Blue Mountains Music Festival Announces First Artists for 2015

John Butler
Image Courtesy of John Butler

It feels as though we’ve been bombarded with festival announcements over the last few weeks and that’s set to continue with the Blue Mountains Music Festival confirming the first round of artists for 2015. Held in Katoomba from the 13th to 15th March, next year will mark the 20th aniversary of the Blue Mountains Music Festival.

The lineup announced so far is pretty impressive and includes John Butler (above), Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dan Sultan, Daniel Champagne, Castlecomer, The Bearded Gypsy Band, Wagons, The Company, Leah Flanagan, All Our Exes Live in Texas, We Two Thieves, Jordie Lane, Perch Creek and many many more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale this month – for more information check out the official site here. The full list of artists so far are below:

John Butler, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dan Sultan, Nick Charles, David Bridie, Dominic Turner & Phil Wiggins, Daniel Champagne, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Frank Yamma, Castlecomer, Fraser & Haas (UK & USA), Nuala Kenedy Band, Edwina Hayes, The Bearded Gypsy Band, Wagons, The Company, Himmerland (Denmark), Steve Poltz (USA), Heartstring Quartet (UK), Whitetop Mountaineers (USA), The Mighty Reapers, Leah Flanagan, Fiona Boyes, All Our Exes Live in Texas, The Baker Suite, Arabesk, Maru Tarang (India & Australia), Dewayne Everettsmith, Gordie Mackeeman & his Rhythm Boys (Canada), We Two Thieves, Yeshe & Calvin Welch, Tom Dockray, The Jordie Lane Duo, Perch Creek

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th October


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Woodford Folk Festival dropped its massive 2014 lineup including Violent Femmes (USA), The Cat Empire, Archie Roach, Nahko and Medicine for the People (USA), Jeff Lang, Lau (SCOT), Tiny Ruins (NZ), We Two Thieves, Shooglenifty (SCOT), Flap!, Husky, Lior, Mama Kin, Siskin River, Andrew Clermont, The Mae Trio, Fred Smith, Lucy Wise Trio, Oh Pep!, Betty & Oswald, The Company and so so so much more. Details here

The Staves released their latest video “Blood I Bled”. Details here

The National Folk Festival revealed its first six 2015 artists including Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Mark Moldre, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, Fred Smith, Chloë and Jason Roweth and Dark Horses. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival have added Buffy Sainte-Marie and Richard Thompson to their 2015 lineup. Details here

– Another festival to reveal its lineup this week was the Illawarra Folk Festival who added to the likes of Afenginn, Eric Bogle, Ted Egan, Big Erle, The Bottlers, The BordererS, Chloë and Jason Roweth, Claude Hay, Cloudstreet, Fred Smith, The Go Set, Lime & Steel, The Lurkers, The Mae Trio, Margaret & Bob Fagan, Martin Pearson, The Morrisons, Sparrow-Folk, Stray Hens, Takadimi, Timothy James Bowen and many more to its 2015 program. Details here

Passenger released his brand new video “27”. Details here

– The new track from Caitlin Park, “Hunt for the Young” featuring Aidan Roberts (The Maple Trail) now has a brand new video. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk band Georgia Fair have announced a handful of shows for November. Details here

– UK based singer-songwriter Hattie Briggs released her new video “Share Your Heart”. Details here

– Perth’s Joel Barker gives us a laugh with his new video “Casual Batman”. Details here

– Blue Mountains roots trio Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars have announced a massive national tour from next week. Details here

Lachlan Bryan and Harmony James have announced a joint tour this November. Details here

– The October edition of Little Features takes place tomorrow night and will feature The Bon Scotts, Ella Fence, Ollie Brown and more. Details here

The Wilson Pickers are reuniting for a series shows in Victoria this November. Details here

The Bearded Gypsy Band will be touring their new EP Leaving Town this November and December. Details here


“I’m from a place called Lyttelton which is just outside of Christchurch. It’s a town of about 3,000 people but per capeta it’s got the most country music of any place I’ve ever been to. Inexplicably – I don’t know why there would be country music there. Before we had the earthquakes there were about six or seven really good venues in a town of 3,000. Now there’s two or three”Marlon Williams chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Eddie Berman
PolyhymniaEddie Berman

Jep and Dep
Word Got OutJep and Dep

Lanie Lane
Night ShadeLanie Lane

Buckles & BruisesPepperjack

The Staves
Blood I BledThe Staves

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Country & Inner Western feat. Shane Nicholson, Jenny Queen, Ruby Boots, Andy Golledge, The Morrisons

Country and Inner Western

The Country & Inner Western nights in Sydney have become legendary, with some of the countries best and brightest folk, alt-country and Americana artists getting together for one big jam session. This time around Shane Nicholson, Jenny Queen and Ruby Boots, Andy Golledge will take to the stage with local Sydney legends The Morrisons playing ad jamming throughout the night.

Wednesday 29th October – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 24th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th October – Katoomba RSL, Blue Mountains, NSW
Sunday 26th October – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Buby Marou
Friday 24th October – Kidgeeridge Music Festival, Conjola, NSW (Full Band)
Saturday 25th October – Sydney Blues & Roots Festival, Windsor, NSW (Full Band)
Thursday 30th October – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 31st October – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW

Caitlin Park
Saturday 25th October – The Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Country & Inner Western feat. Shane Nicholson, Jenny Queen, Ruby Boots, Andy Golledge, The Morrisons
Wednesday 29th October – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 31st October – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Thursday 30th October – Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill, VIC
Friday 31st October – The Crown and Sceptre, Adelaide, SA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 31st October – Isisford, QLD

Fred Smith
Saturday 25th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Jack Carty
Thursday 30th October – Babushka Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

JamGrass Music Festival
Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Jep and Dep
Friday 24th October – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Saturday 25th October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st October – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham
Thursday 30th October – Artbar, Perth, WA

Lanie Lane
Wednesday 29th October – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st October – Anita’s, Wollongong, NSW

Little Features feat. The Bon Scotts, Ella Fence, Ollie Brown
Saturday 25th October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Liz Stringer
Friday 31st October – Basement Discs In Store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st October – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Mark Moldre
Thursday 30th October – Quattro, Erina, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Sunday 26th October – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 31st October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Missy Higgins
Saturday 25th October – AEC – Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 29th October – Regent Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Nikki Lane and The Delines with Ruby Boots
Friday 24th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Oh Pep!
Thursday 30th October – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Friday 24th October – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th October – Dorrigo Folk And Bluegrass Fest, NSW
Tuesday 28th October – Mother’s Milk, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Wednesday 29th October – Newcastle Uni, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 30th October – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 31st October – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Out on the Weekend
Sunday 26th October – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD

Sahara Beck
Friday 24th October – The Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 25th October – Babushka, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 1st November – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Newton
Friday 24th October – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 25th October – Belongil Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 29th October – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 30th October – The Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 31st October – Roundabout Inn, Gloucester, NSW

Steve Smyth
Sunday 26th October – The Wollombi Tavern, Wollombi, NSW
Friday 31st October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Blues and Roots Festival
Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th October – Windsor, NSW

Tattletale Saints
Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November – JamGrass, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 5th November – Araluen Town Hall, Araluen, NSW
Thursday 6th November – The Front Gallery and Café, Canberra, ACT
Friday 7th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Acfields
Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th October – Tablelands Folk Festival, Atherton, QLD
Thursday 30th October – Cafe Le Monde, Noosa, QLD
Friday 31st October – Rainbow Beach Hotel, Rainbow Beach, QLD

The Gloaming
Saturday 25th October – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, NSW
Monday 27th October – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 24th October – The Substation, Newport, VIC
Saturday 25th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 24th October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25th October – Swagger Music Festival, Mountain View Hotel, Wandiligong, VIC
Friday 31st October – Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Ballad of ’75” – Roaring Jack

There have been a lot of musical tributes to the late Gough Whitlam this week, many featuring “From Little Things Big Things Grow” from Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody and of course “Gough” by The Whitlams. I thought I’d add this Roaring Jack/Alistair Hulett classic to the mix. Maintain your rage and enthusiasm!

The Bearded Gypsy Band Announce New EP and Launch Tour

Bearded Gypsy Band
Image Courtesy of The Bearded Gypsy Band

Adelaide experimental folk quartet The Bearded Gypsy Band recently released their brand new EP Leaving Town and are about to hit the road to officially launch it in a series of shows this November. Leaving Town hit stores late last month following the band’s succesful tour of Canada.

The Bearded Gypsy Band will be launching Leaving Town in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as appearing at a handful of regional festival dates in the coming months. Check out the full list of upcoming shows below:

Saturday 1st November – Nexus, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th November – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th November – Tell Tale and Vine, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 4th December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th December – Bennett’s Lane, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 6th December – Sookie Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th December – Sonnys, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 16th December – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th December – Golgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th April


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– US bluegrass band Trampled By Turtles have a new album, Wild Animals, due for release this July. Details here

– American folk music icon Dawn Landes has released her brand new video “Home”. Details here

Little Features returns for April tomorrow night with a lineup that includes Imogen Clark, Justin Robinson, Original Sin, Jacob Pearson and Colin Jones. Details here

Timber and Steel favourites Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers will be taking over the Vic on the Park Hotel every Thursday in May with Huckleberry Hastings, Andy Golledge, Katie Brianna, Emma Beau, Lacey Cole & The Lazy Colts and more in support. Details here

– The amazing C.W. Stoneking will be performing at two very special Heavenly Sounds shows this June. Details here

– The amazing Angus and Julia Stone have announced their first album in almost four years to be released this August. Details here

– The Splendour in the Grass lineup was revealed with a bunch of folky artists including Angus and Julia Stone, Vance Joy, Ben Howard, First Aid Kit, Mikhael Paskalev, Dustin Tebbutt, The Head and the Heart, Little May, Nick Mulvey and many more. Details here

– Melbourne four-piece Pepperjack will be launching their new single at The Wesley Anne tomorrow night. Details here

The Bearded Gypsy Band released their brand new video “Marco Polo”. Details here

– The UK’s Matthew and the Atlas revealed the video to their track “Nowhere Now”. Details here

– Having just won the Young Folk Performer of the Year Award at the National Folk Festival Oh Pep! are about to head overseas for a tour of the US and Europe. But before they do they have a farewell show planned in Melbourne this Saturday. Details here

Owls of the Swamp have revealed details of the new album ATLAS as well as a stream of the new single “Shapeshifter”. Details here

David Gray has revealed another new track “Back in the World”. Details here

Releases This Week

The Phoenix and the TurtleBeverley Martyn

ObservationsGeorge Jackson

Ma Petite
The Road That Led Me to FallMa Petite

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Oh Pep! w/ Elana Stone

Oh Pep

Oh Pep! are heading to the US for a northern hemisphere tour on Monday but before they do they have one last show in Melbourne, where they’re promising to play the whole of Paul Simon’s Graceland album on stage. How could you possibly miss this?

Saturday 26th April – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ash Grunwald
Friday 25th April – Barwon Heads Hotel, Barwon Heads, VIC
Saturday 26th April – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Boy & Bear
Saturday 26th April – Sunshine Coast Function Centre, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 27th April – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Wednesday 30th April – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA
Friday 2nd May – Discovery, Darwin, NT

Cairns Blues Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th May – Cairns, QLD

Fairbridge Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th April – Fairbridge, WA

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers w/ Huckleberry Hastings
Thursday 1st May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 2nd May – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Karuah Bluegrass Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th May – Karuah, NSW

Kaurna Cronin and Ben Whiting
Friday 25th April – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Saturday 26th April – Glebe Markets, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 27th April – Little Features, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd May – Bo’s House, Jan Juc, VIC

Laura & Susie
Friday 25th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 26th April – Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 27th April – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Little Features feat. Imogen Clark, Justin Robinson, Original Sin, Jacob Pearson, Colin Jones
Saturday 26th April – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise and Megan Bernard
Friday 2nd May – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 26th April – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 1st May – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 2nd May – Roth’s Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW

Melbourne Folk Club w/ The Little Stevies, The Davidson Brothers, Melody Pool
Wednesday 30th April – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Mount Beauty Music Festival
Fruday 25th to Sunday 27th April – Mount Beauty, VIC

Friday 25th April – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Oh Pep! w/ Elana Stone
Saturday 26th April – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, NSW

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Friday 25th April – The Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Thursday 1st May – Lizotte’s Sydney, Dee Why, NSW

Pepperjack w/ The Bon Scotts, Kate Bart
Saturday 26th April – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

St Albans Folk Festival
Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th April – St Albans, NSW

Tanya Batt
Friday 25th April – Baha’s, Rye, VIC
Saturday 26th April – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd May – The Beresford, Sydney, NSW

The Bad Shepherds
Friday 25th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA
Saturday 26th April – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA

The Beez
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th April – Mount Beauty Music Festival, Vic

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, WA
Friday 2nd May – Fly By Night Musicians Club, Fremantle, WA

Wintermoon Festival
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th May – Camerons Pocket, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Dust of Uruzgan” – Fred Smith

On Anzac day it’s important not just to remember those that fought and died for our country a century ago, but also those who continue to defend the Australian way of life overseas today. Lest we forget.

Watch the New Bearded Gypsy Band Video “Marco Polo”

Bearded Gypsy Band
Image Courtesy of The Bearded Gypsy Band

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from The Bearded Gypsy Band but they just released a brand new video and it’s fantastic. The video is for the track “Marco Polo” and was filmed by the MAPS Film School in Adelaide – check it out below and let us know what you think:

Bearded Gypsy Band to Launch New Live Album at The Gov, Adelaide on January 24th 2013

Image courtesy of Bearded Gypsy Band

Timber and Steel were lucky enough to pick up a copy of The Bearded Gypsy Band‘s new live album when they supported Tin Pan Orange in Adelaide late last year, and if it weren’t for the fact that the record wasn’t really officially released yet, it would have definitely been pushing for contention in our 2012 top album lists.

Bearded Gypsy Band may look short of a few rings in their timber, but since I first stumbled across them in a crowded  Higher Ground Basement in 2010 I’ve been pleased to see that they’ve been gigging relentlessly and have established themselves as one of the nation’s most exciting live touring acts in the folk/blues/roots spectrum. It might seem a bit ambitious for an emerging act to release a live album as a follow-up to a debut, but there’s an energetic quality to BGB‘s live shows that probably can’t be captured in a traditional recording scenario. I was secretly hoping that BGB would take a leaf out of The Shaolin Afronauts‘ book and record their next album in a live-studio setting, but I suppose a live performance at Adelaide’s iconic Wheatsheaf Hotel is even more befitting.

Bearded Gypsy Band Launch their new Live Album with support from Max Savage and the False Idols and Monkey Puzzle Tree at The Gov in Adelaide on Thursday January 24th starting from 7:30pm. Purchase tickets from Moshtix via this link.

Follow this link for the Facebook event page.

Illawarra Folk Festival Announces 2012 Program

The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Image Courtesy of The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats

While the summer months see some of the nation’s biggest festivals strut their stuff it’s the little regional folk festivals that really shine in our books. One of our favourite regional festivals roles around every January – The Illawarra Folk Festival in Bulli just north of Wollongong, NSW.

Being within spitting distance of both Sydney and Canberra the Illawarra Folk Festival manages to attract some amazing national and international talent and is set in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The 2012 festival will be held from the 12th to the 15th January and boasts a program featuring the likes of Dougie Maclean, George Kamikawa & Noriko Tadano, The Beez, Andrew Winton, Cj Shaw, Evelyn’s Secret, Get Folked, Jack Flash, Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies, Margaret & Bob Fagan, Martin Pearson, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats (above), Skipping Girl Vinegar, The Bearded Gypsy Band, The String Contingent, The Woohoo Revue, Big Erle & the Limb Looseners, Jane Aubourg and of course Wongawilli.

The program for the event has just been released and is available on the official Illawarra Folk Festival web site – which is also where you can get the full lineup and all the information on how to get tickets. Looks like our January is planned then.

Interview: Sam Wright, 6 on the St

6 on the St
Image Courtesy of Your Take Sessions

The 6 on the St video series, where 12 Adelaide artists are filmed performing (for six minutes) in locations around the city of churches, is being turned into a full length documentary thanks to the folks at Your Take Sessions. Timber and Steel have been big fans of the series right from the very beginning because of the quality folk artists they’ve showcased throughout the 12 episodes so it was a pleasure to get a chance to sit down with producer and founder Sam Wright and chat about the documentary, the Adelaide music scene and the future of 6 on the St.

Evan Hughes: Let’s start at the beginning: 6 on the St started about a year and a half ago?
Sam Wright: Yeah, I think it was about a year and a half ago that we started putting together the idea of the films. Even in March [2010] I was considering it when I was working with WOMADelaide for the first time. I remember having conversations around that time.
EH: What was the inspiration behind creating these films?
SW: It was definitely from watching the Take Away Shows that are produced by La Blogothèque over in France. Judging by the style that we’ve taken on board with our films it’s fairly obvious that’s where we got it from for anyone who’s a keen Take Away Show fan. It’s always a nice thing when people are watching them and they go “You guys obviously enjoy Take Away Shows“. That’s where our style is derived from – we do include a bit of extra stuff to make it our own.
EH: Obviously you’ve got the Adelaide twist – that all the bands featured on 6 on the St are from Adelaide.
SW: Absolutely. Right from the word go we really just wanted to feature amazing Adelaide music. A lot of people write off Adelaide as being a bit of a quiet town but it’s really thriving with a whole bunch of diverse musicians and the intention was to display that. And what better way to communicate that with Adelaide as well as the rest of the Australia and potentially internationally than putting it on film and throwing it online – online is the best way to get your word out. I barely look at a physical streetpress anymore, I find all my information online.
EH: And you’ve had quite a lot of success – over 18,000 views. That’s pretty impressive.
SW: Collectively 18,000 views for the 6 on the St videos, yeah. It’s really interesting to watch, there’s certain bands where the views rack up. I think we can probably thank The Beards for racking up a lot of those views – they’re known nationally and internationally now. A similar case for the Shaolin Afronauts as well – they’re fast becoming well known around the world having been signed to UK label Freestyle Records. It’s pretty exciting.

EH: A friend of mine saw Kimbra the other night and Fire Santa Rosa Fire were supporting and she was like “have you heard of this band” and I said “Of course! They were on 6 on the St“.
SW: It’s interesting just how much great stuff is happening to some of the bands we’ve featured. It’s kind of nice to know that what we did was right in terms of filming them thinking that they were the sort of bands that would create interest on a national level.
EH: I think Timber and Steel would have to thank Vorn Doolette for introducing Timber and Steel and 6 on the St. If it wasn’t for that first video that you guys did with him we probably wouldn’t have stumbled across. When Timber and Steel first started up Vorn Doolette was one of the artists we planned on featuring fairly early on which led us to your video. And then the next 3 or 4 videos you did all featured artists with a folky bent further cementing our relationship.
SW: It’s kind of hilarious when I think back to it. I remember you featuring the Vorn Doolette video and my good mate [Thom Owen Miles], who now writes for Timber and Steel, was on the internet and he was like “hey, check out this article – it’s featuring the video”. We were just so amazed that anybody in another state would even recognise us so early on and that got us really excited. I think that speaks well of you guys for having your ear to the ground around the whole of Australia and internationally. And it’s funny that you mention the first videos – Vorn Doolette, The Thieves, The Bearded Gyspy Band – all being folk inspired. When you kept mentioning how perfect all these bands were for Timber and Steel we kind of panicked that we weren’t featuring a diverse range of music. So to really spin things around I remember featuring [hip hop act] Dialect and Despair which kind of shattered the Timber and Steel dream really – I’m sorry about that [laughes]. It wasn’t too intentional but it was at the same time, we really wanted to branch out a lot more.

EH: Yeah, the inclusion of hip hop really made us realise that you weren’t just a Timber and Steel featured YouTube channel.
SW: We came back to folk though, like with The Beards. With all the stuff we’ve been doing with these videos we’ve really found that we’ve attracted like-minded people, people that are interested in the emerging music scene. That’s partly the reason behind the 6 on the St documentary – to feature all those people that we’ve met along the way. For instance a group you may be familiar with are Stobie Sounds, which are a community roots record label here, who we actually met through The Bearded Gypsy Band because they were screen printing their album and distributing them. The doco is a way of displaying all of those people who are working hard at the grass roots level of the music industry.

EH: I’ve always meant to ask – how did you pitch the idea of an outdoor video to bands? Especially really early on in the piece where you didn’t have a back catalog to leverage, how did you convince a band to perform live in front of a bunch of guys and girls holding hand held cameras? What go them over the line?
SW: Well we never told them we were filming with handhelds [laughes]. I remember watching bands rock up and we’re holding our digital SLR cameras, which are what we film on, and I know they were surprised to see them and worried what it was going to look like. But in terms of getting them there in the first place – it was never really that difficult. For a band it’s the novelty of having someone e-mail you and say “we’ve got this series we’re developing and it bases itself around maybe finding one of your favourite places or one of our favourite places and shooting a quick interview and an acoustic performance”. Surprisingly it just didn’t that much but maybe that’s Adelaide for you. Maybe it wouldn’t have been so easy if we were in another state, I can’t really say. And a lot of the time we’d go to their gigs as well to see them and see that they could deliver what we heard on their recordings and we’d just get chatting.
EH: Did you have bands approaching you and saying “we’d love to do a 6 on the St“?
SW: Absolutely. There were lots of different bands approaching us. It was funny because after we’d done a few folk acts we had a few more folk acts approach us – it was really difficult because there are an astounding amount of folk acts in Adelaide and they’re all really high quality, but once we’d done a few we thought we shouldn’t go back there too much because there are so many other different kind of styles like afrobeat or hip hop. There’s still bands that we want to film and that we probably will after the doco’s done.
EH: At what point did you realise that you wanted to turn these short films into a full length documentary?
SW: Early on we took the idea of what we were doing to our local youth arts board, Carclew Youth Arts, and they were really interested in it and helped us develop our ideas further into the possibility of exhibiting it all together. I think at one point we were just thinking about putting the episodes back to back which didn’t seem very interesting to me at least. Then we thought “why don’t we shoot a whole lot of different interviews with various people we’ve met around the music community in Adelaide”. So the idea became definite when we received some extra support and funding from Carclew Youth Arts and that was late December [2010]. And here we are – we’re almost there.

