Folk and Roots Bands Announced for Meatstock

Meatstock
Image Courtesy of Meatstock

This weekend in Sydney prepare to celebrate all things meat with the Meatstock Festival at the Sydney show grounds. Held on the 13th and 14th February Meatstock brings some the cities finest meat based food together with some of Australia’s finest musicians – almost all of which will delight readers of Timber and Steel.

The musical lineup for Meatstock includes Adam Eckersley Band, Mustered Courage, The Snowdroppers, The Beards, Henry Wagons, Davidson Brothers, Big Blind Ray, The Buffalo Grass Boys, The Punk Rock Hillbilly, Sahara Beck, Hussy Hicks, Roy Rose and more. Quite a lineup right? Enough even to entice your vegetarian friends to Meatstock.

For more information on Meatstock including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Thursday – 24th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Beards have announced dates for their final ever tour. Details here

– UK based Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker has released “Anywhere Away”, the lead single from her soundtrack to the movie Hector. Details here

– We streamed the new Angharad Drake album Sword. Details here

The National Folk Festival has announced Nancy Kerr as the headliner (both solo and with Nancy Kerr and James Fagan and The Fagans) as well as adding The Little Stevies, Frencham Smith, Sparrow-Folk, Sásta, Doctor Stovepipe, Miriam Lieberman with Lara Goodridge and Kate Adams, Black Mountain String Band, The Fiddle Chicks, Frumious and The Wheeze and Suck Band. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Darren Cross released his new video “Just Got Along (la la le)”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Anna Cordell released a live video of her track “Blue Rose”. Details here

– Sydney folk duo Elwood Myre released their new video “Mrs Honey”. Details here

Mark Moldre released his latest video “O, Dreamtime Blues”. Details here

– Folk rock legends Levellers have announced an Australian tour. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Tom West will be recording a live album with shows in Adelaide and Melbourne. Details here

One Up, Two Down will be releasing a new EP and touring in January. Details here

The Gum Ball returns for 2016 with some folky gems on its first round of artists including Jeff Lang, Suzannah Espie, Caitlin Park and more. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin has announced full band shows in Sydney and Melbourne this January. Details here

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– We posted our traditional Christmas Eve collection of the best Christmas Carols and Songs of the year. Check it out here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford

At this time of year is there any other gig? If you’re heading up to the Woodford Folk Festival have an amazing time!

Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Falls Music & Arts Festival
Monday 28th December to Friday 1st January – Lorne, VIC
Tuesday 29th December to Friday 1st January – Marion Bay, TAS
Thursday 31st December to Sunday 3rd January – Byron Bay, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Canons
Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

One Up, Two Down
Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Phia
Wednesday 30th December to Friday 1st January – NYE On The Hill, Loch Village, VIC

The Audreys
Friday 1st January – Taste of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS

The East Pointers
Monday 28th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

TinPan Orange
Saturday 27th December – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Woodford Folk Festival
Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“White Wine in the Sun” – Kate Miller-Heidke

Kate Miller-Heidke may have produced one of the best Christmas songs this year with “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs for Christmas”, featuring The Beards, but nothing can top her version of this Tim Minchin classic.

The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2015

Christmas Boots

It’s Christmas Eve which means it’s time for Timber and Steel’s traditional wrap up of the best folky Christmas songs of the year. If you’re like us and you love Christmas songs and carols then you’re in for a treat.

We hope you have a safe and merry Christmas wherever you find yourself this year. We look forward to folking with you in the New Year!

Kaitlyn Baker – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Sondre Lerche & Jherek Bischoff – “Surviving Christmas”

The Felice Brothers – “Carriage”
Why The Felice Brothers haven’t thought to do a Christmas album titled Felice Navidad before now is mind boggling. Here’s the first single from the album, “Carriage”.

Red Sky July – “Save Christmas Day for Me”

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant – “Light of Christmas Day”
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant reunite for this contribution to the Christmas movie Love The Coopers. The video is peppered with movie dialogue which can get annoying but it’s still great to see Krauss and Plant together again.

