Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th June


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Bryan Estepa, Emma Russack, Greta Stanley, Passenger, Sarah Humphreys, The Avett Brothers, The Teskey Brothers, Tully John & Liza-Jane, Wallis Bird and Winterbourne. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Emma Beau
Emma BeauEmma Beau

This Is Tunng … Magpie Bites and Other CutsTunng

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Walkerthon – A Benefit For Jason Walker feat. Shane Nicholson, Kevin Bennett, Jenny Queen, Jeremy Edwards, Ben Leece, Peta Caswell, Mark Lucas, Mindy Sotiri, Sam Shinazzi, Peter V Fenton, Abby Dobson


Friday 28th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Taste of Ireland
Thursday 4th July – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW

AltFest feat. Dallas Frasca, Z-Star Trinity, Sahara Beck, Marz, Filip With An F
Saturday 29th June – Woodville Town Hall, Adelaide, SA

Amber Lawrence
Saturday 29th June – Sale Botanical Gardens, Sale, VIC

Andrew Swift, Harmony James
Friday 5th July – The Bridport Hotel, Bridport, TAS

Angharad Drake
Saturday 29th June – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Currumbin Waters, QLD

Anna Smyrk
Sunday 30th June – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC

Saturday 29th July – Happy Yess, Darwin, NT
Friday 5th July – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW

Archie Roach
Friday 5th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Friday 28th June – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans
Thursday 4th July – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Bobby Alu
Friday 28th June – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 30th June – Festival Of Voices, Apslawn, TAS

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 29th June – Sydney Brewery, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 4th July – Rock Lily At The Star, Sydney, NSW

Bush Dance
Saturday 29th June – Teralba Community Hall, Teralba, NSW

Friday 28th June – Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 29th June – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 30th June – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Cigány Weaver
Friday 28th June – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Daniel Champagne
Friday 28th June – Palace Hotel, York, WA
Saturday 29th June – White Star, Albany, WA
Sunday 30th June – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Wednesday 3rd July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 4th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th July – Mount Nimmel Hall, Gold Coast, QLD

David Bridie
Friday 28th June – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 29th June – Charlton Footy Club, Charlton, VIC

Emily Rigz, Big Sky Mountain
Friday 5th July – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 29th June – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Family’s Fifth Party feat. Evan Buckley, Teri Young, Brianna Thomas, Cj Shaw, Bec Taylor
Sunday 30th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Folk In The Frost feat. Claude Hay, Kane Dennelly, Wolf Gordon, Kay Proudlove, The Black Moon Band, The Water Runners, Kenny Bartley, Leo
Saturday 29th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Rita B, Mish Mash Radio Ensemble, John Mason
Wednesday 3rd July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Smith & Jones, Andy Nelson, The Safety of Life at Sea
Saturday 29th June – 107, Sydney, NSW

Front Yard Sessions: Blues, Roots & Beyond feat. Karin Page, Julius Lutero
Wednesday 3rd July – Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA

Georgia State Line
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Great Aunt
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Greta Stanley
Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th June – Neck Of The Woods Music Festival, Townsville, QLD

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 28th June – Queenscliff Town Hall, Queenscliff, VIC

Sunday 30th June – Camel Rock Brewery, Wallaga Lake, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 4th July – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

JD and The Hunger Men
Thursday 4th July – Sly Fox, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Thursday 4th July – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 5th July – Sounds Delicious, Huskisson, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Wednesday 3rd July – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

John Flanagan
Friday 28th June – Yackandandah Public Hall, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 29th June – Milton Theatre, Milton NSW

Jordan Merrick
Friday 5th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Joseph Tawadros
Sunday 30th June – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 4th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th July – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Karl S Williams
Friday 28th June – Dust Temple, Currumbin, QLD
Sunday 30th June – Festival Of Voices, Apslawn, TAS

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 28th June – The Manly Fig, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 30th June – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Friday 5th July – Marty’s, Cabarita Beach, NSW

Kristen Lee Morris
Saturday 29th June – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 30th June – Hardys Bay Community Club, Hardys Bay, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival, Darwin, NT

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. Nathan Cavaleri, Carly Mozsny
Sunday 30th June – House Concert, Leumeah, NSW

Luke O’Shea and Lyn Bowtell
Saturday 29th June – Tilligerry RSL, Tanilba Bay, NSW

M.E. Baird
Friday 28th June – Dust Temple, Currumbin, QLD
Thursday 4th July – Sly Fox, Sydney, NSW

Magpie Diaries
Thursday 4th July – Gunnedah Hotel, Gunnedah, NSW
Friday 5th July – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Maizy Coombes
Friday 5th July – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Cox Country Club, Darwin, NT

