New Music Monday – 8th July

Joe Pug
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Brittany Howard – “History Repeats”

Brittany Howard has stepped away from her amazing band The Alabama Shakes and will be launching her debut solo album Jaime on the 20th September. “History Repeats” is the funky first single from the album which seems to be mashing Prince, Beck and Howard’s own bluesy influences together into something really interesting.

“History Repeats is as much a personal song as it is a song about us as a human species,” Howard explains. “Our times of success may propel us forward, but our repeating failures hold us back from evolving into harmony.”

Chance McCoy – “Wander Wide”

Old Crow Medicine Show’s Chance McCoy is channelling Neil Young in his latest solo single “Wander Wide”. The track has a laid back, indie folk feel with finger-picked electric guitar and pedal steel coupled with McCoy’s double tracked vocals.

“Wander Wide” is taken from Chance McCoy’s upcoming solo album of the same name, due on the 20th September.

Joe Pug – “Exit”

I’ve been really getting back into Joe Pug recently thanks to his amazing The Working Songwriter podcast. So I’m pretty excited that he’s announced his new album The Flood of Color due on the 19th July. “Exit” is the first single from that album and its just stunning. This is Joe Pug at the height of his songwriting powers, wrenching an emotional truth from just his acoustic guitar and voice, with just a touch of accompaniment. If this is just the first single, I can’t wait to hear the rest of The Flood of Color.

Little Wise – “Devil off My Back”

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Sophie Klein, AKA Little Wise, returns with her latest single “Devil off My Back”. The folk-rock track is instantly catchy with its sing-along chorus and driving rhythm. This is the first taste of Little Wise’s upcoming album
Want it All which is due on the 20th August.

“The song is about trying to quiet that inner voice that says ‘you can’t do it’,” Klein explained. “It’s about trying to remove the distractions and escapism that allow us to ignore what’s really going on.”

Little Wise will be launching the new single next Thursday 18th July at The Merri Creek Tavern in Melbourne.

Lost Ragas – “Just Wastin’ Time”

Melbourne four-piece Lost Ragas have announced plans to release their latest album This Is Not A Dream on the 2nd September. “Just Wastin’ Time” is the first taster of that album, providing listeners with a slightly psychedelic sound alongside Lost Ragas’ unique brand of alt-country. A weird, twisty sound which definitely sets a lot expectations of the album to come.

Mumford & Sons and Gang Of Youths – “Blood (Live in Stockholm)”

When The Recordings of The Middle East came out in 2009 it brought Australian indie-folk to the world stage. It showed that a band from Far North Queensland could stand side by side with the world’s biggest nu-folk bands who were exploding at the time. The history of The Middle East has been well documented over the years so does not really need repeating here, however its been nice to see them getting a lot of attention recently with the 10 year anniversary of The Recordings of The Middle East.

Seeing The Middle East’s contemporaries Mumford & Sons team with Australian stadium rockers Gang Of Youths on a cover of the band’s epic track “Blood” is magical. The two bands have paid fitting tribute to the original track while still giving it their own stamp.

Having reformed recently for VIVID, The Middle East have also just announced a show at The Tivoli in Brisbane on the 13th September.

Sheryl Crow feat. Stevie Nicks, Maren Morris – “Prove You Wrong”

“Prove You Wrong” is a taster from Sheryl Crow’s upcoming collaboration lead album Threads, due on the 30th August. This track features the powerhouse vocals of Stevie Nicks along with up and coming singer-songwriter Maren Morris. Overall its pretty inoffensive, middle of the road country-rock which showcases the unique vocals of each singer.

“Stevie exudes art, she is at all times authentic. She’s the sister I don’t see enough, but she never leaves my heart,” Crow explained of the song. “I invited Maren to perform on “Prove You Wrong” with Stevie and I because she belongs in our ‘club’ of strong female rockers who tell it like it is.”

The Little Lord Street Band – “Frankie’s Back In Town”

WA based indie-folk five-piece The Little Lord Street Band have released the video for their catchy new single “Frankie’s Back In Town”. The jangle-rock track will definitely put a smile on your face and stir all sorts of pining for the summer months. This track is pure joy – it’s easy to see why The Little Lord Street Band have been killing it on the live circuit recently.

