Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The JamGrass Music Festival has put the finishing touches on their 2014 lineup adding the likes of Tracy McNeil and The Goodlife, Green Mohair Suits, Parvyn and Josh Bennett (from The Bombay Royale), Willow Darling and Broads. Details here

The British Blues head back to the 70s with their new video “Girls Like You”. Details here

– Sydney duo Winterbourne released their new video “Cold”. Details here

– The amazing Liz Stringer has an new live album on the way, a new video and a national tour from the end of the month. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice released his new single “I Don’t Want To Change You”. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Sam Newton is launching his debut album next week. Details here

Lanie Lane will be supporting the launch of her new album Night Shade with a national tour kicking off at the end of this month. Details here

The Porch Sessions in Adelaide are showcasing some fantastic music right in suburbia. Details here

– Melbourne indie-folk quartet Pepperjack have announced details of their new EP Buckles & Bruises. Details here

Gregory Alan Isakov released his brand new video “Amsterdam”. Details here

– The first round of artists for WOMADelaide were announced including Charlie Musselwhite, Lake Street Dive, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, Rufus Wainwright, The Gloaming and so much more. Details here

Pepa Knight has finally revealed details of his debut EP as well as announcing an east coast tour. Details here

– The Thompson folk dynasty have a collaborative Family album on the way featuring Richard Thompson, Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Kami Thompson, James Walbourne, Jack Thompson and Zak Hobbs. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter James Thomson released his new video “Can’t Go Home This Way”. Details here

Releases This Week

Fleck Washburn
Béla Fleck & Abigail WashburnBéla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
iTunes

Hozier
HozierHozier
iTunes

Little May
Little MayLittle May
iTunes

The Acfields
The AcfieldsThe Acfields
Official Site

You+Me
Rose Ave.You+Me
iTunes

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Josh T Pearson

Josh T Pearson

Josh T Pearson is in the country for the first time and is playing only two shows while he’s here – one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. Don’t miss your chance to see this man live – it’s going to be amazing!

Tuesday 14th October – Foxtel Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 10th October – Main Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 12th October – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 15th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 16th October – The Courthouse, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 17th October – No 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 17th October – Beach Break Bar, Agnes Waters, QLD

Cat Canteri
Friday 17th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 10th October – Sandgate, QLD
Saturday 11th October – Cambooya, QLD
Sunday 12th October – Forest Hill, QLD
Thursday 16th October – Harrisville, QLD
Friday 17th October – Mt Tamborine, QLD

Fred Smith
Saturday 11th October – The Velvet Lounge, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 10th October – Smith’s Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 11th October – The Vanguard, Newtown, NSW
Sunday 12th October – Modus Operandi Brewery, Mona Vale, NSW

Jack Carty
Saturday 11th October – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 12th October – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 17th October – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

John Butler Trio w/ Mama Kin
Friday 10th October – The Venue, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 11th October – Kuranda Amphitheatre, Kuranda, QLD

Josh T Pearson
Tuesday 14th October – Foxtel Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Justin Townes Earle w/ Lindi Ortega, Marlon Williams
Saturday 11th October – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Sunday 12th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 15th October – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Lindi Ortega
Saturday 11th October – Astor, Perth, WA w/ Justin Townes Earle
Sunday 12th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA w/ Justin Townes Earle
Monday 13th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 15th October – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW w/ Justin Townes Earle
Thursday 16th October – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC w/ Justin Townes Earle

Missy Higgins
Saturday 11th October – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 12th October – The Cube, Wodonga, VIC
Wednesday 15th October – Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA
Thursday 16th October – Crown Theatre, Perth, WA

Oh Pep!
Thursday 16th October – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC

Olivers Army
Friday 10th October – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Ryan Bingham with Harry Hookey and Tim Wheatley
Tuesday 14th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 15th October – Lizottes Kincumber, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 17th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Sahara Beck
Friday 10th October – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 16th October – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th October – Cambridge Side Bar, Newcastle, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 10th October – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th October – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 16th October – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 17th October – The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC

The Acfields
Saturday 11th October – Martian Cafe, Dean’s Marsh, VIC
Sunday 12th October – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

The Grahams with The Morrisons
Friday 10th October – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC

The Morrisons
Saturday 11th October – The Assembly Festival, The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 10th October – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 16th October – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 17th October – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 10th October – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Birregurra Festival, Birregurra, VIC
Thursday 16th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th October – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. Al Parkinson, Tim Moore, Juno
Sunday 12th October – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Dimming of the Day” – Alison Krauss and Union Station

The announcement of the new Thompson Family album sent me down a Richard and Linda Thompson Youtube rabbit hole which eventually landed me on this amazing version of their classic track “Dimming of the Day”.

