Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Calexico have added a Sydney date to their Australian tour. Details here

– Folk punk singer-songwriter Isaac Graham kicked off the new year with his new song “Resolutions”. Details here

– Sydney nu-folkers Citizen of the World released their new video “Setting Out”. Details here

– Brisbane acoustic-groove duo Out of Abingdon will be touring through NSW and ACT this month. Details here

– Milk Records released a new Fraser A Gorman track, Skyscraper Skyline Blues”. Details here

– The new Dan Lethbridge single “Everybody Says” features Taasha Coates from The Audreys. Details here

Oscar Lush revealed his new video “Nightmare Song”. Details here

Shovels & Rope teamed with The Milk Carton Kids to cover the Guns N’ Roses classic “Patience”. Details here

– Kris Morris and Sarah Humphreys have finally announced details of their duo project Eagle & The Wolf. Details here

HeyMun released her ethereal new single “Drift”. Details here

– A bunch of US artists were added to the National Folk Festival lineup including Sheila Kay Adams, Steve Poltz, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner and Kristina Olsen. Details here

Cat Canteri has announced a new EP and revealed the first single “What I Need”. Details here

– The Country Conquers Cancer event in Brisbane later this month will feature the likes of Paddy McHugh, Pat Tierney, Megan Cooper, Dana Hassall, Sian Evans, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Brad Butcher, Dana Gehrman, The Mighty Kind, Jen Mize, The Floyd Family Breakdown, Ben Bunting, Andy McDonnell, Cameron Milford, Emma Bosworth, Hayley Marsten, Ellie Jane, Boatkeeper and Byron Short and the Sunset Junkies. Details here

Ruby Boots has announced her I Miss You Already tour that kicks off at the end of this month. Details here

Interviews

“All the shows are heavy on improvising so I guess solo it might be a bit more concise. There’s so many different tools musically that you can use when you have keys or a drummer, bassist or a second guitar. Solo is definitely more of a challenge to be honest. How many dumpy white guys do you want to see playing acoustic guitar? There’s just so many. I try to just make as much energy as I can, as much far out shit as I can acoustically”Ryley Walker chats to Gareth Hugh Evans ahead of his appearance at the Sydney Festival. Interview here

Reviews

Track by Track

“I wrote this song aboard the 107ft two mast banks schooner that The Button Collective help crew every couple of months or so. Inspired by the hunger pains I was suffering after forgetting to bring any food aboard with me, I wrote about sailors suffering from scurvy and starving at sea while they reminisced about love left behind” – Brodie Buttons from The Button Collective takes us through their new EP The Lonesome Sea. Track by track here

Releases This Week

One Up Two Down
A Day On The QuayOne Up, Two Down
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Mudsling Festival

Mudsling

The Mudgee Music Festival give you a taster of what to expect from their 2016 event with a mini festival featuring the likes of Daniel Champagne, Saltwater Sound System, April Maze, Out of AbingdonBig ErleHoney, Euripi, Nick Wall and more playing over the course of the day. If you can get out to Mudgee for the weekend this will be well worth the trip

Saturday 9th January – Roths Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Allison Forbes
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 15th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Archie Roach and My Friend the Chocolate Cake
Saturday 9th January – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Banjo BBQ feat. Mustered Courage and Special Guests
Sunday 10th January – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Cygnet, TAS

Dana Hassall
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Deep Down South feat. Lachlan Bryan, Les Thomas, Mr Alford Country, Jemma Nicole, Andrew Swift, Brooke Russell, Tom Dockray, Gretta Ziller
Saturday 9th January – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15th January – Hotel Nicholas, Beechworth, VIC

Dirty Three
Friday 15th January – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

FBi SMACS
Sunday 10th January – Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW

Hana Maru with The General Assembly, Mijo Biscan
Thursday 14th January – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

HONK! Oz
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Wollongong, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – Bulli, NSW

Irish Mythen
Friday 8th January – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 9th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – The Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Sunday 10th January – Porch Sessions, Adelaide, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 8th January – Sawtell RSL Club, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 9th January – Laurieton United Services, Laurieton, NSW

Maru Tarang
Sunday 10th January – Lennox Theatre, Parramatta, NSW

Matthew E White
Friday 15th January – Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Mirel Wagner and Nadia Reid
Sunday 10th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Mudsling Festival
Saturday 9th January – Roths Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW

One Up, Two Down
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Out of Abingdon
Saturday 9th January – Mudsling Mini Music Festival, Mudgee, NSW
Sunday 10th January – Lounge Sessions @ Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Peasant Moon, Ben Horder, Matt Ward
Friday 15th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sunshine Fiddle Camp
Sunday 10th to Friday 15th January – Alexandra Park Conference Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Georgetown, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Saturday 15th to Sunday 24th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Audreys
Sunday 10th January – Victoria Gardens, Prahran, VIC

The Brisbane Folk Club feat. Garrett Kato, Sissybones, O’ Little Sister
Wednesday 13th January – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

The Buffalo Grass Boys, The Belle Havens, The Howles, Tom Martin
Saturday 8th January – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Thursday 14th January – Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Franklin Electric
Sunday 10th January – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 14th January – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 15th January – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 8th to Saturday 9th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, TAS
Thursday 14th January – Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW

The Plough
Sunday 10th January – Coach and Horses Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. Julia Jacklin, Merryn Jeann, Louis Donnarumma
Sunday 10th January – Adelaide, SA

The Wayward Henrys
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 8th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Thredbo, NSW

Willowy
Thursday 14th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Tippin’ It Up To Nancy” – Christy Moore

There’s something special about the rhythmic way Christy Moore sings accompanied by a bodhrán. And for those of you playing at home – this song is also famously known as “Marrowbones”

Watch Shovels & Rope and The Milk Carton Kids Cover Guns N’ Roses

Shovels & Rope
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I love stumbling across stuff like this. American folksters Shovels & Rope and The Milk Carton Kids have teamed to cover the acoustic Guns N’ Roses power ballad “Patience”.

The track appears on Shovels & Rope’s covers record Busted Jukebox, Vol. 1 – check out Shovels & Rope and The Milk Carton Kids covering “Patience” below:

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2015

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If anything has characterised 2015 for me in terms of new albums it’s that we finally saw debuts from some of our favourite artists. So many bands these days are serial EP releasers so it’s great to see the likes of Patrick James, Falls Marlon Williams and more knuckle down and get into the studio. It’s also great to see the return of firm favourites after time away and an explosion of traditional music that pushes boundaries and challenges our perception of what trad music can be.

Coming up with a top 25 list is always a challenge (let alone putting them in some kind of order) but I think what we’ve come up with is a wonderful cross section of all the genres of “folk” music we cover on Timber and Steel – from singer-songwriter to Americana to indie folk to traditional and beyond.

So without further ado here it is – our top 25 albums and EPs from 2015!

Kate and Ruth

1. Kate Burke & Ruth HazletonDeclaration

What a year 2015 has been for traditional music. Maybe it’s just me but it seems like a lot more trad is breaking through at the moment and the icing on the cake this year has been the incredible new album from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Declaration.

This is the duo’s first album in about eight years and their return to the studio has been a welcome one. Once again teaming with producer Luke Plumb, Declaration is loosely themed around traditional music from the female perspective with a few contemporary tracks thrown in for good measure.

The tracks are rich, heartbreaking, emotional and beautiful. So many of the songs deal with pretty heavy themes such as domestic violence (“Bleezin’ Blind Drunk”), false accusations of adultery (“Waly Waly”) and the disintegration of a woman’s public reputation (“Katy Cruel”) and these are conveyed with resonance by Burke and Hazleton. Hearing these two singing together again reminds me of why I fell in love with their harmonies all those years ago.

The two originals on the album – “The Freeze” and “Hearts Of Sorrow” – are two of my favourites and they make me wish Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton were more prolific as songwriters. Maybe one day we’ll get a full album of self penned tracks?

I love how much Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton have matured as performers over the last 15 years. Gone is the rigid need to stick 100% to the tradition and instead we have a fluid take on the material that draws as much from contemporary music as it does from Anglo, Celtic and American music. A simply wonderful album

Sufjan

2. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell

Touted as the return to Folk Music for Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell is in fact the next step in his musical evolution. Rather than shrugging off the electronic chaos of his recent albums, Stevens has merely toned it down and brought back his acoustic guitar to dive into the complex relationship with his mother following her passing. This album is so raw, so nuanced and deserved of every bit of praise that has been heaped upon it.

