BJ BarhamRockingham
It pains me to say this but BJ Barham’s new-found sobriety has coincided with a serious coming of age as a songwriter. Taking a (very) short break from American Aquarium duties, BJ’s solo release (a genuine side-project) is seriously hard-hitting stuff. It rivals Aquarium’s 2012 release Burn. Flicker. Die. for intensity, but of a completely different nature. With sparse arrangements (often acoustic) Barham, as storyteller, gives you an uncensored and unashamed glimpse into how rural America has been left behind. Not for the faint hearted.

William CrightonSam Newton
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
I’d caught Crighton perform a bunch of times at local venues around Sydney and really dug his tune (and especially the music video) “Woman Like You” prior to this album’s release. So I was anticipating this release. Really excited for it. I was stoked when I heard that he and producer Matt Sherrod came through with the goods. Big time. Highlights for me are “Riverina Kid”, “Priest” and “2000 Clicks”. In my mind, this one is about as strong as debut albums get.

Chaim TannenbaumEliza Carthy
Chaim TannenbaumChaim Tannenbaum
The album that I have most enjoyed and most visited this year is the debut of the kind, quiet genius Chaim Tannenbaum (Storysound Records). I’ve had the privilege of working with Chaim over the years but it was only recently I realised that I have lived with his distinctive voice and gorgeous humility since I first began to love music. It’s his voice that forms the third harmony in “Complainte pour St Catherine” on the first McGarrigle sisters’ album, a song I played over and over as a child until you could almost see through the record, and he has been quiet companion and producer to theirs and their extended family’s work ever since. It’s somewhat typical of his humility that he has waited this long to make an album, produced by his dear longtime friend and collaborator Loudon Wainwright III. It’s a collection of avuncular stories told in his gorgeously expressive voice with beautiful, minimal production. Some trad, some conversational originals covering everything from the fate of the baseball stadium Ebbets Field to living in a depressing grey London in the endless rain in the 1960s. An album to listen to with your eyes closed by the fire. Again and again, and again.

PinegroveQuinton Trembath
PinegroveCardinal
The lyrics on this album read like the private diary of a well spoken (and well read) guy filled with both anxiety and excitement for life. The musicianship and dynamics complement this introspectiveness well, making it perfectly suited for intense solo listening as well as for being cranked on road trips with friends.

Sean McMahonAlison Ferrier
Sean McMahon and the MoonMenShiner
Sean McMahon’s laid back yet somehow intense vocal brings this fantastic collection of songs to life in my living room. Shiner’s ragged elegance is full of the sort of raunchy country rock I can’t get enough of. Stand out tracks for me: “Shiner” and “Here Comes the Night Again”.

WhitneyEddie Boyd
WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
This album just grew and grew on me since my first listen. Simple, catchy tunes that make me wanna dance or go driving for a long time. I think Whitney nailed everything about this album – the instrumentation, the production, obviously the songs. Also, they’re heaps good live.

Secret PathThe Once
Gord DownieSecret Path
The Tragically HipMan Machine Poem
This year was a hard year in Canadian Music. We have a fella here by the name of Gord Downie. He is a legend. He has helped raise Canadians to be more real with his music. He is the frontman for the band The Tragically Hip. There are not many people in Canada who don’t know who The Hip are. Their music has become part of our DNA. Gord, this year, made a statement saying he has terminal brain cancer so he obviously fighting for the men and women of the north. The folks that have needed a voice for far too long. He is being that voice. He is showing us how to be Canadian and that we can’t be without acknowledging the needs of all of our people, without respecting all of our people. This year, instead of succumbing to his illness, he put out two albums. One with The Hip and one solo. Here they are. They are magic and will go down in history in our great nation. It’s amazing to watch one man build his second legacy.

Cash SavageJessica Cassar (Jep and Dep)
Cash Savage & The Last DrinksOne Of Us
This has everything you want from a record. It’s dirty and beautiful, and dark as hell. Cash sings with a thunderous anguish that cracks, rumbles and echoes so perfectly any sorrow you might have ever had. And like any good storm, the album’s darkness reveals a little light, one that roars some sort of painful end, or much needed beginning. I love this record!

Tracy McNeilGretta Ziller
Tracy McNeil & The GoodlifeThieves
I’ll be the first to admit I’m late to the game when it comes to Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife. I caught their set at Out on the Weekend and was captivated! Their 2016 album Thieves is just so dang easy to listen to, I will confess it is turning into a “chilling on the deck summer favourite” of mine! Please, if you haven’t already, pick up or download a copy of this album and chill!!

