Review: 5 things we learned at Bluesfest

Kale plays at Bluesfest 2016Kaleo playing Bluesfest
Photos by Stuart Bucknell

Year after year, Bluesfest manages to bring the big names and the impressive acts to Byron Bay for the annual Easter pilgrimage. Heading to Bluesfest this year, we really didn’t know many of the acts listed on the bill and wondered just what was in store for us, Timber and Steel wise. So here’s 5 things we learned at this year’s wildly successful, ultimate music sampler opportunity that is, Bluesfest.

#1 – Peter Noble knows how to program…

One thing is for sure, Peter Noble knows how to curate an inclusive, diverse and engaging festival. The big names drew enormous crowds to all their sets. City and Colour had the crowd from the first note and Dallas Green was on form all night.  The Decemberists gave their usual charming set delving in to a fabulous back catalogue of favourites. Not to go without a bit of political comment, they also played a song they thought to offer Donald Trump as his new campaign tune, ‘The Calamity Song’. The Cat Empire delivered a solid hour and a half set jam packed with both new tracks and past hits and favourites to wow the crowd. The biggest coup was probably The Original Blues Brothers Band closing out the weekend with a stellar set of their signature blues.

The festival was dappled with big names throughout the program. Archie Roach was in fine form, weaving his musical spell over the crowd and telling the tales of the land with strength and beauty, and a focus on songs from Charcoal Lane, the title track being a particular stand out moment of the set. Jason Isbell had his one an only set up against The Original Blues Brothers Band, so splitting our time between the two was challenging but rewarding as Isbell’s enigmatic style caught watchers in it’s thrall delivering a contemporary counterpoint to the old school blues on the other stage.

Kim Churchill plays BluesfestBut one of the most notable names for me, still playing midday sets, was Kim Churchill. Getting his big break on the Bluesfest Buskers stage all those years ago, Churchill has been a staple name on the line up ever since. His absence in 2015 was noted and the crowds that gathered for this sets this year spoke strongly of his popularity for the Bluesfest crowd. Watching him command the stage, with the occasional accompaniment of a fiddle player or percussionists, was a joy to witness and testament to the following he has. It felt like he had come home, and in the process had evolved from a keen boy with a guitar to a passionate man with a solid musical career stretching before him.

#2 – It’s never just about the Blues. Folk, Country, and Americana all strongly represented in 2016

Strolling from stage to stage, the peeling licks and plucky chords of the more folky persuasion were both notable and popular with punters, letting us stumble across all kinds of gems.  LA based Lord Huron made quite the entrance with a tension building soundscape and crescendo, an upbeat strummy and infectious style, inventive percussion beneath the acoustic lead and an ability to morph between styles, from the old school feel reminiscent of the 50s and 60s summer soundtracks, through alt country and indie folk rock vibes. A particular highlight from the four-piece was ‘Hurricane’, billed as a song about “getting in trouble”, turns out it was aptly named.

Described as an Icelandic Indie pop/rock/folk band, Kaleo was a light and lyrical delight. Building from their delicate opening style to gutsy, rhythm driven choruses, through alt-country sensibilities to deep southern style blues, and a soulful cover of Bang Bang, Kaleo didn’t hesitate to transcend styles and genres to sign off with a blues rock riff and howling vocals when warranted.

The Bros Landreth, hailing from Canada, brought their alt-country and folk laden cover of Wings’ ‘Let ‘Em In’ to break the ice and then let the Americana tinged goodness flow forth. A family affair, big brother David couldn’t attend so father Wally came in his place and whipped the crowd in to a cheering craze.

The Mastersons were touring with Steve Earle & The Dukes, and made appearances both on Earle’s sets and one of their own solo shows for Bluesfest. Their lyrical country styling, featuring voices working together in diverse melodic harmony gave their day opening set a contemplative mood, transporting the crowd to simpler days. Earle’s set was one great big treat of blues soaked tunes with toe-tapping jivey bluegrass edge, all with the sweet country counterpoint of The Mastersons.

Hound mouth playing Bluesfest 2016

It seemed to be a fatherly affair this Bluesfest, with Hussy Hicks welcoming Julz’s dad Greg to their set to deliver some blistering harmonica to their upbeat tempo and at times Joplin-esque wails and passion. Indiana’s Houndmouth however had no dad’s on their line up but did have plenty of twangy blues and American drawl to open their show and unravel your soul where you stood.

#3 – Word of Mouth is King

You know when you look at a line up and you’re not really sure what acts to check out? Well Bluesfest was that way inclined for many but within the first 8 hours, gossip was abuzz with recommendations and wild tales of phenomenal shows and must see acts to catch. So here’s what we checked out based purely on word of mouth.

Steve Smyth plays at Bluesfest 2016

OK, so Steve Smyth isn’t exactly news to us, but the stir on site had his name on the tips of peoples tongues and boy did he live up to the hype. Sheer genius stood on that stage in the form of master lyricist and vibrant stage presence. Smyth’s beautiful voice and stunning vibrato was just powerful solo as with the support backing instrumentalists. His performance of ‘Southland’ blew socks off across the festival.

Shooglenifty, also known as ‘that band I can’t pronounce’, was not what you expect when you read “Celtic” on the program, but a glorious blend of traditional highland derived tunes that were heavy on the fiddle and a mandolin at the ready, intricately twined with modern rhythms, a few electric guitars and a toe tapping beat, drew punters in before they could saunter too far past the heaving tent.

