Key of Sea Announces One Off Concert

Jinja Safari
Image Courtesy of The Key of Sea

Today sees the release of The Key of Sea Vol 2, a collaboration between Australian musicians and international artists who have brought the music of their homelands with them when they had come to make a new life in Australia. These amazing collaborations are the result of some really hard work from all involved and the result is some pretty stunning music.

To celebrate the release The Key of Sea have announced a one off concert in Melbourne as part of the Arts Centre Melbourne’s 2012/13 Summer Series. The concert will be MC’d by Rockwiz’s Brian Nankervis and will feature the following collaborations from the album:

The Tim Rogers Polyxeni
Jinja Safari with Kinfe Geshu
Brous with Awaz
Chet Faker with The Royal Swazi Spa
The Tiger & Me with Murtaza Jafari

The Key of Sea concert will take place at the newly refurbished Hamer Hall in Melbourne on the 14th December. For more information check out the official web site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have released the video to their 17 minute track “Ramada Inn” featuring a whole bunch of archival footage and psychedelic imagery. Details here

– Having just released their new album Transcendental Youth The Mountain Goats have also let loose their brand new video for the track “Cry For Judas”. Details here

– London based four piece ahab have announced that they will be releasing a live album at the end of the month titled Live in London. Details here

– Having just kicked off their Tidal Wave tour Husky have added a bunch more dates in The Gold Coast, Darwin, Fremantle, Perth and Coffs Harbour. Details here

– Central Coast singer-songwriter Mike McCarthy has been getting a lot of buzz from the musical community of late. We have a stream of his new album plus tour dates. Details here

Jordie Lane’s new single “Fool For Love” is no longer available as a free download but we have a stream of it. Details here

– The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival is one week away and it’s lineup is pretty special – The New Worlds, Mustered Courage, Jimmy The Fish, The Company, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, The String Contingent, Chaika, The Mid North, Breaking Hart Benton, Nick and Liesl and more. Details here

Bob Evans revealed his brand new single this week along with a forthcoming EP and a string of intimate shows. Details here

– Already confirmed for the Mullum Music Festival, Joe Pug has added Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane headline dates to his visit this November. Little Bastard will be in support. Details here

Sarah Blasko has announced a national tour next February where she will be performing with the nation’s orchestras. Details here

– The brand new video from Bon Iver, for the Phil Collins-esque “Beth/Rest”, hit the web and was directed by frontman Justin Vernon. Details here

– The Spring/Summer Finders Keepers Markets take place in Melbourne today and tomorrow, Brisbane on the first weekend of November and Sydney in December. Musical artists for the Melbourne and Brisbane markets have been confirmed with Sydney still TBA. Details here

Texture Like Sun gave us the details (and an advance listen to) their upcoming self titled EP. They’ll be launching the EP in November on a co-headline tour with Patrick James. Details here

Seth Lakeman, who’ll be visiting our shores next year for Bluesfest and The Blue Mountains Music Festival, has revealed details of his upcoming live EP. Details here

Rodrigo y Gabriela have announced just one sideshow when they’re here for Falls and Southbound. Tickets go on sale today. Details here

– Progressive bluegrass pioneers Punch Brothers have announced plans to release Ahoy!, a five-track EP featuring B-sides from their current album Who’s Feeling Young Now?. Details here

– The new video from M. Ward, “Me & My Shadow”, is more than a little surreal. Details here

– Guitar virtuoso Joe Robinson is returning to Australia for a tour starting next week. Details here

Glen Hansard and The Fames have announced a second Sydney Bluesfest Sideshow next year. Once again Lisa Hannigan will be in support. Details here

Wilco also confirmed that they’ll be playing a Melbourne sideshow when they’re here for Bluesfest, with a Sydney date also rumoured. Details here

Nigel Wearne kicks off his tour supporting his brand new album Black Swan tomorrow night at JamGrass. Details here

The Key of Sea Vol. 2 hits stores today (see below) and the organisers have announced a one off concert this December to celebrate. Artist collaborations for the concert include The Tim Rogers Polyxeni, Jinja Safari with Kinfe Geshu, Brous with Awaz, Chet Faker with The Royal Swazi Spa and The Tiger & Me with Murtaza Jafari. Details here

Interviews

“Before I came to Australia for the first time Chuck Ragan, who’s a friend of mine and we’ve toured together a lot, had been telling me Australia was the promised land for touring – it’s this amazing place, everyone’s very cool, the shows are great and you get treated well. It reached a point where he’d been going on about this for such a long time that I almost wanted to call him on his own shit. So he took me to Australia for the first time and he was right – Australian audiences have been really really good to me, have always been welcoming and had a good time, got involved and danced and sang along. All the things a performer would want from an audience”Frank Turner chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

If you enjoyed Bill Quinn’s interview with Billy Bragg last month (check it out here), you can listen to it in audio format over at Overheard Productions.

