Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney singer-songwriter Caitlin Harnett will be launching her new album in a hometown show this week. Details here

– Next February Angus and Julia Stone will be heading out on tour with Cloud Control, Jarryd James and Little May. Details here

– For his new video, “I Forget Where We Were”, Ben Howard stepped behind the camera for his directorial debut. Details here

– Carolina Chocolate Drops founding member Rhiannon Giddens will be releasing her debut solo album next February. Details here

– UK duo Slow Club have announced Australian tour dates in January. Details here

– Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini has announced Bluesfest sideshows next year. Details here

Little Bastard announced a 2015 tour and released their new video “Desert Roller”. Details here

– The latest Hunger Games film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, features the track “The Hanging Tree” which was co-written by The Lumineers. Details here

– Country and Inner Western becomes Christmas and Inner Western in December featuring The Morrisons, Tim Chaisson, Catherine Britt, A Man Called Stu, Jenny Queen and Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers. Details here

Bear’s Den released their new single “Think of England”. Details here

Emmy The Great released the slightly creepy video for her new track “Swimming Pool”. Details here

Aldous Harding released her new video “No Peace”. Details here

Stu Larsen released his new video “King Street”. Details here

CW Stoneking has announced plans for a east coast regional tour this coming February. Details here

Releases This Week

Pepa Knight
Hypnotized Vol.1Pepa Knight

Local Football
Local FootballSleepy Dreamers

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Kruger Brothers w/ The Company

Kruger Brothers

Renowned American bluegrass trio The Kruger Brothers will be making their Australian debut this week and they’re taking The Company along for the ride. The award winning trio have announced only a handful of shows and all of them are in Queensland so if you’re in town make the most of this opportunity

Friday 28th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 30th November – Samford Hall, Samford, QLD
Friday 5th December – Maleny Community Hall, Maleny QLD

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Thursday 4th December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th December – Bennett’s Lane, Melbourne, VIC

Betty & Oswald
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Sunday 30th November – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 4th December – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 5th December – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Brad Butcher
Thursday 4th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Friday 28th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Festival, Adelaide, SA

Caitlin Harnett w/ Lacey Cole & The Lazy Colts
Wednesday 3rd December – Easy Tiger, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Lee Kendall
Saturday 29th November – Loo Loo’s Warehouse, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 5th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 30th November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Saturday 29th November – Station Bar, Katoomba, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 28th November – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

Gorgeous Festival
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November – McLaren Vale, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
Saturday 29th November – The Basement @ Gold Coast Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD

Friday 28th November – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 29th November – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 30th November – Queenscliff Music Fest, VIC
Thursday 4th December – Dunsborough Hotel, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 5th December – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Jack Carty
Friday 28th November – Captains at Mariners, Batemans Bay, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 30th November – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 4th December – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th December – Kay St Saloon Bar, Traralgon, VIC

Jep and Dep
Sunday 30th November – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 28th November – The Astor Hotel, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 30th November – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW

Little Features feat. The Starry Field, Alex Gibson, Yetis, Daniel Tomalaris, Jesse Brand, Sarah Rowan Dahl
Saturday 29th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 28th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Music Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Friday 5th December – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Liz Stringer
Friday 28th November – Manly Fig, Manly, NSW

Mark Moldre
Saturday 29th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Pepa Knight
Friday 28th November – Baker St, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Sarah Humphreys
Saturday 29th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 28th November – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 29th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, QLD
Sunday 30th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, QLD
Thursday 4th December – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 5th December – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, VIC

The Kruger Brothers w/ The Company
Friday 28th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 30th November – Samford Hall, Samford, QLD
Friday 5th December – Maleny Community Hall, Maleny QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Festival, SA
Thursday 4th December – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Friday 5th December – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

The Stetson Family
Sunday 30th November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Festival, Serafino Winery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 4th December – Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Massacre of Glencoe” – Don Bruce

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing South Australian based Scottish-Australian singer Don Bruce perform a number of times at folk festivals and I love the way he interprets songs. With St Andrew’s Day being this Sunday this I’ve chosen Bruce’s version of Jim McLean’s tragic tale of the 1692 massacre of the clan MacDonald as today’s FFF – not the happiest of songs but an important part of Scottish history.

Listen to The Lumineer’s Penned “The Hanging Tree” from The Hunger Games

The Lumineers
Image Courtesy of The Lumineers

If you’ve seen the latest Hunger Games film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 you’ll have noticed two things about the music:

  1. There’s almost no music from the Lorde curated “soundtrack” other than the track “Yellow Flicker Beat” over the closing credits
  2. The one song that does feature heavily in the film, “The Hanging Tree”, has a distinctly folky flavour reminiscent of the T Bone Burnett produced soundtrack to the first film

The fact that “The Hanging Tree” sounds folky is no accident. The lyrics for the song were written by Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins as a “traditional” and have been put to music by Timber and Steel folk favourites The Lumineers. The song itself is used as a rabble-rousing chorus in the movie, not unlike many traditional folk songs before it.