Blind Boy Paxton plays at Bluesfest 2016

The was no way to walk through the site without hearing the name, Blind Boy Paxton. Listening to his set was like a walk through time, from a fiddle calling a country dance and bransles, to a lightning speed banjo frenzy, a soothing guitar tune and even a lone harmonica telling you it’s tale. All this from one man on stage – simply astonishing.

#4 – The Ladies are out in force! And you should catch all of them live

There was a lot of talk about various acts, and word of mouth certainly got us to see some great performers, but thanks to emphatic and multiple recommendations from all kinds of punters, we discovered some of the most phenomenal women who stamped their mark and left as some of the powerhouses of Bluesfest.

We caught Sahara Beck for her last set and were immediately struck by her stage presence, the smooth set up with band and back up singers added the pizazz to her swag and gave her sultry vibe a ‘pop’ on stage.

Elle King had tongues wagging as word spread that after her first, expletive laden set, her set list had to be ‘revised’. However her husky, growling vocal licks were well and truly flowing when we caught her set in a heaving tent overflowing in to the customary Bluesfest rain. Sass and attitude would be the plainest way of describing King, her vibrancy comes from her musical versatility and ability to weave country vibes and bluegrassy panache throughout her ballsy bluesy set. A chameleon of style, King bowled over crowds with big notes, fiery wit and feisty repartee.

Elle King plays at Bluesfest 2016

Hailing from Ireland, via Canada, Irish Mythen is a modern troubadour equipped with a powerhouse voice and emphatic lyrics. Mythen might have been the grittiest, most real musician seen at Bluesfest this year, armed only with her guitar and her stories, she held hundreds of people spellbound, hanging on her every word any time she took to the stage. We caught her multiple times, and laughed, cried, cheered and sung along to songs we had only heard the first time days before. She regularly had the crowd in stitches with her sense of humour and story telling capers, and woe betide any punter brave enough to heckle her! Four stand out moments stayed with me, even though I saw them all more than once. Her performance of ‘Tullamore Blues’ almost defies description, except that the crowd was with her, in that space, singing every word and feeling every sentiment. Jesus is an experience to behold, hilarious in it’s explanation and empowering in it’s performance, I sincerely hope every person gets to experience it live. Her a Capella rendition of ‘The Auld Triangle’ gives me chills and is simply astounding.  And finally ’55 Years’ had me (and most in the crowd) in tears for the beauty it captures in it’s tale. A truly moving experience. Irish Mythen is awe inspiring and we’re excited she’ll be visiting Australia again soon.

Rhiannon Giddens plays at Bluesfest 2016

And finally, probably the all-singing, all-dancing highlight of the ladies was Rhiannon Giddens. Establishing herself originally as a part of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens’ solo work is a sight to behold and a treat to hear. Her stunning vocals are soulful yet soar high in beautiful arcs and trills of an almost Celtic style. The skill of her band melds electric with acoustic in wonderful instrumental breaks, bouncing off one another jamming to a crescendo and returning the spotlight to her lead when the time was right. Her banjo crept through tunes to pounce on you unawares, yet could alternate and become the hero of the song. Old Bob Dylan lyrics never previously turned in to songs until Giddens got her hands on them offered a treasure trove to discover. Doing a Dolly Parton cover can be tough, but Giddens’ rendition of ‘Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind’ saw her own the song completely, from every element of style through to her emotive connection with both lyrics and sentiment. From start to finish and for each and every set, she wowed the crowd with fiddle, banjo, modern takes on traditional style, soul stirring lyrics and even a step back in time to the 1920s. Her fancy footwork went down a treat and her ability to connect with the audience and tether them to her tale as the most exquisite experience to behold. She could chat to the crowd but make you feel like she spoke to you and you alone, and yet at all times Rhiannon Giddens continued to exist as her own ineffable self.

#5 – Soul is in, along with BIG bands

Now strictly speaking, Timber and Steel doesn’t really cover Soul, but the prevalence of the big band style soul injections at Bluesfest is worthy of admiration and appreciation, so it gets a gong here.

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks were a sight to behold as Donovan put her own stamp on soul, with earthy tones and a voice that rolled over the crowd, calling to them, beckoning them to hear her story. The combination of her stories and passionate, soulful delivery made for a tight set and profound performance.

I wrote down 4 words when seeing The Word, and two of them were expletives… “holy f***ing sh*t wow.” The couple of songs we caught were incredible, full of funky groves and some sweet slide guitar, all topped off with an electric organ. Very smooth and cool indeed.

Ash Grunwald plays at Bluesfest 2016Ash Grunwald hasn’t moved in to soul, but his Bluesfet setup did resemble the big backing bands of the soul acts and boy did it compliment his wailing blues. Never conforming to just one genre, Grunwald drew on bluegrass vibes, some indie rock to his blues and of course his signature commentary on Australian life. Playing River from his new album, Grunwald spoke about the anti-CSG message prevalent throughout his most recent recordings and confirmed he was among friends int he Bluesfest crowd. His set was punctuated with old favourites as highlights, crowds rollicking in his passionate performance and joining in to sing along on choruses, and the utter delight when Kasey Chambers joined him on stage for a brand new song was palpable.

Another of the tongue wagging recommendations was for Vintage Trouble, and my first impression was that lead singer Ty Taylor was sex on legs, with enough swagger stuffed in to a cravat and suit to fell an army. And when the full band kicked in, it blew the show off the Richter scale. A set full of southern blues, call and response, screaming and wailing blues breaks and enough on stage antics to warrant a lie down after watching. This was my kind of place, 1950s style jazzy blues, complete with energy and onstage charisma!