Robert Pollard – “What Begins on New Years Day”

The Bandana Splits – “Silent Night”
The three part harmonies from Annie Nero, Dawn Landes and Lauren Balthrop on their The Bandana Splits are just stunning.

Phil Cunningham feat. Eddi Reader – “Santa Will Find You”
Phil Cunningham brings together some of folk music’s best for his Christmas album Phil’s Christmas Songbook. The lead single, “Santa Will Find You”, features none other than Eddi Reader

Joseph Bradshaw – “Christmas is Always”

Kyle Cox – “Don’t Make My Christmas Blue”

Kids – “In The Bleak Midwinter”

Kate Miller-Heidke ft. The Beards – “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas”
Probably the best comedy Christmas release of the year. Don’t listen to this one too loudly at work.

Peter Joseph Head – “Boxing Day”

Stylus Boy – “Oh Little Town”

The Leisure Society – “2000 Miles”
The Leisure Society cover The Pretenders for their Christmas single this year. I love this track!

Burrowing – “The Morn Of Christmas Day”

Smoke Fairies – “Wild Winter”

Kate Rusby – “The Frost is all Over”
The stunning Kate Rusby brings her amazing voice to this Christmas classic, taken from her Christmas album of the same name.

Lindsay Straw – “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear”

Boom Forest – “The Holly & The Ivy”
I love the way this traditional Christmas song has been given a contemporary sound by Boom Forest.

Matt Costa – “Many Memories Ago”
Roots singer-songwriter Matt Costa turns up the Christmas nostalgia with his track “Many Memories Ago”.

Lily Lambert – “Carol Of The Bells”

Sufjan Stevens – “Christmas Unicorn”
It wouldn’t be a list of Christmas songs without something from Sufjan Stevens. While this track came out in 2012 it’s just been given a brand new lyric video and thus qualifies for our 2015 list.

Amy Yon – “Winter”

Loralee Jessen Nicolay – “Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella”

Leaf Pile – “Deck The Halls”

Tides Of Winter – “Angels”

Sivu – “The Christmas Song”

Unwaxed Raiment – “The First Noel”

Folk Uke – All I Want For Christmas”

Marika Hackman – “River”

Elouise – “Silent Night”

The Maple Trail – “Star Wars (Is Coming Out This Christmas)”
Here it is folks – the most important Christmas song of the year. Not only do we get a Christmas folk song about Star Wars, this is also the first recorded music from The Maple Trail in a long long time.

The Beards Announce Final Tour

The Beards
Image Courtesy of The Beards

After years of fighting the good fight Australia’s number one folk-rock beard-themed band The Beards have announced that they’re hanging up their touring boots. But before they do they’ve announced a final tour that kicks off in January and continuing through the first half of 2016 – more than enough time to grow your best beard.

Check out the list of dates below with more to be announced:

Wednesday 20th January – West Tamworth Leagues, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW
Saturday 6th February – Houghton Fest, Houghton, SA
Saturday 13th February – Meatstock, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 25th February – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Friday 26th February – Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 27th February – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Friday 11th March – Bar Indigo, Rockingham, WA
Saturday 12th March – Rosemont Hotel, Perth, WA
Sunday 13th March – Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton, WA
Wednesday 20th April – Pier Hotel, Esperance, WA
Thursday 21st April – The White Star, Albany, WA
Friday 22nd April – Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough, WA
Saturday 23rd April – Price of Wales, Bubury, WA
Wednesday 11th May – Gladstone Events Centre, Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 12th May – Lionleigh Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Friday 13th May – Magnum’s, Airlie Beach, QLD
Saturday 14th May – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 15th May – The Jack, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 21st May – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 25th May – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 26th May – The Golden Vine, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 27th May – SS & A Club, Albury, NSW
Saturday 28th May – The Area Hotel, Griffith, NSW
Thursday 9th June – Railway Club Hotel, Darwin, NT
Friday 10th June – Railway Club Hotel, Darwin, NT
Saturday 11th June – Katherine Hotel, Katherine, NT
Wednesday 15th June – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Thursday 16th June – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 17th June – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 18th June – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 23rd June – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 24th June – The Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 25th June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th June – Beachcomber Hotel, Toukley, NSW
Friday 1st July – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 2nd July – The Metro, Sydney, NSW

