Deatils of Little Features’ October Show This Weekend

The Bon Scotts
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This Saturday the October edition of Sydney indie-folk and art night Little Features will once again grace the hallowed halls of Hibernian House. The night is shaping up really nicely with a bunch of amazing artists announced for the night.

On the musical side of things Little Features will play host to folk-pop big band The Bon Scotts, singer-songwriter Ella Fence and troubadour Ollie Brown. For the last few months Little Features has also featured poets and live visual artists and this month is no different with poet Loren Reid and painter Katherine Nelson joining the lineup.

Little Features will kick off at 7pm on Saturday night at Hibernian House. Tickets are $12 on the door and as always the night is BYO. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Pepperjack Launching New Single This Saturday

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Melbourne folk four-piece Pepperjack are in the process of putting together their sophomore EP (due in June) and are about to launch its first single “Going Home” this Saturday. Since forming early last year Pepperjack have been refining their uniquely Australian indie folk sound and fans of the genre are going to love “Going Home”.

The launch this Saturday will take place at the Wesley Anne in Melbourne and will feature supports from Timber and Steel favourites The Bon Scotts and Perth songstress Kate Bart. The music is due to kick off at 8:30pm – check out the official Facebook event for more details.

Traveller & Fortune Announce EP Launch Tour

Traveller & Fortune
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Adelaide folkies Traveller & Fortune announced recently that they have a brand new EP, I Am Only Snow, on the way soon and they’ve added to that news with a series of tour dates in January and February.

Traveller & Fortune will be bringing I Am Only Snow to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide with a host of guests along for the ride including Emma Davis, The Bon Scotts, Olivers Army, Ben Whiting, Huckleberry Hastings and FIRS. Check out the full list of dates below plus a stream of their new song “Alaska” from their Unearthed page:

Thursday 30th January – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW w/ Emma Davis, Huckleberry Hastings
Friday 31st January – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC w/ The Bon Scotts, Emma Davis, Olivers Army, Ben Whiting
Saturday 1st February – JIVE, Adelaide, SA w/ Emma Davis, The Bon Scotts, FIRS


Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Jackson McLaren revealed his brand new clip “Some of my Friends”. Details here

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros released their joyous new video “Please!”. Details here

– UK five-piece Eliza and the Bear have released their new video “It Gets Cold”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Mark Moldre has just released his new video “I Don’t Know What’s Become Of Her”. Details here

Floating Compass, a six-piece orchestral pop group featuring members of Camera Obscura, Los Campesinos!, Freelance Whales, Efterklang, Stornoway and Princeton, have just released their new track “Travel”. Details here

The Pigs have released a video for their cover of the Kelis track “Milkshake”. Details here

Boy & Bear released their brand new video for the track “Harlequin Dream”. Details here

– Melbourne nu-folk band The Bon Scotts have released their long awaited new video “The Weekend Bends”. Details here

– With a new album on the way in February the John Butler Trio will be touring through March and April next year. Details here

Bluesfest revealed their fifth lineup announcement including Jeff Beck, KC and The Sunshine Band, Gov’t Mule, WAR, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Sly & Robbie and The TAXI Gang feat. Bitty Mclean, Jason Isbell, Chali 2na, Kate Miller-Heidke and Seth Lakeman. Details here

Kim Churchill has released his new single “Window to the Sky” and is celebrating with a January tour. Details here

– Canadian trio Timber Timbre have announced plans for a new album in 2014. Details here

James Vincent McMorrow has revealed another track, “Red Dust”, from his upcoming album. Details here


“We wanted to do something different to our first record. We’re not a band that’s always just been a folk band – we’re a band that’s been all sorts of bands since we were really young kids. People know us as a folk band or whatever, which is fine because we’ve definitely done that. It’s a big part of what we do. But we’re trying to show that that’s not necessarily the whole picture. That will just unravel over the years to come, people will just come to accept that” – Jordan Wilson from Georgia Fair chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Timber and Steel Presents

Little May
Little May with Al Parkinson, Crooked Saint
Sunday 15th December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

April Maze w/ The Shivering Timbers
Tuesday 17th December – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans
Wednesday 18th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Dustin Tebbutt
Friday 13th December – Baha Tacos, Rhy, VIC
Saturday 14th December – Baby Black Café, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 15th December – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Festival of Small Halls w/ Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins
Friday 13th December – Capella Cultural Centre, Capella, QLD
Saturday 14th December – Springsure Town Hall, Springsure, QLD
Sunday 15th December – Pinnacle Playhouse, Pinnacle, QLD
Wednesday 18th December – Wallaville Hall, Wallaville, QLD
Friday 20th December – Degilbo Hall, Degilbo, QLD