Bill JacksonRosie McDonald (RAPT, Trippy Hippy Band, Seanchas)
Bill JacksonThe Wayside Ballads Vol. 2
Bills’ reputation had preceded him before I heard him at Fairlight folk with Ruth Hazelton and Pete Fiddler. I grabbed the opportunity to contribute to his The Wayside Ballads Vol. 2 crowd funding campaign to get Bill and Pete over to Nashville to record with some very fine session players. Bill kept me updated with postcards and messages so I felt like a sideline cheerer in this whole project. Then the CD arrived! Magnificent songs, co-written with Bills’ brother Ross. Bills’ time worn voice, rich and mellow, rootsy, Americana-ish but very very homegrown, local accent, stories big and small, tender and big hearted. Pete’s playing shines in amongst the session guys, a great listen. Music for travel, the cabin, the verandah, anywhere.

Kate Burke and Pete WildMelanie Horsnell
Kate Burke and Pete WildLive at St Peters
In my small town we have the most marvellous artists touring through, but I also love our sweet locals, and I adore this live record by Kate Burke and Pete Wild. Pete Wild’s “Mars 1” is a love song about a person who goes on the Mars mission leaving his forever love behind, the Martin-Martin song is an old village favourite and the last love song between Doris and Arthur makes me giggle and lament at the same time. And I adore playing Kate Burkes version of Frozen Man on repeat when everything in life gets a bit much.

MontaigneGretta Ray
MontaigneGlorious Heights
My favourite record that was released in 2016 is without a doubt, Montaigne’s Glorious Heights. What impresses me most about this record is the fact that it is rather evident that the artist went into this project with the intention of experimenting with her sound and taking risks, drawing inspiration from a range of her influences and assuring that each song conveyed a slightly different emotion from the previous track. I believe it was this approach of 20-year-old Jess Sero’s (Montainge) that resulted in the production of what I perceive to be a very imaginative and bold debut album. This record showcases the fact that Jess has, unquestionably, one of the strongest and most commanding voices in the Australian music industry, this being exemplified through the outstanding production and arrangements of the songs that make up Glorious Heights. As well as this, each song is demonstrative of Jess’ incredibly clever and unique songwriting, which I cannot wait to hear more of in years to come; the simplicity yet complexity and quirkiness of a lyric such as “when you touch my skin, I think ‘this isn’t boring'” makes one ponder on such a line, as Jess’ way of writing is different, daring and something that never fails to make me smile. Glorious Heights made me so very excited about how extravagant pop music is becoming in this day and age, and on the whole made me very proud to be a young woman in the Australian music scene.

WhitneyTreetop Flyers
WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
I first started hearing about this band online, so was waiting for the album with anticipation. When it dropped I must have played it back to back straight away, which rarely happens. They are hard to put in a genre, which is really great. No Woman is one of our faves of the year. They are great live and do a version’s of NRBQ’s Magnet, so happy campers over here.

Drive By TruckersShane Nicholson
Drive-By TruckersAmerican Band
In a year of many great records, this stands tall above the crowd. It’s everything I love about the Truckers: gutsy and raw, clever and thoughtful, sometimes irreverent and full of attitude, and sometimes tender and restrained. Imagine a bastard-child born to Son Volt, Matthew Ryan and Uncle Tupelo, but all dressed up in those well-worn and unmistakable Drive-By Truckers clothes. How could that not make for the coolest kid on the block this year?

Conor OberstJack Carty
Conor OberstRuminations
It’s bloody beautiful in its simplicity. Gorgeous songs performed honestly. It seems like every track is a complete performance and any imperfections only enhance the sincerity of it all for me. Such an incredibly good songwriter.

Hayes CarllThe Weeping Willows
Hayes CarllLovers and Leavers
Lovers and Leavers is Hayes Carll’s most personal, introspective and “exposed” album to date, both in terms of the intimate, confessional songwriting and the stripped back arrangements, reminiscent of Heartbreaker era Ryan Adams, never saying too much – or too little. This intimacy draws you in, while Carll’s vulnerability captures you and takes you on a journey through heartache and reflection. Hayes was always in good hands with dynamic duo Joe Henry (producer) and Ryan Freeland (engineer) at the wheel, steering gently towards a common, graceful goal. Henry’s arrangements are characteristically unique yet elegant and tasteful, while Freeland brings his trademark clarity and warmth. Check it out if you’re fans of the late, great Guy Clark and/or Townes Van Zandt or fellow Texans, Steve Earle and Kevin Welch. Stand out tracks: “Sake of The Song”, “The Magic Kid” and “Drive”.