And if you haven’t heard it yet check out The Beards’ Christmas single “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas” featuring Kate Miller-Heidke:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The forth artist announcement for the Port Fairy Folk Festival dropped including Aine Tyrell, Bobby Alu & The Palm Royal Royale, Bullhorn, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Greg Champion, Little Georgia, The Mastersons (USA), The Morrisons, Oh Pep!, The Paper Kites, Mick McHugh & The Gathering and The Grand Magoozi. Details here

Kate Miller-Heidke and The Beards have released a cracking Christmas single “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs for Christmas”. Details here

– After almost immediately selling out her Sydney and Melbourne dates Gillian Welch has added two more shows to her February tour. Details here

– In a very special show next Friday Chaika will be performing with the 17 piece Pickpockets & Rascals Orchestra, supported by Lucy Wise Trio. Details here

The Waifs announced tour dates for January and February 2016. Details here

– Our favourite alt-country and Americana blog Post To Wire is holding a Christmas party in Sydney featuring Fanny Lumsden, Jason Walker, Cruisin’ Deuces, The Weeping Willows, Jep and Dep, James Thomson and De’May along with Post To Wire DJ sets. Details here

– We premiered the brand new single from John Flanagan, “High On High”. Details here

The National Folk Festival added a bunch more artists including The Jerry Cans (CAN), Spiro (UK), Gordie Tentrees (CAN), Keith Donnelly (UK), Joseph Tawadros, Perch Creek, Bush Gothic, Loren Kate, The Chordwainers, Co-cheòl, Catgut (above), Conchillia, Siobhan Owen and Candy Royalle and The Michael Wheatley Band. Details here

– The latest single from Pepa Knight is a cover of Tame Impala’s “Eventually”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Ariela Jacobs has announced a new EP, Yesteryear. Details here

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Poke in The Eye Records Launch feat. Todd Sibbin, Tom West, O’ Little Sister

Todd Sibbin

Brand new Adelaide record label Poke in The Eye launch this week with an impressive lineup of their artists – Todd Sibbin, Tom West and O’ Little Sister

Thursday 10th December – The Metro, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

A Day on the Green feat. Paul Kelly Presents: The Merri Soul Sessions, Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers and Marlon Williams
Sunday 6th December – Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC

Archie Roach
Friday 4th December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th December – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Friday 11th December – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Chaika with Pickpockets & Rascals Orchestra and Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 11th December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Sunday 6th December – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Saturday 5th December – Northcote Uniting Church Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th December – Monte’s, Alice Springs, NT
Thursday 10th December – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th December – TBD, Nannup, WA

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 6th December – The Fifth Province, St Kilda, VIC

Ed Sheeran w/ Passenger, Foy Vance, Rudimental
Saturday 5th December – AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 9th December – Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW

Fairgrounds Festival
Saturday 5th December – Berry, NSW

Father John Misty
Saturday 5th December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW
Sunday 6th December – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 8th December – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 9th December – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 10th December – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Cannons
Friday 4th December – Springbrook Community Hall, Springbrook QLD
Saturday 5th December – Mt Nebo Hall, Mt Nebo, QLD
Sunday 6th December – Eudlo Public Hall, Eudlo, QLD
Friday 11th December – CCSA Hall, Caloundra, QLD

Finders Keepers Market feat. Ollie Brown, Katie Brianna, Luke Escombe, Catgut, Maia Jelavic, Taryn La Fauci, Lisa Caruso, The Maple Trail
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December – Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Folkswagon feat. Callum Wylie, The Campervan Dancers, Maia Jelavic
Wednesday 9th December – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Home Sweet Home feat. Caitlin Harnett and Andrew Phelan
Friday 11th December – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 4th December – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 6th December – Mudgee Brewing, Mudgee, NSW
Thursday 10th December – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Lucinda Williams
Sunday 6th December – A Day on the Green, Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC
Monday 7th December – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Lucy Wise and Justin Bernasconi
Sunday 6th December – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders w/ Ben Salter
Friday 4th December – The Railway, Darwin, NT
Sunday 6th December – A Day on the Green, Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC
Thursday 10th December – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 11th December – The Substation, Newport, VIC