Hayden Calnin
Friday 13th December – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 13th December – The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Thursday 19th December – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

Little May
Sunday 15th December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th December – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 20th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Friday 13th December – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Saturday 14th December – The Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance, NSW

The Morrisons
Thursday 19th December – The Vic, Sydney, NSW

Friday 13th December – Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Friday Folk Flashback

“Vincent” – Don McLean

Today just feels like a Don McLean kind of day.

Watch the New Video from The Bon Scotts “The Weekend Bends”

Bon Scotts
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After a bunch of time hauled up in a studio Melbourne based nu-folkers The Bon Scotts are back with a brand new video “The Weekend Bends”. The Bon Scotts are known for the energetic live shows so it’s great to see them back in the public eye. Check out the new video for “The Weekend Bends” below:

Pepperjack Launching New EP This Thursday

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Pepperjack, the Melbourne indie-folk project of singer-songwriter (and some time Timber and Steel writer) Lauren Moore, will be launching their brand new EP this Thursday 19th September at the famous Espy Hotel.

Joining Pepperjack to celebrate will be a stellar lineup of The Bon Scotts, Leigh Dallimore and Beloved Elk. The show kicks off at 7:30pm with entry just $10. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

“Live Off Fruit”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th September


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne folk ensemble The Bon Scotts have released their brand new single “The Weekend Bends” and are heading out on tour in October and November. Details here

Rose Wintergreen revealed her new single “Feet In The Sand” ahead of her upcoming tour with Rosie Catalano. Details here

– Adelaide’s Olivers Army have released their new single “Golden Tree” and are showcasing it with a couple of dates in Adelaide and Melbourne. Details here

Billy Bragg has been announced as the first artist for the 2014 WOMADelaide lineup. Details here

– Canberra based trad band Hoddle have released their new album Apples in Winter. Details here

– Sydney alt-country seven-piece Little Bastard have announced plans for a headline show in November. Details here

– Melbourne’s Oh Pep! have a brand new EP on the way and a bunch of launch shows. Details here

Roscoe James Irwin has revealed details of his new EP Wasted plus a handful of headline shows. Details here

– Country singer Ashleigh Dallas has released her new single “Me”. Details here

– Sydney’s Little Features has announced its September lineup including Betty & Oswald, Arbori, Bexley De Lion and Rainy Day Women. Details here


“Just announced, Billy Bragg will be bringing the full band to Australia in March 2014 for the Tooth and Nail tour to play a string of dates including WOMADelaide for the first time. Billy took time out from his crucial domestics while in Brisbane to chat with Bill Quinn in the studios of 2XX-FM 98.3 in Canberra. The two Bills talked about politics, newspapers, surviving elections and of course, spin cycles”Billy Bragg chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here


“Folk, country and roots are well represented when it comes to the modern political music with many seeing these genres synonymous with the struggles of the common man”Gareth Hugh Evans got you in the mood to vote with his political playlist. Blog here

Jack Carty has given Timber and Steel exclusive videos of a recent performance at The Front in Canberra. So far we’ve posted the following tracks with more to come:
“Travelling Shoes”
“Everything Unhappily”
“She Loves Me”
“She’s Got A Boyfriend”
“Summer In New Zealand”

Releases This Week

Joy of Nothing
Joy Of NothingFoy Vance

Moving On
Moving OnLoren Kate

Love Over Gold
Fall To RiseLove Over Gold

Timber and Steel Presents

Mark Moldre
Mark Moldre with Jamie Hutchings, Isaac De Heer
Sunday 15th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Mark Wilkinson
Mark Wilkinson with Little Bighorn
Friday 13th September – Mandala Organic Arts Cafe, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 14th September – Bon Amici Cafe, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 15th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 19th September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 20th September – Lizotte’s, Central Coast, NSW