Releases This Week

Broadside
Broadside, Bellowhead
iTunes

In Another Life
In Another LifeCatherine Traicos
Online

Back When Never
Back When NeverCountry Town Collective
Bandcamp

Come Home To Mama
Come Home To MamaMartha Wainwright
iTunes

Spring and Fall
Spring And FallPaul Kelly
iTunes

Drifters Dawn
The Drifter’s DawnThe Tiger and Me
iTunes

The Key of Sea Vol 2
The Key of Sea Vol. 2Various
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Hat Fitz and Cara
Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson
Sunday 19th October – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Ainslie Wills
Friday 26th October – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Billy Bragg
Friday 19th October – Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th October – Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 21st October – Federation Hall, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 23rd October – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 25th October – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou with Slip On Stereo
Friday 19th October – Gladstone Entertainment Centre, Gladstone, QLD
Saturday 20th October – Sugarland Tavern, Bundaberg, QLD

Charles Jenkins
Sunday 21st October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 25th October – Norfolk Basement, Fremantle, WA
Friday 26th October – The Velvet Lounge, Mt Lawley, WA

Communion Melbourne feat. Howl at the Moon, Mike Noga, The Falls, Jordan Leser and Ben Lovett (DJ)
Sunday 21st October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 19th October – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 20th October – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 24th October – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 25th October – Old Manly Boatshed, Manly, NSW
Friday 26th October – The Beresford Hotel, Surry Hills, NSW

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival (The New Worlds, Mustered Courage, Jimmy The Fish, The Company, Rob Corbett & The Roo Grass Band, The Whitetop Mountaineers, The String Contingent, Nick and Liesl, The Mid North)
26th to 28th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Elliot The Bull
Friday 19th October – Burdekin Upstairs, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th October – The Lass, Newcastle, NSW

Finders Keepers Melbourne
19th and 20th October – Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

Fleurieu Folk Festival feat. Eric Bogle, The Go Set, The Stetson Family, Barry Skipsey, The Timbers
26th to 28th October – Willunga, SA

Gentlemen of the Road feat. Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Sarah Blasko, Matt Corby, Husky, Willy Mason, Yacht Club DJs
Saturday 20th October – Dungog Showgrounds, Dungog, NSW

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 19th October – The Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Saturday 20th October – Baha Taco Joint, Rye, VIC
Sunday 21st October – The Worker’s Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 25th October – The Keller, Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th October – Kidgeeridge Festival, Lake Conjola, NSW

Husky
Sunday 21st October – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

JamGrass Music Festival (The New Worlds, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Mustered Courage, Rattlehand, The Merri Creek Pickers, John Flanagan & The Begin Agains, The Fletcher, The Strzelecki Stringbusters, The Stetson Family, Uncle Bill, The Stillsons, Big Bug Trio)
19th and 20th October – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

John Williamson
Wednesday 24th October – 99 on York, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th October – Crown Casino, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 19th October – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Saturday 20th October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 24th October – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Thursday 25th October – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 26th October -Bended Elbow, Geelong, VIC

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
19th to 21st October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 19th October – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th October – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 26th October – Illawarra P.A.C., Wollongong, NSW

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Wednesday 24th October – Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 25th October – Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong, VIC
Friday 26th October – Ballarat Regent Multiplex, North Ballarat, VIC

Laneway
Sunday 21st October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Lisa Mitchell with Alpine and Danco
Friday 19th October – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th October – Wollongong Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 26th October – The Astor, Perth, WA

Mama Kin
Friday 19th October – Town Hall Nannup, Nannup, WA
Saturday 20th October – Clancys Fish Pub, DunsBorough, WA
Sunday 21st October – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 25th October – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Friday 26th October – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 19th October – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 20th October – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 21st Octiber – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 25th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 26th October – The Ellington, Perth, WA

Mike Compton
Friday 26th October – Brisbane, QLD

Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Tuesday 23rd October – Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 25th October – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th October – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Le Vent du Nord with Louise Blackwell