Vintage Trouble plays Bluesfest 2016

Now, if you haven’t yet heard of the phenomenal popularity and praise for Bluesfest debutants St. Paul and The Broken Bones, then you haven’t been doing the internet properly. Of all the word of mouth recommendations, St Paul and The Broken Bones was THE most talked about act at Bluesfest, and not without good reason. A big band blues-laden soul outfit, oozing funk, with a big personality for a front man in Paul Janeway. Opening with an almighty wail and sliding in to a crooning style track, the crowd knew exactly where they stood and were rooted to the spot to witness the explosive show by one of the most engaging acts we’ve seen in years. Janeway, on behalf of the entire band, exclaimed that Bluesfest was the best experience they had ever had and they would definitely be coming back to Australia, to which the crowd erupted with delight. A set filled with rumbling soul, emotive ballads and big, ballsy blues, St Paul and The Broken Bones is sure to be a high rotation favourite on many punters playlists for some time to come.

St Paul and The Broken Bones plays Bluesfest 2016

Without a doubt, Bluesfest’s skillfully curated 2016 lineup was a smash hit success, sure to be spoken of for years to come. Can’t wait to see what Peter Noble comes up with for 2017!

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2015

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If anything has characterised 2015 for me in terms of new albums it’s that we finally saw debuts from some of our favourite artists. So many bands these days are serial EP releasers so it’s great to see the likes of Patrick James, Falls Marlon Williams and more knuckle down and get into the studio. It’s also great to see the return of firm favourites after time away and an explosion of traditional music that pushes boundaries and challenges our perception of what trad music can be.

Coming up with a top 25 list is always a challenge (let alone putting them in some kind of order) but I think what we’ve come up with is a wonderful cross section of all the genres of “folk” music we cover on Timber and Steel – from singer-songwriter to Americana to indie folk to traditional and beyond.

So without further ado here it is – our top 25 albums and EPs from 2015!

Kate and Ruth

1. Kate Burke & Ruth HazletonDeclaration

What a year 2015 has been for traditional music. Maybe it’s just me but it seems like a lot more trad is breaking through at the moment and the icing on the cake this year has been the incredible new album from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Declaration.

This is the duo’s first album in about eight years and their return to the studio has been a welcome one. Once again teaming with producer Luke Plumb, Declaration is loosely themed around traditional music from the female perspective with a few contemporary tracks thrown in for good measure.

The tracks are rich, heartbreaking, emotional and beautiful. So many of the songs deal with pretty heavy themes such as domestic violence (“Bleezin’ Blind Drunk”), false accusations of adultery (“Waly Waly”) and the disintegration of a woman’s public reputation (“Katy Cruel”) and these are conveyed with resonance by Burke and Hazleton. Hearing these two singing together again reminds me of why I fell in love with their harmonies all those years ago.

The two originals on the album – “The Freeze” and “Hearts Of Sorrow” – are two of my favourites and they make me wish Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton were more prolific as songwriters. Maybe one day we’ll get a full album of self penned tracks?

I love how much Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton have matured as performers over the last 15 years. Gone is the rigid need to stick 100% to the tradition and instead we have a fluid take on the material that draws as much from contemporary music as it does from Anglo, Celtic and American music. A simply wonderful album


2. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell

Touted as the return to Folk Music for Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell is in fact the next step in his musical evolution. Rather than shrugging off the electronic chaos of his recent albums, Stevens has merely toned it down and brought back his acoustic guitar to dive into the complex relationship with his mother following her passing. This album is so raw, so nuanced and deserved of every bit of praise that has been heaped upon it.

Fanny Lumsden

3. Fanny LumsdenSmall Town Big Shot

I’ve always predicted big things for Fanny Lumsden ever since I saw her perform at a rooftop bar in Sydney many moons ago. Small Town Big Shot is the album that is currently turning Lumsden from Sydney’s alt-country darling to a favourite of the Australian country scene. The album is full of Fanny Lumsden’s true-to-life accounts of growing up in rural Australia while never straying into the Americanised, dust kicking ideal of country life so often portrayed by Australian country artists. Not to be ignored, Lumsden’s band The Thrillseekers add a rich musical tapestry to her songs and really seem to have gelled as group. Only released in September there’s a lot of life in Small Town Big Shot so we’ll continue to see Fanny Lumsden riding high off it’s ever growing success in 2016.

Paper Kites

4. The Paper Kitestwelvefour

The Paper Kites have produced what has to be one of the most interesting concept albums of recent years. twelvefour was written exclusively between the hours of 12am and 4am as frontman Sam Bentley believed this is when people are at their most creative. The result is stunning – a patchwork of eighties electro influences and the band’s trademark indie-folk – and will no doubt go down as a high watermark in their career. twelvefour feels very deliberately structured moving from the straight up electro of “Electric Indigo” and “Relevator Eyes” to more folky numbers in the second half of the album (“A Silent Cause” is a standout for me). I’m interested to see where The Paper Kites take their sound next.


5. PackwoodAutumnal

This year chamber-folk artist Packwood released four seasonally themed EPs as part of his Vertumnus album project. The first of these was Autumnal which has remained my firm favourite through all of the subsequent releases. Gone is Packwood’s trademark sparsely plucked banjo (don’t worry, it returns in later EPs) and instead we get delicately fingerpicked guitar accompanied by choir and chamber orchestra. The songs are delicate and sumptuous and Packwood has really come a long way as a songwriter since his debut. Put on Autumnal, close your eyes and let the world fall away.

