Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Darren Hanlon released his new video “The Chattanooga Shoot Shoot”. Details here

– Sydney psych-folk band Liam Gale & The Ponytails have announced details of their debut album and east coast tour. Details here

– WA alt-country queen Ruby Boots releases her debut album next week and has a tour in May. Details here

Dear Orphans guitarist Nick Payne released his solo video “Old Sydney Town”. Details here

– Four of Australia’s brightest alt-country stars, Ruby Boots, Fanny Lumsden, Cookie Baker and Amber Rae Slade, have announced shows in Sydney and Melbourne as She Hangs Brightly. Details here

The Green Mohair Suits are throwing a good old fashioned bush dance in Sydney next week. Details here

– Sydney folk night MoFo at the Gaelic is holding its last show for “quite a while” tonight featuring Fat Cousin Skinny, Mandy Connell and Rebecca Bastoli. Details here

Joe Pug released his new video “Bright Beginnings”. Details here

Splendour in the Grass dropped their 2015 lineup including many Timber and Steel friendly artists like Of Monsters & Men, Ryan Adams, Boy & Bear, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, Dustin Tebbutt, Jenny Lewis, C.W. Stoneking and more. Details here

These Machines Cut Razor Wire have announced their 2015 fundraiser show featuring Jeff Lang Band, Kavisha Mazzelia, Les Thomas Band and Little Foot. Details here

The Tallest Man On Earth released the title track to his upcoming album “Dark Bird Is Home”. Details here

– Legendary Sydney alt-country singer Mark Lucas has released his new video “Tell The DJ”. Details here

The Melbourne Folk Club celebrates its first birthday this week with a sold out show and a super secret lineup. Details here

I’m With Her, the collaboration between Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still), released their video for the track “Crossing Muddy Waters”. Details here

– Scottish trio Lau released their new video “The Bell That Never Rang”. Details here

– Irish superstar Hozier has announced plans to tour Australia again in Spring. Details here

– Brisbane folk-rockers The Good Ship are calling it a day with farewell shows in Melbourne and Brisbane this May. Details here

Releases This Week

Alabama Shakes
Sound & ColorAlabama Shakes
iTunes

Mark Lucas
Little Town BluesMark Lucas
Laughing Outlaw Records

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The Melbourne Folk Club’s First Birthday Extravaganza

Melbourne Folk Club

Look we know this gig is sold out but if you have any way to beg, borrow or steal a ticket do it. The Melbourne Folk Club has become an institution and their their first birthday show, featuring 10 secret acts, is going to be amazing.

Wednesday 22nd April – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alex Edwards
Friday 24th April – Tall Poppy Studios, Brisbane, QLD

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Saturday 18th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Betty & Oswald
Friday 17th April – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave VIC
Saturday 18th April – The Espy, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 22nd April – Lass O’Growrie, Newcastle NSW
Thursday 23rd April – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen NSW

Bush Turkey Bush Dance w/ The Green Mohair Suits
Thursday 23rd April – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Brad Butcher
Thursday 23rd April – Frankies Pizza by the Slice, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th April – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

Bronte
Saturday 18th April – Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th April – The Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Friday 17th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 17th April – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 18th April – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 19th April – Towradgi Beach Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 23rd April – The Espy, St Kilda, VIC
Friday 24th April – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Elwood Myre
Friday 17th April – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Sunday 19th April – Steamfest, Hunter Valley, NSW
Thursday 23rd April – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Jordie Lane
Friday 17th April – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd April – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 23rd April – Beav’s Bar, Geelong VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty Music Festival, Mt Beauty, VIC

Justin Townes Earle w/ Sam Outlaw
Friday 17th April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 18th April – Anitas, Thirroul, NSW

Laura Jean and Aldous Harding
Saturday 18th April – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Liam Gale & the Ponytails
Friday 24th April – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW

Marlon Williams
Friday 17th April – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 18th April – Jimmy’s Den, Perth, WA

MoFo at the Gaelic feat. Fat Cousin Skinny, Mandy Connell, Rebecca Bastoli
Friday 17th April – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mt Beauty Music Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty, VIC

