Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our first ever New Music Monday featured new tracks from the last few weeks from the likes of Alana Wilkinson, Aldous Harding, Anna Smyrk, Bear’s Den, Citizen Of The World, Courtney Marie Andrews, Garrett Kato, Hussy Hicks, James Bennett, Joe Mungovan, John Smith, Justin Townes Earle, Kasey Chambers, Madison Violet, Ordinary Elephant, Radical Face, The Leisure Society. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Georgia Spain
Trouble Isn’t Something You Can HoldGeorgia Spain
Bandcamp

Joy Williams
Front PorchJoy Williams
iTunes

Kim Churchill
I AmKim Churchill
iTunes

Little May
Blame My BodyLittle May
iTunes

Ordinary Elephant
HonestOrdinary Elephant
iTunes

Passenger
Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing at AllPassenger
iTunes

Peta Caswell
Peta Caswell & The Lost CausePeta Caswell & The Lost Cause
iTunes

Matt Ward
HeartlandMatt Ward
iTunes

Undress
UndressThe Felice Brothers
iTunes
Bandcamp

The Maes
The MaesThe Maes
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Drunken Piano Bar feat. Lachlan Bryan, Rose Zita Falko, Gretta Ziller, Brooke Russell, Dan Parsons, Pat Wilson, Mitch Power, Ben Mastwyk, Katie Bates, Julian Abrahams, Hana Brenecki

Drunken Piano Bar

Thursday 9th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 10th May – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 3rd May – Newport Bowling Club, Newport, VIC
Saturday 4th May – The Potato Shed, Drysdale, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Scrub Hill 1869, Newlyn, VIC
Friday 10th May – Pomonal Community Hall, Pomonal, VIC

Aisling Vaughan & Friends
Friday 10th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Anna Smyrk
Sunday 5th May – The Folk Studio, Armidale, NSW
Tuesday 7th May – Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 8th May – Can You Keep a Secret?, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 9th May – City Sounds, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th May – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW

Archer
Friday 3rd May – The Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, VIC
Saturday 4th May – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Thursday 9th May – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Ash Bell and Sara Tindley
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Ashlea Reale & The Outlaws
Friday 3rd May – Fremantle Prison YHA, Perth, WA

Australian Celtic Festival
Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th May – Glen Innes, NSW

Backsliders
Friday 3rd May – Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW

Baerami Bush Dance and Camp-Out
Saturday 4th May – Baerami Hall, Upper Hunter Valley, NSW

Ben Mastwyk
Thursday 9th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th May – Coburg RSL, Coburg, VIC

Benny Walker
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May – Meatstock Sydney, Sydney Showground, Sydney, NSW

Big Sky Mountain w/ Dande and The Lion, The Villebillies
Thursday 9th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Bob Barford
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 3rd May – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th May – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Burrows, Julia Johnson, Happy Axe
Sunday 5th May – Mt Stromlo Observatory, Canberra, ACT

Busby Marou
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May – Meatstock Sydney, Sydney Showground, Sydney, NSW

Bush Gothic
Friday 3rd May – Selby Folk Club, Selby, VIC

Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys
Thursday 9th May – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW

Carl Pannuzzo
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks
Saturday 4th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Chaika
Friday 3rd May – Wauchope Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Saturday 4th May – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 5th May – Brisbane Jazz Club, Brisbane, QLD

Citizen of the World w/ Slewfoot
Friday 3rd May – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 3rd May – Sedgwick Hall, Sedgwick, VIC
Saturday 4th May – Sandy Point Community Centre, Sandy Point, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Newlyn, VIC
Thursday 9th May – Caldwell Hall, Caldwell, NSW
Friday 10th May – Pomonal Community Hall, Pomonal, VIC

Claude Hay
Friday 3rd May – Seaview Tavern, Woolgoolga, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Harrington Hotel, Harrington, NSW
Sunday 5th May – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Colin Lillie
Friday 3rd May – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 4th May – The Cabaret Club, Ballarat, NSW
Friday 10th May – The Royal Hotel, Queenbeyan, NSW

Country Comes to Town feat. The Prairie Oysters, Rattlincane, Allan Caswell, The Weeping Willows
Saturday 4th May – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC

Dan Sultan
Sunday 5th May – Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th May – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford, NSW
Friday 10th May – The Conservatorium, Newcastle, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 3rd May – Fyrefly, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th May – Town Hall, Yackandandah, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Phoenix Theatre, Cobden, VIC
Thursday 9th May – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 10th May – Town Hall, Deans Marsh, VIC

Dean Lewis w/ Winterbourne
Monday 6th May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 7th May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Doc & The Delegates
Tuesday 7th May – The Underground, Newcastle, NSW

Drunken Piano Bar feat. Lachlan Bryan, Rose Zita Falko, Gretta Ziller, Brooke Russell, Dan Parsons, Pat Wilson, Mitch Power, Ben Mastwyk, Katie Bates, Julian Abrahams, Hana Brenecki
Thursday 9th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Dusty Ravens w/ Liz Martin Band
Sunday 5th May – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Edgelarks
Friday 3rd May – Albany Arts Festival, Albany, WA

Flat Rock Boys
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – Northern Beaches Music Festival, North Narrabeen, NSW

Flats and Sharps
Saturday 4th May – Manjimup Hotel, Manjimup, WA
Tuesday 7th May – Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Wednesday 8th May – Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Pan-Pacific Grand Prix, Rees Lucia, Indira Elias
Wednesday 8th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 3rd May – New Hall, Point Lonsdale, VIC
Saturday 4th May – Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery, Cororooke, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Old Gold Rush Pub, Steiglitz, VIC
Friday 10th May – House Concert, Boreen Point, QLD

Freya Josephine Hollick
Sunday 5th May – Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Grigoryan Brothers
Wednesday 8th May – St Paul’s Anglican Church, Cooma, NSW
Thursday 9th May – Twyford Hall, Merimbula, NSW
Friday 10th May – St Peter’s Anglican College, Canberra, ACT