Laura Marling

6. Laura MarlingShort Movie

We’re now five albums into Laura Marling’s career and her songwriting has never been stronger. On her latest release Short Movie Marling’s songwriting takes on a freeform, Dylan-esque mode only hinted at on previous albums and it takes her into some very ineteresting places. There’s a lot more electric guitar on Short Movie and at times she descends into beat-poet-like spoken word phrases (like on the amazing “Gurdjieff’s Daughter”) yet no one is crying that Marling’s turned her back on her folk roots (like Marling’s old band Mumford & Sons). Instead Short Movie is being praised as an evolution of her sound and while it is miles away from her 2008 debut Alas, I Cannot Swim, both musically and stylistically, this is 100% a Laura Marling album.


7. William FitzsimmonsPittsburgh

In his ode to his recently passed Grandmother and her home town of Pittsburgh, William Fitzsimmons has created a delicate, beautiful piece of magic. This is his first self-produced album since 2006’s Goodnight and it does feel markedly different from his recent releases – the production is not a slave to his voice and guitar, instead it sits more comfortably as part of each song. At only seven tracks long Pittsburgh leaves you warm and fuzzy and wanting more.


8. Patrick JamesOutlier

It seems like 2015 saw a lot of long time favourite Timber and Steel artists finally got around to releasing their debut album – and one of the debuts we were most excited about was from Patrick James. Over the course of a bunch of EPs Patrick James has refined his James Taylor-esque folk songs and Outlier is the culmination of years of solid songwriting. The production on Outlier makes the most of James’ unique voice and elevates his solo singer-songwriter roots into a rich, luscious landscape.

Wilder Mind

9. Mumford & SonsWilder Mind

With all of the attention on Mumford & Sons “ditching the banjo” and turning their back on folk music when Wilder Mind came out very little attention was paid to the album itself. Which is a shame because it’s another solid outing for the boys. If you push through the electric guitars and drums you discover that Wilder Mind is unmistakably a Mumford record with big choruses, melodies dripping with four part harmonies and festival ready lyrical hooks. And anyone who has seen Mumford & Sons this year will know they have in no way ditched the banjo – Wilder Mind sits perfectly within their entire catalogue.


10. FallsOmaha

It took Falls moving to LA 18 months ago (and dropping the “The”) to produce their gorgeous debut album Omaha. Falls have expanded their two-voices-and-a-guitar sound to an almost orchestral level, but at the forefront is still their lyrically driven melodies and beautiful harmonies. I’m actually really impressed that all of the tracks on Omaha having seen them perform almost exclusively from their Hollywood EP before their big move Stateside. Now we just need a national Australian tour off the back of the album!


11. TolkaOne House

The stunning result of trad band Tolka’s trip to Belfast last year to write and record a new album – one of the tightest trad bands in the country.

Limit of Love

12. Boy & BearLimit of Love

Boy & Bear return with a 70s vibe and a bunch of new tracks that saw the band collaborating on the songwriting duties.

If I Was

11. The StavesIf I Was

The Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) production on The Staves’ debut elevates their sound from simple three part harmonies to full blown indie-folk goodness.

Secret Victory

12. The East PointersSecret Victory

The result of writing sessions on their summer tour of Australia, The East Pointers have written 10 original tracks that sound as if they’ve been ripped directly from the tradition.


13. The Milk Carton KidsMonterey

Monterey is the closest The Milk Carton Kids have come to capturing their mesmerising live show on record – this is something special.


14. Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben StephensonThe Freewheeler

Instead of complaining that it’s been too long between albums for Trouble in the Kitchen get your trad fix with the debut album from Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben Stephenson.


15. Ruby BootsSolitude

The Perth songstress has nailed down an amazing band and has produced one of the best alt-country albums of the last few years.

Tomorrow Is My Turn

16. Rhiannon GiddensTomorrow Is My Turn

In her debut solo album Rhiannon Giddens has built on the trad and old time of her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and spun it into something new and very exciting.

Marlon Williams

17. Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams

With a voice that has reduced grown men and women to tears, there’s a lot to love about Marlon Williams’ debut record – this man is taking country music back to its roots and winning fans every step of the way.

Inside Llewyn Davis

18. VariousAnother Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis

The folk and Americana industry’s best come together for a night of music inspired by the 60s folk scene and to a lesser extent the Cohen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis.

Dream's End

19. Matt BauerDream’s End

On his latest album Matt Bauer has upped the production stakes, forgoing his normally sparse folk songs and the result is wonderful.

Punch Brothers

20. Punch BrothersThe Phosphorescent Blues

I think it’s time to stop referring to Punch Brothers as “bluegrass” or “nu-grass” or anything at all – with The Phosphorescent Blues they have proven they are undefinable.


21. Mustered CourageWhite Lies and Melodies

Mustered Courage have always been the most polished bluegrass band in Australia but they’ve upped the ante with their new album adding a pop sheen to their sound.

Hell Breaks Loose

22. Shane NicholsonHell Breaks Loose

The godfather of the Australian Americana scene released one of the year’s best country albums – all heartbreak and whisky and everything that’s good about this kind of music.

The Decemberists

23. The DecemberistsWhat A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

A welcome return to the studio from The Decemberists to follow up their amazing 2011 album The King Is Dead – a little less folk, a little more rock and all sorts of goodness.

