Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Gum Ball announced its first round of artists for 2017 including Hat Fitz and Cara, Terra Lightfoot, Coda Chroma and many more. Details here

David Rawlings released the video for his track “Cumberland Gap”. Details here

– Folk music legend Joan Baez announced plans to release an album of covers titled Whistle Down The Wind. Details here

– Australian folk-punk favourites The Bottlers and The Go Set released videos to enter Flogging Molly’s Salty Dog Cruise. Details here

– Legendary American fiddler Darol Anger & The Republic of Strings kick off their east coast tour of Australia this weekend. Details here

Releases This Week

Precious Memories
Precious MemoriesEmily Barker
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Rachel Baiman w/ One Up, Two Down

Rachel Baiman

US based folk singer Rachel Baiman tours her new album Shame with trans-pacific bluegrass trio One Up, Two Down in tow

Friday 5th January – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 7th January -Metropole Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 8th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 12th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Alana Wilkinson
Saturday 6th January – Trims Restaurant, Frankston, VIC

Alexander Biggs
Sunday 7th January – Sunset Sounds, Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Angus & Julia Stone
Saturday 6th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA

Anna Smyrk and Jhana Allan Singer
Saturday 6th Januray – Compass Pizza, Melbourne, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Saturday 6th January – Under The Southern Stars, Harry Elliott Oval, Forster Tuncurry, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Under The Southern Stars, Hastings Foreshore Reserve, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Baltic Bar Mitzvah
Saturday 6th January – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW

Bayview Country Picnic Festival feat. Grazy’s Country, Chris Newman, Cookie Baker, Justin Bernasconi, Lloyd Clarke, Young Vincent, Amanda Keck, Rick Hart, Ryan Shore, Bill Chambers
Saturday 6th January – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC

Bob Evans
Wednesday 10th January – Ocean Grove Hotel, Ocean Grove, VIC

Breaking Trad
Friday 5th January – Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6th January – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th January – The Black Malabar, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Yuin Folk Club, Cobargo, NSW
Friday 12th January – Heyfield War Memorial Hall, Heyfield, VIC

Brooke Russell & Ben Franz play Linda Ronstadt
Tuesday 9th January – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Candice McLeod
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Cat and Clint
Friday 5th January – Blue Bean Love Restaurant, Hepburn Springs, VIC

CK & the 45’s
Saturday 6th January – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet, TAS

Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings
Sunday 31st December to Saturday 6th January – Sunshine Fiddle Camp, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 7th January – Magda Community Arts Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 8th January – Barkersvale Little Big Top, Barkersvale, NSW
Wednesday 10th January – Dorrigo Theatre, Dorrigo, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th January – Araluen Hall, Araluen, NSW

Dane Overton and the Joy Williams Band
Thursday 11th January – The Gasoline Pony, Marrickville, NSW
Friday 12th January – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Domini Forster & Lucy Wise
Sunday 7th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Edgelarks
Friday 5th January – Live at The Wharf, Ulverstone, TAS
Saturday 6th January – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Eleanor McEvoy
Saturday 6th January – Sussex Inlet Surf Club, Sussex Inlet, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Elvis meets Patsy feat. Sarah Carroll, Girl Friday
Sunday 7th January – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Emily Barker
Sunday 7th January – Bar 459, Perth, WA

Faith i Branko
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Falls Festival
Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th January – Fremantle, WA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Claire Anne Taylor, The Small Glories
Friday 5th January – Rowella Hall, Rowella, TAS
Saturday 6th January – Longford Hall, Longford, TAS
Sunday 7th January – Rosevale Hall, Rosevale, TAS
Monday 8th January – Memorial Hall, Sulphur Creek, TAS
Tuesday 9th January – The Wynyard Theatre, Wynyard, TAS
Wednesday 10th January – Stanley Town Hall, Stanley, TAS
Thursday 11th January – The Paragon Theatre, Queenstown, TAS

Fiona Boyes
Friday 5th December – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 7th December – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Fleet Foxes
Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA

FolkSwagon feat. Paul Mason, Ed Wells, Cilla Jane Arsenic and Old Lace, John Mason
Wednesday 10th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gabe Levin
Friday 5th January – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Grizzlee Train
Friday 12th January – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift
Friday 5th January – Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 6th January – Eastern Beach Caravan Park, Lakes Entrance, VIC
Sunday 7th January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Malacoota, VIC
Monday 8th January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – Merimbula Holiday Park, Merimbula, NSW
Wednesday 10th January – Tathra Beachside, Tathra, NSW
Thursday 11th January – South Coast Holiday Parks, Bermagui, NSW
Friday 12th January – BIG4 Narooma Easts Holiday Park, Narooma, NSW