Nathan Seeckts
Saturday 29th June – The Lost Ones, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 29th June – Entrée Music Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 30th June – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 5th July – The Wharf Barrel Shed, Goolwa, SA

Newport Folk Festival
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport, VIC

Ramblin’ Nights feat. JD and The Hunger Men, M.E.Baird
Thursday 4th July – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Richard Perso
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Sally Balfour
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival, Darwin, NT

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 3rd July – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon and The Owls
Thursday 4th July – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Shantily Clad
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Wednesday 3rd July – The Red Room, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 4th July – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tessa Devine
Saturday 29th June – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Sunday 30th June – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

The April Family
Sunday 30th June – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The BordererS
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

The Hillbilly Goats
Saturday 29th June – Casino RSM Club, Casino, NSW
Friday 5th July – Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Friday 28th June – The Bassendean Hotel, Bassendean, WA
Thursday 4th July – Ningaloo Reef Resort, Coral Bay, WA
Friday 5th July – Whalebone Brewing Company, Exmouth, WA

The Maes
Friday 28th June – Yackandandah Public Hall, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 29th June – Milton Theatre, Milton NSW
Sunday 30th June – Candelo Arts, Candelo, NSW
Friday 5th July – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

The Slipdixies
Sunday 30th June – Clayton RSL, Kingston, VIC

The Thin White Ukes
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival, Darwin, NT
Sunday 30th June – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Tracy McNeil and Dan Parsons
Saturday 29th June – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tully John & Liza-Jane
Wednesday 3rd July – House Concert, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 4th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Gold Coast, QLD

Walkerthon – A Benefit For Jason Walker feat. Shane Nicholson, Kevin Bennett, Jenny Queen, Jeremy Edwards, Ben Leece, Peta Caswell, Mark Lucas, Mindy Sotiri, Sam Shinazzi, Peter V Fenton, Abby Dobson
Friday 28th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Winter Hootenanny feat. Ben Leece, Neptune’s Tide Machine, James Thomson and the Strange Pilgrims, Matt Scullion, The High Andies, Nat Henry, Robbie Long, Gleny Rae Virus
Saturday 29th June – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Boulder to Birmingham” – Emmylou Harris

New Music Monday – 24th June

Sarah Humphreys
Image Courtesy of Sarah Humphreys

Bryan Estepa – “I’m Not Ready For This”

Prolific Sydney-based singer-songwriter Bryan Estepa channels classic Americana and rock with his new single “I’m Not Ready For This”. Taken from his upcoming album Sometimes I Just Don’t Know, due on the 23rd August, “I’m Not Ready For This” sounds like classic Tom Petty – lyrically driven rock music with a pop sensibility.

Emma Russack – “Be Real”

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Emma Russack released “Be Real”, the newest single from her upcoming album Winter Blues, due on the 5th July. Channelling 90s grunge and indie rock, “Be Real” is Russack’s reaction to the selfie culture.

“[“Be Real”] is about my frustration with phone obsession, social media, hype and trend – the phoniness that I see all over the place (and actually buy into),” Emma Russack explained. “I’m really trying to emphasise the importance of being true to yourself and being ‘real’ – whatever the hell that means. The video is a snapshot of how insular and isolated people have become as a result of technology. I just wanna connect irl.”

To celebrate the release of her new album Emma Russack has a bunch of tour dates in the second half of the year.

Wednesday 7th August – The Jazzlab, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th August – Sideway, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 10th August – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th September – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC
Sunday 15th September – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Greta Stanley – “Follow Suit”

Queensland based singer-songwriter Greta Stanley released her new single “Follow Suit”. With gorgeous production from Mark Myers (The Middle East), “Follow Suit” explores what it’s like to go from youth to adulthood in isolated Far North Queensland. I like the way the song meanders through different production styles while keeping Stanley’s voice front and centre – the production almost feels like a stream of consciousness, kept in line by the conventional structure of the song’s lyrics and phrasing.

“Follow Suit is about wanting to pull away and wanting to feel something more but not knowing how, or when, or where to go,” Greta Stanley explains. “It’s a song I wrote when I was questioning my reasons for continuing to do things I didn’t want to do, and a lot of my friends were too. Because we were afraid of change and the unknown. It’s about how quickly your mind can change – to being sure and moving forward, to feeling like time is slipping and you’re stuck still – full of uncertainty.”

“Follow Suit” is taken from Greta Stanley’s upcoming EP Sun In My Eyes which is due for release on the 26th July. Upcoming tour dates are below:

Saturday 29th June – Neck of the Woods Festival, Townsville, QLD
Friday 23rd August – Darwin Festival, Darwin, NT
Friday 13th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 19th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 20th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Passenger – “Let Me Dream A While”

Any day with new Passenger music is a good day. His latest video “Let Me Dream A While” was filmed and recorded at Abbey Road complete with a string quartet. The track is taken from Passenger’s latest album Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing At All and is exactly what you’d expect from the UK based singer-songwriter – beautiful fingerpicked guitar, emotionally driven melancholic lyrics and Mike’s unique voice.