Official Site

Willow with Simone and Girlfunkle
Sunday 15th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 13th September – The Great North Trading Post, Laguna, NSW
Saturday 14th September – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Sunday 15th September – The Front Gallery, Lyneham, ACT
Wednesday 18th September – Bar on the Hill Lawn, Newcastle University, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 18th September – The Cambridge Hotel Front Bar, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 19th September – The Port Macquarie Hotel, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 20th September – The Coffs Harbour Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Billy Bragg with Patrick James
Friday 13th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday 17th to Wednesday 18th September – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 20th September Byron Theatre, Byron Bay

Dustin Tebbutt with Packwood
Thursday 19th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 14th September – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW

Jack Carty
Saturday 14th September – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 19th September – The Butter Factory, Burnie, TAS
Friday 20th September – The Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS

Jinja Safari
Friday 13th September – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th September – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 18th September – ANU, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 19th September – Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 20th September – Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW

Lanie Lane
Friday 13th September – The Prom, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 14th September – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 18th September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 19th September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Loren Kate
Sunday 15th September – The Cheese Factory Gallery, Meadows, SA

Mark Moldre
Friday 13th September – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 14th Saturday – Pure Pop Records, St Kilda, VIC
Sunday 15th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

MoFo feat. Chris Gillespie, Daniel Allars
Friday 13th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Nigel Wearne
Friday 13th September – Unwined Cellar Bar, Belmont, VIC
Saturday 14th September – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, SA
Sunday 15th September – Red Poles Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 19th September – Beautiful Blue – Songs in the Key of Tom Waits, The Wesley Anne, Northcote, VIC

Sam Brittain
Saturday 14th September – Happy Yess, Darwin, NT

The Paper Kites
Sunday 15th September – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – Jive, Adelaide, SA

The Woohoo Revue
Friday 13th September – Alice Springs Desert Festival, Alice Springs, NT
Saturday 14th September – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Zoe Elliot and Christopher Coleman
Friday 13th September – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 20th September – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Harley & Rose” – The Black Sorrows

Mixing folk, blues, rock and pop, The Black Sorrows produced some pretty special music in mid 80s to early 90s. “Harley & Rose” made it all the way to number 24 on the Australian charts and has a lovely fiddle and harmonica riff.

Listen to the New Single From The Bon Scotts, “The Weekend Bends”

The Bon Scotts
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It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from Melbourne folkers The Bon Scotts so we’re pretty chuffed to stumble across their brand new single “The Weekend Bends”. This is band’s first new music since their 2011 album We All Die At the Hands of C.G.I. – take a listen to “The Weekend Bends” below:

The Bon Scotts will be touring “The Weekend Bends” next month. the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 10th October – The Front Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th October – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 12th October – FBI Social, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th October – The Rails, Byron, NSW
Thursday 17th October – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Friday 18th October – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 20th October – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 2nd November – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 3rd November – The Surf Club, Glenelg, SA
Saturday 9th November – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Review: His Merry Men with The Bon Scotts, The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Photo courtesy of His Merry Men

His Merry Men with The Bon Scotts
The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd March, 2013

Last Saturday night everyone was having a house party. There were backyard bonfires, beers and friendly encounters to be made. But in the midst all of this merriment, I headed over to The Empress Hotel for some late night tunes. Entertaining the patrons of the dark, pub-like venue were two headliners with, in totality, more instruments than band members.

This wasn’t just the final show of the tour. Local folk band, The Bon Scotts, were also farewelling their drummer, Jono. Their heart-felt goodbye featured everything from mandolin and banjo to hand-held harp – and that was just from one band member. Opening with “Lovesong for a Riot,” the band immediately caught my attention, showcasing their creative fusion of traditional folk, unique percussive elements and raspy, Scotland-inspired rock. An accordion and xylophone provided an eclectic music experience for the listener.

As the set continued, their compositions offered variety and energy. The bassist in particular had boundless kilojoules at his disposal, rocking out at the back like he’d just won the lottery. Three songs stood out for me: “The Way Home,” “Polluted Sea,” mainly for the lyric, “throw ourselves unconditionally into love,” and a hilarious but memorable song about dying at the hands of C.G.I. These dudes were sweaty and screaming, which combined with elegantly written lyrics is all I can ask for in a live show. They finished off with a glorious performance of “The Kids are Coming” and I was already liking their Facebook page.

It was almost a logistical nightmare as the 7-piece packed up their gear while a 9-piece simultaneously unpacked theirs. With heads held high, His Merry Men piled on to the stage, decked out in their finest pajamas for the last show of the Pillow Tour. There was a range of sleepwear on show, including everything from boxers and striped leggings to Mr. Men print flannels. Andy introduced the horn section on tenor saxophone before the electric guitar joined in with an explosive riff. The band confronts their audience with a confident blend of musical styles.