Grizzlee Train
Friday 3rd May – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Hayley Marsten
Sunday 5th May – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Henry Wagons
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May – Meatstock Sydney, Sydney Showground, Sydney, NSW

Honey
Sunday 5th May – Dromedary Hotel, Tilba, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 9th May – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Friday 10th May – Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookstore, Sydney, NSW

Illawarra Folk Club Presents: A Celebration of Pete Seeger’s 100th Birthday feat. Maurie Mulheron, The Lurkers, Sally Forth, Paul Spencer
Saturday 4th May – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Irish Seisiún
Sunday 5th May – Croatian Wickham Sports Club, Newcastle, NSW

Jacob Diamond
Friday 3rd May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Johnson
Friday 3rd May – Finders Keepers Markets, Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th May – Mt Stromlo Observatory, Canberra, ACT

Kallidad
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 3rd May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th May – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Sunday 5th May – God’s Kitchen, Mornington, VIC

Liam Gale & The Ponytails
Thursday 9th May – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Lily and King
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

Little Georgia w/ Charm of Finches
Saturday 4th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Little Quirks
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May – Meatstock Sydney, Sydney Showground, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Mal Webb
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Mandy Connell
Friday 10th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Mànran
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 3rd May – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Club York, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Matt Ward
Friday 3rd May – Stein’s Taphouse, Nuriootpa, SA
Saturday 4th May – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 5th May – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Meatstock Sydney
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May – Sydney Showground, Sydney, NSW

Medusa’s Wake, Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Bottlers
Saturday 4th May – The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Melbourne Celtic Piping Session
Sunday 5th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission
Saturday 4th May – Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Thursday 9th May – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 10th May – Banyena Town Hall, Banyena, VIC

Mojo Juju
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May – Meatstock Sydney, Sydney Showground, Sydney, NSW

Nat Henry
Sunday 5th May – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Nathan Power
Sunday 5th May – Daylesford Cider Company, Musk, VIC
Friday 10th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Nicola Hayes & Hélène Brunet
Friday 3rd May – Shedshaker Brewery, Castlemaine, VIC

Northern Beaches Music Festival
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – Narrabeen RSL, North Narrabeen, NSW

Penelope Swales
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Quinton Trembath
Saturday 4th May – The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Rezza House Concert feat. Dan Howls
Sunday 5th May – House Concert, Reservoir, VIC

Rick Hart Trio
Sunday 5th May – Mitcham Social, Mitcham, VIC

Riley Pearce
Friday 3rd May – Secret Show, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Secret Show, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5th May – Secret Show, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 10h May – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

Rosie McDonald & Nigel Lever
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – Northern Beaches Music Festival, North Narrabeen, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

Ruby Gill
Friday 10th May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Russell Morris
Friday 3rd May – Freo Social, Fremantle, WA
Friday 10th May – Paddington RSL, Sydney, NSW

Sara Storer
Friday 3rd May – Macksville Ex-Services Club, Macksville, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Casino RSM Club, Casino, NSW
Friday 10th May – Hamilton Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 8th May – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sebastian Field
Friday 3rd May – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Shane Nicholson
Saturday 4th May – The Barn at Wombat Flat, Neales Flat, SA
Sunday 5th May – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Saturday 4th May – The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th May – Galleria, Ettalong Beach, NSW

Slim Dime
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

Smith & Jones
Friday 3rd May – The Agrestic Grocer, Orange, NSW

Songlines Singing Session
Sunday 5th May – The Australian Heritage Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Stu Tyrrell
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – Northern Beaches Music Festival, North Narrabeen, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 4th May – Annandale Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

The BUg Weekly Tues New Farm Folk Night feat. The Swing Beans, 3 Miles From Texas
Tuesday 7th May – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

The Djangologists
Wednesday 8th May – Jazz Behind the Green Door, Sydney, NSW

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD
Friday 10th May – The Surf Club Palm Cove, Cairns, QLD

The Little Stevies
Friday 3rd May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The Long Johns, Whiskey Dram
Friday 10th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Maes
Wednesday 8th May – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 10th May – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

The Ocelots
Friday 3rd May – NEA Gallery, Benalla, VIC
Saturday 4th May – The Old Church on the Hill, Quarry Hill, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Daylesford Cider Company, Musk, VIC
Friday 10th May – Duke of George, Fremantle, WA

The Pigs
Friday 10th May – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Planting Festival
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – Woodfordia, QLD

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

The Slipdixies
Sunday 5th May – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May – Meatstock Sydney, Sydney Showground, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 8th May – Different Drummer, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 9th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The Trippy Hippy Band
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – Northern Beaches Music Festival, North Narrabeen, NSW

The Vegetable Plot
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

This Way North
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

Tiffany Eckhardt & Dave Steel
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

Tiny Ruins w/ Ryan Downey
Friday 3rd May – Sound Doctor, Angelsea Hall, Angelsea, VIC
Saturday 4th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 8th May – UOW UniBar, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 9th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Totally Gourdgeous
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife w/ Georgia State Line
Sunday 5th May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Traditional Graffiti
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – Northern Beaches Music Festival, North Narrabeen, NSW

Tullara
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Whoa Mule, Jess Dale, Daisy and the Space Leopards
Saturday 4th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

William Crighton
Friday 3rd May – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 4th May – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Wednesday 8th May – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 9th May – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Friday 10th May – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Wintermoon Festival
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Camerons Pocket, QLD

Yirramboi Festival feat. Dan Sultan, Alice Skye, Kalaji
Sunday 5th May – Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“#41” – Dave Matthews Band

New Music Monday – 29th April

Aldous Harding
Image Courtesy of Aldous Harding

Welcome to the first edition of New Music Monday where we collect some of our favourite tracks and videos from the previous week for your listening pleasure. As this is the first one of these we’re reaching back a little further than just one week, with a collection of songs we’ve been obsessing over for the last month or so. Enjoy!