Speaking of the live circuit The Little Lord Street Band are currently touring “Frankie’s Back In Town” – the remaining dates are here:

Wednesday 10th July – Yardie Creek Homestead, Exmouth, WA
Friday 12th July – Whalebone Brewing Co, Exmouth, WA
Saturday 13th July – Froth Craft Brewery Fundraiser, Exmouth, WA
Sunday 14th July – Yardie Creek Homestead, Exmouth, WA
Tuesday 16th July – House Concert, Exmouth, WA
Wednesday 17th July – Monkey Bar, Monkey Mia, WA
Thursday 18th July – Finlay’s, Kalbarri, WA
Friday 19th July – 459 Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 20th July – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 21st July – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Friday 26th July – Grumpy’s Music Bar, Perth, WA
Sunday 28th July – Otherside Brewing Co, Perth, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Indie-folk duo Oh Pep! released two new tracks, “Doctor Doctor” and “Bushwick”. Details here

– Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Colin Lillie released his new single “Renegade”. Details here

– This Saturday some of Sydney’s finest folkies are coming together for the Get Folked Mini Festival at the Gasoline Pony. Details here

– Indie-folk band Forest Falls released their new video “Archipelago Heart”. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features celebrates its fourth birthday this Saturday with performances from Em George, Liam Gale, Maia Marsh and Lacey Cole and The Lazy Colts. Details here

– The new Angus Stone project Dope Lemon released a new video “Uptown Folks”. Details here

– Hunter Valley Americana festival Dashville Skyline has announced its return in 2016. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Woody Pitney returns home to Melbourne in June announcing a residency at The Workers Club. Details here

– We premiered the self titled debut EP from Sydney singer-songwriter Em George. Details here

Releases This Week

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Pendulum
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Get Folked Mini Festival

Button Collective

For just $25 Sydney will be treated to some of the best local folk artists, across two stages for an entire day of music. Get down to Get Folked for the likes of The Button Collective, The Low Down Riders, Steve Wernick, Shelley’s Murder Boys, Black Vat Trio, The Villebillies, Andy Baylor, Brother Jimmy, Queen Porter Stomp, Tawny Owl String Band, Bleeding Gums Murphy, The Marrickville Shanty Club and many more.

Saturday 28th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bob Dylan 75th Birthday Bash feat. Al Grigg, Ben Horder, Brian Campeau, Cameron James Henderson, Chris Porter, Christine Jane, Gabby Huber, Georgia Mooney, Hollie Matthew, Maia Marsh, Max S. Porter, Maxine Kauter, Richard Cuthbert, Ross Tipper, Sam Newton, Tom Hume
Sunday 29th May – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bon Iver
Friday 27th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 30th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Clare Bowen
Friday 27th May – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 28th May – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday 30th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 31st May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Claude Hay
Friday 27th May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 28th May – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Conal Duffy w/ Fresh Off the Boat
Friday 3rd June – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Dr TAOS’ Medicine Show at Lazybones Lounge w/ Hannah Robinson, Taryn La Fauci
Thursday 2nd June – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Get Folked Mini Festival
Saturday 28th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Crusin’ Deuces
Sunday 29th May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jack Flash
Friday 3rd June – The Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Jed Rowe
Monday 30th May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride BE-IN feat. The Green Mohair Suits, The Faraway Eyes, Glen and Glenda
Saturday 28th May – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Thursday 2nd May – The Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Josh Pyke
Thursday 2nd June – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 3rd June – Laycock Theatre, Gosford NSW

Kit & The Cub
Sunday 29th May – The Midnight Special, Sydney, SNW

Little Features feat. Em George, Liam Gale, Maia Marsh, Lacey Cole and The Lazy Colts
Saturday 28th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 27th May – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 28th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 29th May – Studio 56 @ Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 27th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 28th May – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 29th May – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Wednesday 1st June – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 2nd June – The Oxley Wine Bar, Cowra, NSW
Friday 3rd June – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Melody Pool
Sunday 29th May – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Sahara Beck
Friday 27th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 28th May – Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 27th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 28th May – Roth’s Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW
Wednesday 1st June – The Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 2nd June – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 3rd June – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Songwriters in the Round feat. Kelly Brouhaha, Forte, Kylie Brice
Friday 27th May – The Bluebee Room, Adelaide, SA