Sarah Humphreys – “Slow Dance”

Central Coast based singer-songwriter Sarah Humphreys has returned with a really sweet new song and video, “Slow Dance”. Humphreys is the queen of this understated style of indie-folk and her voice in the track is perfectly matched by the simple arrangement of acoustic guitar, bass, pedal-steel and trumpet (not to mention the obligatory toy piano). Lovely stuff

The Avett Brothers – “High Steppin'”

New York’s indie-folk favourites The Avett Brothers have released their new single “High Steppin'”, taken from their upcoming album Closer Than Together, due on the 4th October. The track takes country music conventions (including a spoken word interlude!), couples it with a straight rock beat, synths and some swirling guitars and creates something that feels familiar and new at the same time. It’s kind of odd but I kind of like it for being odd.

The Teskey Brothers – “Man Of The Universe”

As The Teskey Brothers gear up to release their new album Run Home Slow on the 2nd August, we’ve been gifted with another new track from the Melbourne based band. Following the gospel of “Hold Me”, the band’s latest single and video is the soul driven “Man Of The Universe”. This track feels like it’s been ripped directly from the 70s with its distinctly retro sound.

Tully John & Liza-Jane – “Embers”

Gold Coast duo Tully John & Liza-Jane have released their new single “Embers”, a mixture of indie-folk storytelling with more pop sensibilities. The way Tully John & Liza-Jane’s vocals intertwine over the pulsing melody of “Embers” is beautiful and is further heightened by the shimmering guitars and keys.

“The song begins with two souls divided before they begin to interweave and come together again,” Liza-Jane explains. “In the end it is a song of resolution and solace. The ember is the hope to which we cling when things are just a bit wobbly.”

Tully John & Liza-Jane have a handful of tour dates in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales next week:

Wednesday 3rd July – House Concert, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 4th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 6th July – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW

Wallis Bird – “As The River Flows”

It’s easy to see why Irish artist Wallis Bird has such a following in Australia when she’s releasing music like her latest single “As The River Flows”. The first taste of her upcoming album Woman, due on the 27th September, “As The River Flows” is a frantic, visceral song with Bird’s lyrics tumbling over a cacophony of sounds and music. Intensely mesmerising music from Wallis Bird

Winterbourne – “Too Many”

“Too Many” is the third single from the upcoming album Echo Of Youth from Winterbourne, due on the 23rd August. The duo have transitioned seamlessly from their original indie-folk sound to take on a more synth-driven context which is seeing them win the hearts and minds of their fans.

“”Too Many” is a slow build from one point to another with a bunch of ramblings that rhyme over the top,” James from Winterbourne explained. “Much like when you’re staring out into the distance and all the things that are making you feel overwhelmed are adding up in your head but then some thought or chemical brings you comfort, and you revel in that while you walk home listening to music.”

Winterbourne are heading out on tour this October, playing some of their biggest headline shows to date:

Friday 25th October – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 26th October – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th November – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 9th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th November – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Listen to the New Avett Brothers Single “Satan Pulls The Strings”

Avett Brothers
Image Courtesy of The Avett Brothers

The new album from The Avett Brothers, True Sadness, hits stores this Friday 24th June and they’ve just given us another taster with Satan Pulls The Strings”. The track has a definite folk base but with some very modern instrumentation and production layered in on top.

Check out “Satan Pulls The Strings” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th April


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– North American singer-songwriter Devon Sproule returns to Australia this month. Details here

Shane Nicholson released his new video “Weight of the World” featuring Tim Rogers. Details here

– Nu-folk four piece The Avett Brothers have announced details of their upcoming album True Sadness. Details here

– Music, comedy and theatre combine for Sam Newton‘s new project A Man Walks Into A Bar. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Rowena Wise released her new single “The We Met” and announced a bunch of shows. Details here

HOWQUA announced a Melbourne show before he heads off on tour overseas. Details here

Melody Pool released her new video “Love, She Loves Me” and announced tour dates. Details here

– Americana duo The Weeping Willows released their new video “River of Gold”. Details here

– Sydney based singer-songwriter Tom Stephens released his new single “Down to Rest”. Details here

Joe Mungovan has announced a massive tour kicking off next week. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Mitch Power released his new single “Doesn’t Mean I Wanna Get Left Behind”. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Timothy James Bowen released his long awaited and delayed Steel & Wood. Details here

– Tasmania folk-punks The Dead Maggies head out on tour this week. Details here

Releases This Week

Bellowhead Live
Bellowhead Live – The Farewell TourBellowhead

Call It What It Is
Call It What It IsBen Harper and the Innocent Criminals

CleopatraThe Lumineers

Weeping Willows
Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’The Weeping Willows

Love Is A DogTinPan Orange

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Friday 15th April – Sarrens Restaurant, Port Lincoln, SA

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Tom Stephens w/ Lady Lyon, Mike McCarthy

Tom Stephens

Sydney singer-songwriter Tom Stephens launches his catchy new single “Down to Rest” with a special home town show tonight featuring Lady Lyon and Mike McCarthy in support

Friday 8th April – Captain Cook Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Saturday 9th April – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 13th April – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

City and Colour w/ Little May
Friday 8th April – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 8th April – Visy Theatre, New Farm, QLD
Saturday 9th April – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 10th April – The Wheaty, Thebarton, SA
Tuesday 12th April – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Wednesday 13th April – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 14th April – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 15th April – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC

Davey Craddock
Saturday 9th April – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Sunday 10th April – Good Nights, Bunbury, WA
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Festival, WA

Devon Sproule
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Pinjarra, WA

Fairbridge Folk Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge, WA

FolkSwagon feat. Elizabeth Hughes, The Delta Revue, Brendon Moon
Wednesday 13th April – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fundraiser for the Pilliga Push feat. Mick Daley & friends, Mark Lucas & the Dead Setters, Steph Miller & the Winter Station, Justine Wahlin, The Sixth Circle House Band
Sunday 10th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gordie Tentrees
Friday 8th April – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 9th April – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 10th April – Kangaroo Island Try Thai Concerts, Kangaroo Island, SA
Wednesday 13th April – The Music Shack, Donnybrook, WA
Thursday 14th April – Lulu Concerts, Duncraig, WA
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Festival, Perth, WA

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Cruisin’ Deuces, Tom Dockray
Thursday 14th April – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Ross Tipper
Sunday 10th April – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything
Sunday 10th April – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Tuesday 12th April – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Wednesday 13th April – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Festival, Pinjarra, WA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 8th April – Clancy’s, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 9th April – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Sunday 10th April – Bunbury Good Nights, Bunbury, WA

Liam Gerner
Friday 8th April – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Friday 15th April – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell
Wednesday 13th April – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th April – Porch Light Sessions, Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Sunday 10th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th April – Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th April – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW

Mark Moldre
Friday 8th April – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Matt Corby
Monday 11th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 12th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 13th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Mitch Power
Sunday 10th April – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Oh Pep!
Friday 8th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 10th April – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 13th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 14 April – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 15th April – Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. Miriam Lieberman, Caroline Trengove, Mandy Connell
Thursday 14th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rowena Wise
Thursday 14th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel and John Flanagan
Saturday 9th April – Grand Pooh Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 15th April – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Sian Evans
Saturday 9th April – No.5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Skyscraper Stan and The Commission Flats
Friday 8th April – Cherry Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 9th April – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Tate Sheridan w/ Colin Jones, The Delta Revue
Saturday 9th April – 505, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 8th April – Howlin’ Wolf Bar Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 9th April – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Thursday 14th April – Pub Paradise, Macleay Island, QLD
Friday 15th April – Currumbin Creek Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD

The East Pointers
Friday 8th April – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 10th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Go Set
Friday 8th April – Southern Cross Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 9th April – Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 15th April – Sarrens Restaurant, Port Lincoln, SA

TinPan Orange
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Tom Dockray
Thursday 14th April – Heartbreaker Sessions, Freda’s, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th April – Six String Brewing Company, Erina, NSW

Tom Stephens w/ Lady Lyon, Mike McCarthy
Friday 8th April – Captain Cook Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife
Friday 15th April – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“On Raglan Road” – The Dubliners

I’m posting this for sometime T&S contributor Macka Jay

The Avett Brothers Announce Details of Their New Album True Sadness

Avett Brothers
Image Courtesy of The Avett Brothers

New York based nu-folk collective The Avett Brothers have just announced plans to release their new album True Sadness on Friday 24th June.

“True Sadness is a patchwork quilt, both thematically and stylistically,” Seth Avett from the band explains. “Wherein a myriad of contrasting fabrics make perfect sense on the same plane, this album draws upon countless resources from its writers and performers.”

“Throughout the album, we stitched together the boldest red and the calmest green, polka dots and stripes, the roughest denim and the smoothest velveteen. They came together because they are the best patterns we have and because each of us brought our own fabric to the quilting frame.”

The Avett Brothers have just announced a bunch of dates in the US to support the album and are promising the first single to be released very soon. More details as we get them.

Review: Various, Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

I think when the producers of Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis decided to put the concert, and subsequent documentary and record, together they were expecting to capture lightning in a bottle, the same way the O Brother Where Art Thou? concert Down from the Mountain had done over ten years previously. And they had every right to as all the elements were there: a Coen Brothers film jam-packed with T Bone Burnett produced folk music, performances from some of contemporary folk and acoustic music’s biggest names and a reference point to a music, time and place that is beloved by millions.

But somehow they didn’t quite hit the mark.

Not to say this isn’t a great album – it certainly is. There are a lot of highlights throughout. But it’s not the kind of album I can enjoy from start to finish, not the way I can with Down from the Mountain or even the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack (the intentionally terrible “Please Mr. Kennedy” aside). And I think it’s for a number of reasons.

Firstly there’s too much Americana and Bluegrass music. I never thought I’d hear myself say that but it’s true. So much of the Greenwich Village folk revival was centred around traditional music from England, Scotland and Ireland and while bluegrass and country music was a part of the scene (and no doubt influenced many of the singers and songwriters of the time) it wasn’t the focus – if anything blues was more of an influence at the time. The movie soundtrack itself only really has nods to this kind of music and instead focuses on traditional music plus traditionally inspired songs from the time like Ewan MacColl’s “The Shoals of Herring” or Brendan Behan’s “The Auld Triangle”, and I think the live album should have gone the same way.

Secondly it takes 10 songs before we even hear a track from the movie and even then it’s the aforementioned intentionally terrible “Please Mr. Kennedy”. Similarly there seems to be too many originals on the album – albeit from amazing artists like Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Jack White and more – to claim to be “Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis”.

And finally there are some glaring misses in the programming of the concert. I love Conor Oberst to death but his inclusion here is misplaced – his waspish voice just doesn’t seem to fit with the tone of the concert. Similarly I’m not sure we needed three tracks from a ho-hum Avett Brothers when the brilliant Keb’ Mo’ only gets one.

But all of this aside there is a lot to like about Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis. Having the Punch Brothers acting essentially as the house band on many of the tracks elevates so many of the songs. The second half of the album which showcases a lot more of the songs from the actual movie – “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me”. “Green, Green Rocky Road”, “The Auld Triangle”, “Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)”, etc – shows just how well these songs (and their singers) stack up live. Oscar Isaac, the actor who played Llewyn Davis in the film is surprisingly solid as is Marcus Mumford who is relegated to backing vocals and drums on a lot of the tracks but comes to fore in the final four songs to prove just how good a singer he is.

Once again Rhiannon Giddens is an absolute standout. Her version of the Gaelic “S iomadh rud tha dhith orm/Ciamar a ni mi ‘n dannsa direach” is the only track I just had to go back and listen to twice on my first time through the album, it was so good. And then of course there’s Joan Baez, proving exactly why she’s a legend, outclassing Elvis Costello on a duet of “Which Side Are You On?” and absolutely killing it on “House of the Rising Sun” and “Give Me Cornbread When I’m Hungry”.

I think my advice with this album is not to go in with any pre-conceptions – either from the O Brother Where Art Thou? and Inside Llewyn Davis or from Down from the Mountain. Instead listen to Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis in isolation, pick and choose the individual tracks you want to buy (you’ll want more than you’ll leave behind) and enjoy the music as is sounds like the live audience did.

Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis is available now on iTunes

Details of the Inside Llewyn Davis Live Album

Inside Llewyn Davis

I’m going to admit right here that after all the hype I ended up feeling pretty “meh” about the Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. I have a love-hate relationship with the Coen Brothers – I absolutely love their quirky comedies but their existential dramas can get lost on me, especially when their lead characters are unlikeable like the case was with Inside Llewyn Davis. So I was a little bit disappoted with the film, but the soundtrack I absolutely lobe.

To coincide with the release of the film last year the Coen Brothers and musical director T Bone Burnett held a benefit concert featuring music from the film, the 60s folk era and music along the same folk lines at the Town Hall in New York featuring music from the likes of Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Milk Carton Kids, Secret Sisters, Lake Street Dive, Elvis Costello, Oscar Isaac, Conor Oberst, Colin Meloy, Joan Baez, The Avett Brothers, Jack White, Marcus Mumford and more.

The concert is now being released as a two disc live album titled Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis and is due for release on the 13th January. The full tracklist for the album is below – can’t wait t have a listen to this one!

Disc 1:
1. Punch Brothers – Tumbling Tumbleweed
2. Punch Brothers – Rye Whiskey
3. Gillian Welch – Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
4. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – The Way It Goes
5. Willie Watson – The Midnight Special
6. Dave Rawlings Machine – I Hear Them All/This Land Is Your Land
7. The Milk Carton Kids – New York
8. Secret Sisters – Tomorrow Will Be Kinder
9. Lake Street Dive – You Go Down Smooth
10. Elvis Costello, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver – Please Mr. Kennedy
11. Conor Oberst – Four Strong Winds
12. Conor Oberst – Man Named Truth
13. Colin Meloy – Blues Run the Game
14. Joan Baez, Colin Meloy, and Gillian Welch – Joe Hill
15. The Avett Brothers – All My Mistakes
16. The Avett Brothers – That’s How I Got to Memphis
17. The Avett Brothers – Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise

Disc 2:
1. Jack White – Mama’s Angel Child
2. Jack White – Did You Hear John Hurt?
3. Jack White – We’re Going to Be Friends
4. Rhiannon Giddens – Waterboy
5. Rhiannon Giddens – ‘S iomadh rud tha dhith orm/Ciamar a ni mi ‘n dannsa direach
6. Oscar Isaac – Hang Me, Oh Hang Me
7. Oscar Isaac – Green, Green Rocky Road
8. Keb’ Mo’ – Tomorrow Is a Long Time
9. Bob Neuwirth – Rock Salt and Nails
10. Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Marcus Mumford, Noam Pikelny and Gabe Witcher – The Auld Triangle
11. Gillian Welch, Rhiannon Giddens and Carey Mulligan – Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby
12. Elvis Costello and Joan Baez – Which Side Are You On?
13. Joan Baez – House of the Rising Sun
14. Marcus Mumford and Joan Baez – Give Me Cornbread When I’m Hungry
15. Marcus Mumford- I Was Young When I Left Home
16. Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford – Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)
17. Marcus Mumford and the Punch Brothers – Farewell

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2013

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2013 has provided yet another year of amazing music from the folk, acoustic, traditional, roots, alt-country and singer-songwriter scene. There’s been a number of strong local releases this year and some definite highlights from our favourite artists from overseas.

This also feels like a year where more artists are embracing the full length album again. There have been some outstanding EPs and standalone singles of course but the album format really seems to have made a resurgence.

Once again we’ve asked each of the Timber and Steel contributors to give us their favourite albums or EPs of 2013 and the results are once again eclectic, interesting and most certainly unique.

So without further ado we bring you Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2013:

Gareth Hugh Evans

Melody Pool

1. Melody PoolThe Hurting Scene
At the Gulgong Folk Festival in early January I stumbled across Melody Pool and was transfixed. Pool’s music was both timeless and fresh. Her sound was a dash of Laura Marling, a smattering of Emmylou Harris and a generous dose of Joni Mitchell but all the while unique. I’ve heard people refer to Melody Pool as an “old soul” and think that captures her – there’s a depth and an age to her lyrics and her voice that you don’t hear in artists twice her age. When I picked up The Hurting Scene following its release a month or two after the festival it was put on high rotation and I was reminded just what had captured me when I saw her live. I’ve recommended The Hurting Scene and Melody Pool to everyone since, seen her live a number of times throughout the year and even awkwardly chatted to her when she support The Milk Carton Kids. I think there’s big things in Melody Pool’s future – pick up The Hurting Scene and you’ll think so too.

2. Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson HamerChild Ballads
3. Laura MarlingOnce I Was An Eagle
4. Patrick JamesAll About to Change
5. Gregory Alan IsakovThe Weatherman


Melody Pool

1. Melody PoolThe Hurting Scene

The song writing on this album is skillful and honest – I love that. Additionally I’m partial to a great singer, Melody has a sweet delicious voice that draws me into the song. Finally, I liked the production which had interesting space and dynamics. And those rich string arrangements are just gorgeous!

2. Mustered CouragePowerlines
3. Dan ParsonsDan Parsons
4. Rose CousinsWe Have Made a Spark
5. Matt CorbyResolution EP


The Melodic
1. The MelodicEffra Parade

This is an album that immediately brought a smile to my face. A blend of traditional folk harmonies, older (even baroque!) instruments, tied together with afro-latino rhythms and strings of the charango, and the ever present melodica of their namesake. For me comparisons include the hugely underrated Grand Union, the music of Paul Simon, the bass driven melancholy of Australia’s Sodastream, and certainly, as a number of other reviewers have mentioned, The Decemberists. All comparisons considered, this is an upbeat album, that is lyrically adventurous, and interspersed with story, without being at all heavy. Though released for the colder UK months, Effra Parade sits coolly and comfortably in the summer of the southern hemisphere, that can (and will!) accompany many a lazy Sunday cocktail or weekend roadtrip.

2. The Heavy BlinkersHealth
3. Twin ForksTwin Forks EP
4. The Avett BrothersMagpie and the Dandelion
5. Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God


Laura Marling

1. Laura MarlingOnce I Was An Eagle

In this album’s first single “Master Hunter”, which is a statement in itself, Marling swaggers and snarls in front of her pounding rhythm section. “I’ve cured my skin, so nothing gets in. Nothing as hard as it tries.” A friend said she sounded kind of scary. I like that. I like to think this is a protest album against gender stereotypes, but she’s much more than a woman scorned. The music is sparse, sprawling, full of odd angles and surprises. Sometimes it’s challenging, sometimes it’s beautiful. But it’s her voice that always catches me off guard. It’s one of the most expressive instruments in music. And that’s what this is about. With all the lush musicianship stripped away, Marling proves once again that she is one of the most intriguing and independent voices in 21st century music. And if this album isn’t considered a classic, it’s only because the next one will be better.

2. The Cat EmpireSteal the Light
3. The Milk Carton KidsThe Ash and Clay
4. Mama Kinthe Magician’s Daughter
5. Brighter LaterThe Wolves

KT Bell


1. Jamie Smith’s MabonWindblown
I came across Jamie Smith’s Mabon at a London gig earlier this year, Wales at Cecil Sharp House, and they were the stand out for me wherein I bought their latest album, Windblown, on the spot. Since then, this lyrical and lilting Welsh Folk has strummed and jigged its way in to my heart and is one of the most frequent spins on my playlist. Stu decided it’s the type of house music for a Welsh Bar, so if you see such an establishment pop up here in Australia, don’t be surprised to see us behind the bar.
2. Mike VassDecemberwell
3. Paper AeroplanesLittle Letters
4. Boy & BearHarlequin Dream
5. Josh PykeThe Beginning And The End Of Everything


Anais Mitchell

1. Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson HamerChild Ballads

When I first listened to this album I was immediately impressed by the way the modern, American arrangements breathed new life into these old, old English ballads. What is far more surprising is that I am still finding the album fresh and inspiring many months later. This is my clear winner this because of it’s routinely high rotation on my stereo.

2. Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
3. Laura MarlingOnce I Was An Eagle
4. Laura ViersWarp and Weft
5. Boy & BearHarlequin Dream

Nikita Andrea

Jordie Lane

1. Jordie LaneNot Built to Last

Devoid of cliché, this ultimate storyteller voices lyrics of the present moment through warming crystalline vocals. This release is a welcome sound evolution of Lane’s alternative country style. I chose Not Built to Last because for one this is an EP showcasing songs that clearly prove this musician has something to say and also for the fact that I heavily dislike anything country so this man should be heavily commended for bringing such full and palatable music to the table for all tasters.

2. Bob EvansFamiliar Stranger
3. Oh Pep!II
4. Bears With GunsOnly The Quick and the Hungry
5. Sleepy DreamersCreatures

Serena Skye

Mama Kin

1. Mama KinThe Magician’s Daughter

I liked this album from the outset, when I first reviewed it, and throughout the year it has grown on me even more. Danielle Caruana’s vocal is sublime, and each track offers a different vibe both sonically and emotionally, but they still work together as a cohesive album. “Bosom of Our Bed” is still my favourite track, closely followed by “Rescue,” and I cannot wait to see their next offering.

2. The Cat EmpireSteal the Light
3. Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
4. Laura MarlingOnce I was an Eagle
5. Melanie HorsnellThe Cloud Appreciation Society

Thom Owen Miles


1. PhosphorescentMuchacho

Despite Phosphorescent consistently releasing album after album for the past ten years, Muchacho is the first to truly appeal to me and capture my imagination. Muchacho is a product of tall ambition, of bold choices and unfettered creative vision. For an indie-folk record, it is delightfully untraditional in its production and utilisation of mediums unfamiliar to the genre. “Song For Zula” is perhaps the best song to speak for the album, in all its poetic bliss and compositional glory.

2. Radical FaceThe Family Tree: The Branches
3. The Milk Carton KidsThe Ash & Clay
4. Brown BirdFits of Reason
5. Night BedsCountry Sleep

Patrick James Gives Us 10 Songs You’ll Hear On His Tour Bus

Patrick James
Image Courtesy of Patrick James

Next week Patrick James will be hitting the road for his 2013 Spring Tour. We thought we’d ask the Aussie troubadour for his top ten tracks you’re likely to hear on his tour bus as he makes his way around the country – and he came back with a pretty impressive list. Check out the full tour dates and Patrick James’ tour bus playlist below:

Thursday 7th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 9th November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th November – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Friday 15th November – The Fly Trap, Fremantle, WA
Friday 22nd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd November – Gorgeous Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 24th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Wednesday 27th November – Black Bear Lodge

Volcano Choir – “Byegone”

Bear’s Den – “Agape”

The Head and The Heart – “Down in the Valley”

Ryan Adams – “Let it Ride”

Wilco – “Poor Places”

Everything Everything – “Cough Cough”

You Am I – “Piano Up the Tree”

The Avett Brothers – “I and Love and You”

Lorde – “Team”

Radiohead – “Let Down”

And as an extra special treat here’s the new single from Patrick James, “Wait”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th October


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Lachlan Bryan will be touring his new album Black Coffee from tomorrow night. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Gosti has revealed her latest single “Charlie”. Details here

– Australian-born, English-based singer-songwriter Emily Barker has revealed her new single “Ghost Narrative”. Details here

– Legendary Scottish trad group The Battlefield Band are returning to Australia for a national tour this November. Details here

– The new album from The Avett Brothers is out today and they’ve also got a brand new clip for the track “Another is Waiting”. Details here

– The debut single from Newcastle based singer-songwriter Imogen Bel is really sweet and features Elana Stone on backing vocals and accordion. Details here

Jordie Lane has a brand new video for his single “Here She Comes” ahead of his massive national tour. Details here

– The new album from James Vincent McMorrow, Post Tropical, will be released in Australia two months before anywhere else in the world. Details here

– And the first single from James Vincent McMorrow’s Post Tropical, “Cavalier”, was also revealed this week. Details here

The Perch Creek Family Jugband have released “Big Things Calling”, their first ever official video clip. Details here

The Festival of Small Halls brings folk music to the country halls of Australia. In November and December Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins will head out for the first tour. Details here is the brand new acoustic pop duo project from Sydney based singer songwriters Elle May and Jordan Millar and they’ve just released their first video for “Our Song”. Details here

– The Newtown Festival has announced its musical lineup for 2013 including plenty of Timber and Steel friendly acts like The Green Mohair Suits, The Little Stevies, Swamp Phat Jangles, Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, The Morrisons, Hobo Bordeaux and much much more. Details here

Eddi Reader has released a new single “Baby’s Boat”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance does nothing to dispel indie-folk stereotypes in his new video for the track “Closed Hand, Full of Friends”. Details here

– Sydney’s Bec Sandridge has revealed the video for “Stones” ahead of the release of her new EP. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival have announced their full 2014 lineup. Details here

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have just released their fan-made video for the track “In The Lion”. Details here


“It feels like a triumph to have completed it actually. I mean, every album has felt like a huge triumph in their own way but this one … feels like a defining moment for Beth and I” – Sibylla Stephen from The Little Stevies chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“It makes it really exciting when you play with the band again, but is also fun playing as a duo. It’s like a different sound again. It’s the same songs, but it’s a different sound. Some people prefer that and some people prefer the band, which is kind of nice as well to have the option of it I guess” – Pepita “Pepi” Emmerichs from Oh Pep! chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here


“What if you’re not after a big and busy festival for your New Year’s celebrations? Well, let’s take a look at what’s on offer, both the big guns and the ones you might not have come across yet”KT Bell takes us through your options for New Years Eve. Blog here

Releases This Week

Cass McCombs
Big Wheel And OthersCass McCombs

The Breach
The BreachDustin Tebbutt

Trapped Flame
Trapped FlameGeorgia Fair

Not Built to Last
Not Built To LastJordie Lane

Magpie and the Dandelion
Magpie and the DandelionThe Avett Brothers

The Full English
The Full EnglishThe Full English

Timber and Steel Presents

Friday 18th October – The Loft, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Saturday 19th October – Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 20th October – Location TBA, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Thursday 24th October – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 25th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Thursday 24th October – The Soundlodge, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 25th October – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD

Caitlin Rose
Wednesday 23rd October – Melbourne Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 24th October – Melbourne Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Communion Melbourne feat. Bear’s Den, The Tiger and Me, Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Kate Martin
Sunday 20th October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Thursday 24th October – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 25th October – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD

Saturday 19th October – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Saturday 19th October – No 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 24th October – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW

Loren Kate
Friday 18th October – Tingrith Meeting House, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 19th October – Red Mill Store, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 20th October – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Matt Corby with Bear’s Den
Friday 18th October – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 23rd October – GPAC Playhouse, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 24th October – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October – Patchewollock Music Festival, Patchewollock, VIC
Thursday 24th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th October – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT

Rose Wintergreen with Rosie Catalano, Dan and Hannah Acfield
Friday 18th October – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Buckingham and Buffalo Tales
Thursday 24th October – Dowswe Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Tanya Batt
Friday 18th October – The Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th October – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Bon Scotts
Friday 18th October – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 20th October – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 25th October – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

The Little Stevies
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th October – Anglesea Music Festival, Anglesea, VIC
Friday 25th October – The Velvet Room, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 18th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th October – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 24th October – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 25th October – Bendigo Bank Theatre, Bendigo, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“That’s The Way” – Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin’s connections to the 60s and 70s folk revival is well documented and we thought it was about time to include them in our weekly flashback. Gotta love John Paul Jones’ mandolin work on this one.

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