If you haven’t heard it yet check out “The Hanging Tree” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, performed by Jennifer Lawrence, below:

New Arcade Fire Song From The Hunger Games “Abraham’s Daughter”

Arcade Fire
Image Courtesy of Arcade Fire

Over the weekend one of the two Arcade Fire songs to appear on this year’s soundtrack to The Hunger Games big screen adaptation debuted online. The track, “Abraham’s Daughter”, is embedded here:

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly Arcade Fire frontman explained the process he went through when writing “Abraham’s Daughter” for the teen movie. “I tried to put myself in the headspace of how excited I’d be if this film was coming out when I was 15. I still remember hearing Radiohead’s “Exit Music (for a Film)” in Romeo + Juliet when I was that age,” Butler said. “Our whole approach was to get into the world and try to create something that serves the story and the film. There’s something in the story of Abraham and Isaac that I think resonates with the themes in the film, like sacrificing children. So we made a weird, alternate-universe version of that, where it’s as if Abraham had a daughter — kind of a metaphor for [Hunger Games character] Katniss.”

Arcade Fire are also contributing the orchestral “Horn of Plenty” to the T Bone Burnett produced soundtrack which is due for release on the 20th March.

Hunger Games Soundtrack Tracklisting and Decemberists’ Stream

The Hunger Games

Some more details have emerged today around the soundtrack for the upcoming film adaptation of The Hunger Games. We’ve already heard the duet between Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars as well as news that Arcade Fire and The Decemberists are involved. Now we have the full track listing of the T Bone Burnett album and it’s looking very very exciting with inclusions from Glen Hansard (The Swell Season, The Frames), The Low Anthem, Punch Brothers, The Secret Sisters and Neko Case among others:

1. Taylor Swift – “Safe & Sound” (ft. the Civil Wars)
2. Taylor Swift – “Eyes Wide Open”
3. Arcade Fire – “Abraham’s Daughter”
4. Kid Cudi – “The Ruler & the Killer”
5. Miranda Lambert – “Run Daddy Run” (ft. Pistol Annies)
6. The Civil Wars – “Kingdom Come”
7. The Decemberists – “One Engine”
8. Glen Hansard – “Take the Heartland”
9. The Low Anthem – “Lover Is Childlike”
10. Punch Brothers – “Dark Days”
11. The Secret Sisters – “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”
12. Birdy – “Just a Game”
13. Ella Mae Bowen – “Oh Come and Sing”
14. Jayme Dee – “Rules”
15. Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Reaping Day”
16. Neko Case – “Give Me Something I’ll Remember”

We’ve managed to also stumble upon a stream of The Decemberists’ contribution “One Engine” which you can listen to here:

The soundtrack is due for release on the 20th March, just before the movie hits cinemas. For those of you that are curious about The Hunger Games movie and not just the soundtrack check out the trailer here.

More Folk Artists Added to The Hunger Games Soundtrack

The Hunger Games

It’s probably not surprising that producer T Bone Burnett is attracting a bunch of folk-flavoured artists for the soundtrack to the upcoming film adaptation of The Hunger Games. Burnett, best known in the movie world for his work on the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack, has already roped in Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars for a pretty outstanding duet for The Hunger Games and now MTV is reporting Arcade Fire and The Decemberists will also feature.

The Arcade Fire track is reportedly an orchestral piece by Win Butler and Régine Chassagne while The Decemberists have offered up the orginal piece “One Engine”. No word on who else will feature on the soundtrack but it’s looking very promising so far.

The Civil Wars Team with Taylor Swift and The Chieftains

The Civil Wars
Image Courtesy of The Civil Wars

We don’t cover a lot of Taylor Swift’s music here at Timber and Steel because she obviously covered a lot elsewhere. But even if we don’t cover her music we have a lot of respect for what she does – we’d like to think of Taylor Swift as a gateway to twang music to millions of young people around the world and that’s alright with us.

And for the first time ever we’re going to bring you a Taylor Swift song here, albeit a duet with one of our favourite upcoming US artists The Civil Wars. “Safe & Sound” will appear on the soundtrack for the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games, the latest young adult fiction series to make it to big screen. Take a listen below:

The Civil Wars will also be appearing on the upcoming 50th anniversary album from The Chieftains, Voice of Ages, which will be released on the 21st February (more info here). Rolling Stone Magazine is streaming The Civil Wars and Chieftains collaboration “Lily Love” here and we really like what we’re hearing.

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