Oh Willy Dear
Sunday 6th December – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Poke in The Eye Records Launch feat. Todd Sibbin, Tom West, O’ Little Sister
Thursday 10th December – The Metro, Adelaide, SA

Rebecca Bastoli and Maia Jelavic
Thursday 10th December – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Riogh
Sunday 6th December – Figgy Bowlo, Figtree, NSW

Sian Evans
Wednesday 9th December – The Pineapple Lounge, Brisbane, QLD

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Tuesday 8th December – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Morrisons
Saturday 5th December – Hotel Gearins, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 11th December – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

The Plough
Sunday 6th December – Coach and Horses, Sydney, NSW

The Shack feat. New York Public Library, Niq Reefman, Margie Salem
Saturday 5th December – Tramshed Community Arts Centre, Narrabeen, NSW

Tim Guy
Saturday 5th December – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 6th December – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Boolavogue/Mrs McLeod’s Reel” – Aly Bain and Davy Spillane

I thought I’d celebrate the week of St Andrew’s Day with the legendary Scots fiddler Aly Bain playing the classic “Mrs McLeod’s Reel” (with some Irish influence from Davy Spillane on pipes).

Listen to the Kate Miller-Heidke and The Beards Charity Christmas Single “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs for Christmas”

Kate Miller-Heidke
Image Courtesy of Kate Miller-Heidke

If you’re a constant reader of Timber and Steel you’d know we’re a sucker for Christmas songs. So when we saw that Kate Miller-Heidke and The Beards had collaborated for a charity christmas single we just had to check it out. And the result is hilarious.

The single is titled “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs for Christmas” and is being sold to raise money for the Decembeard Bowel Cancer Australia initiative – you can buy the single here.

Take a listen to “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs for Christmas” below:

Kate Miller-Heidke has also announced a national tour for next February and March – the full list of dates are here:

Thursday 11th February – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 12 February – Ipswich Civic Centre, Ipswich, QLD
Sunday 14th February – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 18th February – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th February – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 20th February – Estonian House, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 2nd March – The Spiegeltent, Adelaide, SA
Friday 4th March – J-Shed, Bathers Beach, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Montrose Town Centre, Montrose, VIC
Friday 11th March – Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– American six-piece The Head and the Heart released their new video “Let’s Be Still”. Details here

– The multi-talented Johnny Flynn will appear in the upcoming Anne Hathaway film Song One. Details here

– Adelaide’s Thom Lion has released his new video “Fruition”. Details here

Father John Misty announced plans to release his new album I Love You, Honeybear in 2015. Details here

– Acclaimed American folk-rockers The Lone Bellow have announced details of a new album in 2015, Then Came The Morning. Details here

The April Maze released their new video “I’ve Seen The Rain”. Details here

Dear Orphans front man Nick Payne released his first solo track “Old Sydney Town”. Details here

– The National Folk Festival announced it’s first official artists of 2015 including David Francey, Heartstring Quartet, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Baka Beyond, Equus, Greshka, Bandaluzia, The Flying Emus, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Lucy Wise Trio and Alanna & Alicia. Details here

The Punch Brothers announced that they’ll soon be announcing a new album, as well as releasing their new track “I Blew It Off”. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features announced their Christmas show featuring The Starry Field, Alex Gibson, Yetis and Daniel Tomalaris. Details here

– Folk Rock legends Levellers released the new version of their track “Just The One” featuring Bellowhead. Details here

José González gave us a view from space for his new video “Every Age”. Details here