Iggy PopKelly Day (Broads)
Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
Sometimes you’ll find a record that makes you feel high from the moment it begins. Iggy’s new album, channelled through the hooky sounds of Josh Homme and given a Bowie-esque lean, made me grin like a mad person. And then immediately take it for another spin.

Robert EllisMegan Cooper
Robert EllisRobert Ellis
I was waiting to go on air for an interview. While we were pfaffing around getting ready “The High Road” came on. I pretended I knew who Robert Ellis was when I was advised who the artist was that had pretty much hypnotised me in 30 seconds flat. I went out and paid cash money for the album the next day. Every song got me on first listen. Cinematic moments. Super personal bits. Non-standard approaches. Aspirational.

PassengerSam Brittain
PassengerYoung As The Morning, Old As The Sea
Mike has always had a wonderful way of crafting simple and memorable melodies. Combine this with his always captivating lyrics and you have a master songwriter who’s tunes that sneak their way into your day. Songs that sooner or later without realising you find yourself humming whilst waiting in line for your morning coffee. Although often his storytelling veers on on the darker side of heartbreak and loss this latest album has a lighter touch, proving Passenger is and a yard stick for the aspiring modern folk troubadour. A dynamic artist who’s albums have been true to his own brand since day one. Additionally his band on this record are also fantastic live. I recently caught his show to a sold out Vicar Street in Dublin, it was one I won’t soon forget.

Bon IverAde Vincent (The Tiger and Me)
Bon Iver22, A Million
Another great record from Bon Iver – I have loved all three so far. I like how it also pushes into some new and interesting territory with the production. The auto-tuned a cappella of “715 – CR∑∑KS” is a particular highlight

Margaret GlaspyMaia Marsh
Margaret GlaspyEmotions and Math
It makes me feel really empowered whenever I listen to it, as a woman myself playing music. The songs are strong, guitar tone is great and her voice has this amazing growl that cuts through a sincere sensitivy at the same time.

BlondDirewolf
Frank OceanBlond
My hat is profusely off to an artist who can seamlessly bridge so many facets of musical integrity. What I mean by that nonsensical shit is that the entire record is some kind of highly strung soundboard (literally) which either sends you flying high just to get high, or high because you’re just too fucking upset. “Skyline To” and “Seigfried” are perfect examples. The whole collective arrangement kills me too, it’s like listening to recent Bon Iver whilst playing Sega in a radio store – the musicality is superb. I could say a lot more, but I’ll safely surrender by saying it definitely influenced the direction of my mind in doing another record.

Bon IverWildwood Kin
Bon Iver22, A Million
Easily. We’ve never heard anything quite like it. It’s just genius.

Tattletale SaintsGeorge Jackson (The Company, Buffalo Nickel, One Up, Two Down)
Tattletale SaintsTattletale Saints
Nashville based, New Zealand duo Tattletale Saints released their self-titled, second album this year, and it’s beautiful. Cy Winstanley (Guitars, Vocals) can pen songs with the best of them, his offerings on this album range from self-reflective and insightful, to sometimes cynical and cutting but always with a masterful craftsmanship. Vanessa McGown (Double Bass, Vocals) provides both solid and virtuosic Double Bass playing and vintage tinged country vocals. The new album is definitely a departure from their earlier acoustic recordings – but for a new fan, like me coming along, this is a bold and engaging listen complete with a production dripping in vintage tones and depth. Listen, and enjoy!

Genni KaneBill Jackson
Genni KaneSelfies
Ex-member of seminal Australian band, The Flying Emus, Genni Kane has a voice that can’t be denied. This long awaited record shows she is also a very gifted songwriter and the opening track “Little White Dog” is the beginning of a beautiful journey that deserves your attention.

Nancy KerrRuth Hazleton (http://www.billjacksonmusic.com/, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton)
Nancy KerrInstar
A heady mix of poetry, politics and social commentary, Nancy Kerr’s Instar is an achingly beautiful collection of original songs framed within the landscape of traditional folk music. Beautifully performed and produced, Instar is, without doubt, one of the masterpieces of folk from 2016 and a work that will inform the tradition for a long time to come.