Sundown Sounds feat. Tawny Old String Band, Midnight Run
Saturday 28th May – Evergreen Music, Sydney, NSW

The April Family, Mark Lucas, Andy Gordon, Dear Orphans
Sunday 29th May – The Record Crate Cafe, Sydney, NSW

The Beards
Friday 27th May – SS & A Club, Albury, NSW
Saturday 28th May – The Area Hotel, Griffith, NSW

TinPan Orange
Saturday 28th May – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Tiny Ruins
Wednesday 1st June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Wheeze & Suck Band
Sunday 29th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Woody Pitney w/ Royal East
Wednesday 1st June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Darkest Side” – The Middle East

The Middle East seem to be getting a lot of attention from the media this week with interviews and radio features and this sent us down a Youtube rabbit hole.

Listen to New Music From Stolen Violin

Stolen Violin
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Stolen Violin is the new solo project from ex-Middle East member Jordan Ireland. Ireland has been busy preparing the debut Stolen Violin album Temperate Touch, Tropical Tears which was recorded mostly on 8-track cassette with good friend Jake Core and completed by Machine Translations’ Greg Walker before its release last Friday.

From what we’ve heard so far from Temperate Touch, Tropical Tears the album is a electic mix of lo-fi goodness, and while not everything is folky in nature we reckon fans of The Middle East will still find plenty to enjoy – case in point, the track “New Amnesia Skies” below:

Review: The Starry Field, Back on the Milks

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I was quite glad to see that Mark Myers’ The Starry Field not only still existed, but had released an official recording. Whilst many may consider The Starry Field a splinter from the formerly active The Middle East (I say this, as no band ever really breaks up), I have in my own collection a DIY recording of The Starry Field from 2007, obtained from a festival that featured the close-knit family of Townsville bands that consisted of The Starry Field, Sleeping in Trains, and The Middle East (all of which Myers was a member).
 
Elements of each collective can be heard throughout Back on the Milks, and with Myers wearing his front man cap, the album covers six years worth of candid, emotional, and honest song writing. On each listen, to me, this album has grown and matured, with the distinct components of The Starry Field sound evolving into something very comfortable and familiar. Myers’ voice at first seemed quite foreign to a city dweller like myself, but as each song took me on a journey from Cape Town, Tennant Creek, and Townsville, to Bellingen, Sydney, Holbrook, and across the Tasman, it was obvious that his voice and slang-tinged conversational lyric style is perfectly suited to such stories.

“From north & south, from city & country…”
– The Starry Field @ MySpace

An accurate description of the feel of this album. Part dirt and dust, part smog and steel, and unmistakingly Australian. The modesty and earthiness of Paul Kelly, the innocence of Darren Hanlon, the warmth of Angus and Julia Stone, and the ‘local voice’ of The Waifs and Missy Higgins. Mark Myers plants his feet firmly in the soil of his North Queensland home, but his alt-country roots spread further into moments of sparse electronic beats and sound scapes nestled within his acoustically driven story telling.

This album makes me want to travel, to see the country and the world, being wary of the challenges of the human relationship, and learning from the warnings of those who’ve come before. A real, raw collection of songs that reveal Mark Myers the man, and reflect a little something within ourselves.

Back on the Milks is available on iTunes now

The Starry Field Announces Debut Album and National Tour

The Starry Field
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The Starry Field is the new project from ex-Middle East member and prolific producer Mark Myers that’s already garnering a fair bit of buzz following the release of his first single “All Of My Love” and series of shows in small venues around the country in January. And now it looks as though we’re getting more from The Starry Field with the announcement of a debut album.