– Ten more artists were added to the Port Fairy Folk Festival including The Gloaming, Tom Mason, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Ajak Kwai, Ruth Moody, Perch Creek, Zeptepi, Michael Fix, Roesy and Chris Tamwoy. details here

Hozier released his brand new video “From Eden”. Details here

Interviews

“Growing facial hair is far less effort than continuously shaving it off. Speaking of which, I’d like to dispel the myth that shaving stimulates hair growth. It doesn’t. People just think that it does because a hair follicle is at its darkest at the tip, so as the beard regrows, as it inevitably will because it’s a beard and therefore cannot be stopped, it looks like it’s growing thickly – it’s not, it’s growing at the same speed. All that’s happened is you’ve shaved off your beard and now you look like a fool, which you are, because you shaved off your beard” – Nathaniel Beard from The Beards chats to Aiden L Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

In Tongues
In TonguesElla Hooper
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Shane Nicholson
Pitch, Roll & YawShane Nicholson
JB Hi-Fi

Thompson Family
Thompson – FamilyThompson Family
iTunes

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The Spooky Men’s Chorale

Spooky Men

The Fitters’ Workshop in Canberra will be inviting folk music into it’s acoustically magnificent walls this weekend with The Spooky Men’s Chorale taking centre stage for a very special matinee show. Or as they put it “undertaking a full scale acoustic evaluation” of the venue.

Saturday 22nd November – The Fitters’ Workshop, Canberra, ACT

Gigs Next Week

Betty & Oswald
Friday 21st November – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Thursday 27th November – Babushka, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 21st November – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 22nd November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 27th November – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 28th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Co-cheòl
Friday 21st to Saturday 22nd November — Carnival of Music, Clare Valley, SA
Sunday 23rd November — Creatively Celtic, Church of Christ, Aldgate, SA

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 21st November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 22nd November – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Sunday 23rd November – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 23rd November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 21st November – The Boatshed, Manly, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 21st November – Hornsby Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – River Music, Nowra, NSW
Sunday 23rd November – Humph Hall, Allambie Heights, NSW
Friday 28th November – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

Gorgeous Festival
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November – McLaren Vale, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
Saturday 22nd November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – The Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC
Thursday 27th November – The New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Husky
Friday 21st November – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 22nd November – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 23rd November – Mullum Music Fest, Mullumbimby, NSW
Wednesday 26th November – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 27th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 28th November – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA

Jack Carty
Friday 21st November – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 27th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 28th November – Captains at Mariners, Batemans Bay, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 21st November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 22nd November – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 27th November – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th November – The Astor Hotel, Goulburn, NSW

Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham
Friday 21st November – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 23rd November – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Lachlan Bryan and Harmony James
Friday 21st November – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 22nd November -The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Thursday 27th November – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, Brisbane, QLD

Little May
Friday 21st November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd November – The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 27th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Liz Stringer
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 25th November – Jet Black Cat In Store, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 26th November – No 5. Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 27th November – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 28th November – Manly Fig, Manly, NSW

Mark Moldre
Sunday 23rd November – Avoca Markets, NSW

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd November – Mullumbimby, NSW

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Saturday 22nd November – The Roxbury, Sydney, NSW

Pepa Knight
Thursday 27th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th November – Baker St, Gosford, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 21st November – Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Saturday 22nd November – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 23rd November – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Wednesday 26th November – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 27th November – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Friday 28th November – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS

The Kruger Brothers w/ The Company
Friday 28th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 21st November – Milton Theatre, South Coast, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – The Fitters’ Workshop, Canberra, ACT

The Stetson Family
Sunday 23rd November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Candy” – Paolo Nutini

Scottish singer Paolo Nutini is one of the most versatile artists in the world right now covering everything from trad to Americana to pop and beyond. I love the Neil Young vibe to this track – it definitely gets me excited that Nutini will be in the country for Bluesfest next year!