Fanny LumsdenThe Pigs
Fanny LumsdenSmall Town Big Shot
This album is full of great songs written from Fanny’s heart. She’s the real McCoy. Whenever we see her play live her songs get stuck in our head for weeks after. “Bravest Of Hearts”, “Soapbox” and “Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down” are just a few of the crackers on this rekid. This is a breath of fresh air for Australian Country Music. We love Fanny! More… More…

Side PonyHannah Acfield (The Acfields)
Lake Street DiveSide Pony
Give me a bit of 60’s sounding soul any day of the week! The songs are catchy, nice melodies and make you wanna move. I’m a sucker for a sterling vocalist. This was fav album for me.

Julia JacklinWillowy
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
An album about the little things in life that somehow manages to sum up the bigger things as well, cutting right through the mess to the heart of it all. Beautifully written and perfectly executed. It’s lovely to see an artist from the Sydney folk music family reaching great heights with an exceptional debut album.

John FlanaganSal Kimber (Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel)
John FlanaganThere’s Another Way To Where You’re Going

Bill ChambersRicky Pann (The Willing Ponies)
Bill ChambersCold Trail
Jen MizeWarnings and Wisdom
Sam BushStoryman
Bill Chambers is an Australian Journeyman troubadour. Songwriter, producer, sideman and front man, Bills live shows have influenced many and earned him a legion of devoted fans. Cold trail is Bills first studio album in four years and reminds the rock pop acts infiltrating modern country of where the heart of country lies. Cold Trail is a collection of honky-tonk “life lived” country that is the real deal. Produced by Bill and Recorded at his son Nash Chambers foggy mountain studios, Cold Trail is a world class record that draws on many influences to deliver country authenticity with Aussie perspective. A cracker record.
It’s a long way from Jen Mize roots in the Appliacian mountains of Georgia and North Carolina as a decedent of Lumbee Tribe of native Americans to the Sunshine coast of Queensland. Jen Mize is the real deal in every respect. An American songwriter with an incredible voice delivering an album packed with dynamic, well-crafted songs that’s all killer no filler. Shane Nicholson’s earthy production, arrangments and playing provide a tastefully rich sonic pallet that does this fine singer justice. The album glides from old-timey to traditional country and honky tonk, setting a very high bar of authenticity. An absolute stand out record.
Sixty-four-year-old Sam Bush has many stories to tell as a musician, innovator, writer and singer. One of my favourite musicians on the planet, Sam is a bluegrass master and the father of newgrass music spawned from his groundbreaking band the New Grass Revival. Sam is arguably one of the most influential mandolin players in history having played with just about everyone from Bill Monroe to Leon Russell. This record is a collection of finely crafted songs with a crack band featuring vocals from Emmylou Harris and Alison Kraus. A masterful record.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Breaking Hart Benton’s Michael David Thomas has gone solo with his new single and video “There Must Be Something Else”. Details here

– Sibling duo The Acfields released their new video “The Years” and announced an East Coast tour. Details here

– The July Bluegrass @ Yulli’s jam night in Sydney is next week and features Catgut. Details here

– Afro-klezmer party band Fat Yahoozah released their brand new album I Don’t Care this week and we’re streaming it. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features announced their July lineup including Jon Cotton, Baby Lips and The Silhouettes, Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars and Make Like a Tree. Details here

Katie Noonan announced details of her new album Transmutant along with a national tour. Details here

– Katherine based singer Broadwing took out the NT Song Of The Year award with his folky track “Pockets”. Details here

– Sydney’s Citizen of the World released their awesome new clip “How Far We’ve Come”. Details here

– The next Country and Inner Western night in Sydney takes place on the 29th July and features The Green Mohair Suits, Caitlin Harnett and William Crighton. Details here

– We streamed Bronte‘s new track “My Word” ahead of his EP launch next week. Details here

– NZ based singer-songwriter Holly Arrowsmith released her new single “Desert Owl”. Details here

– This weekend’s Finders Keepers Markets in Melbourne will feature some fine folky music from Ayleen O’Hanlon, Danika Smith, Pepperjack, Brooke Russell, Forrest Falls and many more. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Toby Graham released his new single “Song”. Details here

– Sydney has a new regular Americana night, the Heartbreaker Sessions, the first of which will feature Caitlin Harnett and Brielle Davis. Details here