That album is Back on the Milks and is due for release next week on the 21st March. To celebrate Back on the Milks The Starry Field has announced a string of dates through the end of March and the first half of April. Check out the full list of shows below:

Friday 29th March – The Clever Duck, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 31st March – The Old Magistrates Courthouse, Townsville, QLD
Wednesday 3rd April – The Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th April – The B. East, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 13th April – The Bird, Perth, WA

Mark Myers (The Middle East) Releases First Single as The Starry Field

The Starry Field
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While The Middle East may have parted ways a while ago its various members have continued to make waves in the local music ever since in various projects. The Middle East’s Mark Myers has been busy producing some of the most exciting bands around in his Northern Queensland studio along with creating music of his own under the alias The Starry Field.

The debut single from The Starry Field is the folk-infused pop song “All of My Love” and is so catchy you’ll want to play it over and over again. Take a listen below:

The Starry Field will be touring the east coast over the coming weeks playing intimate venues in Melbourne, Brisbane, Wollongong and Sydney. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 19th January – Baby Black Cafe, Bachas March, VIC (supporting Daniel Champagne)
Sunday 20th January – The Public Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 23rd January – The Round, Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 24th January – The Barcode, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 25th January – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 29th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Interview: Tim Hart

Tim Hart
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Tim Hart, drummer for Boy & Bear and accomplished singer-songwriter, will release his debut solo album Milling The Wind this Friday and from what we’ve heard of it already we can tell you it’s very very good. We got on the phone with Tim Hart direct from Prague where Boy & Bear were taking a small break from their European tour to chat about the album, the collaborators who helped bring it all together and juggling a solo career while part of a hugely successful band.

Gareth Hugh Evans: Your new album Milling The Wind comes out this Friday. I’ve been listening to it over the last week or so and I really really like. How’re you feeling about it?

Tim Hart: I really appreciate that. It’s come together really well, I’m really excited to release it. It’s been a been a project I’ve been wanting to do for years and it was just the right timing at the end of last year to record. Mark [Myers] is a good friend of mine, from The Middle East, and we worked together on it – I just couldn’t be happier with the result. I wanted it to be all stripped back and I wanted it to be about the songs and that was something really important to him as well. It’s not flashy, it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but I think it’s an album that’s about the songs. I’m really happy with the outcome, it’s really nice to put out a record that I’m 100% proud of and behind.

GHE: I was going to touch on the fact that it does sound so raw. The production just feels like you’re sitting in the same room as me.

TH: And that was really important to me. The albums that I grew up listening to were Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, early Dylan and Nick Drake. For me, regardless of how intricate those albums were, they were always about songs, they were always about great song writing and I guess that’s the tradition I wanted to follow in. I don’t profess to be a great songwriter at all, I’m still just learning my craft, but that was my benchmark, what I was aiming for, the whole idea of it being raw. I love the fact that it’s an album that you feel like you’re sitting in the same room as me playing my songs. That’s exactly what I was aiming for.

GHE: The press around this album has the same touchstones you’ve commented on – Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, Bob Dylan. I do get the Simon and Garfunkel influence quite a lot in a number of songs. Are you, like Paul Simon, quite meticulous with your songwriting? Do you agonise over every lyric?

TH: I’m a real self editor. It takes me a lot to be happy with my own lyrics. That can be tough because the songs can take a long time to finish. I mean one of the lyrics on the record was only finished about half an hour before I recorded the song. So I guess I am a real self editor. And that’s not always a good thing – it can be quite agonising.

GHE: I can imagine. It must slow down the songwriting process quite a bit.

TH: It does. But then again I don’t think it should be rushed. There are guys like Neil Young who believe that a song should be recorded straight after it’s written but there are other people like Leonard Cohen that might not finish a song for two or three years – I guess I’m probably somewhere in the middle. If there’s a song that just falls out and it’s great and it doesn’t need any editing then that’s a real bonus but it definitely doesn’t happen for me all the time.

GHE: I saw you supporting Ben Howard and Michael Kiwanuka in Sydney a couple of weeks ago. On stage you mentioned you’d been playing covers in pubs and clubs for a long time. Was this album being written during that period?

TH: By pure necessity and by pure fact [Boy & Bear] haven’t really gotten off the road for the best part of two and a half years it had to be written on the road. And to be honest it’s not that hard – 80% of a musician’s life is just hanging around so whenever I’ve had spare time I’ve been writing. I look at my dad and he’s been working 10 to 12 hour days all of his life so I can’t really complain.