Interview: The Beards

The Beards
Image Courtesy of The Beards

Interview originally published on Stars in the Attic

It has long been known that I, along with a growing number of likewise sensibly minded women in the world today, like our men with beards. There is something about a beard that defines and refines a man. And none can be more defined than these four lovely gents. Spreading the good bearded word to the nation, empowering men to give up the razors, to quit conforming to the ridiculous standards of clean-shavenness that a Bieber loving society has conditioned young men these days to follow. All hail The Beards!

Many moons ago, February 2011 to be more precise (see it here), I got to interview the legendary Facey McStubblington about the band, what they do, and why. This time I got to put my questions to the equally awesome Nathaniel Beard about their latest escapades and upcoming UK tour dates. Here’s how it went down:

Aiden L Quinn: So, it’s been a while since I last caught up with you, I hear you are going to the UK soon, tell me about that?

Nathaniel Beard: We’ll be playing songs about beards in London, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Portsmouth, Belfast and Dublin this December. We’re super excited to be coming back to the UK and Ireland, we were there earlier in the year and several people promised they’d grow beards, we’d be interested to see if they kept their word.

ALQ: Sticking with talk of the UK for a moment. The hot favourite to win The X-Factor UK this year is 20 year old Italian Andrea Faustini. He is the only contestant with a beard, do you think this improves his chances of winning?

NB: I’d go as far as to say that his beard will guarantee him victory. If the competition is being correctly and fairly judged, he will win. I assume shows of that calibre are correctly and fairly judged.

ALQ: Tell me about the latest album, what are your favourite tracks from it?

NB: It’s called The Beard Album and it’s our fourth beard-related concept album. It’s my favourite of all the albums we’ve recorded so far – it’s got a really good number of songs about beards on it – eleven. I think that like our beards, our albums keep getting better and longer. My favourite tracks from it are “I Like Beards”, “Touch Me in the Beard” and “There’s a Bearded Man Inside Me”.

ALQ: What kind of manly maintenance goes into maintaining a tip-top beard and what advice would you give to young men growing one today?

NB: Very little maintenance is required, just keep it washed and brush it every day. Growing facial hair is far less effort than continuously shaving it off. Speaking of which, I’d like to dispel the myth that shaving stimulates hair growth. It doesn’t. People just think that it does because a hair follicle is at its darkest at the tip, so as the beard regrows, as it inevitably will because it’s a beard and therefore cannot be stopped, it looks like it’s growing thickly – it’s not, it’s growing at the same speed. All that’s happened is you’ve shaved off your beard and now you look like a fool, which you are, because you shaved off your beard.

ALQ: You’ve been to the UK in the past, how do UK beards compare with Aussie beards?

NB: I don’t like to compare beards with other beards, I prefer to compare people with beards to people without beards, who I consider to be inferior.

ALQ: There has been a lot in the press condemning people with religious beards, do you have an opinion on this? have you had any negative comments from others regarding your own? how did you handle it?

NB: Yeah sure we get negative comments from people all the time. Just the other day a total stranger called me a “bearded piece of shit” and told me to “climb down off of his roof”. I don’t let that sort of thing bother me. Having a beard makes you pretty resilient. When people say things like that to me I generally just ignore them and stay on their roof.

ALQ: You have a song called “You Should Consider Having Sex with a Bearded Man”. How does a bearded lover differ to their non-bearded counterparts?

NB: Personally, I’ve only ever had bearded lovers so I couldn’t tell you, but I can only assume that a non-bearded lover would be a real let down.

ALQ: Seeing as Christmas is drawing near, have you decided what you want Santa to bring you yet?

NB: All I’d really like for Christmas is for bearded people everywhere to be extended rights not extended to those lacking a beard.

ALQ: What have been your favourite moments of this year so far?

NB: Recording The Beard Album was a really good experience – we had a rule that no-one without a beard was allowed in the studio, and we were forbidden from talking about any non-beard-related topics, by punishment of a public flaying. It was really fun. When it was all finished we held a massive party on this guy’s roof.

ALQ: Do you have anything exciting in the pipeline for next year?

NB: Ideally we’d like to implement a worldwide movement in which all people grow beards, put their differences aside and work together to make the world a better place. Failing that we’d like to record some new songs about beards and go on tour.