Gypsy Romp feat. Greshka, Hello Tut Tut, Vanishing Shapes
Friday 12th January – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Hank Williams Tribute
Friday 5th Januray – Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Hein Cooper
Saturday 6th January – Woodlands Farm Milton, Woodstock, NSW

Hinterlandt
Sunday 7th January – MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TAS
Monday 8th January – MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TAS

Honey
Friday 12th January – Bingie Pottery, Bingie, NSW

Honk! Oz Street Music Festival
Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th January – Wollongong, NSW

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW

James Bennett
Saturday 6th January – Bermi’s Beachside Cafe, Bermagui, NSW
Sunday 7th January – The Farm’s Market, Shellharbour, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA

Kallidad
Friday 5th January – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th January – Camel Rock Brewery, Wallaga Lake, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 12th January – Arts Theatre at QSU, Toowoomba, QLD

Kelly Brouhaha, Rose Zita Falko, Andrew Thomson
Friday 5th January – Billy Roy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 6th January – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th January – House Concert, Albury, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Stave’s Brewery, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th January – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW

Lucy Wise
Sunday 7th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 10th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Lucas, Dane Overton & The Joy Williams Band, Lucas Road
Thursday 11th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Friday 5th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Django Club, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 10th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th January – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folks Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Mr Alford & The Merry Men
Saturday 6th January – Rainbow, Melbourne, VIC

Oi Dipnoi & Lucy Wise
Wednesday 10th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Phia, Melbourne Indie Voices
Thursday 11th January – Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne, VIC

Porch Sessions On Tour feat. Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai, Tim Hart, Ryan Martin John
Friday 5th January – House Concert, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 6th January – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Federal Hall, Jasper Corner, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – House Concert, Taree/Wingham, NSW
Thursday 11th Januray – House Concert, Rodd Point, NSW

Rachel Baiman w/ One Up Two Down
Friday 5th January – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 7th January -Metropole Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 8th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Raised By Eagles
Friday 5th January – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 6th January – Tranquility Fair, Ocean Grove, VIC
Wednesday 10th January – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rising Appalachia
Friday 5th January – Byron Community Centre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 6th January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 7th January – Paradise One, Coorabell Creek, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 12th January – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Rooftop Sessions feat. Nick Murray, Jasmine Beth, PJ Orr
Sunday 7th January – Oatley Hotel, Oatley, NSW

Sam Shinazzi Music, Buddy Glass, Restless Leg, The Manpains
Sunday 7th January – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 5th January – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Coffs Harbour Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Villa Noosa, Noosaville, QLD
Friday 12th January – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

The Djangologists
Thursday 11th January – Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Friday 12th January – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 5th January – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6th January – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

The Gypsy Scholars w/ Tenderfoot, Room
Thursday 11th January – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

The Songwriter Sessions feat. Penelope Swales, Alice Williams, Paul Andrew Carey
Sunday 7th January – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Friday 5th January – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW
Sunday 7th January – The Lady Hampshire, Sydney, NSW

The Railsplitters
Tuesday 9th January – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 10th January – No 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Wauchope Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

The Ramshackle Army
Saturday 6th January – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Thredbo, NSW

Tom Cooney & Angharad Drake
Friday 5th January – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 7th January – Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Wednesday 10th January – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Twilight in Tulsa
Sunday 7th January – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 5th January – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Friday 12th January – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Waiting For Guinness
Saturday 6th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project
Friday 12th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Red Dirt Girl” – First Aid Kit

The Bottlers’ and The Go Set’s Submissions for the Salty Dog Cruise Competition 2018

Salty Dog Cruise
Image Courtesy of Flogging Molly

This April folk-punk giants Flogging Molly will be hitting the high seas for their annual Salty Dog Cruise.

The cruise will feature some of the biggest names in punk music aboard The Norwegian Sky and Flogging Molly are giving artists a chance to join them by uploading a video to YouTube and begging their adoring fans for likes.

Two Australian folk-punk favourites – The Bottlers and The Go Set – have thrown their hats in the ring for the competition with a couple of cracking tunes.