Alana Wilkinson – “Partner In Crime”

Australian folk singer Alana Wilkinson’s new single “Partner In Crime” perfectly captures the nostalgia of childhood as well as being a poignant tribute to a childhood friend who has sadly passed away.

“I needed to write a song that painted a picture of the colourful friendship we shared as kids,” Wilkinson explained. I think you’ll agree the result is something special.

Aldous Harding – “The Barrel”

Last Friday New Zealand bassed singer-songwriter Aldous Harding released her third album Designer which features this stunning track “The Barrel”. I can definitely hear the influence of Nick Drake in the finger-picked guitar and production of “The Barrel” and Harding’s vocals are mesmerising. Maybe my favourite song of hers to date.

Anna Smyrk – “Benjamin”

Victorian folk singer Anna Smyrk has been popping up on radar a lot over the last few months. I managed to catch a couple of songs at her recent National Folk Festival blackboard set and she’s just come off the back of a weekend at the St Alban’s Folk Festival.

Smyrk’s new single “Benjamin” is inspired by her travels to places like the Solomon Islands, Cambodia and the Philippines and features a really sweet backing track of guitar, mandolin, dobro and bass. The track will likely feature on an EP that Smyrk has planned for later in the year and she’s got a bunch of tour dates throughout the east coast in the coming weeks:

Wednesday 1st May – Scullion Sessions, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 5th May – The Folk Studio, Armidale, NSW
Tuesday 7th May – Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 8th May – Can You Keep a Secret?, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 9th May – City Sounds, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th May – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW
Friday 14th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Bear’s Den – “Crow”

Another beautiful song and video, this time from UK favourites Bear’s Den.

“The song “Crow” was written in memory of my Mum’s boyfriend who lived with us growing up,” Bear’s Den lead singer Andrew Davie explained. “He was an awesome guy and somewhere between a father figure and a best friend to me growing up but unfortunately he passed away when I was 15. I wrote this song as I wanted to acknowledge how important and thankful I am to him for helping to raise me and my sister.”

This is taken from the band’s latest album So That You Might Hear Me, released last week, and is probably our favourite song from the release.

Citizen Of The World – “Deep Blue Eyes”

The evolution of Sydney’s Citizen Of The World continues with the release of their new track “Deep Blue Eyes”. A lot of the folk influences of their earlier work have been softened as the band moves towards a more expansive indie sound similar to the likes of Winterbourne, Dean Lewis or Vance Joy.

“Deep Blue Eyes” is taken from the band’s new EP Window To Your Mind which they’ll be launching this Friday 3rd May at Lazybones Lounge in Sydney,

Courtney Marie Andrews – “May Your Kindness Remain (Acoustic)”

Our favourite track of 2018 gets given the stripped back, acoustic treatment by US singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews. While not being too far from the original, this version of “May Your Kindness Remain” does get to the essence of what makes this a great song – and so much of it is about Andrews’ amazing voice.

“May Your Kindness Remain” is one of four acoustic tracks Courtney Marie Andrews has released to celebrate the one year anniversary of her amazing album of the same name. The other tracks – “I Took You Up”, “Rough Around The Edges” and “Border” are available to stream and download in all the usual places.

Garrett Kato – “River Mouth (Live Forest Session)”

There’s something really special about this live video recording of Australian/Canadian singer-songwriter Garrett Kato’s latest single “River Mouth”. I’m a sucker for a finger-picked guitar and evocative lyrics to “River Mouth” is right up my alley. “River Mouth” is taken from Kato’s upcoming EP Distant Land which is due for release this coming May.

Hussy Hicks – “Get Ready”

Hussy Hicks channel their inner-Mavis Staples for this slice of soul infused magic. “Get Ready” is the Australian duo’s first release since their 2017 album On The Boundaries and dropped right before their recent performance at Bluesfest.

James Bennett – “Weird World”

Prolific roots singer-songwriter James Bennett has just dropped his new “Weird World” as a sneak peak into what we can expect from his upcoming third album This Time Tomorrow.

“The single Weird World is a song about the times we live in, how lucky we are just to be here and observing the show from the sidelines,” Bennett explained. “It’s an upbeat, cant get it outta your head kinda song.”

Joe Mungovan – “Lost Myself”

Kiama based singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan has really doubled down on the clean, expansive production for his latest single “Lost Myself”. The track was written after an extensive tour of Europe and Australia

“After I came back from touring overseas I rented a house in the bush and set up my studio for a few months,” Mungovan explain. “I was strumming on my dad’s old nylon string guitar that I took out there and “Lost Myself” sort of just fell out. It was the last song that I wrote whilst in that house and by then I had spent far too much time alone. I guess the song comes from a place of solitude and confusion. It is easy for me when I’m in that situation to live in my head and get lost in different thoughts and questions. That is the beauty but also the downside of isolation.”

John Smith – “Hummingbird”

Every time the new single, “Hummingbird”, from UK based folk singer John Smith has crossed my ears in the last few weeks I’ve sat up and paid attention. I don’t know what it is about this track – I think it’s absolutely stunning. Everything from Smith’s vocals to the simple arrangement it pitch pefect.

“Hummingbird” is taken from John Smith’s new album of the same name and is one of only a handful of originals amongst mainly traditionals on the record.

“The song itself is really the catalyst for the whole album,” Smith explained. “I didn’t want to give it a title that belonged to something someone else wrote 100 years ago. So when I sat down to write, “Hummingbird” came out of me really quickly, within an hour. It’s the rare song that tumbled out, and I was lucky to capture all the pieces. As soon as it arrived I thought, “This is the glue that’s gonna hold the whole thing together”.”