Friday 19th October – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Alex Tsiboulski and Akoustic Odyssey
Friday 26th October – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Rosie Catalano
Thursday 25th October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 26th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Blues & Roots Festival (Lanie Lane, Mia Dyson, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Chase The Sun, Microwave Jenny, Ashleigh Mannix)
25th to 28th October – Sydney, NSW

Tablelands Folk Festival
25th to 28th October – Yungaburra, QLD

The Paper Kites (with Art of Sleeping, Battleships)
Friday 19th October – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 20th October – Amplifier, Perth, WA
Thursday 25th October – Woombye Pub, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 26th October – The SoundLounge, Gold Coast, QLD

The Pigs
Sunday 21st October – Gladstone Botanical Gardens, Gladstone, QLD

The String Contingent
Sunday 21st October – Old Court House, Gunning, NSW
Thursday 25th October – Smithurst Theatre, Gunnedah, NSW
Friday 26th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Tigertown
Friday 19th October – Norfolk Basement, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 20th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 26th October – Barsoma, Brisbane, QLD

Tin Sparrow
Thursday 25th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 26th October – The Standard, Sydney, NSW

TinPan Orange
Thursday 25th October – The Bakery, Perth, WA
Friday 26th October – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Willy Mason
Monday 22nd October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 24th October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sydney From a 747” – Paul Kelly feat. Uncle Bill

Paul Kelly’s new album Spring and Fall is released today (see above) and Uncle Bill will play JamGrass this weekend. Sounds like the perfect excuse to post my favourite track from their collaborative album Smoke.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The video for Jinja Safari and Kinfe’s collaboration on The Key of Sea Vol. 2 hit the interwebs and is a lovely insight into the making of this album. Details here

– The new Mumford and Sons video for “I Will Wait” hit the interwebs a day before we expected it which was a lovely little surprise on our Monday morning. Details here

– Folk-pop chanteuse Lisa Mitchell announced the details of her brand new album Bless This Mess along with the dates for a national tour in October and November. Details here

Corinbank Festival in Canberra is returning at the end of November after flash-flooding and landslides took out the festival site earlier in the year. Details here

– Tomorrow night The Vanguard in Sydney will be transformed into The Gem Saloon as the iconic venue pays tribute to the TV series Deadwood. What’s this got to do with folk? Well, Bellyache Ben and The Steamgrass Boys are providing the music for one thing. And there’ll be whiskey. What more do you want? Details here

Krystle Warren is in the country currently touring with Rufus Wainwright. But when that tour ends she has a handful of solo headline dates that your going to not want to miss. Details here

– The brand new album from Calexico, Algiers, hit stores this week and we have the first video from it for the track “Splitter”. Details here

– The new track from The Trouble With Templeton, “Six Months In A Cast”, has a brand new bloody video from director Josh Calder. Details here

Simone Felice has revealed details of a new EP featuring outtakes from his debut album and is offering up the track “War Movie” as a free download. Details here

– Alice Springs based Scottish ex-pat Colin Lillie has released the video to his heartbreaking song “Man’s Broken Heart”. Details here

Sarah Blasko has teased out the details for her upcoming new album I Awake which will hit shelves in October. Details here

Tigertown have released the video to go with their new single “Morning Has Finally Come” along with the dates of their upcoming national tour this October. Details here

The Mumford & Sons General Store & Saloon opens in Sydney today with streams of the new Mumford and Sons album Babel, screenings of The Big Easy Express documentary, live music and more. The location was revealed this week. Details here

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have revealed the details for their second album of 2012, the double D/triple vinyl Psychedelic Pill (you’ll see why when you see the length of the songs). Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey has just signed to local label FOUR | FOUR and is set to release his new album Almighty Love in October. Details here

– The two most Timber and Steel friendly artists on the Harvest Festival lineup, Grizzly Bear and Beirut, have announced sideshows this November. Details here

– The annual Ameircana Music Honors and Awards took place in Nahville yesterday with gongs going to the likes of The Civil Wars, Gillian Welch, Richard Thompson and more. Details here

– Check out the new video from folk/bluegrass trio Lime and Steel (no relation). Details here

– Sydney based singer-songwriter Catherine Traicos has announced a mini tour to promote her new album and released a brand new video. Details here

Billygoat & the Mongrels will be launching their new album Big City Low in Sydney on the 5th October. Details here