EH: Are you happy with the final result of the doco? Does it all flow easily?
SW: Absolutely. What we’ve done is found music community members that tie in, or what they’re saying ties into the bands we’ve filmed. It’s presented in a way that there’ll be an interview and then a relevant performance from a 6 on the St act – it’s not necessarily in the same order as we originally presented them from one to twelve. We’ve started, I think, with the tenth act as the first performance that’s featured. It does flow well – everything’s a segue to everything else.
EH: You’re showing the full length documentary on the 29th October at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide in 3 screenings?
SW: 3 screenings, that’s right. 3pm, 5pm and 7pm.
EH: Is that it for the film or is it going to go up online after that?
SW: We’re talking about how we’re going to distributed, we’re not quite sure. First we want to see how people in Adelaide respond to it and if the response is good maybe we could take it further, see what happens.
EH: 6 on the St led to the creation of this umbrella group of video series called Your Take Sessions. We haven’t seen too much from the group recently, I guess because you’ve been working on the doco, but what comes next once this is all over?
SW: We have a few videos in the archive that we haven’t released yet. We’ve filmed extra songs with artists like Washington, Old Man River, Passenger and Katie Noonan. I think we’ll take a break and then we’ll get stuck in to releasing some of those videos that are just sitting in the vault for the moment. From there there’s a few Adelaide artists we want to shoot – I think more than anything it’s becoming more crucial to give Adelaide artists an interesting video to use. We just want to get as many videos as possible out there.
EH: Well I think that’s all we’ve got today! Thank you so much for chatting to us today.
SW: No worries!

The full length 6 On The St documentary will premiere for one night only at the Mercury Cinema on Saturday 29th October. There will be three separate screenings throughout the day with tickets available from moshtix. If you’re a fan of local music make sure you jump at the chance to catch this unique South Australian film. Check out the Facebook Invite for more details.

Your Take Sessions Presents 6 On The St, An Adelaide Music Documentary

6 On The St
Image Courtesy of Your Take Sessions

When we discovered Adelaide live music documentary series 6 On The St last year it was the start of a beautiful friendship. The series, which spotlighted a different Adelaide band on the 6th of each month for 12 months and filmed them performing live somewhere in the city, first started as a way to showcase local music but has since become so much more. The crew behind the series eventually went on to create Your Take Sessions which took the 6 On The St concept and applied it to various other video series but its always been the original that’s been closest to our hearts.

Timber and Steel initially began showcasing 6 On The St because of the wealth of folk talent they were uncovering in the South Australian capital. So it’s with great pleasure that we get to announce the premiere of the 6 On The St full length music documentary at the end of October. Combining the twelve initial films featuring the likes of Vorn Doolette, The Thieves, The Bearded Gypsy Band, Spine, The Beards, The Shaolin Afronauts and more with interviews with key music community members such as Ianto Ware (Project Manager at Renew Adelaide), Walter Marsh (Presenter on Radio Adelaide) and Alice Fraser (Founder of The Jam Room), the Your Task Sessions crew have created a snapshot of the Adelaide musical landscape.

The full length 6 On The St documentary will premiere for one night only at the Mercury Cinema on Saturday 29th October. There will be three separate screenings throughout the day with tickets available from moshtix. If you’re a fan of local music make sure you jump at the chance to catch this unique South Australian film.

Four Weeks Until The Snowy Mountains of Music

Skipping Girl Vinegar
Image Courtesy of Skipping Girl Vinegar

With news that the mountains got their first really dusting of snow over the last couple of days we thought it was time to remind you that The Snowy Mountains of Music festival is a mere four weeks away. If you’re keen to see artists as diverse as Ash Grunwald, Christine Anu, Dallas Frasca, Skipping Girl Vinegar (above), The Stiff Gins, The Bearded Gypsy Band, Eric Bogle and many, many more then we recommend you get in quick – early bird tickets close this Sunday the 15th May.

The Snowy Mountains of Music festival is due to take place over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend from the 10th to 13th June. A bunch of transport and accommodation packages are available with all the details on the official web site. Looks like it’s time to pull out the winter jackets, dust off your beanies and start getting read for a winter of fine music.

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