– Melbourne bluegrass gypsies The Scrimshaw Four have announced an August residency at The Workers Club. Details here

– A full eight months out the first round of artists for Bluesfest 2016 have been announced. Details here

– American singer Nathan Fox released his new single “Falling In Love”. Details here

Releases This Week

Fat Yahoozah
​I Don’t CareFat Yahoozah
Bandcamp

Jason Isbell
Something More Than FreeJason Isbell
iTunes

Wilco
Star WarsWilco
Official Site

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Catgut

Catgut

Our favourite bluegrass jam and show night, Bluegrass @ Yulli’s, has come around again and this month they’re showcasing local favourites Catgut. Grab your fiddle/mando/banjo/guitar/vocal chords and come on down!

Wednesday 22nd July – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Catgut
Wednesday 22nd July – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bronte
Friday 24th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Tuesday 21st July – The Yarra, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th July – Perfect Drop, Daylesford, VIC

Finders Keepers Markets Melbourne
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th July – The Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

Fraser A. Gorman
Friday 17th July – Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th July – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

Helen Shanahan
Friday 17th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

HOWQUA
Friday 17th July – Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 19th July – Flow Restaurant, Old Bar, NSW

Jenny Lewis
Sunday 19th July – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd July – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – Splendour in the Grass, NSW

Katie Noonan
Friday 24th July – Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Lacey Cole & the Lazy Colts
Thursday 23rd July – Moonshine Cider and Rum Bar, Manly, NSW

Of Monsters and Men
Tuesday 21st July – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd July – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – Splendour in the Grass, NSW

Owen Campbell
Friday 17th July – Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Saturday 18th July – Club Jervis, Jervis Bay, NSW
Sunday 19th July – Towradgi Beach Hotel, Towradgi, NSW

Ryan Adams w/ Jenny Lewis
Sunday 19th July – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 20th July – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 21st July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – Splendour in the Grass, NSW

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – North Byron Parklands, NSW

The Acfields
Thursday 23rd July – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th July – House Concert, Lismore, NSW

Toby Graham
Wednesday 22nd July – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Tom Stephens
Friday 17th July – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th July – Bar Oussou, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th July – The Bridge Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Packing Blankets” – The Eels

I heard the original, acoustic version of this track playing in a pub the other day and I was transported back to hearing this for the first time in 2000. This version is a bit more rock and country than the original but I love the escapism of the song.

Watch the New Video From The Acfields, “The Years”

The Acfields
Image Courtesy of The Acfields

Sibling folk duo and Timber and Steel favourites The Acfields have just released their first single of the year “The Years”. The song is taken from their debut album and follows the true story of an elderly divorced couple reunited after suffering from dementia.

“Once we tell the story live, people tend to fall in love with the message of the song,” Hannah Acfield explained.

“The song does fit in with a bit of a theme that emerged on the album,” added Dan Acfield. “It wasn’t intentional, but a lot of the songs had a message which basically honoured previous generations of people in some way or another.”

Check out the video for “The Years” below:

To celebrate the release of “The Years” The Acfields will head out on tour from next week. The full list of dates are as follows:

Thursday 23rd July – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th July – House Concert, Lismore, NSW
Saturday 25th July – Mandala Organic Arts, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 26th July – Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi, QLD
Friday 31st July – Pizza Paradiso, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 1st August – Thirty Three on Hickory, Dorrigo, NSW
Sunday 2nd August – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Wednesday 5th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 7th August – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th August – House Concert, Terara, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Releases This Week

Rock and Roll Weakling
Rock And Roll WeaklingSpookyland
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Husky

Husky

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

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Imogen Clark, Darcy Fox and Paige Renee Court

Imogen Clark

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

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

Gigs Next Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Folk Flashback

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

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

Watch the New Video from The Acfields “Grabbed Me By The Heart”

The Acfields
Image Courtesy of The Acfields

The wonderful, heart warming video for The Acfields new single “Grabbed Me By The Heart” debuted this week. The track is taken from an upcoming album that they recorded recently at a friend’s house on the Mornington Peninsula, which is where this video was filmed as well. Check out the video below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th May

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The UK’s VerseChorusVerse released the new video for their track “Three”. Details here

– Bi-State brother-sister acoustic duo The Acfields released their brand new track “Grabbed Me By The Heart”. Details here

– The lack of Splendour sideshows for Nick Mulvey has been remedied with his announcement as Ben Howard’s support. Details here