First up is The Bottlers with their frenetic “Hades’ Way” from their self titled EP – check it out here:

The Go Set’s submission is the rock-and-pipes laden “Raise A Glass” – check it out here:

If you want to support getting some cracking Aussie folk-punk talent on the Salty Dog Cruise make sure you “like” the videos above and tell your friends.

The Illawarra Folk Festival Announces 2018 Lineup

Illawarra Folk Festival
Image Courtesy of Illawarra Folk Festival

Our favourite mid-sized folk festival, the Illawarra Folk Festival dropped its massive 2018 lineup this week and as usual we’re very very impressed

The Illawarra Folk Festival always manages to pull out the big guns and the best up and comers and 2018 is no different. The lineup this time around includes the likes of Eric Bogle, Cass Eager, The Go Set, Breaking Trad, Maggie Carty and Mairtin Staunton, Claire Anne Taylor, Devil on the Rooftop, Golden Whistler, Handsome Young Strangers, Lizzie Flynn, Paddy McHugh, Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Button Collective, The Northern Folk, The Raglins, The Royal High Jinx, The Scrims, Big Erle, Jane Aubourg, Kay Proudlove and many many more.

The Illawarra Folk Festival takes place in Bulli, NSW from the 18th to the 21st January. To get more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full lineup of Illawarra Folk Festival artists is below:

International Artists:
Breaking Trad (Ireland), Dan Walsh (UK), Edgelarks (UK), Eleanor McEvoy (Ireland), Faith i Branko (Eastern Europe), George Mann (USA), Himmerland with Mairi Campbell (Denmark/Scotland), Jonathan Bob Lynn (Canada), Josefina Paulson & Jonas Akerlund (Sweden), Ken Field’s Hoot Band (USA), Kevin Welch (USA), Maggie Carty and Mairtin Staunton (Ireland), Oi Dipnoi (Italy), Scott Cook & The Second Chances (Canada), Steve Turner (UK), The Beez (Germany), The Small Glories (Canada)

National Artists:
Eric Bogle, Mikelangelo (The Balkan Elvis), Cass Eager, Darren Coggan, Taikoz, The Go Set, Albion Fair Morris, Baz Cooper, Emma Nixon & Iain McKenzie, Black Joak Morris, Brian Bell, Bush Music Club Inc, Christopher Shaw, Claire Anne Taylor, Combined Union Choirs, Den Hanrahan and the Rum Runners, Devil on the Rooftop, Dom Ferry, Ella Belfanti, Franke, Glover & Sorrensen, Golden Whistler, Good Tunes, Greshka, Handsome Young Strangers, Honey & Knives, Jane Germain & Ian Simpson, John Broomhall, Karen Law & Family, Lagoon Hill Zydeco, Lisa Lazuli Music, Little Foot, Lizzie Flynn, Margaret Walters, Maurie Mulheron and Pat Craigie, The Merry Widows Unplugged, Michael-John Azzopardi, Nick Charles, Nick Rheinberger, Noel Gardner, Paddy McHugh, Peter Mace, Peter Willey, Robyn Sykes, Romisounds, Rusty & The Saint, Santa Taranta, Shelley’s Murder Boys, Snez Musica, Sydney English Country Dance, The Button Collective, The Grenadiers, The Honey Drippin’ Mudskippers, The Northern Folk, The Protesters, The Raglins, The Royal High Jinx, The Scrims, The Simon Kerr Perspective, The Ten Quid Poms, Tililili, Wally Byrne

Local Artists:
Alex Sreckovic – Smokehouse, Atif & Sako, AZ-I-AM, Beatmeisters, Big Erle, Carefree Road Band, Chord-eaux, Cinnamon Twist School of Belly Dance, Circus WOW, Cranky Franky, Curious Rendition Orchestra, Egypsy, Light Being Yoga-Erika Steller & Fiona Davis, Gobsmacked!, Heart to Heart Storytelling, Irish Famine, Jackie Dee, Jane Aubourg, Jimmy and Shay, John Nichols & Wolfgang Kloger, Josh C. Music, Kala Ilango, Kay Proudlove, Kenny Bartley, Kevin Sullivan, King & Queen of Green, LANEY and Friends, Lizzie Bennet, Love In The Jungle, Meridian, Murmur, No Such Thing, Roger Gordon Fyfe, Silver Lotus Tribal Bellydance, SingGongGo, Southern Gentlemen, Swing Booty, The Calamities, The Capricornia Project, The Con Artists, TheGroove, The Humphreys, The Scratchies, Steampunk Vagabonds, Swingaleles Wollongong, The Water Runners, Tia Juana, Vic Janko Orkestar, Wolf Gordon Music, Zlatkos Balkan Cabaret