Interviews

“One of the strengths of Corinbank is that it will showcase artists to Canberrans; artists that those Canberrans have never heard of and have never seen before. We guarantee that you will come away with a whole bunch of new favourite bands. I think this year especially, people will be in for a unique experience”Corinbank Festival General Manager Amy Moon chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“[It’s] particularly ironic in that [“New England”] says, I don’t want to change the world and I’m not looking for a new cultural identity – because that’s exactly what I’ve spent doing for the last 30 years. There’s a wonderful irony in that being my best-known song”Billy Bragg chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Spotlight On

Coty Hogue

Coty Hogue
Coty Hogue plays traditionally influenced, banjo led Appalachian folk music with a voice that is simply stunning. Infusing her music with the whole range of American roots styles – blues, swing, country, bluegrass – Hogue is all at once refreshingly new and instantly timelesss
Spotlight Here

Releases This Week

Tempest
TempestBob Dylan
iTunes

Algiers
AlgiersCalexico
iTunes

Shields
SheildsGrizzly Bear
iTunes

The Carpenter
The CarpenterThe Avett Brothers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Laneway
Laneway (album launch) with The Promises, Cookie Baker, The Wild Ripping Hail Collective DJs
Sunday 16th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

America
Friday 14th September – WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 15th September – Twin Towns Auditorium, Tweed Heads, NSW

Charlie Mayfair with The Falls
Saturday 15th September – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th September – Queens Wharf Brewery, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 21st September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Hayden Calnin
Wednesday 19th September – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

John Williamson
Friday 14th September – Juniors, Kingsford, NSW
Saturday 15th September – Penrith Panthers, Penrith, NSW
Wednesday 19th September – 99 on York, Sydney, NSW

Julia Stone
Saturday 15th September – The Metro, Sydney NSW
Wednesday 19th September – The Spiegeltent, Brisbane Festival, QLD
Thursday 20th September – The Spiegeltent, Brisbane Festival, QLD
Friday 21st September – Community Centre, Byron Bay NSW

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 14th September – Jetty Theatre, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Saturday 15th September – Glasshouse Theatre, Port MacQuarie, NSW
Wednesday 19th September – Captital Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 20th September – Wellers Restaurant, Kangaroo Ground, VIC
Friday 21st September – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Laneway
Friday 14th September – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 15th September – The Palais Theatre, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Sunday 16th September – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th September – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Friday 21st September – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Lanie Lane
Friday 14th September – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 15th September – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 20th September – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 21st September – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

MoFo feat. Ash Hansen and Little Big Wolf
Friday 14th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Aloysious Leeson, Mike Bevan (Caliente) and Doug de Vries

Friday 14th September – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
Banjo Jackson and Golonka
Friday 21st September – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nick and Liesl
Saturday 15th Septembver – Living Smart Festival, Lake Macquarie, NSW

R.L. Jones
Wednesday 19th September – The Mumford & Sons General Store & Saloon, Sydney, NSW

Rufus Wainwright with Krystle Warren and Teddy Thompson
Saturday 15th September – Hamer Hall, Arts Centre, Melbourne
Monday 17th September – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide
Wednesday 19th September – Riverside Theatre, Perth

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 14th September – Port Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 15th September – Plantation Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Tim Hart
Wednesday 19th September – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Thursday 20th September – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 21st September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Traveller and Fortune
Saturday 15th September – JIVE, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Jolene” – Ray LaMontagne

In the past month I think I have seen more live covers of Ray LaMontagne‘s “Jolene” than any other. It seems to be the cover of choice at the moment and it’s easy to see why – it’s a really amazing song.

Watch the Video for the Jinja Safari and Kinfe Key of Sea Collaboration “Silence of the Guns”

Jinja Safari
Image Courtesy of The Key of Sea

The first single from the upcoming collaborative album The Key Of Sea Volume 2, “Silence of the Guns” featuring Jinja Safari and Kinfe, now has a brand new video to go along with it. The track and the video were recorded this July in Melbourne where Jinja Safari teamed with East African asylum seeker Kinfe following some internet enabled sharing of ideas.