The April Maze only have a handful of dates left before they head back overseas. Details here

– The wonderful new single from Pepa Knight, “Rahh!”, has a gorgeous new video. Details here

– The UK’s Monument Valley has just released his new single “Tattooed Fists”. Details here

Claude Hay and The Gentle Enemies are currently on tour and have just released their new animated clip “Borracho”. Details here

The Audreys have a new video out, “Baby, Are You There”, and a regional tour planned for June and July. Details here

– Seeing Sydney duo Falls (now with a dropped “The”) on Daytrotter was a “They’ve Made It!” moment for me. Details here

– In the last few weeks First Aid Kit have released two new videos for their tracks “My Silver Lining” and “Cedar Lane”. Details here

– Sydney’s Spookyland released their long awaited new single “The Silly Fucking Thing”. Details here

Al Parkinson released the video to her new single “Like This”. Details here

– While they’re in the middle of a regional tour Boy & Bear have announced another tour of capital cities this September. Details here

– The hugely successful Melbourne Folk Club have announced their June lineup including sets from Jack Carty, Lucie Thorne, Steve Smyth, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Matt Walters, Jackson McLaren, Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Tim Guy and many more. Details here

– To launch his new album Jackson McLaren & The Triple Threat has announced appearances at regular folk and accoustic nights in Sydney and Melbourne – The Melbourne Folk Club, Little Features and Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel. Details here

– Berlin based Australian singer Phia has teamed up with her producer Josh the Cat to cover David Bowie’s track “As The World Falls Down” from the movie Labyrinth. Details here

– Bluesgrass trio Nickel Creek have released the video for their new single “Destination”. Details here

– There’s a new Tracy McNeil album on the way, Nobody Ever Leaves, as well as a launch tour this June and July. Details here

Tiny Ruins return to Australia this July for a string of dates. Details here

– Doom folkers Graveyard Train are taking their new album Takes One To Know One on the road this June. Details here

– Sydney folk rock four-piece The Mountains have just released their new video “Amends”. Details here

Releases This Week

Conor Oberst
Upside Down MountainConor Oberst
iTunes

Jeff Lang
I Live A Lot In My Head These DaysJeff Lang
iTunes

Wagons
Acid Rain and Sugar CaneWagons
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Scott Matthew

Scott Matthew

Sunday 18th May -The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Al Parkinson w/ James Kenyon

Al Parkinson

This Saturday is the single launch for the wonderful Al Parkinson. If you’ve been to a folk gig in Melbourne the last year or so you’ve no doubt seen this very talented lady in the support slot. Now it’s time to support her headline show.

Saturday 17th May – The Aviary Creative Hub, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Al Parkinson w/ James Kenyon
Saturday 17th May – The Aviary Creative Hub, Melbourne, VIC

Boy & Bear
Friday 16th May – Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 17th May – Panthers, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18th May – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Wednesday 21st May – The Crow Bar @ CSU, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 22nd May – Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, NSW
Friday 23rd May – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT

Christopher Coleman Collective
Tuesday 20th May – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd May – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 23rd May – Saints and Sailors, Portarlington, VIC

Claude Hay
Friday 16th May – O’Neill’s Pub, Dickson, ACT
Saturday 17th May – The Lewisham Hotel, Lewisham, NSW
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th May – The Blues on Broadbeach Festival, QLD

Daniel Champagne
Friday 16th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 17th May – Diggers Tavern, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 18th May – Bangalow Bowling Club, Bangalow, NSW
Wednesday 21st May – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 22nd May – Four5Nine Bar, Perth, WA

Drawn From Bees
Saturday 17th May – Studio 188, Ipswich, QLD
Friday 23rd May – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Dustin Tebbutt
Friday 16th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd May – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd May – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD

Ella Hooper
Friday 16th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 17th May – Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers w/ Lacey Cole & The Lazy Colts
Thursday 22nd May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW

James Vincent McMorrow
Wednesday 21st May – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Friday 23rd May – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Kim Churchill
Friday 16th May – Electric Playground, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th May – Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 18th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 23rd May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise and Megan Bernard
Thursday 22nd May – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 16th May – Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 17th May – Conrad Jupiters Ballroom, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 18th May – Mission Beach Resort, Airlie Beach, QLD
Tuesday 20th May – Maraboon Tavern, Emerald, QLD
Wednesday 21st May – The Lionleigh Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Thursday 22nd May – Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Friday 23rd May – Gympie Civic Centre, Gympie, QLD