Youth Artists:
Claire Doherty, Fergus Bailey, Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra, James & Jackson, Little Glory, Paddy & The Wonderband, Shalani Music, The Bowhemians, Tim Lukey, Whisper Out Loud, Zingara

New Tasmanian Folk Punk Festival HOBOFOPO Announces

Dead Maggies
Image Courtesy of The Dead Maggies

The geniuses behind Tasmanian convict-folk band The Dead Maggies and folk-punk label Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records have announced Australia’s first folk-punk dedicated festival HOBOFOPO.

Taking place in Hobart from the 10th to 13th November HOBOFOPO promises a four day folk-punk orgy across the cities many pubs and venues including The Republic Bar, Willie Smiths Apple Shed, The Brisbane Hotel, Big Dan’s Franklin Tavern, Frankies Empire Cafe and more.

So far the festival has revealed a who’s who of Australian folk-punk bands on its lineup including The Dead Maggies (above), The Go-Set, The Ramshackle Army, Handsome Young Strangers, The Australian Beefweek Show, Fox ‘N’ Firkin, The Stragglers, This Is A Robbery, Squid Fishing and Hairyman with more announcements coming soon.

For more information about HOBOFOPO check out the official Folk ‘Til Ya Punk site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Matthew and The Atlas confirmed details of their new album Temple. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Irish Mythen returns to Australia this month for Bluesfest and the Melissa Etheridge tour support. Details here

– UK big band Bellowhead announced plans to release a live album in April. Details here

– 17 year old singer-songwriter Gretta Ray released her new single “Unexpected Feeling”. Details here

Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow has a new album on the way to go with her new moniker. Details here

– The ANZ Blue Stage Series for Spectrum Now announced their artist lineup including Borneo, Lissa, Dog the Duke, James Englund, Rachel Fahim, Ainsley Farrell, Ella Freestone, Ginger & Drum, Adam Harpaz, Martin Hulbert, I Am Apollo, The Khanz, Christie Lamb, Jaime Lindsay, Mabel, Nova and the Experience, Jarryn Pheagan, Aimee Lou, Planet, Lane Sinclair (Say My Name Band), Sabrina Soares, Tenderfoot, Ed Wells and Dylan Wright. Details here

– The next Festival of Small Halls tour kicked off this week featuring Vishtèn, The Little Stevies and Rob Longstaff. Details here

Sufjan Stevens announced plans to release a 10th anniversary edition of Illinois. Details here

– West Australia’s favourite absent daughter Emily Barker returns home this week for shows on the West and East Coast. Details here

– South Coast singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan released his new single “Rivers”. Details here

– Singer-songwriters Julia Johnson and Vorn Doolette have announced a joint house concert tour. Details here

Andrew Bird has collaborated with Fiona Apple on his new single “Left Handed Kisses”. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter The Weather Station released her new video “Floodplain”. Details here

– Celtic-punks The Go Set announced April tour dates. Details here

Releases This Week

M Ward
More RainM. Ward
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Ouroboros
OuroborosRay LaMontagne
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Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Friday 4th March – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 5th March – The Irish Hotel, Toowoomba, QLD
Monday 7th March – The Yacht Club, Mooloolaba, QLD
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Porchland feat. Lime Cordiale, Winterbourne, Sweet Jean, Benjamin James Caldwell, Ollie English

Porch Sessions

If you don’t have tickets to Porchland, the festival presented by Adelaide’s The Porch Sessions then I’m afraid you’re out of luck because this puppy is sold out. But with a lineup that good it’s time to start begging your friends to sell you their ticket – it’s going to be an amazing show.

Sunday 6th March – Hahndorf, SA

Gigs Next Week

Aldous Harding w/ Jess Ribeiro
Tuesday 8th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 10th March – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Burke & Wills Folk Festival
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Burke & Wills Winery, VIC

Burnt Creek Deviation
Friday 4th March – The Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Calexico
Friday 4th March – Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 6th March – Spectrum Now, The Domain, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 8th March – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 9th March – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA

Catherine Traicos
Saturday 5th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Colin Hay
Friday 4th March – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th March – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions presents Fanny Lumsden
Friday 4th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

C.W. Stoneking w/ Marlon Williams
Saturday 5th March – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th March – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March – Nannup Festival, Nannup, WA

Elwood Myre
Friday 4th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Friday 4th March – The Odd Fellow, Perth, WA

Emily Barker
Friday 4th March – The Bassendean Hotel, Perth, WA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vishtèn, The Little Stevies, Rob Longstaff
Friday 4th March – Tallangatta Memorial Hall, Tallangatta, VIC
Saturday 5th March – Girgarre Town Hall, Girgarre, VIC
Sunday 6th March – Dookie Arts Hub, Dookie, VIC
Wednesday 9th March – Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Friday 11th March – Toongi Hall, Toongi, NSW

Folkswagon
Wednesday 9th March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Helpless – The Songs of Neil Young feat. Todd Sibbin, Tom West, Ryan Martin John, Thoma Henbest, Caleb Williamson
Wednesday 9th March – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Hootenanny feat. Lucky Luke and His Shooting Stars
Sunday 6th March – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Festival, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Redcliffe on the Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Thursday 10th March – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th March – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

James Thomson
Friday 4th March – Baha, Rye, VIC
Saturday 5th March – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th March – The Lomond, Melbourne, VIC

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 4th March – J-Shed, Bathers Beach, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Montrose Town Centre, Montrose, VIC
Friday 11th March – Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey, VIC

Liam Gerner
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Friday 11th March – Billy Roy Blues, Bendigo, VIC

Luke Morris
Friday 4th March – Noosa Festival of Surfing, Noosa, QLD
Sunday 6th March – The Sunhouse, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 10th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Man of Constant Sorrow: a Tribute to the Music of O Brother Where Art Thou feat. The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Luke Escombe, Brian Campeau
Tuesday 8th March – The Domain, Sydney, NSW

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Thursday 10th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th March – The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Mary Black
Tuesday 8th March – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 10th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Moxie
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup, WA

Oh Pep!
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Passenger
Friday 4th March – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 6th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Patrick James
Friday 4th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th March – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Porchland feat. Lime Cordiale, Winterbourne, Sweet Jean, Benjamin James Caldwell, Ollie English
Sunday 6th March – Hahndorf, SA

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Queen Porter Stomp and Catgut
Saturday 5th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

RAPT w/ Beautifil Chaos, Scott Cook
Saturday 5th March – The Music Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Ruby Boots
Thursday 10th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Sam Brittain w/ Maggie Rutjens, Toby Robinson
Thursday 10th March – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Steve Earle & The Dukes w/ The Mastersons
Friday 11th March – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Sufjan Stevens
Friday 4th March – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Summer Hill Folk Festival
Saturday 5th March – Summer Hill Church, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Road Street Party
Sunday 6th March – Sydney Road, Melbourne, VIC

The Beards
Friday 11th March – Bar Indigo, Rockingham, WA

The Button Collective
Sunday 6th March – Spectrum Now, Sydney, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band w/ Devil on the Rooftop
Friday 11th March – The Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Music Festival, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Fly by Night, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 10th March – South Coast Folk Club, Adelaide, SA
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC

The Little Stevies
Friday 4th March – Tallangatta Memorial Hall, Tallangatta, VIC
Saturday 5th March – Girgarre Town Hall, Girgarre, VIC
Sunday 6th March – Glenferrie Festival, Hawthorn, VIC
Sunday 6th March – Dookie Arts Hub, Dookie, VIC
Thursday 10th March – Peace Concert, Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Once
Friday 4th March – The Music Shack, Donnybrook, WA
Saturday 5th March – Sail & Anchor, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 6th March – Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA

The Rambling Boys
Friday 4th March – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 5th March – Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 8th March – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 10th March – Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th to 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC

The Timbers
Saturday 5th March – The Irish Hotel, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 6th March – The Yacht Club, Mooloolaba, QLD
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Friday 4th March – Basement Discs, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th March – Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival, NSW
Thursday 10th March – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Friday 11th March – Spring Vale Wines, Cranbrook, TAS

Tim Easton
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March – Nannup Music Festival, WA
Thursday 10th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Vin Garbutt
Friday 11th March – Burke & Wills Folk Festival, Mia Mia, VIC

WOMADelaide
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Black Jack Davey” – The White Stripes

Over the last few weeks we’ve featured various songs in the “Gypsy Davey” tradition. Here’s a relatively modern take featuring The White Stripes covering Bob Dylan’s version of “Black Jack Davey”. This is an acoustic version but there’s an electric version out there in the universe as well.

The Go Set Announce In The Streets Australian Tour

Go set
Image Courtesy of The Go Set

Australia’s legendary folk punks The Go Set have just announced plans for an East Coast (plus Adelaide) tour this April. The tour will see the six-piece performing tracks from their 2015 album Rolling Sound and as an added bonus they’ve also just released the video for the album’s title track.

Check out the full list of dates and the video for “Rolling Sound” below:

Friday 8th April – Southern Cross Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 9th April – Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th April – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 22nd April – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 23rd April – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 24th April – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC

12 Hours at the 2015 Illawarra Folk Festival

Illawarra Folk Festival
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Every year as my train pulls away from Bulli station after another successful tilt at the Illawarra Folk Festival I promise myself “next year will be the year I come for the whole weekend, not just a day”.

Then when January finally rolls around again and my pockets are empty following the excess of the Christmas period I always find myself whittling down my expectations and deciding “just one day at Illawarra will do”.

But one day is never enough.

The Illawarra Folk Festival is no longer the little festival I first started going to when I moved to New South Wales 10 years ago. And 10 years ago it had already outgrown its life as a “little festival” having moved to Bulli from Jamberoo to accommodate a much larger audience. This year saw more than 11,000 people make their way through the gates of Bulli Showground proving once and for all that the Illawarra Folk Festival is one of the big guys.

There’s plenty of reasons why I’ve always loved Illawarra. The fact it’s an easy train ride from Sydney for one. It’s mid-January timing meaning it manages to attract the best talent from the New Year’s festivals for another. And that despite the fact that there were 11,000 people through the door I can spend my day walking around the site bumping into old friends, making new ones and feeling right at home.

This year I chose Sunday as my one day at Illawarra for no other reason than it fitted my schedule best and the timing of the final concert – around 6pm – meant I wouldn’t be ridiculously late home. I caught the first train down, rocking into the festival before 9am and before, it turns out, most of the music had started. I parked myself where I could see a blackboard session featuring Mandy Connell in the Tantric Turtle, studied the program intently and let the upcoming day wash over me.

And then I was off! Having just a day at the festival meant I needed to see as much as possible in a small amount of time. Anyone tracking my progress around the showground would have seen me almost running between venues, ducking in halfway into sets, saying g’day to the artists as they clambered off stage only to then piss-bolt to the next gig.

This sort of program onslaught meant I missed more than a few of the artists I wanted to see because of clashes including The Mae Trio, Cloudstreet, Fred Smith, Sparrow-Folk and Big Erle. It also meant I managed to catch snippets of artists that I originally didn’t have down on my list like the Tim Edey Trio as I cut through the Slacky Flat Bar on my way to another gig. Plus it meant that by the time I realised I should really eat something most of the stalls had shut up shop for the weekend and I was left with the option of chip-on-a-stick or a sandwich when I got home. I chose the latter.

But I did see some amazing music. And the variety! This is what is special about the Illawarra Folk Festival – in one moment you can watch a contemporary singer-songwriter like Joe Mungovan (who slipped a James Taylor number into his set because he felt is was the only folk song he knew), run between competing folk-punk shows from The Go Set, The Bottlers and Handsome Young Strangers (who were strangely playing at exactly the same time in different venues) or soak up the jazzed up trad of Stray Hens. Artistic director David De Santi is obviously a lover of folk music in all it’s various guises and this flows through to possibly the most eclectic lineup of any festival in Australia.

Of the international guests I was most impressed with Canadian trad trio The East Pointers and the Euro-Scottish folk of Black Market Tune. The former were just a powerhouse live – one of the tightest bands I’ve seen in a very long time and so charismatic! I can imagine they won the hearts of many young ladies in the audience and may even have inspired more than one person to pick up the tenor banjo (well, I was inspired, so that counts). The latter ingratiated themselves with the crowd with the simple charm and ability to switch their Austrian accents to Scottish brogue as their music demanded. I can’t recommend either of these bands enough.

The Stray Hens were my pick of the local acts. I’m sure I’ve seen these guys at The National before but this was the gig that truly made me fall in love with them. Mandy, Sally and Rowena (along with Richard and Ryan in their rhythm section) are interpreting and elevating traditional songs in a way I’m not seeing many Australian artists do and it’s mesmerising. Festival bookers take note – get the Stray Hens on your lineup or forever be sorry.

And then there’s Eric Bogle. I tried not to fill my Illawarra Folk Festival seeing artists I’d seen 100 times before but somehow I still managed to find myself in the Black Diamond Marquee listening to the songwriting legend. And he was everything you’d expect – funny, passionate, engaging and beautiful. When he played “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” introduced with an explanation that he’d been asked to sing the song at the Anzac Day 100 year anniversary sans the final verse (“bugger that”) it was just magic.

As the Finale Parade made it’s way through the Showground I ducked out of the festival and dragged myself up the road to catch the train back to Sydney, exhausted but ultimately satisfied. Once again the Illawarra Folk Festival had exceeded my expectations and left me wanting more – exactly what I want from a folk festival.

My train wound its way through the mountains back to the big smoke and I made a promise to myself – next year “next year will be the year I come for the whole weekend, not just one day”.

30th Illawarra Folk Festival Announces First Round of Artists

Eric Bogle
Image Courtesy of Eric Bogle

This coming January is the pearl anniversary of the Illawarra Folk Festival and they’ve just announced a “pearler” of a first lineup announcement – their pun, not mine! The festival, held in Bulli just north of Wollongong in New South Wales, boasts 13 onsite venues and is easily one of our favourite events of the year.

The first round of artists for the 30th Illawarra Folk Festival include a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites including Afenginn, Eric Bogle (above), Ted Egan, Big Erle, The Bottlers, The BordererS, Chloë and Jason Roweth, Claude Hay, Cloudstreet, Fred Smith, The Go Set, Lime & Steel, The Lurkers, The Mae Trio, Margaret & Bob Fagan, Martin Pearson, The Morrisons, Sparrow-Folk, Stray Hens, Takadimi, Timothy James Bowen and many many more.

The Illawarra Folk Festival will be held at the Bulli showground from the 15th to the 18th January. For more information check out the official site here.

The full lineup announcement so far is below:

International:
Afenginn (DENMARK), Anna Ludlow Band (CANADA), Bettina Schelker (SWITZ), Black Market Tune (SCOT/AUSTRIA), David Francey (CANADA), Debasis Chakroborty & Kriti Ensemble (INDIA), The East Pointers (CANADA), George Mann (USA), Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything (CANADA), Kristina Olsen (USA), Melisande – Electrotrad (CANADA), Reg Meuross (UK), Scott Cook (CANADA), Tim Edey Trio (UK)

National:
Stephan Pigram, Eric Bogle, Ted Egan, Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra (premiere), Allez-gator, Appalachian Heaven String Band, Azadoota, Bernard Carney, Big Erle, The Bottlers, The BordererS, Chloe & Jason Roweth, Claude Hay, Cloudstreet, Curragh, Dave de Hugard, David Beniuk, Deep River, Choir, Don Jarmey, Enda Kenny & Lindsay Martin, Fred Smith, Guerilla Zingari, Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, The Go Set, Greg Champion, John Broomhall, Jordan C. Thomas, Junior, Lagoon Hill Zydeco, The Lazy Farmer’s Sons, Lime & Steel, The Lurkers, The Mae Trio, Margaret & Bob Fagan, Martin Pearson, Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Michael Fix, Mike Martin, The Morrisons, Neil Adam & Judy Turner, Nick Rheinberger, On The Stoop, Pat Drummond, Sally Harris, Sparrow-Folk, Springtide, The Squeezebox Trio, Stray Hens, Takadimi, Terry Serio’s Half Truths, Timothy James Bowen, The Transylvaniacs and Kengugro, Vardos, The Wish List

Interview: The Go Set (Geelong) and The Real McKenzies (Canada)

The Go Set
Image Courtesy of The Go Set

Article originally published on Overheard Productions

Interview recorded in Geelong on Wednesday 28th August 2013.

My favourite The Go Set song:

An old chorus fave done Real McKenzies stylee:

Remaining tour dates:

Thursday 5th September – Manning Bar, Sydney NSW
Friday 6th September – Miami Tavern Shark Bar, Gold Coast QLD
Saturday 7th September – Prince of Wales, Brisbane QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 9th August

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Mumford and Sons have run wild with their pastoral-folk image for their new video “Hopeless Wanderer”. Details here

– Sydney’s Liam Gale & The Ponytails revealed their latest single “Antipodean Honour”. Details here

Boy & Bear are revealing a new song online every day until their new album is released. The first of the new tracks was “Three Headed Woman”. Details here

– Alt-country songstress Katie Brianna will be launching he debut album at The Retreat Hotel in Melbourne tomorrow night. Details here

The Head and the Heart revealed “Shake” the first single from their upcoming album Let’s Be Still. Details here

– Folk-punk legends The Go Set are celebrating ten years with a tour. Details here

Midlake have announced plans to release a new album this year, but without their lead singer Tim Smith who left the band late last year. Details here

– And you can also listen to the new Midlake single online. Details here

– The folk behind The Jam Room in Adelaide will be hosting three very special gigs throughout Spring. Details here

– Have you seen the Mullum Music Festival lineup? Lots of folky goodness to be had! Details here

Tracy McNeil has released her new single “Wildcats”. Details here

– Singer-songwriters Lucie Thorne and Pieta Brown have collaborated on a new project Love Over Gold. Details here

– Sydney five-piece Belle and the Bone People have released their folky new single “The Boy”. Details here

The Crooked Fiddle Band have given us a taste of their upcoming album with a new double A-side single. Details here

Interviews

“Matt Fell did a really great job. We actually recorded it here in our lounge room in Surry Hills. Ben did the demo here and he did such a great job on the production that Matt decided to come in here and use the room, which sounded really great”Fanny Lumsden chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Reviews

Gigs

“In Sydney, you’d be forgiven, if not expected to arrive late to a gig. Unforeseen circumstances meant I arrived in Farrowthe middle of the second support act, Farrow, and found the venue was already packed with an enthusiastic audience. Seems these Londoners take door times seriously”KT Bell reviews Paper Aeroplanes. Review here

Releases This Week

Boy Outside
Boy OutsideBoy Outside
iTunes

Civil Wars
The Civil WarsThe Civil Wars
iTunes

Let The River Run
Let The River RunMark Wilkinson
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Mark Wilkinson
Mark Wilkinson with Little Bighorn
Thursday 15th August – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 16th August – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Official Site

The Mountains
The Mountains
Friday 9th August – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 15th August – Bedlam Barm, Glebe, NSW
Friday 16th August – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba

Tickets From Venues

Gigs Next Week

Bears With Guns
Friday 9th August – Gearin Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Boy Outside
Thursday 15th August – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Castlecomer
Thursday 15th August – The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 16th August – X & Y Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Elephant Eyes, Susy Blue and Mayfair Kytes
Sunday 11th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Folk Club feat. Hazzy Bee, The Green Mohair Suits, Oh Willy Dear
Wednesday 14th August – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Immigrant Union
Friday 9th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Saturday 10th August – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 15th August – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 16th August – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Isaac Graham
Friday 9th August – Crown And Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 10th August – The Public Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 14th August – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Thursday 15th August – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 16th August – Blackwire Records, Annandale, NSW

Joan Baez
Monday 12th August – Brisbane Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th August – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

Josh Pyke
Friday 16th August – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Katie Brianna with The Weeping Willows
Saturday 10th August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Kelly
Friday 9th August – Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th August – Regent Cinemas, Ballarat, VIC
Tuesday 13th August – Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 14th August – Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Sam Buckingham
Saturday 10th August – Royal Exchange Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 11th August – The Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Sarah Blasko
Friday 9th August – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 10th August – Queen’s Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA
Monday 12th August – Cultural Centre, Margaret River, WA
Tuesday 13th August – Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

The Tiger & Me
Saturday 10th August – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th August – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The Timbers
Friday 9th August – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 16th August – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Woohoo Revue
Friday 9th August – The Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 10th August – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th August – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA

Vance Joy with Fraser A. Gorman
Wednesday 14th August – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Wreck Of The Dandenong” – The Mutual Acquaintances

There’s something pretty special about unaccompanied harmony singing, and there’s something pretty special about this Australian folk song that recounts the wreck of The Dandenong in 1876. So this version by The Mutual Acquaintances is, by all accounts, pretty special. Enjoy!

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