ALQ: Do you have a message for the people of the UK before you arrive for your gigs? what should they expect?

NB: I’d like to encourage as much pre-show beard growth as possible. If all you can manage is a scrappy, patchy, whispy beard – just remember that a scrappy, patchy, whispy beard is still a beard. All beards are equal in our eyes. Having said that we deplore stand-alone moustaches and consider anyone who has one to be sub-human.

For a full list of their tour dates, where to get tickets etc, check out The Beards’ website here

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th March

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne artist Yuko Nishiyama has revealed her brand new single “Heart of Daisies”. Details here

– The March edition of The Folk Informal in Sydney takes place next Thursday featuring Oliver Downes, Luke Watson’s Golden Bridges project, Lola and the Captain and Jep and Dep. Details here

– UK eight-piece Cocos Lovers released their new single “Walk Among The Ghosts”. Details here

The National Folk Festival shocked everyone with the exclusive addition of folk music legend Martin Carthy to their 2014 lineup. Details here

– Two of Australia’s top trad bands, Sásta and Tolka, will be making Sydney their home on St Patrick’s Day. Details here

The Beards have announced a massive national tour from May through to August. Details here

– Melbourne newgrass quartet Mustered Courage have just released an awesome animated video for their track “Powerlines”. Details here

– Brisbane Americana artist Phil Smith will be launching his new album Year of the Dog this Saturday night. Details here

– Matt Walker’s Americana infused band Lost Ragas have announce tour dates this month. Details here

The Perch Creek Family Jugband have announced a new album, single and tour. Details here

– The amazing Dom Flemons has a new version of the traditional “Po’ Black Sheep”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Kate Crowley will be launching her new album next week. Details here

– Folktronica artist Caitlin Park has released her new single “Hold Your Gaze”. Details here

Timberwolf has released a really nice cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”. Details here

The British Blues have released their debut single and video “2001”. Details here

– Sydney band Arbori have announced a very special EP preview show next week. Details here

– This Sunday Jimmy Watts and Cameron Milford will be facing off in a songwriter showdown. Details here

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes continue their domination of the country scene with their new video “Black Coffee”. Details here

– The new Diane Cluck album came out this week (see below) and she also released a video for the track “Sara”. Details here

– We think you’re really going to like “Tightrope”, the new single and video from UK quintet Boat to Row. Details here

Releases This Week

Boneset
BonesetDiane Cluck
Official Site

Scattered Reflections
Scattered ReflectionsLior
iTunes

Mikhael Paskalev
What’s Life Without LosersMikhael Paskalev
iTunes

Wyatt
Sanitary ApocalypseWyatt Moss-Wellington
Official Site

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

WOMADelaide

Womadelaide

Mad March continues in Adelaide this weekend with the wonderful WOMADelaide festival. Set in the botanic gardens just north of the CBD, WOMADelaide always boasts an impressive lineup, a stunning location and some of the most exciting music you’ll hear all year.

Friday 7th to Monday 10th March – Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Adelaide Fringe Festival
Friday 14th February to Sunday 16th March – Adelaide, SA

Ash Grunwald
Friday 7th March – Great Northern, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March – Port Fairy Festival, VIC
Thursday 13th March – Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW
Friday 14th March – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT

Billy Bragg
Sunday 8th March – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Monday 10th March – WOMADelaide Festival, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 12th March – Hellenic Hall, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 13th March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th March – Katoomba, NSW

Breabach
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Sunday 9th and Monday 10th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 11th March – Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 2nd to Sunday 16th March – Melbourne, VIC

Christopher Coleman Collective
Friday 7th to Monday 10th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Thursday 13th March – The Spiegeltent, Hobart, TAS

Darren Hanlon
Friday 7th March – Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Sunday 9th March – Queens College, Melbourne, VIC

Glen Hansard with Lisa O’Neill
Friday 14th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Jordan Millar
Friday 7th March – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 8th March – Boat Harbour Surf Club, Boat Harbour, TAS
Friday 14th March – Free The Wild Presents, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 7th March – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 12 March – Live At The Quarry, Perth, WA