Josh Pyke

24. Josh PykeBut For All These Shrinking Hearts

Australia’s premiere troubadour delivers yet another stunning album with his trademark wry lyrics and hooky melodies.


25. Emmy The GreatS

Emmy The Great slides into electro music while maintaining the folk-inspired melodies she’s become known for.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 30th October


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The full lineup for the Healesville Music Festival was announced including Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass, Davidson Brothers, Pete Denahy, The Stray Hens, The Yearlings, Orpheus Supertones, Nine Mile Creek, Michael Waugh, Jenny Biddle, Ben Mitchell & The Stylists, Nick Charles, The Dukes of Despair, Soulsville, Telecom Joe, The King Kats, The Hannafords, AJ Leonard and Jenny Rowlands, Blackberry Jam Bush Band, Healesville String Band, Aaron Burton, Richie Langford, Pans on Fire, Rudy the One Man Band, Michael the Balloonologist and more. Details here

The Decemberists have announced Sydney and Melbourne sideshows when they’re in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

Rhiannon Giddens has announced she’ll release a new EP later this year along with Bluesfest sideshows when she’s in Australia in March. Details here

– Melbourne folk duo Little Wise released their new video “My Pocket”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Jim Lawrie released his new video “Antisocialite”. Details here

Matt Corby released a one take live video for the track “Monday”. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Timothy James Bowen announced a November tour to support his new EP Steel & Wood presented by Timber and Steel. Details here

– American gospel-folk duo The Welcome Wagon have released a free sampler ahead of their upcoming new album. Details here

– Melbourne’s TinPan Orange release their new single “You’re Not There”. Details here

Fraser A. Gorman released his new video “Never Gonna Hold You (Like I Do)”. Details here

William Elliott Whitmore released his new video “Civilizations”. Details here

– This Sunday’s Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney will feature Jason Walker and Dan Parsons. Details here

Releases This Week

The Raven
The RavenAde Vincent

The Welcome Wagon
A Work of Love in ProgressThe Welcome Wagon

I Am An Animal
I Am An AnimalWhitaker

Timber and Steel Presents

Timothy James Bowen

Sunday 1st November – Central Park Markets, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th November – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass w/ One Up, Two Down

Chris Henry

I caught American bluegrass picker Chris Henry and his trans-pacific band The Hardcore Grass last weekend at the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and they absolutely blew me away. This week they continue their Australian tour with a support from that other trans-pacific bluegrass band One Up, Two Down.

Sunday 1st November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th November – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT

Gigs Next Week

Ash Grunwald
Saturday 31st October – Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Wangaratta, VIC
Wednesday 4th November – Fresh On Charles, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 5th November – Tapas Bar, Devonport, TAS
Friday 6th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival
Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th November – Bendigo, VIC

Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th November – Blackwood, VIC

Friday 6th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass w/ One Up, Two Down
Sunday 1st November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th November – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT

CW Stoneking
Friday 30th October – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 6th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Parsons
Friday 30th October – Home Sweet Home (House Concert), Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st October – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 1st November – Heartbreaker Sessions at Freda’s, Chippendale, NSW
Wednesday 4th November – Bar on the Hill at Newcastle Uni, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 5th November – Mothers Milk, Sawtell, NSW
Friday 6th November – Ex-Services Club, Mullumbimby, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 30th October – Johnny Cash: The Concert, Redcliffe Cultural Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 31st October – Johnny Cash: The Concert, Ipswich Civic Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 1st November – Grass Roots Music Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 3rd November – Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Friday 6th November – Deception Bay Bowls Club, Deception Bay, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 31st October to Sunday 1st November – Sydney Country Music Festival, NSW
Tuesday 3rd November – Mansfield ‘Cup Day’ Races, VIC
Friday 6th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Thursday 5th November – Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill, VIC
Friday 6th November – Garibaldi Hall, Garibaldi, VIC

Folkswagon feat. Pugsley Buzzard, The Campervan Dancers, Kay Proudlove
Wednesday 4th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Jason Walker, Dan Parsons
Sunday 1st November – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Friday 30th October – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 3rd November – Horden Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

JamGrass Launch Party
Friday 6th November – The Spotted Malard, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Friday 30th October – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 1st November – Bright Brewery, Bright, VIC

Katie Noonan
Friday 30th October – Australian Institute of Music, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st October – Australian Institute of Music, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 6th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 30th October – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Thursday 5th November – The Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Lime and Steel
Saturday 31st October – Oktoberfest at the Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Friday 30th October – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 31st October – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Little Features feat. Ben Edgar, Renetta Joy, Arbori, Charlie Gradon
Friday 30th October – Hibernian House, Sydney NSW

Loren Kate
Saturday 31st October to Sunday 1st November – Maldon Folk Festival, VIC

Lost Ragas
Saturday 31st October – Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne VIC

Luke Legs and Michelle
Saturday 31st Octover – Kiltynane Wines, Queenscliff, VIC

Maldon Folk Festival
Friday 30th October to Monday 2nd November – Maldon, VIC

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders w/ Ben Salter
Thursday 5th November – Four Five Nine, Perth, WA
Friday 6th November – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Matt Corby
Monday 2nd November – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 4th November – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Friday 6th November – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA

Melanie Horsnell
Sunday 1st November – Windsong Pavilion, Bermagui, NSW

Michael David Thomas
Thursday 5th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Friday 30th October – Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Oh Willy Dear, Golden Whistler
Sunday 1st November – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 30th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 31st October 31st – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 5th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 6th November – The Metro, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 6th November – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Ruby Boots
Friday 30th October – Fremantle Festival “Hush”, Fremantle, WA

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November – Happy Wanderer Festival, Benalla, VIC
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th November – Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

Sam Brittain
Friday 30th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Suzannah Espie
Friday 30th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 1st November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, SA
Friday 6th November – Music On The Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Sydney Country Music Festival
Saturday 31st October to Sunday 1st November – Bella Vista Farm, NSW

The Andrew Collins Trio
Friday 30th October – Humph Hall, Allambie Heights, NSW
Saturday 31st October – Nerrigundah Town Hall, Nerrigundah, NSW
Sunday 1st November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 4th November – House Concert, Carringbah, NSW
Thursday 5th November – Lewisham Hotel, Lewisham, NSW
Friday 6th November – Radio Springs Hotel, Lyonville, VIC

The Audreys
Saturday 7th November – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT

The Dead Maggies
Friday 6th November – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS

The Go Set
Saturday 31st October – The Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Tuesday 3rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th November – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS

The Morrisons
Friday 6th to Saturday 7th November – Jamgrass Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC

The Paper Kites
Friday 30th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 31st October – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 5th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 6th November – The Metro, Sydney, NSW

The Waifs
Saturday 31st October – Granite Town Festival, Mooruya, NSW
Sunday 1st November – The National Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 3rd November – Anitas, Thirroul, NSW
Wednesday 4th November – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 5th November – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Sunday 1st November – Central Park Markets, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th November – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC

Saturday 31st October – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 30th October – Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance, NSW
Saturday 31st Octpber – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th November – Bar on The Hill, Newcastle, NSW

Thursday 5th November – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Flowers” – TinPan Orange

I thought I’d celebrate the release of the new TinPan Orange single today with a look back at one of my favourite songs of theirs.

The Decemberists Announce Bluesfest Sideshows

The Decemberists
Image Courtesy of The Decemberists

It’s the news that we’ve been waiting for since The Decemberists were first announced as part of the 2016 Bluesfest lineup: Sideshows!

The Decemberists have announced shows in Sydney and Melbourne along with their Bluesfest appearance – check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 29th March – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 30th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Aoife O’Donovan Announces New Album In The Magic Hour

Image Courtesy of Aoife O’Donovan

Americana and folk singer Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still) has announced plans to release her second solo album In The Magic Hour on the 22nd January.

A followup to O’Donovan’s highly successful debut Fossils, In The Magic Hour will see contributions from the likes of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Chris Thile (Punch Brothers), Nate Query (The Decemberists), Brooklyn Rider, Gabriel Kahane and more.

The full track listing is below along with the video for the first single “Magic Hour”:

1. Stanley Park
2. Magic Hour
3. Porch Light
4. Hornets
5. Magpie
6. Donal Óg
7. The King of All Birds
8. Not The Leaving
9. Detour Sign
10. Jupiter

Bluesfest Announces Second Round of Artists for 2016

Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

The second round of artists for the 2016 Byron Bay Bluesfest dropped this morning and there’s a lot for Timber and Steel readers to get excited about.

if you look past the massive headliner you’ll see some very exciting names like The Decemberists, Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Tweedy, Steve Earle, Nahko and Medicine for the People and Blackberry Smoke amongst others.

Bluesfest is held over the Easter long weekend from the 24th to 28th March just outside of Byron Bay. The full list of artists announced as part of the second round is below – check out the official site for more details.

Tom Jones
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Jackson Browne
The Decemberists
Jason Isbell
Sturgill Simpson
Steve Earle & The Dukes
The Wailers
Grace Potter
Lord Huron
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Vintage Trouble
Lucky Peterson
Blackberry Smoke

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th September


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) in Melbourne has announced its first and second round of artists including Henry Wagons, HOWQUA, Jess Ribeiro, Ruby Boots, Skipping Girl Vinegar, The Audreys and many more. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Alex Edwards released his new video “Revolutions”. Details here

– The next Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney is this Sunday featuring James Thomson and Katie Brianna. Details here

Lime and Steel are hitting the road for a string of dates from this weekend. Details here

– Queensland alt-country singer Dana Hassall released her new video “Spinning Wheels”. Details here

– We very proudly debuted the new live EP from Forest Falls. Details here

The April Maze are back and hitting the road from this weekend. Details here

The Decemberists are going to release a new EP Florasongs at the start of October. Details here

– We premiered “My Jumpers”, the new single from Kiama based singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan. Details here

Boy & Bear released their new video “Walk The Wire” and announced a January tour. Details here

– Perth singer-songwriter Riley Pearce released his new video “Brave”. Details here

– The Northern Beaches Music Festival has announced a bunch of artists for 2015 including Dave Calandra and The Min Min Lights, Folklore, Green Mohair Suits, Luke Escombe, The Vegetable Plot, Wheeze & Suck Band and many more. Details here

– Jazz-folk singer Girl Friday released her new video “Forget You Not”. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Hannah Blackburn released her new single “Beach House”. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Rowen is packing up and heading to the states, but not before a farewell show. Details here

Sufjan Stevens announced plans to return to Australia next year. Details here

Releases This Week

Nashville Obsolete
Nashville ObsoleteDave Rawlings Machine

Dustin Tebbutt
HomeDustin Tebbutt

Fanny Lumsden
Small Town Big ShotFanny Lumsden

Glen Hansard
Didn’t He RambleGlen Hansard

Madeleine Duke
Madeleine DukeMadeleine Duke

Simone Felice
From the Violent Banks of the KaaterskillSimone Felice

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Timbers w/ Wasted Wanderers, Koral

The Timbers

Adelaide folk favourites The Timbers will be launching their brand new single “All I’ve Got Time For” in a massive home town show before heading out on tour. The boys will be joined by Wasted Wanderers and Koral

Saturday 19th September – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Alex Edwards
Friday 18th September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

April Maze
Saturday 19 September, Kuranda Amphitheatre Understage, Kuranda, QLD
Sunday 20th September – Private House Concert, QLD
Thursday 24th September – Townsville Folk Club, Bellevue Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Friday 25th September – Private House Concert, QLD

Ash Grunwald
Thursday 24th September – The Grand, Mornington, VIC
Friday 25th September – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Bony Mountain Folk Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Bony Mountain, QLD

Friday 18th September – Lord Raglan, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th September – The Little Guy, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Saturday 19th September – Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Thursday 24th September – The Walrus Club, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 25th September – Johnny Cash: The Concert, The Events Centre, Caloundra, QLD

Dustin Tebbutt
Friday 18th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th September – Adelaide Uni, Adelaide, SA
Friday 25th September – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Friday 18th September – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 19th September – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 20th September – Beaches, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 25th September – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 25th September – Wanganella Hall, Wanganella, NSW

Folkswagon w/Betty & Oswald, The Campervan Dancers, Davy Simony
Wednesday 23rd September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Forest Falls
Friday 18th September – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Gold Coast Folk Festival
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September – Nerang, QLD

Guildford Banjo Jamboree
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Guildford, VIC

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. James Thomson, Katie Brianna
Sunday 20th September – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Saturday 19th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Joan Baez
Sunday 20th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th September – Arts Centre Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Friday 18th September – Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, Maleny, QLD
Saturday 19th September – Bison Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 20th September – Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Lime and Steel
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Turning Wave Festival, Yass, NSW

Little May
Friday 18th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th September – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 24th September – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mildura Country Music Festival
Friday 25th September to Sunday 4th October – Mildura, VIC

National Folk Festival at Floriade Nightfest
Wednesday 23rd September – Inspiration Hub, Canberra, ACT

Not Good With Horses & Friends w/ Leah Flanagan
Thursday 24th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Riley Pearce
Saturday 19th September – Hunt & Gather Markets, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 24th September – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Newton, Hollie Matthews, William Alexander
Thursday 24th September – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The BordererS
Friday 25th September – The Polish White Eagle Club, Canberra, ACT

The Mae Trio
Friday 18th September – 63 First Avenue, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 19th September – Beer InCider Experience, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 20th September – Beachside Manor, Suffolk Park, NSW

The Plough
Wednesday 23rd September – The Corridor, Sydney, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Saturday 19th September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Saturday 19th September – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA
Friday 25th September – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

The Vegetable Plot
Saturday 19th September – Marrickville Town Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 20th September – Marrickville Town Hall, Sydney, NSW

The Waifs
Sunday 20th September – Roebuck Bay Hotel, Broome, WA

Turning Wave Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Yass, NSW

Upstairs and Underground feat. Liam Gale & The Ponytails, Chloe Harrison, Echo Deer, Mama Schultz, Swords
Friday 18th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Wallaby Creek Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September – Rossville, QLD

Friday 18th September – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 19th September – Red Earth Arts Festival, Karratha, WA
Friday 25th September – Club 54, Launceston, TAS

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 18th September – Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 19th September – Mt Gambier Gaol, Mt Gambier, SA
Sunday 20th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 23rd September – Goldfields Art Centre, Kalgoorlie, WA
Thursday 24th September – Civic Centre, Esperance, WA
Friday 25th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Rattle & Your Roll” – Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers

Today our dear friend Fanny Lumsden releases her amazing debut album Small Town Big Shot. We’ve been following Fanny’s career since she reached out to Timber and Steel 4 years ago to present her first single launch in Sydney. We’re so proud of everything Fanny Lumsden and the boys have achieved over the years and are looking forward to celebrating her success for years to come.

The Decemberists Announce New EP Florasongs

The Decemberists
Image Courtesy of The Decemberists

When The Decemberists released their latest album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World back in January they had actually be forced to whittle down a 19+ list of songs to the more manageable 14 that ended up on the record.

But for fans and completionists The Decemberists are revisiting the tracks that were cut from What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World and compiling them into a new EP Florasongs.

The EP is built around the single “Why Would I Now?” and is due for release on the 9th October. Check out the track listing plus a stream of “Why Would I Now?” below:

1. Why Would I Now?
2. Riverswim
3. Fits & Starts
4. The Harrowed and the Haunted
5. Stateside

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 23rd January


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne based chamber-folk singer Packwood released his brand new single “All Smoke Must Find Its Way Home”. Details here

– The upcoming Fringe World festival in Perth will feature three tribute nights to O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Details here

– Celebrated trad singers Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton has revealed details of their upcoming album Declaration. Details here

Ruby Boots has kicked off her 2015 signing to Lost Highway and announcing her new album Solitude. Details here

– The The National Folk Festival have announced a bunch of US artists for their 2015 lineup including Kim Richey, Joe Filisko & Eric Noden, Kipori Baby Wolf Woods New Orleans Band, Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller and Whitetop Mountaineers. Details here

The Decemberists released their new video “A Beginning Song”. Details here

– Sydney band Citizen of the World released their new video “Done”. Details here

– Melbourne’s John Flanagan has announced a massive tour beginning this February. Details here

Laura Marling revealed her new track “False Hope”. Details here

Little Georgia, the alt-country duo project from Justin Carter and Ashleigh Mannix, released their new video “Heartbreak”. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter and activist Les Thomas released his new single “Guantanamo Blues”. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Jenny Queen released her new video “Hell No”. Details here

– Six more artists have been added to the Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup including Luluc, Mike Brady, Frank Yamma, The Bearded Gypsy Band, Fiona Ross and Skipping Girl Vinegar. Details here

Punch Brothers revealed their new track “My Oh My”. Details here

The Staves went back in time for their new video “Black & White”. Details here

Trampled by Turtles released their new video “Repetition”. Details here

The April Maze announced a new album and 2015 tour dates. Details here

Bell St Delays, the duo project of singer-songwriters Tracy McNeil and Luke Sinclair (Raised By Eagles), released their new video “Not This Time”. Details here

Marlon Williams released his new video “Dark Child” and announced an Australian tour in April. Details here

Angus and Julia Stone have announced the final dates for their summer tour. Details here

Rhiannon Giddens released “She’s Got You” from her forthcoming album. Details here

– Swedish singer-songwriter José González released his new single “Leaf Off/The Cave”. Details here


“On an afternoon when frying eggs on the pavement in rural Queensland was definitely an option, Bill Quinn spoke with Ann from her sick bed in Edmonton, as she was putting the final touches on her tour, and readying to hop on a plane the following week”Ann Vriend chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here


“As we emerge from the haze of the Christmas and New Year period I can tell you right now that the future is looking bright indeed. So many of our favourite artists spent last year in the studio and the next six months is going to be thick with exciting releases. With so much good music on the way I thought I’d try and distill a list of ten artists that I’m excited to hear from in the first half of this year. This list is by no means exhaustive and I could probably spend hours talking about every release on the calendar, but hopefully this gives you a jumping off point to get as excited as I am for 2015”Gareth Hugh Evans picks his ten artists to watch in the first half of 2015. Find out who he chose and why here

“Here’s a question, though: how many have been to a small regional folk festival? … I ask this because I believe it is important for the folk movement that people younger than me – which is lot of people – get involved in the smaller festivals, either through volunteering, applying to perform, just turning up and doing a blackboard, or paying the usually small amount to attend” – guest contributor Peter Logue recounts the joy of the small folk festival. Read about it here

Releases This Week

Alanna Eileen
AbsenceAlanna Eileen

Punch Brothers
The Phosphorescent BluesPunch Brothers

The MoneyHusband

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Black Market Tune

Black Market Tune

Black Market Tune was a highlight at this year’s Illawarra Folk Festival so I urge anyone who hasn’t seen them live yet to get along to one of their shows. This week they’ll be bringing their uniquely European take on Scottish traditional music to Victoria – see them before they leave the country!

Sunday 25th January – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 30th January – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alanna Eileen
Saturday 24th January – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 25th January – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 29th January – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ann Vriend
Saturday 24th January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 29th January – The Reef Casino, Cairns, Qld
Friday 30th January – Sovereign Resort Hotel, Cooktown, Qld

April Maze
Friday 23rd January – Tomerong Hall, Shoalhaven, NSW

Australia Day at The Rocks
Monday 26th January – The Rocks, Sydney, NSW

Bell St Delays
Thursday 29th January – Three Chimneys, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 30th January – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Bernard Fanning with Little May
Saturday 24th January – Leeuwin Estate Winery, Margaret River, WA
Thursday 29th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 30th January – Twilight At Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Black Market Tune
Sunday 25th January – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 30th January – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC

Charm of Finches
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th January – Newstead Live Music Festival, VIC
Wednesday 28th January – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 23rd January – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
Friday 30th January – The Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

Kim Churchill
Friday 23rd January – The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 24th January – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 29th January – The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 30th January – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Lachlan Bryan w/ Jack Henderson, Sam York, Aleyce Simmonds
Tuesday 27th January – The Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie, NSW
Wednesday 28th January – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 30th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell
Tuesday 27th January – Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Newstead Live
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Numberalla Folk Festival
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th January – Numberalla, NSW

Friday 23rd January – Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 25th January – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 27th January – Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD

Peasant Moon
Friday 30th January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Roger Knox
Sunday 25th January – The Aurora, Sydney, NSW

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 25th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. Darren Hanlon, Laura Jean, Single Twin
Wednesday 28th January – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Wild Comforts
Saturday 24th January – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Tim Edey
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th January – Newstead Live, VIC
Wednesday 28th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 29th January – Vencia Hall, Briagalong, VIC
Friday 30th January – Harvest Moon, Bellarine, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Shady Grove” – Crooked Still

Someone pointed out to me this week that old timey/bluegrass standard “Shady Grove” is likely derived from the English ballad “Matty Groves” and my mind was blown. How could I not have noticed this before? Now I can’t think about/sing either song without getting it mixed up with the other.

Watch the New Video From The Decemberists, “A Beginning Song”

Image Courtesy of The Decemberists

Have you picked up the new Decemberists album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, yet? What do you think? It’s definitely a little more rock than their previous album but we think it’s still very very good.

If you still need some convincing on whether to pick up What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World then make sure you check out their new video “A Beginning Song” below:

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