Melbourne Folk Club w/ Sal Kimber, Brendan Welch, Grand Salvo
Wednesday 21st May – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Owen Campbell
Friday 16th May — Goondiwindi River Jam, Goondiwindi, QLD
Saturday 17th May — Queensland Hotel, Goondiwindi, QLD
Sunday 18th May — Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD
Wednesday 21st May — The Joynt, South Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 22nd May — Blues on Broadbeach Festival, QLD

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Friday 23rd May – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Sam Brittain
Friday 16th May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th May – The Promethean Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 22nd May – The Ellington, Perth, WA

Scott Matthew
Sunday 18th May -The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Blues and Roots Festival Autumn Edition
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May – Windsor, NSW

The Acfields
Friday 23rd May – Babushka Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

The April Maze
Saturday 17th May – Sea Change Festival, Tomerong Hall, NSW
Sunday 18th May – Sea Change Festival, Tomerong Hall, NSW
Friday 23rd May – House Concert, Hunters Hill Tennis Club, Sydney, NSW

The Mountains
Saturday 17th May – The Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 22nd May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Timbers
Saturday 17th May – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

The Waifs
Wednesday 21st May – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 22nd May – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 16th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Todd Sibbin and the Acadian Driftwood
Friday 23rd May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Vance Joy
Friday 16th May – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd May – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Wagons
Thursday 22nd May – Pirie & Co Social Club, Adelaide, SA
Friday 23rd May – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Keep on the Sunny Side” – The Carter Family

Since going to the Bluegrass at Yulli’s jam on Wednesday I’ve had this song stuck in my head. Now it’s your turn.

Stream the New Single from The Acfields “Grabbed Me By The Heart” and Tour Dates

The Acfields
Image Courtesy of The Acfields

Brother-sister duo The Acfields have just released their brand new single “Grabbed Me By The Heart” and are offering it up to stream online. The single is from The Acfields forthcoming album which they recorded over a week at a friend’s house on the Mornington Peninsula.

Take a listen to “Grabbed Me By The Heart” below:

The Acfields will be celebrating the release of “Grabbed Me By The Heart” with a tour through May and June, kicking off this Thursday in Melbourne. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 15th May – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd May – Babushka Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 25th May – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Thursday 29th May – Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 31st May – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Sunday 1st June – Frankie Brown, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 14th June – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st March

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– To celebrate their new album Til My Tears Roll Away The Audreys have announced a string of tour dates this June and July. Details here

– This May will see a brand new album for Wagons. Details here

– A new video directed by Australian filmmaker John Hillcoat for the late Johnny Cash has been released. Details here

The Pierce Brothers have released their new single “It’s My Fault” and are in the middle of a national tour. Details here

– It may not be too folky but we really like the new Kate Miller-Heidke video “Share Your Air” featuring Passenger. Details here

– Roots-rocker Claude Hay is heading out on tour at the end of this month. Details here

– As they wing their way back home for their upcoming regional tour Boy & Bear have released their new video “Bridges”. Details here

Bluesfest announced their ninth and final additions to the 2014 lineup. Details here

Timber and Steel were lucky enough to premiere “Lost in Two Minds”, the new single from The Acfields. Details here

Nickel Creek have revealed “21st of May”, the third track from their upcoming album A Dotted Line. Details here

– Roots duo Little Wise released their brand new track “My Pocket” and announced a tour with Megan Bernard. Details here

– The very hot-right-now Dustin Tebbutt released his very hot-right-now single “Bones”. Details here

Interviews

“On St Patrick’s night, Monday 17 March 2014, Eleanor was a very special guest of Riogh and the Illawarra Folk Club at what’s starting to look a lot like a Paddy tradition in this south coast of New South Wales town centre”Eleanor McEvoy chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Blog

– We celebrated St Patrick’s Day by brining you the entire The Craic live at The Quiet Man documentary series which explores Irish culture in Australia. Read the blog here

Releases This Week

Measured in Moons
Measured In MoonsKate Crowley
Bandcamp

Jumping on the high wire
Jumping On The HighwireThe Perch Creek Family Jugband
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

British Blues
The British Blues w/ Boy Outside, Emma Davis
Friday 21st March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Facebook Event

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Perch Creek Family Jugband

Perch Creek

Their new album dropped this week (see above) so next Thursday and Friday is the perfect time to catch The Perch Creek Family Jugband as they kick off their national tour in Tasmania.