Packwood
Friday 17th April – Smith’s Alternative Book Shop, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th April – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th April – Black Bear Lodge, Bribane, QLD

Roland Kay-Smith
Wednesday 22nd April – Customs House Library, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd April – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, QLD

Rowena Wise
Friday 17th April – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd April – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 23rd April – Beav’s Bar, Geelong VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty Music Festival, Mt Beauty, VIC

St Albans Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – St Albans, NSW

Steve Smyth
Saturday 18th April – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Sunday 19th April – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Friday 24th April – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 17th April – Magpies City Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th April – The Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th April – The Reverencem, Melbourne, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club’s First Birthday Extravaganza
Wednesday 22nd April – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 17th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 18th April – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

The String Contingent
Friday 17th April – On The Rocks, North Rocks Community Church, North Rocks, NSW
Saturday 18th April – Berrima Smalls, Berrima, NSW
Wednesday 22nd April – Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 23rd April – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 10 April – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 11th April – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 17th April – Warrumbungle Food Festival, Coonabarabran, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Half Of What We Know” – Crooked Still

This is one of the songs that first introduced me to the wonderful music of Crooked Still and the amazing voice of Aoife O’Donovan.

Happy First Birthday to The Melbourne Folk Club

The Melbourne Folk Club
Image Courtesy of The Melbourne Folk Club

Ok, first thing’s first: The Melbourne Folk Club’s First Birthday Extravaganza is Sold Out. I’m sorry if you haven’t gotten your hands on tickets – it’s time to start ringing around to all your friends to see who has a spare one.

So we just wanted to congratulate The Melbourne Folk Club on a year of amazing music – we love your work guys! The Melbourne Folk Club has managed to achieve the ultimate, bringing together musicians from across the “folk” spectrum – including trad, indie, singer-songwriter, alt country, americana, bluegrass and more – into a single, special night.

If you do have tickets to The Melbourne Folk Club’s First Birthday Extravaganza next Wednesday 22nd April at the Toff in Town we’re extremely jealous. The night is set to see 10 secret acts take to the stage, taken from The Melbourne Folk Club’s huge roster of performers over the last year. We’ve heard rumours of who those acts are (thanks to some spoilers on the Wait Long By The River Podcast #17) and it sounds like it’s going to be amazing.

For more information on the The Melbourne Folk Club’s First Birthday Extravaganza check out the official Facebook invite here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Sun Kil Moon announced an Australian east coast tour. Details here

– The Decemberists revealed another new track, “The Wrong Year”. Details here

– American four-piece Lake Street Dive announced their first ever Australian tour. Details here

– Regular night The Melbourne Folk Club have announced their full Summer season. Details here

Joe Pug revealed his new single “If Still It Can’t Be Found” as well as details of his upcoming album. Details here

Jordie Lane has announced a 27-date tour next year. Details here

Interviews

“Coming out of Canberra faster than the Federal Highway or a politician with a dog-eared credit card, The Brass Knuckle Brass Band will explode everything you ever thought about brass bands, unless those thoughts are sexy, fun, dance, sweaty and more sexy” – Cameron Smith from The Brass Knuckle Brass Band chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Blog

– We picked our favourite holiday tracks of 2014 to give you the perfect folky Christmas playlist. Listen to them here

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Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford

At this time of year there’s only one show in town when it comes to folk music and that’s the Woodford Folk Festival. If you can’t make it up there this year stay tuned for our coverage over the coming week.

Saturday 27th December to Thursday 1st January – Woodfordia, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Folklore
Sunday 28th December – PJ O’Briens, Sydney, NSW

Gulgong Folk Festival
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th December – Gulgong, NSW

Nariel Creek Festival
Saturday 27th December to Saturday 3rd January – Nariel Creek, VIC

Timberwolf
Saturday 24th December – Ballarat Beer Festival, City Oval, Ballarat, VIC

Woodford Folk Festival
Saturday 27th December to Thursday 1st January – Woodfordia, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” – Yetis

Merry Christmas everyone!

The Melbourne Folk Club Announces Summer Season

Melbourne Folk Club
Image Courtesy of The Melbourne Folk Club

The Melbourne Folk Club is one of the success stories of 2014 – bringing amazing folk music, both Australian and international, to a regular night right in the heart of Melbourne.

The night takes place at Bella Union in Melbourne’s inner-North, mostly on Wednesdays but sometimes throughout the week to accommodate touring artists. The Melbourne Folk Club this week announced its summer season and the lineup is looking as strong as ever.

Check out the full line up from January through to the end of March below:

Wednesday 7th January – John Smith (UK) + Caitlin Harnett
Thursday 8th January – Unplugged show w/ The East Pointers (Canada) + Tolka
Wednesday 14th January – David Francey (CAN) + James Kenyon + Lucy Wise
Wednesday 21st January – Oh Pep! + Open Swimmer
Wednesday 28th January – Darren Hanlon + Laura Jean + Single Twin
Wednesday 4th February – Jeff Lang + Emma Swift + Matt Langley
Wednesday 11th February – The Mae Trio + The Once (Canada)
Wednesday 18th February – Machine Translations + Broads
Wednesday 25th February – Shane Howard (Album Launch) + Skyscraper Stan
Wednesday 4th March – Ruth Moody & Band (Canada) + Scott Cook (Canada) + Nadia Reid (NZ)
Wednesday 11th March – Jordie Lane (In Conversation + Concert)
Wednesday 18th March – Breabach (Scotland) + Stray Hens
Wednesday 25th March – All Our Exes Live in Texas + Kim Richey (US)

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The UK’s VerseChorusVerse released the new video for their track “Three”. Details here

– Bi-State brother-sister acoustic duo The Acfields released their brand new track “Grabbed Me By The Heart”. Details here

– The lack of Splendour sideshows for Nick Mulvey has been remedied with his announcement as Ben Howard’s support. Details here

The April Maze only have a handful of dates left before they head back overseas. Details here

– The wonderful new single from Pepa Knight, “Rahh!”, has a gorgeous new video. Details here

– The UK’s Monument Valley has just released his new single “Tattooed Fists”. Details here

Claude Hay and The Gentle Enemies are currently on tour and have just released their new animated clip “Borracho”. Details here

The Audreys have a new video out, “Baby, Are You There”, and a regional tour planned for June and July. Details here

– Seeing Sydney duo Falls (now with a dropped “The”) on Daytrotter was a “They’ve Made It!” moment for me. Details here

– In the last few weeks First Aid Kit have released two new videos for their tracks “My Silver Lining” and “Cedar Lane”. Details here

– Sydney’s Spookyland released their long awaited new single “The Silly Fucking Thing”. Details here

Al Parkinson released the video to her new single “Like This”. Details here

– While they’re in the middle of a regional tour Boy & Bear have announced another tour of capital cities this September. Details here

– The hugely successful Melbourne Folk Club have announced their June lineup including sets from Jack Carty, Lucie Thorne, Steve Smyth, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Matt Walters, Jackson McLaren, Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Tim Guy and many more. Details here

– To launch his new album Jackson McLaren & The Triple Threat has announced appearances at regular folk and accoustic nights in Sydney and Melbourne – The Melbourne Folk Club, Little Features and Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel. Details here

– Berlin based Australian singer Phia has teamed up with her producer Josh the Cat to cover David Bowie’s track “As The World Falls Down” from the movie Labyrinth. Details here

– Bluesgrass trio Nickel Creek have released the video for their new single “Destination”. Details here

– There’s a new Tracy McNeil album on the way, Nobody Ever Leaves, as well as a launch tour this June and July. Details here

Tiny Ruins return to Australia this July for a string of dates. Details here

– Doom folkers Graveyard Train are taking their new album Takes One To Know One on the road this June. Details here

– Sydney folk rock four-piece The Mountains have just released their new video “Amends”. Details here

Releases This Week

Conor Oberst
Upside Down MountainConor Oberst
iTunes

Jeff Lang
I Live A Lot In My Head These DaysJeff Lang
iTunes

Wagons
Acid Rain and Sugar CaneWagons
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Scott Matthew

Scott Matthew

Sunday 18th May -The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Al Parkinson w/ James Kenyon

Al Parkinson

This Saturday is the single launch for the wonderful Al Parkinson. If you’ve been to a folk gig in Melbourne the last year or so you’ve no doubt seen this very talented lady in the support slot. Now it’s time to support her headline show.

Saturday 17th May – The Aviary Creative Hub, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Al Parkinson w/ James Kenyon
Saturday 17th May – The Aviary Creative Hub, Melbourne, VIC

Boy & Bear
Friday 16th May – Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 17th May – Panthers, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18th May – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Wednesday 21st May – The Crow Bar @ CSU, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 22nd May – Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, NSW
Friday 23rd May – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT

Christopher Coleman Collective
Tuesday 20th May – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd May – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 23rd May – Saints and Sailors, Portarlington, VIC

Claude Hay
Friday 16th May – O’Neill’s Pub, Dickson, ACT
Saturday 17th May – The Lewisham Hotel, Lewisham, NSW
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th May – The Blues on Broadbeach Festival, QLD

Daniel Champagne
Friday 16th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 17th May – Diggers Tavern, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 18th May – Bangalow Bowling Club, Bangalow, NSW
Wednesday 21st May – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 22nd May – Four5Nine Bar, Perth, WA

Drawn From Bees
Saturday 17th May – Studio 188, Ipswich, QLD
Friday 23rd May – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Dustin Tebbutt
Friday 16th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd May – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd May – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD

Ella Hooper
Friday 16th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 17th May – Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers w/ Lacey Cole & The Lazy Colts
Thursday 22nd May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW

James Vincent McMorrow
Wednesday 21st May – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Friday 23rd May – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Kim Churchill
Friday 16th May – Electric Playground, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th May – Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 18th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 23rd May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise and Megan Bernard
Thursday 22nd May – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 16th May – Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 17th May – Conrad Jupiters Ballroom, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 18th May – Mission Beach Resort, Airlie Beach, QLD
Tuesday 20th May – Maraboon Tavern, Emerald, QLD
Wednesday 21st May – The Lionleigh Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Thursday 22nd May – Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Friday 23rd May – Gympie Civic Centre, Gympie, QLD

Melbourne Folk Club w/ Sal Kimber, Brendan Welch, Grand Salvo
Wednesday 21st May – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Owen Campbell
Friday 16th May — Goondiwindi River Jam, Goondiwindi, QLD
Saturday 17th May — Queensland Hotel, Goondiwindi, QLD
Sunday 18th May — Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD
Wednesday 21st May — The Joynt, South Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 22nd May — Blues on Broadbeach Festival, QLD

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Friday 23rd May – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Sam Brittain
Friday 16th May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th May – The Promethean Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 22nd May – The Ellington, Perth, WA

Scott Matthew
Sunday 18th May -The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Blues and Roots Festival Autumn Edition
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May – Windsor, NSW

The Acfields
Friday 23rd May – Babushka Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

The April Maze
Saturday 17th May – Sea Change Festival, Tomerong Hall, NSW
Sunday 18th May – Sea Change Festival, Tomerong Hall, NSW
Friday 23rd May – House Concert, Hunters Hill Tennis Club, Sydney, NSW

The Mountains
Saturday 17th May – The Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 22nd May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Timbers
Saturday 17th May – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

The Waifs
Wednesday 21st May – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 22nd May – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 16th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Todd Sibbin and the Acadian Driftwood
Friday 23rd May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Vance Joy
Friday 16th May – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd May – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Wagons
Thursday 22nd May – Pirie & Co Social Club, Adelaide, SA
Friday 23rd May – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Keep on the Sunny Side” – The Carter Family

Since going to the Bluegrass at Yulli’s jam on Wednesday I’ve had this song stuck in my head. Now it’s your turn.

Jackson McLaren & The Triple Threat Announce Album Launch Shows in Sydney and Melbourne

Jackson McLaren
Image Courtesy of Jackson McLaren & The Triple Threat

With their new album Songs To Greet The Dawn having just been released Jackson McLaren & The Triple Threat are about to officially launch the long player with shows in Sydney and Melbourne. The shows will take in spots at regular folk and singer-songwriter nights The Melbourne Folk Club, Little Features and Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 4th June – The Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th June – Little Features at Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th June – Menagerie, The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Tiny Ruins Announce Limited Australian Album Preview Shows

Tiny Ruins
Image Courtesy of Tiny Ruins

New Zealand buzz artist Tiny Ruins are heading to Australia for just over 24 hours to preview their new album Brightly Painted One which is for release on the 2nd May. While they’re in the country Tiny Ruins will be taking in two live radio performances – on RRR and 2SER – and a very special show at The Melbourne Folk Club. The shows are a quick stop of as Tiny Ruins head to Europe to support Neil Finn.

Check out the list of dates below:

Monday 14th April – Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 15th April – RRR Performance Space, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 15th April – 2SER Live At The Loft, Loft Bar, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne band Dan and Amy have released their new single “Pretend”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Oh Pep! have been busy touring recently but they’ve also managed to release their new video “Rest Assured”. Details here

William Fitzsimmons has released a beautiful live version of his track “Fortune”. Details here

– Sydney artist Willowy has released her new track “Waiting On You”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Dave Calandra released his brand new video “The Deluge”. Details here

– The two tracks that have emerged from the upcoming Eels album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett are definitely on the singer-songwriter side of the spectrum. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop has announced the details of his new album House of Jacks. Details here

The Gum Ball Festival has added a bunch of singer songwriters to its lineup including Steve Smyth, Melody Pool, David Garnham & The Reasons To Live and The Septembers. Details here

– “Crown the Pines”, the new single from S. Carey, features his Bon Iver bandmate Justin Vernon on backing vocals. Details here

– Ex-The Low Anthem member Mat Davidson has released his new single “Ashville Farm Remedy” from his Twain project. Details here

The Melbourne Folk Club will be launching a weekly live show in Melbourne from the April. Details here

– A beautiful live version of “Xavier” by Melody Pool has been doing the rounds. Details here

Lacey Cole and the Lazy Colts have been debuting a new video a week throughout March. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter VerseChorusVerse has released his whiskey soaked track “Common Prayer”. Details here

– Sydney band Yetis have released their new single “Kind Eyes” and will be touring it at the end of this month. Details here

Interviews

“I’m a lover of folk music, for me it’s a real passion … [but] I think you need to keep evolving as musicians whatever you do. For Mumford and Sons it made sense to make quite a similar [second] record I suppose but for us we were always going to do something different and we’ll probably do something different again the next time” – Tim Hart from Boy & Bear chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

I think the nice thing about playing in a band with more than one other person is that there’s something about the tunes that really get you going and it tends to be a very individual thing. One of the amazing things about getting to know Cam is his brain just works really differently on the tunes. Especially when he’s writing tunes he just comes up with stuff that when I hear it it just makes so much sense but I just never could have produced it myself – Hilary Glaisher from Tolka chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

CCC
Christopher Coleman CollectiveChristopher Coleman Collective
iTunes

Daniel Champagne
The Gypsy Moon – Volume IIDaniel Champagne
iTunes

o Vertigo
O Vertigo!Kate Miller-Heidke
iTunes

Micah P Hinson and the Nothing
Micah P. Hinson and the NothingMicah P. Hinson
iTunes

Phil Smith
Year of the DogPhil Smith
Bandcamp

Strangers
StrangersSimone Felice
iTunes

Till My Tears Roll Away
Til My Tears Roll AwayThe Audreys
iTunes

Twain
Life Labors in the ChoirTwain
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Presents

British Blues
The British Blues w/ Boy Outside, Emma Davis
Friday 21st March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Facebook Event

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Sásta and Tolka

Tolka

On Monday the world will turn green for St Patrick’s Day, with celebrations planned all over the country this weekend. St Patrick’s Day is a highlight of the folk calendar – it’s one of the few times of year that Irish trad music is in almost every pub. The must see gig this weekend takes place at The Gaelic Club in Sydney on Saturday night where two of Australia’s finest trad bands, Sásta and Tolka, take to the stage.

Saturday 15th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Adelaide Fringe Festival
Friday 14th February to Sunday 16th March – Adelaide, SA

Arbori w/ Colin Jones, Little Bighorn, Yetis
Saturday 15th March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Friday 14th March – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
Thursday 20th March – Ramsgate Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Billy Bragg
Sunday 16th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 18th March – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 19th October – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 20th March – Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st March – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th March – Katoomba, NSW

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 2nd to Sunday 16th March – Melbourne, VIC

Caitlin Park
Friday 21st March – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Christopher Coleman Collective
Saturday 15th March – Baby Black Espresso Bar, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Wednesday 19th March – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 20th March – The Music Man Megastore, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 21st March – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC

Glen Hansard with Lisa O’Neill
Friday 14th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Thursday 20th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Jordan Millar
Friday 14th March – Free The Wild Presents, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th March – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 16th March – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 21st March – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 21st March – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 14th March – YouAreHere Festival, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 15th March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st March – Rad @ Yours n Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Kate Crowley
Saturday 15th March – Montsalvat Barn Gallery, Eltham, VIC

Lior
Friday 14th March – Orange Civic Theatre, Orange, NSW
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Lost Ragas w/ Raised By Eagles
Friday 14th March – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Saturday 15th March – The Factory Floor, Marrickvile, NSW
Sunday 16th March – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 21st March – The Tote, Collingwood, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Thursday 20th March – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 21st March – Spirit Bar & Lounge, Traralgon, VIC

MoFo at The Gaelic feat. Catgut
Friday 14th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Peter Rowan
Friday 14th March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 18th March – Biddy Walsh’s Irish Pub, Orange, NSW
Wednesday 19th March – Lizottes, Sydney, NSW

Sásta and Tolka
Saturday 15th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Sydney St Patrick’s Day Festival
Sunday 16th March – Hyde Park, Sydney, NSW

The Beez
Friday 14th March – Old Mill Flour Gallery, Mildura, Vic
Saturday 15th March – Richmond, Vic
Sunday 16th March – Burrinja Café, Upwey, Vic
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Vic

The British Blues w/ Boy Outside, Emma Davis
Friday 21st March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

The Bottlers
Sunday 16th March – St Patricks Day Parade, Hyde Park, Sydney, NSW
Monday 17th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Good Ship
Saturday 15the March – Gluttony, Adelaide, SA
Friday 21st March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Little Stevies
Sunday 16th March – Gasworks, Brisbane, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 14th March – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th March – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Thursday 20th March –Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA

The Stray Sisters
Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, NSW
Tuesday 18th March – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 20th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

TinPan Orange
Sunday 16th March – Oakleigh Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st March – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March – Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” – SoKo

If you’ve watched the First Kiss video that’s been making waves on the net this week (and has been revealed as an ad for clothing company WREN) you may have wondered what the song was in the background. Well that song was “We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” by French artist SoKo (who was also behind the indie hit “I’ll Kill Her”) and it has a really sweet clip.

The Melbourne Folk Club Announces Weekly Shows From April

The Mae Trio
Image Courtesy of The Mae Trio

Beginning this April The Melbourne Folk Club have announced the launch of weekly events featuring some of the city’s (and country’s) finest singer-songwriters. And the lineup they have announced already reads like a who’s who of Timber and Steel favourites.

Kicking off on the 23rd April at Bella Union in Carlton, each night will feature two sets with the first set of the night generally involving multiple acts in the round, on stage together and alternating songs. The first month of artists includes the likes of Jordie Lane, The Little Stevies, The Davidson Brothers, Melody Pool, The Mae Trio (above), James Kenyon, Liz Stringer, Sal Kimber, Sweet Jean and many many more. See – we told you the lineup was good!

Tickets for the nights are on sale now – check out the official Melbourne Folk Club web site for details. The full lineup announcement (so far) is below:

Wednesday 23rd April
Set 1: Special International Guest
Set 2: Jordie Lane

Wednesday 30th April
Set 1: The Little Stevies & The Davidson Brothers
Set 2: Melody Pool

Wednesday 7th May
Set 1: The Mae Trio & James Kenyon
Set 2: Liz Stringer

Wednesday 14th May
Set 1: Mick Thomas & Suzannah Espie
Set 2: Marlon Williams

Wednesday 21st May
Set 1: Sal Kimber & Brendan Welch
Set 2: Grand Salvo

Wednesday 28th May
Set 1: Davey Lane & Sara Retallick (Jimmy Tait)
Set 2: Sweet Jean

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