GHE: I imagine that playing with Boy & Bear has opened a few opportunities for you?

TH: Definitely. It’s all a journey isn’t it? I think the fact I have been with Boy & Bear it would be silly to not to use some of their connections. At the same time it was never a project I wanted to be riding on the coattails of what we’ve been doing with Boy & Bear. But the great thing is you still have the same network of people and that’s actually really important I think. You do have creative people around you and you can ask them for advice and people are really willing to give it and I feel really fortunate for that.

GHE: It’s going to be inevitable that your slow work is going to be connected and compared to Boy & Bear. But it seems like those guys are really open to you exploring this solo path. And you’ve even worked with them on this record as well.

TH: I’m the kind of person that if people are around, and we’re friends and we’re in that community together then I want them to be part of what’s happening. Like Killian [Gavin, Boy & Bear guitarist) was away on his Honeymoon but he’d already recorded my demos for me and Dave [Hosking, Boy & Bear lead vocalist] flew up for a couple of days and Jake [Tarasenko, Boy & Bear bassist] was up there too with me – it was a case of whoever was around. Jordan [Ireland] was there one day and he was just hanging around, we had a beer or something, and he was playing banjo along to a song and I was like “that sounds really good, why don’t you lay it down?” and he did. That’s kind of how the record was made. It was me and Mark driving it the whole time and a flood of people coming in and out – if anyone was there they played on the record which is lovely.

GHE: Looking at the list of names you’ve got playing on the record – I love that you have Jake Tarasenko playing the flute and fife, that’s really cool.

TH: He’s incredible man – he just learnt it one Christmas

GHE: And you mentioned Jordan Ireland from The Middle East and you’ve got Faith Lee singing backing vocals on one track, and obviously Dave Hosking’s vocals on another which are quite distinctive.

TH: Dave and I used to sing a lot of covers together before Boy & Bear so it’s really interesting to hear his harmony behind me again rather than the other way around – it’s the way the things should be in life [laughs]. It’s really generous of those guys to give their time to sing on the record.

GHE: You have talked a little bit about working with Mark Myers but I wanted to know how he is as a producer. It seems like everyone who works with him says he’s very collaborative.

TH: Yeah he is. The greatest thing about Mark is that he’s able to turn my airy-fairy musician etherial ideas into reality. And then on top of that push the songs further. He’s a real straight shooter so I was able to get a lot more out of my songs by working with Mark. He’s very easy to work with but at the same time he won’t pull his punches if he feels like a session needs to go a certain way. And that was important for me – I felt like I needed direction, I felt like I had the ideas but to get to the end of the record it was important I had someone like Mark.

GHE: You have your tour coming up in September – it seems like you the spaces you’re playing in are much smaller than what you’d play with Boy & Bear. Is it nice being back in those smaller clubs?

TH: At the heart of what I do I’m a musician so these venues feel really life giving to me – I love doing smaller venues, I love having an intimate crowd. That’s what I love about folk music – it’s music of the people. We still try and do that with Boy & Bear but it becomes more difficult to transmit and show people who you are when it’s a bigger stage or you’re in and out at a festival. It’s a real treat for me to do tis tour. Can’t wait.

GHE: Thank you so much for your time today. I’m looking forward to seeing you again live.

TH: Cheers mate.

Milling The Wind is released this Friday 17th August. Tim Hart will be touring the album nationally from the end of August – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 30th August – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
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
Saturday 8th September – Baby Black Cafe, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Wednesday 19th September – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Thursday 20th September – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 21st September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd September – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 23rd September – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 27th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Listen to The Middle East’s R. L. Jones New Song feat. Adalita

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When The Middle East announced their breakup at Splendour in the Grass last August we assumed it wouldn’t be long before we started to hear new music from the various members of the band. So it’s come as somewhat as a surprise that it’s taken until now to hear anything from songwriter Rohin Jones.

Performing under the moniker R.L. Jones, The Middle East’s songwriter has just unleashed his new track “Everybody Wants To Be Your Friend”. Somewhat a departure from the folk of his previous work “Everybody Wants To Be Your Friend” features Adalita as guest vocalist and will feature on a 3 track single due for release on 2nd of July (with an album scheduled for 2013). Take a listen below:

R.L. Jones will be launching “Everybody Wants To Be Your Friend” at The Old Museum in Brisbane this Friday the 22nd June with The Blackwater Fever, Pete Cullen, John + Alexander and Dom Miller. Joining Jones on stage will be Middle East alumni Jack Saltmiras (guitar), Tim Barwise (bass) and Mike Haydon (drums). For more info on the gig check out the official Facebook invite here.

New Song from Bree Tranter (The Middle East)

Bree Tranter

The break up of Townsville based band The Middle East, while not surprising, definitely left a hole in the local music industry. One of the first things we said when we learnt the news was “The members of The Middle East will no doubt continue to record and perform in various guises in the future and we’ll keep you up to date with anything that crosses our folky radar” and now we’re very happy to make good on that promise.

Bree Tranter, the female voice and pianist behind the The Middle East, has relocated to Sydney since the band broke up and has been working with Passenger, Emma Louise and Matt Corby, recording backing vocals and keyboard on Corby’s latest EP. She’s also produced her first solo effort “Winter” which appears on Imogen Rose‘s CD/Book The Man, The Well And How He Fell. Take a listen to it below and let us know what you think:

ARIA Award Winners and Nominations

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The ARIA Awards announced their main nominations this morning as well as announcing the winners of some of the minor categories. Among those winners were Timber and Steel favourites Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (Best World Music Album) and Katie Noonan (Best Jazz Album).

The nominations that may be of interest to our readers are below with the winners announced on the 27th November:

Album Of The Year
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Eskimo Joe – Ghosts of the Past
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Rrakala
Grinderman – 2

Single Of The Year
Birds Of Tokyo – “Wild At Heart”
Boy & Bear – “Feeding Line”
Drapht- “Rapunzel”
Gotye Featuring Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Guy Sebastian Featuring Eve – “Who’s That Girl”
The Jezabels – “Dark Storm”

Best Male Artist
Drapht – The Life Of Riley
Gareth Liddiard – Strange Tourist
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Rrakala
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
Josh Pyke – No One Wants A Lover

Best Female Artist
Adalita – Adalita
Clare Bowditch – Are You Ready Yet?
Kasey Chambers – Little Bird
Kimbra – Cameo Lover
Washington – Holy Moses

Best Group
Birds Of Tokyo – Wild At Heart
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Eskimo Joe – Ghosts Of The Past
Grinderman – 2
The Living End – The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating

Breakthrough Artist – Album
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Drapht – The Life Of Riley
Gypsy & The Cat – Gilgamesh
Oh Mercy – Great Barrier Grief
The Middle East – I Want That You Are Always Happy

Breakthrough Artist – Single
Boy & Bear – “Feeding Line”
Drapht – “Rapunzel”
Havana Brown – “We Run The Night”
The Jezabels – “Dark Storm”
Zoe Badwi – “Freefallin’”

Best Independent Release
Art Vs Science – The Experiment
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Rrakala
John Butler Trio – Live At Red Rocks
Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses – Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses
The Jezabels – Dark Storm

Best Adult Alternative Album
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Grinderman – 2
Little Red – Midnight Remember
Seeker Lover Keeper – Seeker Lover Keeper
The Panics – Rain On The Humming Wire

Best Blues & Roots Album
Backsliders – Starvation Box
Blue King Brown – Worldwize Part 1 – North And South
John Butler Trio – Live At Red Rocks
The Audreys – Sometimes The Stars
The Waifs – Temptation

Best Country Album
Jasmine Rae – Listen Here
Kasey Chambers – Little Bird
Keith Urban – Get Closer
Shane Nicholson – Bad Machines
Troy Cassar-Daley – Live

The full list of winners and nominations will no doubt appear on the official ARIA web site shortly (and around the rest of the media). Congratulations to all the Timber and Steel featured artists for their nominations/wins!

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