Thursday 27th March – Fresh On Charles, Launceston, TAS
Friday 28th March – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Gigs Next Week

Ash Grunwald
Saturday 22nd March – Bleach Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 26th March – Harvey Rd Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 27th March – Magnums, Airlie Beach, QLD
Friday 28th March – Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, QLD

Billy Bragg
Friday 21st March – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Breabach
Sunday 23rd March – 10 Days on the Island Festival, TAS

Caitlin Park
Friday 21st March – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Christopher Coleman Collective
Friday 21st March – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 27th March – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 28th March – Royal Exchange, Newcastle, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 28th March – The Old Manly Boatshed, Manly, NSW

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 21st March – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd March – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 23rd March – St Cuthbert’s Chapel at Menzies Creek, Dandenong Ranges, VIC
Sunday 23rd March – Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
Friday 28th March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

John Butler Trio
Thursday 27th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Friday 28th March – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Swan Valley, WA

Jordan Millar
Friday 21st March – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 22nd March – The Fig, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 23rd March – The Fig, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 27th March – Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 28th March – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Josh Pyke
Friday 21st March – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 22nd March – Zierholz @ UC, Canberra, ACT

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 21st March – Rad @ Yours n Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 28th March – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Leah Flanagan
Thursday 27th March – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Lior
Saturday 22nd March – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 25th March – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Wednesday 26th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lost Ragas w/ Raised By Eagles
Friday 21st March – The Tote, Collingwood, VIC
Saturday 29th Mar – Old Drouin Butter Factory, Drouin, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 21st March – Spirit Bar & Lounge, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 22nd March – Bennett’s Lane, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd March – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Wednesday 26th March – Port Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 27th March – No.5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 28th March – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Peter Rowan
Saturday 22nd March – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd March – Burke & Wills Winery, Mia Mia, VIC

The Beez
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Vic
Friday 28th March – Taste Canowindra, NSW

The British Blues w/ Boy Outside, Emma Davis
Friday 21st March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

The Good Ship
Friday 21st March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 27th March – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW
Friday 28th March – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

The Little Stevies
Thursday 27th March – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Friday 28th March – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Thursday 27th March – Fresh On Charles, Launceston, TAS
Friday 28th March – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

The Pierce Brothers
Saturday 22nd March – Amplifier Capitol, Perth, WA
Sunday 23rd March – Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 27th March – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Stray Sisters
Friday 21st March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd March – Tilley’s Devine Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 23rd March – The Elbow Room, McLaren Vale, SA
Wednesday 26th March – The Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 27th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle WA (with John Butler Trio)
Friday 28th March – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Swan Valley, WA (with John Butler Trio)

TinPan Orange
Friday 21st March – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd March – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March – Yackandandah, VIC

Yetis
Thursday 27th March – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Martin Wynne’s/The Longford Tinker” and “Old Hag You Have Killed Me/Dinny Delaneys/Morrisons” – The Bothy Band

St Patrick’s Day may have been way back on Monday but let’s keep the craic alive with some jigs and reels from none other than The Bothy Band.

Timber and Steel Exclusive: New Single From The Acfields, “Lost in Two Minds”

The Acfields
Image Courtesy of The Acfields

There’s something special about a brother-sister relationship.

Sure, you know about the tantrums, the disagreements and the fights over Christmas presents. But somewhere in there, is the chance to put those endless family sing-a-longs to good use.

Sibling singer-songwriters, The Acfields have done just that with their new single “Lost in Two Minds”.

It’s the harmonies of Dan and Hannah Acfield that hit you first, a blend of voices that only a brother and sister could achieve. “Lost in Two Minds” is a colourful mix of acoustic folk pop with catchy song-writing that leaves you singing the chorus again and again.

You could say the duo have stretched their legs with this new offering and are reaping the rewards of leaving behind their solo careers to come together as a duo.

“Lost in Two Minds” is the first single from The Acfields forth-coming debut LP which was funded through the wonderful generosity of fans, family and friends on Pozible. Recording on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

In 2012, the duo released their double A-side After You/Sorry I’ve Taken So Long EP followed by Turning the Page EP with strong nation-wide support from community radio, ABC Local and a spin on Triple J cementing the skill of the brother-sister collaboration.

Take a listen to “Lost in Two Minds” below and tell us what you think – the track is also available as a free download when you sign up to the mailing list here: