New Music Monday – 6th May

Fanny Lumsden
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden

Chance McCoy – “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)”

Old Crow Medicine show fiddler, banjo player and guitarist Chance McCoy has just released his brand new solo single “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)”. Leaning heavily into atmospheric indie-folk reminiscent of The Beta Band or The Shins, the track stands in stark contrast to Old Crow’s old time and bluegrass sound. Interestingly McCoy has announced he won’t be touring with Old Crow Medicine Show in 2019 to focus on his solo work, so I’d say we can expect a lot more from him in the coming months.

Fanny Lumsden – “Pretty Little Fools”

Alt-country singer and Timber and Steel’s mate Fanny Lumsden released the highly anticipated new video for her track “Pretty Little Fools”. Directed by longtime collaborator Sam Brumby the video is the sequel to 2017’s “Totem Tennis” and features Fanny and her friends competing in some amazingly dodgy synchronised swimming in a local pool. Lovely stuff from Australia’s alt-country queen.

Fanny Lumsden has also announced the 2019/20 tour dates for their annual Country Hall tour. As well as a bunch of local, regional dates throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia punters will be able to catch Lumsden and her band at Country Hall style shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. The full list of dates are below:

Saturday 18th May – Soulful, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 2nd August – Herbert River Crushers Hall, Ingham, QLD
Saturday 3rd August – Dimbulah Memorial Hall, Dimbulah, QLD
Saturday 10th August – Isisford Hall, Isisford, QLD
Sunday 11th August – Tambo Hall, Tambo, QLD
Thursday 15th August – Evening Star Tourist Park, Charleville, QLD
Friday 16th August – Thargomindah Hall, Thargomindah, QLD
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Palladium Palace Theatre, Morundah, NSW
Friday 27th September – Eugowra Hall, Eugowra, NSW
Saturday 28th September – Tooraweenah Hall, Tooraweenah, NSW
Friday 4th October – Old Junee Hall, Old Junee, NSW
Friday 11th October – Marthaguy Hall, Marthaguy, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Spring Ridge, NSW
Friday 25th October – Springdale Memorial Hall, Springdale, NSW
Saturday 26th October – Gunbar Hall, Gunbar, NSW
Friday 1st November – Mumbanna Hall, Mumbannar, VIC
Saturday 2nd November – Joanna Hall, Joanna, SA
Friday 8th November – Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 9th November – Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th November – Loomberah Hall, Loomberah, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Glen Innes Hall, Glen Innes, NSW
Friday 6th December – Jamieson Hall, Jamieson, VIC
Sunday 8th December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th December – Globe Theatre, Winchelsea, VIC
Friday 17th January – Curban Community Hall, Curban, NSW
Friday 14th February – Lake Cargelligo, NSW
Saturday 15th February – Boree Creek Hall, Boree Creek, NSW
Friday 21st February – The Risk Hall, Kyogle, NSW
Saturday 22nd February – Asgrove Bowlo, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th February – Warra Memorial Hall, Warra, QLD

Fred Smith – “Scots of the Riverina”

Celebrated Australian singer-songwriter Fred Smith released his new single and video “Scots of the Riverina” to coincide with Anzac Day week. The track, originally a poem by Henry Lawson put to music by John Schumann (Redgum), is taken from Smith’s new album Warries which he describes as “a collection of songs from conflict zones that aren’t on [2010 album] Dust of Uruzgan“.

Joy Williams – “No Place Like You”

Last week singer-songwriter Joy Williams (of The Civil Wars fame) released her brand new solo album Front Porch. “No Place Like You” is the latest single from that album and is a beautiful piece of soul-infused folk blues, pitting Williams’ amazing vocals with just a stripped back guitar.

Justin Townes Earle – “Appalachian Nightmare”

Another week, another track from Justin Townes Earle’s upcoming album The Saint Of Lost Causes (due on the 24th May). The track is a semi-autobiographical, very-fictional Americana durge and has a new video directed by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard.

“I want this song to say that if you are marginalized, you will find anyway you can to survive,” Earle explained. “Drug problems and criminal behavior are not a problem of color, creed or race.”

Karine Polwart – “Since Yesterday”

Acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart gives us a taste of her upcoming album Scottish Songbook (due on the 2nd August) with the new single “Since Yesterday”. The track, originally by Strawberry Switchblade, is released ahead of this year’s Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May) and features a recording of Polwart’s grandfather singing.

“To me now, this song isn’t about teenage anxiety,” Polwart explained. “It’s about ageing and dementia, remembrance and loss. That’s partly because I’ve got older and life and meaning changes. Even tracks that you might remember as saccharine pop, they’re altered by time. And the real challenge and joy for me is getting inside them, because the lyrics & melodies are often so powerful and resonant.”

Kay Proudlove – “May The Fourth”

Wollongong based singer-songwriter Kay Proudlove released her Star Wars themed single “May The Fourth” over the weekend (naturally) and it’s really fun. More a parody of Star Wars and the people who love it rather than a tribute, Proudlove deftly straddles the line between corniness and mocking creating a track that’s really fun and well worth a repeat listen.

Matt Ward – “Take Me Home”

Adelaide based Americana singer-songwriter Matt Ward has released his new single “Take Me Home”, from the brand new album Heartland. “Take Me Home” hits all the required notes of modern Americana songwriting – Whiskey, faith, aging, traveling and a yearning for place – but elevates them through top notch production and impressive musicianship.

Mumford & Sons feat. Jerry Douglas – “Forever”

I’m on record as not being a fan of Mumford & Sons’ latest album Delta. But I’ll also admit when you strip all the noise out of the tracks on Delta and approach them in a raw, acoustic way, they do reveal good bones.

Case in point is this live version of “Forever”. When it’s just vocals, acoustic guitar and the unmistakable slide playing of the legendary Jerry Douglas, “Forever” leans a lot more towards Paul Simon than it does Coldplay. Here’s hoping Mumford & Sons get back to their acoustic roots the next time they head back into the studio.

Joy Williams (The Civil Wars) Releases New Solo Single “Woman (Oh Mama)”

Joy Williams
Image Courtesy of Joy Williams

After The Civil Wars disbanded last year the question on everyone’s lips was what would the individual members do next. And it looks like that question has been answered for Joy Williams who has just released her new solo single “Woman (Oh Mama)”. The track is an afro-infused indie-pop gem with Williams’ voice front and centre – a long way from the lonesome country of The Civil Wars. It is taken from her upcoming solo album Venus which is due for release at some point this year.

Listen to “Woman (Oh Mama)” below:

Weekend Awards Round Up

Golden Guitars
Image Courtesy of the CMAA

The long weekend was also a massive weekend for awards with the Golden Guitars, triple j’s Hottest 100 and The Grammys all vying for attention. If you were too busy to take everything in never fear – we have a nice little Timber and Steel friendly wrap up for you here:

triple j Hottest 100

Vance Joy

As you’re no doubt aware the top spot was taken out this year by the folky “Riptide” from Australia’s Vance Joy, pipping favourites “Royals” by Lorde and “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk at the post. Vance Joy also came in at number 95 with his track “Play With Fire”.

Other notable Timber and Steel faves to make it into the list include Boy & Bear, Josh Pyke, Matt Corby, Dustin Tebbutt and more. The full list of winners can be found here with a snap shot of our favourites below:

1. Vance Joy – “Riptide”
8. Matt Corby – “Resolution”
41. Boy & Bear – “Southern Sun”
44. Dustin Tebbutt – “The Breach”
55. Boy & Bear – “Harlequin Dream”
75. Mikhael Paskalev – “I Spy”
87. John Butler Trio – “Only One”
88. Josh Pyke – “Leeward Side”
95. Vance Joy – “Play With Fire”

The Grammys

The Grammys

Due to the sheer number of categories at The Grammy’s it’s very easy to look past the glitz, glamour and mounty hats to find some amazing music being recognised. Big winners on the folk, roots and country side of the fence include The Civil Wars, Ben Harper, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell and many more.

We’ve listed our top categories below – check out the full winners here.

Best Country Solo Performance
Darius Rucker – “Wagon Wheel”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Civil Wars – “From This Valley”

Best Country Song
Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round”

Best Country Album
Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park

Best American Roots Album
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – Love Has Come For You

Best Americana Album
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – Old Yellow Moon

Best Bluegrass Album
Del McCoury Band – The Streets Of Baltimore

Best Blues Album
Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite – Get Up!

Best Folk Album
Guy Clark – My Favorite Picture Of You

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience – Dockside Sessions

Best World Music Album
Gipsy Kings – Savor Flamenco

The Golden Guitars

Lachlan Bryan

So many of our favourite artists have spent the last couple of weeks up in Tamworth for the Country Music Festival which culminated in the Golden Guitar awards on 25th Januray.

We’re really proud that Timber and Steel favourite Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes walked away with Alternative Country Album of the Year for Black Coffee, Ashleigh Dallas was named the Qantaslink New Talent of the Year and that Ted Egan was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Check out the full list of winners here.

Finally Timber and Steel favourite, The Mid North, also walked away from Tamworth winners with both the Battle of the Bands and Buskers Competition gongs under their belt. Definitely a well deserved win!

The Mid North

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Reclusive singer-songwriter Keaton Henson has released his brand new video “You”. Details here

The Crooked Fiddle Band will be heading out on tour this month to support their brand new album Moving Pieces of the Sea. Details here

– The new video from The Civil Wars, “Dust to Dust”, shows the duo back when they were talking to each other in 2011. Details here

– The legendary Sally Seltmann will be releasing a new album next year and has given fans a taster with the unofficial single “Needle In The Hay”. Details here

The Timbers have released the awesome new video for their single “Gallantry”. Details here

– Just as they touch down in Australia for a national tour Bear’s Den have released a brand new track “Writing On The Wall”. Details here

The Lumineers have released a really nice animated video for their single “Submarines”. Details here

Laura Veirs has released a controversial new video for her track “America”. Details here

– Could the hammered dulcimer be the next trendy folk instrument? We spied one in the new video from Stornoway, “Farewell Appalachia”. Details here

– A new track from the upcoming Radical Face album The Family Tree: The Branches has been released online and it’s a beauty. Details here

– Portland, Oregon old time band The Foghorn Stringband are heading to Australia at the end of this month for an east coast tour. Details here

The Paper Kites have released a dizzying new video for their track “Youth”. Details here

Blog

“With a collection of musos like that this show is not to be missed”Gareth Hugh Evans introduces some of the lesser known bands on the JamGrass lineup this weekend. Blog here

Reviews

Track by Track

“Writing this song was the first step towards the bigger production you can hear on the album. Before the lyrics or melody took shape, I had already come up with horn lines and arrangement ideas for the song. The first demo of this one was a lot heavier, with a strong rock beat and distorted guitars, when we came to record the album we decided a more delicate approach would suit the overall vibe a lot more”Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides take us through their latest album Graceful Mistake. Track By Track here

Timber and Steel Presents

Arbori
Arbori
Friday 11th October – Triple Menace Studio, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Brackets and Jame, Lake Mumorrah, NSW
Thursday 17th October – 505, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th October – The Loft, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Bear’s Den
Saturday 12th October – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Saturday 12th October – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD

Foy Vance
Saturday 12th October – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC (w/ The Handsome Family)
Sunday 13th October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

JamGrass Music Festival
Friday 11th October to Sunday 13th October – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Loren Kate
Friday 11th October – Nanga Music Festival, Dwellingup, WA
Sataturday 12th October – Denmark Civic Centre, Denmark, WA
Sunday 13th October – Albany Boatshed Markets, Albany, WA
Friday 18th October – Tingrith Meeting House, Margaret River, WA

Mark Moldre and Sarah Humphreys
Friday 11th October – Shellharbour Workers Club, Shellharbour, NSW
Saturday 12th October – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Sunday 13th October – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW

Matt Corby with Bear’s Den
Friday 11th October – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 15th October – Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th October – City Hall, Hobart, TAS
Friday 18th October – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Rose Wintergreen with Rosie Catalano
Saturday 12th October – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th October – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Some Folk In Spring feat. Little May, Ali Barter, Timberwolf
Sunday 13th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tanya Batt
Friday 18th October – The Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

The Bon Scotts
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

Whitley
Friday 11th October – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 12th October – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 17th October – Caravan, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 18th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Down In The Valley” – The Head and The Heart

I reckon my Genius on my iPod knows that The Head and The Heart have a new album due at the end of this month because “Down In The Valley” keeps popping up on my playlists. Love this song!

The Civil Wars’ New Video, “Dust to Dust”

The Civil Wars
Image Courtesy of The Civil Wars

The future of American duo The Civil Wars is still very much in question but that isn’t stopping them releasing new material. Their latest single is “Dust to Dust” and features a video made up of “lost” footage from their 2011 trip to Paris.

Watch “Dust to Dust” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd August

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Passenger has released the video to his latest single “Holes” – do you reckon this will go to number one as well? Details here

Timber and Steel’s favourite English singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn has announced plans to release his third album, Country Mile, in September. Details here

The Mae Trio are launching their new album Housewarming at The Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne tonight. Details here

– The wonderful Matt Corby announced a list of tour dates in October and , very excitingly, announced London’s Bear’s Den in support. Details here

– The new album from The Civil Wars is out next week and they’ve revealed another one of the tracks, “From This Valley”. Details here

– Brisbane’s Breaking Hart Benton have made their new EP Goodbye To Titanic available to stream online. Details here

– Bluegrass four-piece The Pigs have released their new video “The Colour Of The Light Coming Down”. Details here

– The new Matthew and the Atlas single “Everything That Dies” is simply stunning. Details here

Immigrant Union Are touring their new single “Alison” throughout August. Details here

Mountaingrass has announced its 2013 lineup including Bluegrass Parkway, The Company, Coolgrass, The Davidson Brothers, Oh Pep!, The Strzelecki Stringbusters and more. Details here

– The wonderful Rose Wintergreen has revealed her new single “Feet In The Sand” and tour dates for October. Details here

Interviews

“Very Excited to see all the [Jamgrass Sydney] acts, we’re really great mates with the Mustered Courage boys who’ve been going from strength to strength since we met the back in 2011, as well as being able to check out all The Streamgrass Boys and The Green Mohair Suits who we haven’t heard much from live so we’ve as keen as the punters to hear those bands on the line up” – Josh Shelton from Rattlehand chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“The festival is definitely growing and getting a reputation for all the right reasons. We’re working on lots of things from stage designs to lighting and decor that will carry on the character of JamGrass 2012 but elevate the whole experience to a new level for JamGrass 2013. It’s going to get a bit wild” – Jason Taylor from the JamGrass Music Festival chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Details here

“We were deliberate in how we arranged [“St Clarity”] to build and demand patience. I’m happy with the production of it and the way it sounds as a piece of music, even without vocals – it’s a cool song” – Dave Powys from The Paper Kites chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Reviews

Recordings

“Stylistically different from the first album, it feels like he’s come home with this collection of charming country folk pop tunes. Without the time restrictions of a conventional studio the recording has flourished. The arrangements are well thought out, layered delicately, drawing you further in with every new sound. Parsons’ voice has poignant warmth reminiscent of James Taylor, with a familiarity that enables you to feel like two friends”HannahA reviews the self titled album from Dan Parsons. Review here

Gigs

“It was an enchanting night and a treat to be able to enjoy Mark’s music in such an intimate and magical setting. Surrounded by lanterns hanging from the ceilings and fairy lights draped over furniture. We sat on cushions upon rugs laid over wooden floors, amongst very good company. A group of people with pure love and appreciation for the music that was entertaining them” – Kat Kinnie reviews Mark Wilkinson at High Tea. Review here

“The Supertop was filled to overflowing and I found the best view was actually outside of the tent, ankle-deep in sticky mud and doing my best to dance without moving my feet”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews Splendour in the Grass. Review here

“Considering the somewhat all-star cast, there was very little about the set that I could actually fault. It was my great fortune to have heard the songs of Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age first as a live performance with upstanding female singers like Réaux and Paquereau”Janine Estoesta reviews Oliver Libaux Uncovered QOTSA. Review here

Releases This Week

Goodbye to Titanic
Goodbye To TitanicBreaking Hart Benton
Soundcloud

Housewarming
HousewarmingThe Mae Trio
Official Site

Transition
TransitionMajor Chord
iTunes

Country Doors
Country DoorsThe Mountains
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Fanny Lumsden
Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers
Saturday 3rd August – Woodland Film Festival, Tumbarumba NSW
Tickets

The Mountains
The Mountains
Wednesday 7th August – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 8th August – Bedlam Barm, Glebe, NSW
Friday 9th August – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

Tickets From Venues

Gigs Next Week

Bears With Guns
Saturday 3rd August – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 9th August – Gearin Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Boy Outside
Thursday 8th August – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Breaking Hart Benton
Sunday 4th August – 100 Songs Project CD Launch, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 8th August – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Immigrant Union
Friday 9th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Isaac Graham
Friday 2nd August – The Purple Carrot, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 3rd August – The Star Hotel, Macksville, NSW
Friday 9th August – Crown And Anchor, Adelaide, SA

JamGrass On The Road feat. Mustered Courage, The Steamgrass Boys, Rattlehand, Green Mohair Suits, Oh Willy Dear
Saturday 3rd August – The Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW

Joan Baez
Tuesday 6th August – Adelaide Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 8th August – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Lachlan Bryan
Friday 2nd August – Zeally & Cliff, Torquoy, VIC
Saturday 3rd August – Post Office Hotel, Coburg, VIC

Little May
Thursday 8th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Of Monsters and Men
Friday 2nd August – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 3rd August – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Kelly
Saturday 3rd August – The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW
Monday 5th August – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 7th August – The Playhouse, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 8th August – Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th August – Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Brittain
Sunday 4th August – The Ellington, Perth, WA
Thursday 8th August – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Sam Buckingham
Saturday 3rd August – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 7th August – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW

Sarah Blasko
Friday 2nd August – Lighthouse Theatre, Warnambool, VIC
Sunday 4th August – Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie, SA
Monday 5th August – Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, SA
Tuesday 6th August – Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mt Gambier, SA
Wednesday 7th August – Chaffey Theatre, Renmark, SA
Friday 9th August – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA

The Mae Trio with John Flanagan & The Begin Agains, The Stray Hens
Friday 2nd August – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Timbers
Friday 2nd August – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th August – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Woohoo Revue
Friday 2nd August – White Eagle Polish Club, Turner, ACT
Saturday 3rd August – Murrah Hall, Bermagui, NSW
Friday 9th August – The Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Farewell, Johnny Miner” – Battlefield Band

I heard a version of this song the other day and then spent a bunch of time scouring Youtube for all the various recordings. Originally by Ed Pickford, I think the Battlefield Band’s version is my favourite. I wonder as the mining boom starts to wind down we’ll see more songs like this popping up in Australia?

New Single from The Civil Wars, “From This Valley”

Civil Wars
Image Courtesy of The Civil Wars

The latest single from The Civil Wars upcoming self-titled album, due on the 6th August, is “From This Valley”. The track is an upbeat, folky number that showcases the duo’s amazing harmonies. If The Civil Wars is going to be The Civil Wars’ last album, as the rumours would suggest, they’re going out with a bang.

Take a listen to “From This Valley” below

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th June

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Grizzly Jim Lawrie released his brand new video “Midnight Run”. Details here

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros treated us to another brand new song in the form of “This Life”. Details here

– UK trio Daughter released the much anticipated official video for their track “Youth”. Details here

Lachlan Bryan has apparently got The Wildes back together for a new album and is touring in NSW and VIC before its release. Details here

The Civil Wars released the video for their brand new track “The One That Got Away”. Details here

Boy & Bear have revealed the cover art and release date for their new album Harlequin Dream as well as tour dates this October and November. Details here

Alison Avron, singer-songwriter and the brains behind Sydney venue The Newsagency, is launching her new EP next month. Details here

Josh Pyke released his new video “Leeward Side”. Details here

– The Adrian Edmondson fronted folk-punk band The Bad Shepherds have a new album on the way. Details here

– Details of the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack have been revealed. Details here

Sideshow Alley have posted their latest video with Nathaniel Rateliff in NYC. Details here

Folk By The Sea has announced its first round of artists for the debut festival this September including Ted Egan, Casey Donovan, Pat Drummond, Nick Rheinberger, The Rusty Datsuns, Fintan Vallely (Ireland), Riogh and more to come. Details here

Interviews

“I was initially attracted to the sound of Tolka as they reminded me strongly of possibly one of my favourite Australian folk bands. I won’t say which one, though it was mentioned in dispatches and a subject of some discussion when we spoke — press Play to find out”Tolka chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

Isaac Graham
Glorious MomentumIsaac Graham
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Presents

Alicia Adkins
Alicia Adkins with Lucy Wise, Alex Hamilton
Sunday 30th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Buffalo Tales
Buffalo Tales
Saturday 29th June – The Kent, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 1st July – 505, Surry Hills, NSW
Thursday 4th July – Roundabout Inn, Glouster, NSW
Friday 5th July – The Courthouse Hotel, Tamworth NSW

Official Site

Gigs Next Week

Dan & Hannah Acfield
Friday 28th June – The Loft Chevron Island, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 29th June – Solbar, Maroocydoore, QLD
Sunday 30th June – The Powerhouse (Livespark), Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 4th July – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 5th July – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC

Fraser A Gorman w/ Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard)
Wednesday 3rd July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark
Sunday 30th June – The Toxteth Hotel, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan
Saturday 29th June – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 30th June – House Concert, Glebe, NSW
Tuesday 2nd July – House Concert, Central Coast, NSW
Wednesday 3rd July – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 5th July – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Wednesday 3rd July – The Song Factory, Blacktown, NSW
Thursday 4th July – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 5th July – The Aero Club, Tamworth, NSW

Little Features feat. Matt De, Liam Gale, Baby Lips and The Silhouettes, Charlie Gradon, Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 29th June – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 28th June – Molly Malones, Devonport, TAS
Sunday 30th June – Brookefield Margate, Margate, TAS
Sunday 30th June – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Patrick James
Saturday 29th June – Sub Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th July – Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 28th June – Bangalow Bowling Club, Bangalow, NSW

The Stillsons
Friday 5th July – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Thelma Plum
Thursday 4th July – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Tigertown
Friday 28th June – The Weatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 29th June – Ya-Ya’s, Perth, WA
Sunday 30th June – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Friday 5th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Tom West
Thursday 4th July – Ya Ya’s, Perth, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Thumper” – The Wedding Band

A few years back Mumford and Sons (and some friends) released a limited EP as The Wedding Band which was only available with tickets to one of their tours. I’ve been falling back in love with this track which is intersected with some reels – if anyone knows the name(s) of the reels would love to know!

New Civil Wars Video, “The One That Got Away”

The Civil Wars
Image Courtesy of The Civil Wars

The brand new track from The Civil Wars, “The One That Got Away”, has just been given a brand new video which features the Americana duo in the studio. Check it out below:

The Civil Wars’ new, self-titled album is due for release on the 5th August.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th June

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Paul Kelly has announced a mammoth national tour with dates all through July and August. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Grizzly Jim Lawrie is two weeks into his June residency at The Old Bar on Wednesday nights. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter John Flanagan is hitting the road with Begin Agains fiddle player Jane Patterson for a series of dates through NSW in July. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Matt Walters is about to head back into the studio but before he does he’s got three very special shows planned. Details here

Neko Case has revealed details of her new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You including the first single “Man” featuring M. Ward. Details here

The Civil Wars have revealed the first single from their forthcoming self titled album, “The One That Got Away”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Fraser A Gorman has released his new video “Dark Eyes” and has a residency planned at The Spotted Mallard in July. Details here

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros have dusted off some awesome 80s break dancing footage for their new video “Better Days”. Details here

– Country Roads in Sydney have announced a really exciting June lineup – The Morrisons, The Rusty Spring Syncopators and All Our Exes Live in Texas. Details here

Timber and Steel are presenting the national tour for Mark Wilkinson this August and September. Details here

Isaac Graham is hitting the road in July and August to tour his upcoming album Glorious Momentum. Details here

– Folktronica six-piece Tunng have released their new video “The Village”. Details here

– Check out the new video from Castlecomer for “Forrest”. Details here

Interviews

“Country music and the melodies just really resonate to me” – Darren Cross from Jep and Dep chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Fossils
FossilsAoife O’Donovan
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Buffalo Tales
Buffalo Tales
Friday 21st June – The Bucket List, Sydney, NSW
The Bucket List

The Teskey Brothers
The Teskey Brothers with The Scrimshaw Four, Super Deluxe
Sunday 16th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC (afternoon)
Tickets on The Door

Captain Apples
Captain Apples with Pepperjack, Beloved Elk
Sunday 16th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC (evening)
Tickets on The Door

Gigs Next Week

Country Roads feat. The Morrisons, The Rusty Spring Syncopators, All Our Exes Live In Texas
Thursday 20th June – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Eleanor McEvoy
Saturday 15th June – The Polish Club, Hobart, TAS

Evan and the Brave
Friday 14th June – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Grizzly Jim Lawrie w/ Brave Face, Kashmere Club, Venice Music, New Gods DJs
Wednesday 19th June – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark
Sunday 16th June – The Toxteth Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Martha Wainwright
Friday 14th June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 15th June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC
Sunday 16th June – Memorial Hall, Leongatha VIC

Matt Walters
Thursday 20th June – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

MoFo feat. Karl Christoph, Jacky Wotton
Friday 14th – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Saturday 15th June – Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna, QLD
Saturday 15th June – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 16th June – Nimbin Hotel, Nimbin, NSW

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Saturday 15th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Texture Like Sun, Ella Hooper, Krista Polvere
Tuesday 18th June – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The BordererS
Saturday 15th June – Wollongong City Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW

The Stillsons
Friday 21st June – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Tigertown
Friday 14th June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 15th June – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th June – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st June – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Wagons
Saturday 15th June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“City of New Orleans” – Steve Goodman

This week the “Top Half Times” – the newsletter from the annual Top Half Folk Festival – found its way into my inbox and part of the content was a list of 10 essential folk songs. Among the usual Guthrie’s, Dylan’s and Seeger’s I came across “City of New Orleans” and just had to revisit. Good morning America, how are you?

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