“Silence of the Guns” is absolutely stunning and also features a mini choir of SAIL (Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning program) kids in the chorus. Check out the video below and make sure you pick up The Key Of Sea Volume 2 when it becomes available on the 19th October:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Paper Kites gave us their new Jefferton James co-directed video for “A Maker Of My Own Time”, the first single off their upcoming EP Young North. Details here

– Melbournites The Stillsons are taking the unusual step of recording their next album in Brisbane – the reason being that it will provide “No Distractions”. On their way up the coast the band will be stopping off in a number of places as part of their Spring tour. Details here

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson are revealing a track a day in the lead up to the release of their new album Wreck and Ruin and as of today we’re seven songs in. Details here

– The one man blues machine that is Claude Hay has just released his new single “I Love Hate You” and is giving it away for free. Details here

TinPan Orange have announced a national tour kicking off this September to launch their upcoming album Over The Sun. Details here

– Canberra based indie folkers Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens will be officially releasing their debut album Family Pets later this year and they’re offering up the first single, “Little Surprises”, as a free download. Details here

Husky have been touring through the US and Europe but are heading home this October for a headline tour to launch their new single “Tidal Wave”. Details here

– Canadian five-piece The Wooden Sky are offering their new single “Take Me Out” as a free download ahead of their new album Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun. Details here

– The second Key of Sea album will hit stores on the 19th October featuring tracks from Jinja Safari, Paul Kelly, The Tiger and Me, Lanie Lane and many more. Details here

– Regular Sydney night Upstairs and Underground are showcasing some of the city’s best progressive folk at The Gaelic Club tomorrow night. The lineup includes Bears With Guns, Liam Gale and the Ponytails, Edema Ruh and The Oliver Thorpe Quintet. Details here

Angus Stone, in partnership with Guinness Australia, has recorded versions of “The Blowers Daughter” by Damien Rice and “Dreams” by The Cranberries to be debuted on Guinness’ facebook page next Monday 3rd September. Fans will get a chance to choose which track is their favourite and the winner will be available on iTunes on the 28th September with all proceeds going to SurfAid International. Details here

Trevor Dann has racked up his 50th podcast with Propermusic.com and it’s a killer – an hour of some of the best live music recorded by Dann and the team. If you don’t listen to the Propercast we reckon this is the perfect jumping on point. Details here

– After some recent lineup changes Adelaide folk artists Traveller & Fortune have decided to rerelease their single “Little Plastic People” and will be touring it in September. Details here

– Blues-folk duo Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson are currently wrapping up a massive US and European tour and have just announced a bunch of Australian dates in October. Details here

Sarah Humphreys has announced the details of her brand new album Hello. To celebrate the release Humphreys has a spring tour planned through NSW, VIC and SA. Details here

– Two of UK indie-folk’s biggest buzz bands – The Staves and Keaton Henson – have teamed up to rerecord “Icarus” originally from The Staves’ EP Mexico. The result is a nice little video and the track can be downloaded for free. Details here

Martha Tilston truly was a “find” at the National Folk Festival a couple of years ago so we’re pretty stoked to learn she has a new album on the way this October. Details here

Michael Kiwanuka just keeps getting better and better this week releasing his brand new video “Bones”. Details here

Communion Melbourne have announced possibly the best lineup yet for their September show – Battleships, Ainslie Wills, Packwood, Hayden Calnin and Grizzly Jim Lawrie. It’s all happening at the Toff in Town on the 23rd September. Details here

The Trouble With Templeton have gone through a lot of changes lately and have morphed from a solo project to a duo, trio and now a five piece. Their new song “Six Months In A Cast” is a great example of their new sound. Details here

Interviews

“I can’t get enough of collaborating with people … In Sydney there’s a real community of singer-songwriters at the moment who are willing to get together and jam out on a few songs. Which makes the whole experience really refreshing especially when you get caught up in trying to write songs by yourself. It’s always cool to get together a group of mates and do it”Patrick James chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Reviews

Track by Track

“[Hello Bright Eyes] was written when I was driving a Chaser bin (which is a tractor with a tailored trailor that follows the header to pick up the grain at harvest time) for a neighbour two summers ago. I was all day in lovely big paddocks and I think the sunlight made me a little vague”Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Autumn Lawn EP. Track By Track here

Releases This Week

Fanny Lumsden
Autumn LawnFanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers

Timber and Steel Presents

Fanny Lumsden
Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers
Sunday 2nd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

America
Thursday 6th September – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th September – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS

Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers
Saturday 1st September – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 2nd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Stone
6th September – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine VIC
7th September – Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC

Lanie Lane
Friday 31st August – Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 1st September – A&I Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Thursday 6th September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 7th September – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW

Nick and Liesl
Saturday 1st September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 31st August – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 1st September – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Thursday 6th September – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Friday 7th September – Spurs, Devonport, TAS

Tim Hart
Friday 31st August – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Saturday 1st September – The Newport Hotel (upstairs), Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 5th September – The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 6th September – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 7th September – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Upstairs and Underground feat. Bears With Guns, Liam Gale and the Ponytails, Edema Ruh, The Oliver Thorpe Quintet
Saturday 1st September – The Gaelic Club (Upstairs), Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Nancy Spain” – Christy Moore

So much of my early folk music education centres around my Dad’s obsession with Christy Moore. This song in particular was a favourite in our house and if you’re a fan of Irish contemporary folk music it doesn’t get much better than this.

Listen to the Jinja Safari & Kinfe Collaboration From The Key Of Sea Vol. 2

Key of Sea
Image Courtesy of The Key of Sea

In 2010 The Key of Sea album was released featuring collaborations between Australian artists and international artists who had brought the music of their homelands with them when they had come to make a new life in Australia. The aim of the album was to change people’s perception on asylum seekers and refugees through the power of music and it resulted in some amazing songs.

The Key of Sea Vol. 2 will continue the work the first album began with a raft of Australian musicians teaming with new Australians to create some amazing and unique music. Due for release on the 19th October the album will feature tracks from Timber and Steel favourites including Jinja Safari, Paul Kelly, The Tiger and Me, Lanie Lane and many more.

Check out the full track listing below as well as a sneak peak at the Jinja Safari and Kinfe track “Silence of the Guns”:

1. Silence Of The Guns – Jinja Safari and Kinfe
2. The Boat – Paul Kelly and The Cambodian Space Project
3. Az Eshq Tho – The Tiger And Me and Murtaza Jafari
4. Lively Boys – Lanie Lane and Adam Starr
5. Fear Like You – Chet Faker and The Royal Swazi Spa
6. Come Along – Brous and Onur
7. Islands – Clubfeet and Alex Toumazos
8. Open Hands – Sietta and Sunameke
9. Open Your Heart – Dick Diver and Benjamin
10. Client JGT 683– Kim Salmon and Waleed Aly
11. Apuse – David Bridie and Hein Arumisore

The Key of Sea Making of Documentary

Sarah Blasko
Image Coutresy of The Key of Sea

The Key of Sea, an album and concept that brings established artists and “new”-Australian musicians together to raise awareness of refugees and asylum seekers, launched this year to huge critical and commercial success. If you’re one of the many Australians who purchased the record you might be interested to watch a new short documentary from The Key of Sea that follows Ethiopian musician Anbessa Gebrehiwot and Iraqi musician Yousif Aziz as they prepare to launch the album in Melbourne. The doco also features Blue King Brown, The Cat Empire, Diafrix and The Vasco Era. Watch it below:

The Key of Sea Changing the Perception of Refugees

Sarah Blasko
Image Courtesy of The Key of Sea

A new album project named The Key of Sea is aiming to change people’s perception on asylum seekers and refugees through the power of music. Some of Australia’s top performers such as Sarah Blasko (above with Ajak Kwai), Old Man River, Tim Rogers, Blue King Brown, The Cat Empire and Katie Noonan are collaborating with artists that have brought their music to this country from their homelands.

The Key of Sea is available to order from the official web site where you can also hear snippets of four of the tracks and read the stories behind the incredible collaborations. All proceeds from the sale of the album will go to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival and Refugees Survivors and Ex Detainees (RISE). The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Tim Rogers Compania – “The Ghost”
2. Old Man River and Javier Fredes – “Merry Christmas Island”
3. Urthboy and Group 120 – “Letters From Jamshed”
4. Sarah Blasko and Ajak Kwai – “Nyiir Ienquarr”
5. Oh Mercy and Nadia Omar – “Hands Will Cradle”
6. Blue King Brown and Diafrix – “Streets are Getting Hot”
7. Katie Noonan and The Captains with Taikoz – “Fatal Shore”
8. Skipping Girl Vinegar and Tri Nguyen – “Bullets and Mango Trees”
9. Philadelphia Grand Jury and Klezmania – “Sing For The Sun”
10. The Cat Empire and Anbessa Gebrihiwot – “Zero”
11. The Vasco Era and Yousif Aziz – “Habibi”

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