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 7th March – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 14th March – YouAreHere Festival, Canberra, ACT

Lior
Friday 7th March – York Theatre @ Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th March – Orange Civic Theatre, Orange, NSW

Lost Ragas w/ Raised By Eagles
Friday 14th March – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW

Mikhael Paskalev
Friday 7th March – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Neko Case
Friday 7th March – Fowlers Live, Adelaide, SA

Peter Rowan
Friday 7th March – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 8th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Monday 9th March – Brisbane Music Bureau, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 12th March – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass, Dorrigo, NSW
Thursday 13th March – Carrington Bowling Club, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 14th March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

Pokey LaFarge
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC
Sunday 9th and Monday 10th March – WOMADelaide, Botanic Park, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 12th March – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. The Morrisons, Lacey Cole, Leroy Lee
Thursday 13th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Sam Buckingham
Thursday 13th March – The Front, Canberra, ACT

The Beez
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th March – Burke and Wills Festival, Mia Mia, Vic
Friday 14th March – Old Mill Flour Gallery, Mildura, Vic

The Folk Informal feat. Oliver Downes, Golden Bridges, Lola and the Captain, Jep and Dep
Thursday 13th March – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Good Ship
Friday 7th March – The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 8th March – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 8th March – The Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD

The Little Stevies
Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th March – Burke & Wills Folk Festival, Lancefiled, VIC
Thursday 13th March – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

The Stray Sisters
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Wednesday 12th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Thursday 13th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Unpaved Sessions w/ Little Rabbit, The Weeping Willows
Monday 9th March – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

WOMADelaide
Friday 7th to Monday 10th March – Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“24” – Emmy The Great

All the talk of the new Diane Cluck album this week has meant I’ve had “24” stuck in my head, mainly because of the lyric “You are still not Charles Bukowski and I am not Diane Cluck”. This is a great song and this live version is a nice take on the track.

The Beards Announce National Tour and New Album

Beards
Image Courtesy of The Beards

You’d think being three albums in already that Australian folk-rock band The Beards might have exhausted the so far rich vein of beard related songs. But apparently not with the band announcing a new album, The Beard Album, which they are touting as the definitive beard-related album.

“Our previous albums were pretty beardy, but we just felt they didn’t quite fully sum up our affinity toward beards,” bassist Nathaniel Beard explained. “Now with this new album, we feel like we’ve finally released what will probably go down as the most pro-beard album in history.”

To celebrate The Beard Album The Beards are heading out on their most comprehensive national tour to date. “We’ve convinced a lot of people to grow beards over the years,” vocalist Johann Beardraven said. “Now, not only do we get to check how their beards are going, but with our new ultra-catchy beard-related tunes, we’re confident that we’ll be able to inspire a whole new level of beard-growing, right across the country.”

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 8th May – Studio 6, Sutherland, NSW
Friday 9th May – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 10th May – Collector Tavern, Parramatta, NSW
Wednesday 28th May – The Pier Hotel, Esperance, WA
Thursday 29th May – The White Star, Albany, WA
Friday 30th May – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 31st May – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 1st June – Astor Theatre, Perth WA
Thursday 5th June – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale, NSW
Friday 6th June – Wollongong Uni, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 7th June – The Abbey, Canberra, NSW
Sunday 8th June – Captains, Batemans Bay, NSW
Wednesday 11th Jun – Carrington, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 12th June, The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Friday 13th June – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Thursday 26th June – Harvey Road, Gladstone, QLD
Friday 27th June – The Lionleigh, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 28th June – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 29th June – The Jack, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 2nd July – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Thursday 3rd July – Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Friday 4th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th July – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 6th July – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 10th July – Armidale Uni, Armidale, NSW
Friday 11th July – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 12th July – Port Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 13th July – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Wednesday 16th July – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 17th July – The Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
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
Saturday 26th July – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd August – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 7th August – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Friday 8th August – Spurs Saloon Bar, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 9th August – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS

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