Watch the New Video From The British Blues, “Girls Like You”

The British Blues
Image Courtesy of The British Blues

Are you ready to go back to the 70s? Sydney indie-folk band The British Blues have just released their new video for the track “Girls Like You”, directed by Sam Brumby and featuring a bunch of 70s throwback goodness. Also if you look closely you might spot cameos from a number of Timber and Steel’s favourite artists throughout the clip.

Watch “Girls Like You” below:

The Morrisons’ Country and Inner Western Night Returns Next Week

Country and Inner Western
Image Courtesy of The Morrisons

Next Wednesday night Sydney is set to come alive with the sounds of fiddles and banjos as The Morrisons descend on the Goodgod Small Club for their latest Country and Inner Western night.

Joining The Morrisons this time around will be a bunch of local folk, acoustic and alt-country heroes including Lucky Luke Webb (Lucky Luke and The Shooting Stars), Matt Gollan (The British Blues), Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas), Leroy Lee and The Button Collective. The night is guaranteed to be a rip-roarin’, boot-scootin’ night of folky goodness.

Country and Inner Western kicks off at Goodgod from 7.30pm next Wednesday the 24th September with tickets just $10 on the door. For more information check out the official Facebook event here

The Porch Light Sessions Announce April Line Up

British Blues
Image Courtesy of The British Blues

Brand new monthly Sydney folk night The Porch Light Sessions presented by Leroy Lee returns for its second show this April and the lineup is looking pretty strong.

Taking place on Thursday 10th April at the Petersham Bowling Club, The Porch Light Sessions will this time around feature Timber and Steel favourites The British Blues (above), local singer-songwriter legend Brian Campeau and Louise Nutting’s gorgeous Wartime Sweethearts project.

The music kicks off from 7:30pm with tickets just $10 on the door. Check out the official Facebook event here for more details.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th March

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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

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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.

Watch the New Video from The British Blues, “2001”

The British Blues
Image Courtesy of The British Blues

The highly anticipated debut single from The British Blues, “2001”, made its way online yesterday complete with a slightly surreal video directed by Sam Brumby. Check it out below:

Timber and Steel are presenting The British Blues’ official launch of “2001” with a show at Hibernian House in Sydney on Friday 21st March. The show will be supported by Boy Outside and Emma Davis – for more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Peter Rowan touched down in Australia this week to kick off his latest tour of the country. Details here

– The latest Timber and Steel favourite artist to get the Third Man Records Blue Series treatment is UK soul-folk artist Michael Kiwanuka. Details here

– To celebrate her new single “Everything” Leah Flanagan has shows planned in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin. Details here

– New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins have announced details of their new album, Brightly Painted One, due this May. Details here

– The new album from Warren Fahey, Great Australian Bush & Folk Songs, is the perfect introduction to Australian traditional and folk music. Details here

– Details have finally emerged about the new Matthew and the Atlas album Other Rivers along with a stream of the new track “Another Way” featuring Matt Corby. Details here

– The UK’s Feldspar have released the video for their new track “Young & Invincible”. Details here

– We have the full date’s of Adrian Edmondson’s punk folk project The Bad Shepherds’ Australian tour this April. Details here

Hayden Calnin released his new video “Comatose”. Details here

– The full lineup of The National Folk Festival has been announced with so many Timber and Steel favourites on the list. Details here

Nick Mulvey has finally revealed the details for his debut album First Mind. Details here

Timber and Steel will be presenting the single launch show from The British Blues for “2001” next month. Details here

The Head and the Heart released the gorgeous new video for their track “Another Story”. Details here

Bluesfest offered up its eighth lineup announcement (with still more to come) that includes Matt Corby, Foy Vance, Kim Churchill, Tim Rogers and many more. Details here

– Melbourne’s TinPan Orange have announced a March tour to promote their new remix EP. Details here

– Canberra’s Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens have released their new single “Lake George” and have announced tour dates in March. Details here

– Monthly Sydney folk night MoFo at the Gaelic returns in March with the launch of the new Catgut CD. Details here

Ella Hooper is heading out on tour through the next few months. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Will Varley has released an awesome 8 bit video for his track “Weddings & Wars”. Details here

Jordan Millar is taking his new EP The Wheel out on the road from tonight. Details here

– European based Australian artist Owls of the Swamp has released his new single “Garden”. Details here

Darren Hanlon has a new album in the works and is previewing it with a tour this March. Details here

– The latest Sideshow Alley video features Roscoe James Irwin singing his song “Bottles of June”. Details here

Releases This Week

Echoes
EchoesEmily Smith
iTunes

Falls
Into The FireFalls
iTunes

Hey Daydreamer
Hey DaydreamerSally Seltmann
iTunes

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Sam Buckingham

Sam Buckingham

Sam Buckingham is embarking on a new chapter in her artistic journey, signing up with the new on-going crowdfunding platform Patreon. To celebrate she’s been hitting the road for a national tour and this weekend finds her in Sydney. If you’re in the area this weekend make sure you check out this amazing artist.

Saturday 1st March – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW
Sunday 2nd March – The Newsagency, Marrickville, NSW

Gigs Next Week

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

Apollo Bay Music Festival
Friday 28th February to Sunday 2nd March – Apollo Bay, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Thursday 6th March – The Unibar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 7th March – Great Northern, Newcastle, NSW

Breabach
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

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

Darren Hanlon
Monday 3rd March – Conservatorium of Music, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Tuesday 4th March – Leichhardt Town Hall, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 6th March – Old Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
Friday 7th March – Town Hall, Candelo, NSW

Jordan Millar
Friday 28th February – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th March – Irish Murphy’s, Launceston, TAS
Friday 7th March – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Josh Pyke
Friday 28th February – Twilight Series @ Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th March – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 28th February to Monday 3rd March – Nannup Music Festival, WA
Thursday 6th March – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th March – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 28th February – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Lior
Friday 28th February – Devonport Tas Entertainment Centre, TAS
Saturday 1st March – Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Burnie, TAS
Thursday 6th March – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th March – York Theatre @ Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Mikhael Paskalev
Tuesday 4th March – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 5th March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th March – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 28th February to Monday 3rd March – Nannup, WA

Neko Case
Sunday 2nd March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 3rd March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 5th March – Hi Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th March – Fowlers Live, Adelaide, SA

Peter Rowan
Friday 28th February – Theatre Royal, Camperdown, VIC
Saturday 1st March – Turtle Bend, Teesdale, VIC
Sunday 2nd March – The Blackwood Academy, Blackwood, VIC
Tuesday 4th March – Brunswick Music Festival, Brunswick, VIC
Wednesday 5th March – Yinnar Hotel, Yinnar, VIC
Thursday 6th March – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 7th March – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT

Pokey LaFarge
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC

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

Sam Buckingham
Saturday 1st March – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW
Sunday 2nd March – The Newsagency, Marrickville, NSW

The Beez
Friday 28th February – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, Vic
Saturday 1st March – Bendigo Folk Club, Vic
Sunday 2nd March – Mildura Arts Festival, Vic
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th March – Burke and Wills Festival, Mia Mia, Vic

The Good Ship
Friday 7th March – The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Unpaved Sessions w/ Nick O’Mara, Jed Rowe, Sophie Klein
Monday 3rd March – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Travel Light” – Diane Cluck and Jeffrey Lewis

Diane Cluck is a legendary singer from the anti/nu/neo/freak folk revival of the early to mid 2000s, inspiring many of the current crop of indie-folk singers. Cluck has a new album on the way (more news on that soon) so I thought it was about time to revisit this wonderful song featuring fellow New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis.

Timber and Steel Presents: The British Blues Single Launch

Brittish Blues
Image Courtesy of The British Blues

Timber and Steel are very proud to be presenting the launch of the debut single and video from Sydney indie-folk band The British Blues, “2001”, next month.

After a successful year in 2013 sharing the stage with the likes of Dustin Tebbut, Bluejuice, Yukon Blonde, OXBLVD, The Owls, Tim Hart, and The Falls, The British Blues are hitting the ground running in 2014 with the release of “2001”. Soaked in salacious strings and sparkling glocks, “2001” is an utterly charming arrangement that showcases the extensive musicality the band has developed since their formation early last year. Gutsy French horn stabs and a howling lead guitar line drive the track and give it its undeniable warmth.

The band has announced a one-off single and video launch in Sydney at Hibernian House on Friday 21st March. To make the night extra special, good friends and folk masters Boy Outside and Emma Davis will also be gracing the stage.