The ‘Robin Hood’ of this tale is Megan Crocombe, a force to be reckoned with in her tenacity and robust vocal acrobatics. She’s cheeky, uninhibited and wildly contagious as the male members joined her in “Summer Song,” chanting, “Got no job, got no future, but that’s okay cause we got the summer time.” My personal favourite, “Super Secret Spies,” is almost a tribute to James Bond but added an element of comedy to the show as the horn section struck various secret agent poses. A man sporting a polka dot onesie made eerie theremin-like noises on a launchpad while the singer yelped and howled like a lonely dog.

You can tell just by watching them interact that the members are good friends. They are completely comfortable on the stage and not just because they’re wearing pajamas. Moreover, each individual ‘merry man’ displays exceptional skill on his or her chosen instrument. Kudos goes to the guitarist in particular, who unleashed a tirade of fat and funky guitar riffs, which at different moments throughout the set borrowed from the styles of Jimi Hendrix, Tom Morello and John Mayer. This demonstrated not only his versatility as a musician but also his child-like passion for music that was palpable as he rocked out in socks and crab-print shorts like he was just practicing in his bedroom at three in the morning.

The band also performed “OP,” a sexy downtempo number with a drumbeat that reminded me of Cake’s “Shut the Fuck Up.” The Brisbane cohort also paid tribute to the resignation of Jono the drummer by inviting him on stage for a mellow tune and a bit of a cuddle. After a song involving some Spanish bull-fighting music and a barefoot trumpet solo, Megan thanked the crowd and the ceiling fan, ditching the mic stand for the final song.

There was so much happening on stage that I struggled to write it all down. One minute the horn section were dancing; then they were jumping; then they abandoned their instruments altogether as the piano had a jazz aneurysm. A few false endings and they finished with flashing lights and wailing. His Merry Men are such a visually engaging band and definitely brought their own house party tonight. I would love to catch these guys again on a bigger stage, with or without the pajamas.

The 2013 Cobargo Folk Festival Lineup

Perch Creek Family Jug Band
Image Courtesy of The Perch Creek Family Jug Band

Cobargo on the NSW South Coast may have a tiny population but it also bost a reputation for holding one of the best small folk festivals in Australia. Taking place this year from the 22nd to 24th February the 2013 Cobargo Folk Festival will feature the likes of David Ross Macdonald, Don’t Mention The Wall, Kim Churchill, Martin Pearson, Modhan, The Bon Scotts, The Perch Creek Family Jug Band (above), Vin Garbutt and many many more.

When you consider that tickets for the entire weekend of music are under $100 this has to be one of the best value festivals going around. For more information on the Cobargo Folk Festival check out the official site here. The full list of artists are below:

All At Sea, Battlers’ Ballad, Big Bug Quartet, Black Joak Morris, Brown Mountain Bogtrotters, Canberra Union Voices, Chooks on a Hot Tin Roof, Craig & Simone Dawson, Cresswell & Co, Dale Robert Huddleston, David Ross Macdonald, Dingo’s Breakfast, Doctor Stovepipe, Don’t Mention The Wall (Germany), Fiona Boyes Hammond Trio, Folklore, Franklyn B Paverty, Glover & Sorrensen, Graham Wilson, Innes Campbell, Jali Buba Kuyateh and Afro Diyaa, Jazz Train To Budapest, Kade Brown Trio, Kim Churchill, Kristina Olsen (USA), Lesley Rose. Lily & King, Lisa Maris McDonell, Malumba, Marcus Corowa, Martin Pearson, Michael Menager & Friends, Mike Martin, Miss Molly’s Maypole, Modhan (Scotland), Mumbulladahs, Nicola Hayes & Helene Brunet (France), No Such Thing, Once Upon A Song, Paul Carr, Pete Denahy, Peter Hicks and Ross Smithard, Ruido Flamenco Blues, Ryebuck Bush Band/Pastrami on Ryebuck, Sam McMahon, Senor Cabrales, Shortis & Simpson, Tabla Bellydance, The Blue Ruins, The Bon Scotts, The Little Sisters, The Miss Chiefs, The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, The Puddin Eaters, The Silver Strings, Vic Jefferies, Vin Garbutt (UK), Zondrae King

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