Justin Townes Earle – “Frightened by the Sound”

American singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle returns with “Frightened by the Sound”, a track that sounds like, well, a Justin Townes Earle song (and trust us, that’s a good thing). This is the latest taste of Earle’s upcoming album The Saint Of Lost Causes, due on the 24th May.

Kasey Chambers – “Hey Girl”

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of her debut album Kasey Chambers will be releasing a deluxe edition of The Captain on the 17th May complete with this recently unearthed track “Hey Girl”. I love this song for the nostalgia of classic Kasey Chambers.

Madison Violet – “Tell Me”

Canadian duo Madison Violet have gone deeply autobiographical on their new single and video “Tell Me”. The track details a time early in their career where they formed a band and became a couple – something they were advised to hide by some industry folk.

I think you’ll agree this is a pretty special track.

Ordinary Elephant – “Jenny & James”

Were you lucky enough to catch Ordinary Elephant when they toured Australia recently? Amazing, right?

The duo’s latest single “Jenny & James” tells the story of an interracial couple struggling to keep their relationship together with a society that doesn’t approve. It is taken from their album Honest which will be available this Friday 3rd May.

Radical Face – “Doubt”

Following the expansive folk songs of his The Family Tree three album project, Ben Cooper, AKA Radical Face has started to explore other parts of his sound. The latest single from Radical Face, “Doubt”, sparkles with eighties synths and a driving drum beat while still championing Cooper’s unique indie-folk vocal style. “Doubt” is taken from Radical Face’s latest album Therapy which was released last Friday.

The Leisure Society – “A Bird, A Bee, Humanity”

Ok, I’m a huge fan of English folk-rock band The Leisure Society, but I had absolutely no idea that they had a new record out (Arrivals & Departures for those playing at home). “A Bird, A Bee, Humanity” is their latest single and I doubt I’m the only one who things the opening refrain sounds very very like the theme for the Serial podcast. I’ll just leave that there.

The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2015

Christmas Boots

It’s Christmas Eve which means it’s time for Timber and Steel’s traditional wrap up of the best folky Christmas songs of the year. If you’re like us and you love Christmas songs and carols then you’re in for a treat.

We hope you have a safe and merry Christmas wherever you find yourself this year. We look forward to folking with you in the New Year!

Kaitlyn Baker – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Sondre Lerche & Jherek Bischoff – “Surviving Christmas”

The Felice Brothers – “Carriage”
Why The Felice Brothers haven’t thought to do a Christmas album titled Felice Navidad before now is mind boggling. Here’s the first single from the album, “Carriage”.

Red Sky July – “Save Christmas Day for Me”

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant – “Light of Christmas Day”
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant reunite for this contribution to the Christmas movie Love The Coopers. The video is peppered with movie dialogue which can get annoying but it’s still great to see Krauss and Plant together again.

Robert Pollard – “What Begins on New Years Day”

The Bandana Splits – “Silent Night”
The three part harmonies from Annie Nero, Dawn Landes and Lauren Balthrop on their The Bandana Splits are just stunning.

Phil Cunningham feat. Eddi Reader – “Santa Will Find You”
Phil Cunningham brings together some of folk music’s best for his Christmas album Phil’s Christmas Songbook. The lead single, “Santa Will Find You”, features none other than Eddi Reader

Joseph Bradshaw – “Christmas is Always”

Kyle Cox – “Don’t Make My Christmas Blue”

Kids – “In The Bleak Midwinter”

Kate Miller-Heidke ft. The Beards – “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas”
Probably the best comedy Christmas release of the year. Don’t listen to this one too loudly at work.

Peter Joseph Head – “Boxing Day”

Stylus Boy – “Oh Little Town”

The Leisure Society – “2000 Miles”
The Leisure Society cover The Pretenders for their Christmas single this year. I love this track!

Burrowing – “The Morn Of Christmas Day”

Smoke Fairies – “Wild Winter”

Kate Rusby – “The Frost is all Over”
The stunning Kate Rusby brings her amazing voice to this Christmas classic, taken from her Christmas album of the same name.

Lindsay Straw – “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear”

Boom Forest – “The Holly & The Ivy”
I love the way this traditional Christmas song has been given a contemporary sound by Boom Forest.

Matt Costa – “Many Memories Ago”
Roots singer-songwriter Matt Costa turns up the Christmas nostalgia with his track “Many Memories Ago”.

Lily Lambert – “Carol Of The Bells”

Sufjan Stevens – “Christmas Unicorn”
It wouldn’t be a list of Christmas songs without something from Sufjan Stevens. While this track came out in 2012 it’s just been given a brand new lyric video and thus qualifies for our 2015 list.

Amy Yon – “Winter”

Loralee Jessen Nicolay – “Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella”

Leaf Pile – “Deck The Halls”

Tides Of Winter – “Angels”

Sivu – “The Christmas Song”

Unwaxed Raiment – “The First Noel”

Folk Uke – All I Want For Christmas”

Marika Hackman – “River”

Elouise – “Silent Night”

The Maple Trail – “Star Wars (Is Coming Out This Christmas)”
Here it is folks – the most important Christmas song of the year. Not only do we get a Christmas folk song about Star Wars, this is also the first recorded music from The Maple Trail in a long long time.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Canadian fiddler April Verch released her new video “Belle Election”. Details here

Passenger announced his new album Whispers II. Details here

Bellowhead released their new video “Roll Alabama”. Details here

– US duo The Milk Carton Kids announced details of their new album Monterey. Details here

Dan Managan + Blacksmith released their new video “Mouthpiece”. Details here

– Melbourne singers Fraser A Gorman and Leah Senior released a version of “Blues Run The Game”. Details here

– Sydney artists Direwolf and Willowy announced a co-headline east coast tour. Details here