For more information on the show check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features has announced the lineup to its final show of 2013 this Saturday including Bears With Guns, Charlie Gradon, Arbori, Tom Stephens, Lyon Apprentice and Timberwolf. Details here

Jep and Dep have released a haunting alt-country version of Kylie Minogue’s “Confide in Me”. Details here

– US based six piece Okkervil River are returning to our shores next February. Details here

Bluesfest revealed their fourth lineup announcement for 2014. Details here

– Western Australian bluegrass six-piece The Seals have released their debut video “Drink It Down”. Details here

Mama Kin has released her new video “Red Wood River”. Details here

– Next February we’ll be treated to a brand new album from William Fitzsimmons, Lions. Details here

– The Gulgong Folk Festival have revealed their 2014 program including Big Erle, Caitlin Harnett, Daniel Champagne, Fig Jam, James Thomson, Melanie Horsnell and Richard Lawson. Details here

Johnny Flynn has released a stunning new lyric video for his track “Gypsy Hymn”. Details here

– You can stream a couple of tracks from the album Foreverly from Billie Joe and Norah online. Details here

Sarah Blasko has released her new video “Fool” and announced Heavenly Sounds tour dates. Details here

– Melbourne psych folk band Immigrant Union have a new video for their single “I Can’t Return”. Details here

Georgia Fair are performing three headline shows next week to support their new album Trapped Flame. Details here

– The John Butler Trio revealed their brand new single “Only One”. Details here

Interviews

“Songwriting’s really important to me – Boy Outside began as just me and an acoustic guitar. When you take such a pared-back approach into a live setting, every song has to be solid” – Aidan Cooney from Boy Outside chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Yeah we’ve been trying to refine our sound a little bit. 18 months ago, our sound was so different – there was a mix between folk and tremolo surf songs. It was a bit crazy, and seemingly a bit old and weathered. Since then we’ve written a bunch of new songs. We’re playing cut down versions of our full production songs like “Slow Your Mind”, “Blue Afternoon”, and of course our single to be released next year “2001″” – Matt Gollan from The British Blues chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“At the moment we’re gearing up for our EP launches in Sydney and Melbourne! Then we’re planning to do a month of songwriting, maybe a little band camp holiday if we’re lucky, before recording an album early next year then touring to America in the middle of the year. Lots to look forward to!” – Georgia Mooney from All Our Exes Live In Texas chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Reviews

Gigs

“JamGrass is in many ways a unique event. An urban, indoor festival focused on a genre of music that is hardly cool (despite hipsters having a fondness for a banjo), JamGrass is almost the exact opposite of any other bluegrass festival in the country. But it works. And it keeps drawing me back”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the JamGrass Music Festival 2013. Review here

“Sibylla and Beth are obviously very comfortable in their new duo-with-a-backing-band setup and seemed to really be enjoying bringing their new material to the audience. The girls’ trademark harmonies (and relaxed banter) were in full force and despite some sound issues as a result of a lot of microphone swapping they were sounding absolutely beautiful in Camelot’s intimate space”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews The Little Stevies in Sydney. Details here

Releases This Week

Andrew Bird
I Want to See Pulaski at NightAndrew Bird
iTunes

Foreverly
ForeverlyBillie Joe and Norah
iTunes

Jacinta Price Dry River
Dry RiverJacinta Price

Laura and Susie
MerembaLaura & Susie
iTunes

Lost Ragas
Phantom RideLost Ragas
iTunes

Wichita
WichitaWhitaker
Bandcamp

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
riday 22nd November – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 23rd November – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Busby Marou
Friday 22nd November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 23rd November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th November – Fowlers, Adelaide, SA

Communion Melbourne feat. Thomas Calder (The Trouble With Templeton), Castlecomer, Martha Marlow, Dominic Youdan
Sunday 24th November – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 24th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Dustin Tebbutt
Sunday 24th November – The Aviary Rooftop Sessions, Perth, WA
Friday 6th December – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 22nd November – Balnarring Community Hall, Balnarring, VIC
Saturday 23rd November – Butter Factory, Mornington, VIC
Wednesday 27th November – Red Hot, Devonport, TAS
Thursday 28th November – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 29th November – Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA

Emma Davis and Brian Campeau
Thursday 28th November – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls w/ Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins
Saturday 23rd November – St Martins Parish Hall, Mullum Music Festival, NSW
Wednesday 27th November – Forest Hill School of Arts, Forest Hill, QLD
Friday 29th November – Sandgate Town Hall, Sandgate, QLD

Georgia Fair
Friday 29th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Gossling with Whitaker
Saturday 23rd November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Immigrant Union
Friday 22nd November – Howlers, Melbourne, VIC

John Butler Trio
Sunday 24th November – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd November – Gorgeous Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 23rd November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Monday 25th November – The Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Kate Martin
Saturday 23rd November – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Kaurna Cronin
Sunday 24th November – Sofar Sounds, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th November – The Aztec, Forster, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Saturday 23rd November – Mona Museum & Gallery, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 24th November – Brookefield Winery, Margate, TAS
Tuesday 26th November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Lime and Steel
Friday 22nd November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 28th November – Union Hotel, Newtown, NSW

Little Features feat. Bears With Guns, Charlie Gradon, Arbori, Tom Stephens, Lyon Apprentice, Timberwolf
Saturday 23rd November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mullumbimby Music Festival
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 22nd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd November – Gorgeous Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 24th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Wednesday 27th November – Black Bear Lodge

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 22nd November – The Soundlounge, Currumbin, QLD
Thursday 28th November – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW
Friday 29th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Robert Ellis and Corey Chisel
Friday 22nd November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 22th to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW
Friday 29th November – The Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 22nd November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 23rd November – The Standard, Sydney, NSW

The Little Stevies
Friday 22nd November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby NSW

The Twoks
Friday 22nd November – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC

Whitaker
Friday 29th November – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC

Whitley
Thursday 28th November – Alhambra, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th November – Woombye Pub, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Riddles Wisely Expounded” – Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer

The theme of the impossible riddle is often repeated in traditional music, most famously in this Child Ballad, “Riddles Wisely Expounded”. This song has been recorded by many artists over the years and we’ve chosen a very recent version for this week’s FFF because, well, we think it’s really really good.

Interview: All Our Exes Live In Texas

All Our Exes
Image Courtesy of All Our Exes Live in Texas

2013 has been a bumper year for Sydney all-girl alt-country super group All Our Exes Live in Texas and it looks like 2014 is going to be even bigger. We chatted to Georgia Mooney from the band about their gig tonight at the The Macquarie Hotel in Sydney.

Gareth Hugh Evans: For people who haven’t seen All Our Exes Live in Texas before, can you describe the type of music you play?

Georgia Mooney: We’re four ladies, playing guitar, mandolin, ukelele and accordion and all singing. It’s folk that’s a little bit old-timey, a little bit modern and full of four part harmony. The lovely thing about having four songwriters in the band is that you get lots of variation! It keeps things inspiring for us and hopefully interesting for the audience.

GHE: You’re playing tonight with Boy Outside and The British Blues – two bands with a very different take on folk and alt country to you. What do you enjoy about the music of your co-performers?

GM: We’re really looking forward to playing with these guys! I haven’t seen either of the bands play before but a little quality facebook stalking has led me to believe we’re in for a pretty special night. I’ve heard a lot of great things about The British Blues from friends and Boy Outside sounds just beautiful.

GHE: What can we expect from your set tonight – any new songs? Covers? Special guests? Reworking of old material?

GM: We’ll be playing songs from our recently recorded debut EP! There will be a couple of new songs, a couple of covers from some of our favourites, even a White Stripes song. Other than that, you’ll have to come and see!

GHE: I’m so excited that tonight’s gig is at The Raval – a venue that’s been sorely missed since it officially shut its doors. There seems to be a slight resurgence in venues in Sydney of late. How are you feeling about the local live scene?

GM: There does seem to be a resurgence in venues and that’s really exciting! There is so much good music here and it’s a very supportive scene amongst musicians, so it’s nice to have small bars opening up and valuing live music. I also think there’s been a bit of a folk resurgence which has led to music being performed in more creative, intimate spaces. I love all the house concerts that are happening now and the quirky little venues that are opening up.

GHE: What’s next for All Our Exes Live in Texas? What are the plans for 2014?

GM: At the moment we’re gearing up for our EP launches in Sydney and Melbourne! (December 5th at The Factory Floor and December 8th at The Toff in Town). Then we’re planning to do a month of songwriting, maybe a little band camp holiday if we’re lucky, before recording an album early next year then touring to America in the middle of the year. Lots to look forward to!

Boy Outside, All Our Exes Live in Texas, The British Blues and Cash Sisters DJs will be appearing at The Macquarie Hotel in Sydney tonight, Thursday 21st November. For full details check out the official Facebook invite here.

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