– The inaugural Bello Winter Music Festival announced its lineup including The Milk Carton Kids, Ash Grunwald, TinPan Orange, Marlon Williams, The Wilson Pickers, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Perch Creek, Jack Carty, Karl S Williams, The Mid North, The Button Collective, Starboard Cannons, Sara Tindley, Oh Pep! and many many more. Details here

Vance Joy released his new video “Georgia”. Details here

– UK based chamber-folk band The Leisure Society released their new single “The Fine Art of Hanging On”. Details here

– Adelaide’s Thom Lion & The Tamers have released their new single “Emily”. Details here

Interviews

“We’ve never been on the [National Folk Festival] program before but we have actually played a couple of times as part of the MoFo concert or The Flute & Fiddle asked us to play. We always love doing a blackboard because we have members that are part of other acts, different conglomerates of different things so we’re usually down there. Apart from last year where we didn’t actually play at all as Chaika I think for the last four or five years we’ve had a play around somewhere on The National. But yeah, this is our first time on the program” – Laura Bishop from Chaika chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We’re looking forward to The National, really excited. This will be my second year – I had a massive ball last year, it’s one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to. We’re looking forward to lots of music, lots of late nights at the session bar and lots of tunes from all our friends from Australia and beyond” – Mairead Hurley from Restless Legs chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We had this discussion with the band just before we started rehearsing for The National and we decided because we haven’t played Canberra that much, and a lot of people wouldn’t recognise those songs, we’re playing mainly from An Ear To The Earth. I have a couple of new songs which we ended up not having the time to rehearse and just wanted to stick with the songs that were strong”Mark Moldre chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“The folk scene here is amazing. Where we were before in Lismore, if we played three or four gigs a week we’d flood the market in one week and have to wait six months to play any more gigs. Here we can do it as much as we want. And the bands around Sydney in the folk scene have been really supportive, giving us gigs or contacts. It’s amazing”The Button Collective chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We find when we’re put in the folk festival circuit you get lots of people coming up and saying “this is great that they’ve put some comedy in”. It gives people an opportunity to relax or laugh a little bit. Some folk music can be quite heavy, some of the topics that they talk about can be quite dark or heavy. I totally think it lends itself to comedy. But there’s not a lot of folk comedy people out there so it’s good to get a chance to share what we do”Sparrow-Folk chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“When we were younger and we were being called “bearers of the tradition” there was a weight with that. We felt like we couldn’t touch the traditional song much. With this album we’ve really rearranged the songs to suit our purposes” – Ruth Hazleton from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“It’s a bit of a different thing I did with this album [The Wayside Ballads Vol 1]. The last two albums, I did both of those in the US and they were very acoustic based. I had these songs lying around and a good friend of ours Shannon Bourne, who’s a great guitar player, said “let’s try and do an electric album. The story’s still at the centre of the songs but it’s just a different approach to it. We picked these ten songs and went in and did them – I think it took us about a day and a half to record them. It was all done pretty much live. And I had some great players in there – we hadn’t rehearsed or anything like that so it was all pretty organic in that regards. I’m really happy with the way it turned out”Bill Jackson chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Eddie Boyd
A Lover and a FoolEddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
iTunes

Emily Barker
The Toerag SessionsEmily Barker
iTunes

Windfall
WindfallJoe Pug
iTunes

Sufjan
Carrie & LowellSufjan Stevens
iTunes

Mountain Goats
Beat The ChampThe Mountain Goats
iTunes

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National Folk Festival

National Folk Festival

How could we not choose The National Folk Festival as this weeks gig pick. It’s going to be a cracker of a festival – will we see you there?

Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – Canberra, ACT

Gigs Next Week

Alabama Shakes
Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 9th April – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Friday 10th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Perth, WA

Bluesfest
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – Byron Bay, NSW

Brad Butcher
Thursday 9th April – 12 Bar Blue, Cairns, QLD

Darren Hanlon
Friday 3rd April – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 9th April – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 10th April – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

David Gray
Sunday 5th April – Palais, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Sunday 5th April – The Juke Joint Stage, Bluesfest Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 6th April – The Juke Joint Stage, Bluesfest Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 9th April – Lefties Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th April – The Currumbin Creek Tavern, Currumbin, QLD

Elwood Myre
Wednesday 8th April – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 9th April – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 10th April – Cardigan Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Fairbridge Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April – Pinjarra, WA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Siskin River
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Frank Turner
Sunday 5th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 6th April – Amplifier, Perth, WA
Wednesday 8th April – Unibar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 9th April – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 10th April – The Basement, Canberra, ACT

Heartstring Quartet
Wednesday 1st to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 5th April – Narooma, NSW

Jake Shimabukuro
Sunday 5th April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 6th April – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Wednesday 8th April – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Thursday 9th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

John Flanagan
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, WA

Jordie Lane
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Justin Townes Earle w/ Sam Outlaw
Friday 3rd April – Boogie, Tallarook, VIC
Sunday 5th April – Byron Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 9th April – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 10th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 3rd April – Blenheim Music Festival, Blenheim, SA
Sunday 5th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Kim Richey
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Lucie Thorne
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Lucy Wise Trio
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April – Fairbridge Festival, WA

Man From Snowy River Bush Festival
Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th April – Corryong, VIC

Marlon Williams
Thursday 9th April – Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

National Folk Festival
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – Canberra, ACT

Nuala Kennedy
Friday 3rd to Monday 8th April – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Friday 14th April – Fairbridge Music Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Pokey LaFarge
Wednesday 8th April – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 9th April – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th April – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 7th April – The Palais, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th April – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Roland Kay-Smith
Thursday 9th April – The Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Friday 10th April – Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW

Sam Buckingham
Sunday 5th April – Pyramids Road Wines, Ballandean, QLD
Thursday 9th April – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Skyscraper Stan And The Commission Flats
Saturday 4th April – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 5th April – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Steve Smyth
Saturday 4th to Monday 6th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 10th April – Four 5 Nine, Perth, WA

The String Contingent
Saturday 4th April – Flute & Fiddle, National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Friday 10th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Timberwolf
Friday 3rd April – Blenheim Camping and Music Festival, SA

Winterbourne
Saturday 4th to Monday 6th April – Fremantle Street Arts Festival, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 9th April – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10 April – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Sunday 5th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Jim Shank” – April Verch

Listen to the New Leisure Society Single “The Fine Art Of Hanging On”

The Leisure Society
Image Courtesy of The Leisure Society

UK chamber-folk band The Leisure Society have just released the title track to their upcoming album The Fine Art Of Hanging On. The album itself is due on the 13th April – take a listen to “The Fine Art Of Hanging On” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Queensland singer-songwriter Hannah Robinson released her new video “Midnight Hour”. Details here

Justin Townes Earle returns to Australia this April with Sam Outlaw in tow. Details here

– Nashville based, Grammy award winning, alt-country singer-songwriter Kim Richey announced her Australian tour dates. Details here

The Mountain Goats have announced details of their upcoming professional wrestling themed concept album Beat The Champ. Details here

Sam Buckingham released her new single “Down The Rabbit Hole” as well as announcing a raft of Australian tour dates. Details here

– European-based Australian singer-songwriter Phia is back in the country with some tour dates. Details here

Jim Lawrie released his new single “Good Old Days”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Sweet Jean announced the release of a 7″ Vinyl featuring two new songs, “I See Stars” and “Still Here”. Details here

The Felice Brothers have announced headline dates when they’re in the country supporting Conor Oberst. Details here

– Canadian indie-folk band Great Lake Swimmers have released their new single “Zero in the City”. Details here

– Canadian folk singer Ruth Moody has announced an Australian tour. Details here

The Leisure Society released their new video “Tall Black Cabins”. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features announced its return with a February lineup that includes Jacob Pearson, Hannah Robinson, Vanessa Caspersz and Josh Chamberlin. Details here

Josh Rennie-Hynes, Liam Gerner and Caitlin Harnett have announced a joint tour this March. Details here

Bear’s Den released their new video “Agape”. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Timberwolf has announced dates for a national tour starting this month. Details here

The Tallest Man on Earth has announced a new album Dark Bird Is Home. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Taryn La Fauci has announced details for her EP launch show next month. Details here

Sam Lee & Friends released their version of the track “Blackbird”. Details here

Releases This Week

Rhiannon Giddens
Tomorrow Is My TurnRhiannon Giddens
iTunes

Subirdia
SuBIRDiaSparrow-Folk
iTunes

Steve Earle
TerraplaneSteve Earle & The Dukes
iTunes

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The Once w/ Georgia Mooney

The Once

Fresh from their tour supporting Passenger around Australia, Canadian trio The Once are trading in stadiums for the intimate surrounds of Sydney’s Brighton Up Bar tonight for what’s bound to be a very special gig. And even better, they have Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas) opening for them.

Friday 13th February – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alanna Eileen
Friday 13th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 19th February – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 13th February – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th February – Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 15th February – C.EX, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Wednesday 18th February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 20th February – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW

Ann Vriend
Friday 13th February – Dodges Ferry, Tas
Saturday 14th February – Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart, Tas
Saturday 14th February – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, Tas
Sunday 15th February – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, Vic
Monday 16th February – School Concert, Bendigo, Vic
Thursday 19th February – Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Friday 20th February – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Archer
Wednesday 18th February – Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Stillhouse Union, The Plough
Wednesday 18th February – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Brothers & Sisters – The Music of O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Friday 20th February – Teatro 1, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, WA

CW Stoneking
Friday 13th February – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 14th February – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Sunday 15th February – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 17th February – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 18th February – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Thursday 19th February – Pier One @ Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 20th February – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Shane Howard, Joe Flower and Harmony Breeze
Saturday 14th February – William Street Studios, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan
Friday 13th February – Live At The Wharf, Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS
Saturday 14th February – Fresh on Charles, Launceston, TAS
Wednesday 18th February – The Yarra Hotel, Abbottsford, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 13th February – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Kyneton Music Festival
Friday 20th and Saturday 21st February – Kyneton, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 13th February – Dues Ex Machina, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 19th February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th February – Kyneton Music Festival, Kyneton, VIC

Mandy Connell with Tom Ciccone
Thursday 19th February – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Phia
Friday 13th February – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 20th February – Longplay, Melbourne, VIC

Rowena Wise
Friday 20th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Ruth Moody
Thursday 19th February – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Sam Brittain and Amistat
Friday 13th February – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. Machine Translations, Broads
Wednesday 18th February – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Once w/ Georgia Mooney
Friday 13th February – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Last Of The Melting Snow” – The Leisure Society

The announcement of a new album from The Leisure Society had me diving back into their back catalogue which inevitably landed me on the track that made me fall in love with them to begin with.

Watch the New Video From The Leisure Society, “Tall Black Cabins”

The Leisure Society
Image Courtesy of The Leisure Society

Having just announced plans to release their new album The Fine Art Of Hanging On The Leisure Society have just revealed their new video “Tall Black Cabins”. Check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The original nu-folk band Calexico have announced plans to release a new album Edge of the Sun. Details here

– Adelaide’s Sam Brittain has headed out on an east coast tour with Amistat. Details here

– Brisbane duo Hollow Coves released their new single “The Woods”. Details here

The Heartstring Quartet are definitely a band to watch when they make their way to Australia this month. Details here

– NSW based singer-songwriter Alex Hallahan released his new single “Tangle For Two”. Details here

– Old-time troubadour Archer released his new video “Garden”. Details here

Hozier announced two headline dates when he’s here for Bluesfest in, you guessed it, Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Brisbane band Elbury are streaming their new EP Demasquerade. Details here

– American folk acts Shakey Graves and Shovels & Rope will be touring Australia in March. Details here

The Timbers will be performing at The Jade Monkey in Adelaide tonight supported by … themselves? Details here

– New York based singer-songwriter MacKenzie Shivers released her new single “Orphan Song”. Details here

– Iconic Sydney folk venue The Shack turns 50 this weekend with a celebratory concert. Details here

– The Festival of Small Halls Australia is back again this Autumn taking Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys and Siskin River from the Port Fairy Folk Festival to the National Folk Festival via regional towns and centres. Details here

– Regular Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s returns for 2015 with performances from Stillhouse Union and The Plough. Details here

– American singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge has announced an Australian tour in April. Details here

Iron & Wine and Rhiannon Giddens released a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”. Details here

– The very buzz worthy Rowena Wise has released a new single, “Words”, and added a bunch of tour dates. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Clea released her single “Polyester”. Details here

– UK chamber-folk band The Leisure Society have announced a new album The Fine Art of Hanging On. Details here

– Sydney duo Elwood Myre released their new video “California”. Details here

– Regular Sydney night Fairlight Folk has announced its February lineup including Shane Howard (Goanna) and Joe Flower & Harmony Breeze. Details here

José González released his new video “Leaf Off / The Cave”. Details here

Reviews

Recordings

“Not to say this isn’t a great album – it certainly is. There are a lot of highlights throughout. But it’s not the kind of album I can enjoy from start to finish, not the way I can with Down from the Mountain or even the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack (the intentionally terrible “Please Mr. Kennedy” aside). And I think it’s for a number of reasons”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the live album Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis. Review here

“Deep in the heart of the EP’s four tracks I can still hear the same singer-songwriter strumming away on her guitar that I fell in love with five years ago”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the new EP from Emmy The Great, S. Review here

Releases This Week

The April Maze
Sleeping StormThe April Maze
iTunes

Elwood Myre
Elwood MyreElwood Myre
Bandcamp

Father John Misty
I Love You, HoneybearFather John Misty
iTunes

The Pigs
The Pigs’ Home Brew: 13 Aussie ClassicsThe Pigs
iTunes

Ryan Bingham
Fear and Saturday NightRyan Bingham
iTunes

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The Timbers

The Timbers

Tonight Adelaide folk stalwarts The Timbers will be putting on a very special gig supported by themselves. That’s right – each member of The Timbers – Joe Man Murphy, Simon Basey and Benjamin Roberts – will be performing a solo set before the band get on stage. Has to be seen to be believed.

Friday 6th February – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Alanna Eileen
Friday 13th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 6th February – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 7th Fenruary – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 10th February – Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 11th February – Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD
Friday 13th February – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Ann Vriend
Friday 6th February – Mother’s Milk, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 7th February – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th February – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Tuesday 10th February – House Concert, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 12th February – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, Vic
Friday 13th February – Dodges Ferry, Tas

April Maze
Wednesday 11th February – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

CW Stoneking
Friday 6th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 7th February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 8th February – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Tuesday 10th February – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 11th February – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 13th February – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Joel Barker
Saturday 7th February – The Bird, Northbridge, WA

John Flanagan
Friday 6th February – The Bluebee room, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 7th February – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 11th February – The Yarra Hotel, Abbottsford, VIC
Thursday 12th February – Homestead Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Friday 13th February – Live At The Wharf, Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS

Kim Churchill
Friday 6th February – Amplifier Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 7th February – City of Stirling Summerset Arts Festival, Scarborough WA
Friday 13th February – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 13th February – Dues Ex Machina, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell with Tom Ciccone
Wednesday 11th February – Bar Oussou, Melbourne, VIC

Passenger
Saturday 7th February – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth, WA

Sam Brittain and Amistat
Sunday 8th February – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 10th February – Wood St House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 12th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th February – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. The Mae Trio, The Once
Wednesday 11th February – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Shack 50th Anniversary feat. Dave Calandra, New York Public Library, Grimick, Jim Jarvis, The Original Myd Lyfe Crysys
Saturday 7th February – The Shack, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 6th February – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Butterfly” and “Ships Are Sailing” – Nick Metcalf

“The Butterfly” is a standard in so many sessions and I’m trying to learn it. Which means watching a lot of videos on Youtube like this one.

The Leisure Society Announce New Album The Fine Art Of Hanging On

The Leisure Society
Image Courtesy of The Leisure Society

UK chamber-folk band The Leisure Society have this week announced plans to release their brand new album The Fine Art Of Hanging On. Due on the 13th April this will be the band’s first album since 2013’s Alone Aboard The Ark.

The Fine Art of Hanging On is a recurrent, linking theme, although this wasn’t an intentional concept album,” The Leisure Society frontman Nick Hemming explained. “It’s about clinging to something – be that a relationship, a career, or life itself. All the way through writing the album a friend of mine was battling cancer. I reached out by sending him the rough demos of this album. By giving him this access to the work in progress and by him giving feedback, we formed a close bond. Sadly he lost his battle, but his input and presence is there in the album.”

The full tracklisting as well as a stream of the album’s first single, “Tall Black Cabins”, is below:

1. The Fine Art Of Hanging On
2. Nothing Like This
3. Tall Black Cabins
4. The Undefeated Ego
5. Outside In
6. I’m A Setting Sun
7. You Are What You Take
8. You’ll Never Know When It Breaks
9. All Is Now
10. Wide Eyes At Villains
11. As The Shadows Form

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th March

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Passenger released the final in this series of weekly live videos, this time for the track “The Way It Goes” featuring Will and the People. Details here

Sam Amidon revealed details of a brand new album, Bright Sunny South, due in May. Details here

– “Jail Birds” is the brand new single from Tanya Batt and she’s offering it up as a free download. Details here

The Leisure Society have ventured into synth-pop territory for their new single “Fight For Everyone”, a track which also features a quirky animated video. Details here

– This Autumn will see four shows at The Toff in Town for Communion Melbourne, and for the first time they’re offering a discounted Season Pass ticket for all four shows. Details here

– And the full lineup for the first Communion Melbourne has been revealed headed up by Mustered Courage. Details here

Jordan Millar released his brand new video “Maps” from his excellent album Cold Lights On Curious Minds. Details here

Woodpigeon realsed his brand new video for “Red Rover, Red Rover”. Details here

– Celtic five-piece Claymore will be playing The Flying Saucer Club tonight. Details here

– Alabama Shakes front-woman Brittany Howard has teamed with Ruby Amanfu for the next 7″ single from Third Man Records. Details here

Mustered Courage have revealed details of their upcoming album Powerlines which they’ll be launching in May, along with the video for their new single “Cruel Alibis”. Details here

– Folk-pop duo She & Him revealed a new track from their upcoming album Volume 3, “Never Wanted Your Love”. Details here

Interviews

“Some people like the vibe or the concert or the dancing or the partying or whatever goes alongside the music but I think for folk audiences it’s about the songs and what the songs mean to them. It’s a very very important genre and I’m super stoked to be a part of it”Jordan Millar chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I love working with Hayden [Calnin], I am so comfortable to push the boundaries with him and hit bad notes et cetera, to try and discover new things within my voice to add. And, I mean I sat there with him throughout the whole entire process helping produce and mix the track, we don’t annoy each other that much so it’s great fun also”Tanya Batt chats to Janine Estoesta. Interview here

Reviews

Recordings

“This album showcases an evolution of Frightened Rabbit’s music structurally, stylistically and lyrically. The tracks range from anthemic synth beats to delicate folk lamentations, all conducted by the biting and reckless persona of their tenacious bearded front man”Lauren Moore reviews Pedestrian Verse from Frightened Rabbit. Review here

Gigs

“Upon multiple listens of Captain Apples prior to this long-awaited gig, this collective of six very talented and passionate musicians did not disappoint. In fact, they transcended all expectation and have solidified any reservations for their inevitable success”Janine Estoesta reviews Captain Apples. Review here

Releases This Week

The Beast In Its Tracks
The Beast In Its TracksJosh Ritter
iTunes

Creatures
CreaturesSleepy Dreamers
Bandcamp

Tales from Terra Firma
Tales From Terra FirmaStornoway
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Sarah Humphreys
Sarah Humphreys with Broni and Kat Arditto
Sunday 10th March – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Abigail Washburn and Kai Welch
Saturday 9th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 10th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 13th March – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 14th March – The Substation, Newport, VIC

Arlo Guthrie with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Tuesday 12th March – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 13th March – Octagon Theatre, Perth WA
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Katoomba, NSW

Bobby Alu
Thursday 14th March – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
Friday 15th March – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

Breaking Hart Benton
Friday 8th March – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD (with O’Little Sister)
Thursday 14th March – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 15th March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW (with Sarah Humphreys)

Brett Winterford
Friday 8th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 10th March – The Bombie Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 15th March – Mars Hill Cafe, Sydney, NSW

Claymore
Friday 8th March – The Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC

Damien Dempsey
Friday 15th March – The Bakery, Northbridge, WA

Dave Di Marco
Thursday 14th March – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th March – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC

Don’t Mention The Wall
Friday 8th March – Humph Hall, Allambie Heights, NSW
Saturday 9th March – Artists Shed, Queanbeyan, NSW
Sunday 10th March – Wongawilli Hall, NSW
15th to 16th March – Beechworth, Vic

Donavon Frankenreiter
Friday 8th March – Melbas, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Friday 8th March – Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta, QLD
Saturday 9th March – Komune, Coolangatta, QLD
Saturday 9th March – Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island, QLD
Sunday 10th March – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Sunday 10th March – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Eli Wolfe
Saturday 9th March – Town Sqaure, Port Headland, WA
Thursday 14th March – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Frogfest feat. The Barons of Tang, Takadimi, GrandMasterMonk and Dave Bova Band: Divina Commedia
Friday 15th March – Red Rattler Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 8th March – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC w/ The Yearlings
Saturday 9th March – Baby Black Cafe, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Monday 11th March – Moomba Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 13th March – The Government, Adelaide, SA w/ Ruthie Foster
Friday 15th March – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC w/ Ruthie Foster

Luka Bloom
Friday 8th March – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Sunday 10th March – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 12th March – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 13th March – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Saturday 9th March – A Day On The Green @ Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sunday 10th March – Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th March – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Nicola Hayes and Hélène Brunet
Friday 15th March – The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick Music Festival, VIC

Paul Brady
Friday 15th March – Celtic Club, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Kelly and Neil Finn
Saturday 9th March – Peterson’s Winery, Armidale, NSW
Sunday 10th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 11th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 12th March – Sydney Opera House, Syndey, NSW
Thursday 14th March – Kings Park, Perth, WA

Patrick James
Friday 15th March – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Port Fairy Folk Festival
8th to 11th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Sarah Humphreys
Saturday 9th March – Purepop Records, St Kilda, VIC
Sunday 10th March – The Workers Club, Fitzroy, VIC

Seth Lakeman
Friday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Saturday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Monday 11th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 12th March – Ararat Hotel, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 14th March – Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC

The Tallest Man on Earth
Friday 8th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 9th March – Golden Plains Festival, VIC
Sunday 10th March – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

The Tiger and Me
Friday 15th March – Elsternwick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Underscore Orkestra
Friday 8th March – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Friday 17th March – The Upfront Club, Maleny, Qld

Friday Folk Flashback

“Woman’s Work” – Tracy Chapman

To celebrate International Women’s Day we could have chosen any number of folky songs celebrating, recognising and telling the stories of women. But when it comes down to it any day we can find a reason to post some Tracy Chapman music is a good day. Enjoy.

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