Fanny Lumsden

3. Fanny LumsdenSmall Town Big Shot

I’ve always predicted big things for Fanny Lumsden ever since I saw her perform at a rooftop bar in Sydney many moons ago. Small Town Big Shot is the album that is currently turning Lumsden from Sydney’s alt-country darling to a favourite of the Australian country scene. The album is full of Fanny Lumsden’s true-to-life accounts of growing up in rural Australia while never straying into the Americanised, dust kicking ideal of country life so often portrayed by Australian country artists. Not to be ignored, Lumsden’s band The Thrillseekers add a rich musical tapestry to her songs and really seem to have gelled as group. Only released in September there’s a lot of life in Small Town Big Shot so we’ll continue to see Fanny Lumsden riding high off it’s ever growing success in 2016.

Paper Kites

4. The Paper Kitestwelvefour

The Paper Kites have produced what has to be one of the most interesting concept albums of recent years. twelvefour was written exclusively between the hours of 12am and 4am as frontman Sam Bentley believed this is when people are at their most creative. The result is stunning – a patchwork of eighties electro influences and the band’s trademark indie-folk – and will no doubt go down as a high watermark in their career. twelvefour feels very deliberately structured moving from the straight up electro of “Electric Indigo” and “Relevator Eyes” to more folky numbers in the second half of the album (“A Silent Cause” is a standout for me). I’m interested to see where The Paper Kites take their sound next.

Packwood

5. PackwoodAutumnal

This year chamber-folk artist Packwood released four seasonally themed EPs as part of his Vertumnus album project. The first of these was Autumnal which has remained my firm favourite through all of the subsequent releases. Gone is Packwood’s trademark sparsely plucked banjo (don’t worry, it returns in later EPs) and instead we get delicately fingerpicked guitar accompanied by choir and chamber orchestra. The songs are delicate and sumptuous and Packwood has really come a long way as a songwriter since his debut. Put on Autumnal, close your eyes and let the world fall away.

Laura Marling

6. Laura MarlingShort Movie

We’re now five albums into Laura Marling’s career and her songwriting has never been stronger. On her latest release Short Movie Marling’s songwriting takes on a freeform, Dylan-esque mode only hinted at on previous albums and it takes her into some very ineteresting places. There’s a lot more electric guitar on Short Movie and at times she descends into beat-poet-like spoken word phrases (like on the amazing “Gurdjieff’s Daughter”) yet no one is crying that Marling’s turned her back on her folk roots (like Marling’s old band Mumford & Sons). Instead Short Movie is being praised as an evolution of her sound and while it is miles away from her 2008 debut Alas, I Cannot Swim, both musically and stylistically, this is 100% a Laura Marling album.

Pittsburgh

7. William FitzsimmonsPittsburgh

In his ode to his recently passed Grandmother and her home town of Pittsburgh, William Fitzsimmons has created a delicate, beautiful piece of magic. This is his first self-produced album since 2006’s Goodnight and it does feel markedly different from his recent releases – the production is not a slave to his voice and guitar, instead it sits more comfortably as part of each song. At only seven tracks long Pittsburgh leaves you warm and fuzzy and wanting more.

Outlier

8. Patrick JamesOutlier

It seems like 2015 saw a lot of long time favourite Timber and Steel artists finally got around to releasing their debut album – and one of the debuts we were most excited about was from Patrick James. Over the course of a bunch of EPs Patrick James has refined his James Taylor-esque folk songs and Outlier is the culmination of years of solid songwriting. The production on Outlier makes the most of James’ unique voice and elevates his solo singer-songwriter roots into a rich, luscious landscape.

Wilder Mind

9. Mumford & SonsWilder Mind

With all of the attention on Mumford & Sons “ditching the banjo” and turning their back on folk music when Wilder Mind came out very little attention was paid to the album itself. Which is a shame because it’s another solid outing for the boys. If you push through the electric guitars and drums you discover that Wilder Mind is unmistakably a Mumford record with big choruses, melodies dripping with four part harmonies and festival ready lyrical hooks. And anyone who has seen Mumford & Sons this year will know they have in no way ditched the banjo – Wilder Mind sits perfectly within their entire catalogue.

Omaha

10. FallsOmaha

It took Falls moving to LA 18 months ago (and dropping the “The”) to produce their gorgeous debut album Omaha. Falls have expanded their two-voices-and-a-guitar sound to an almost orchestral level, but at the forefront is still their lyrically driven melodies and beautiful harmonies. I’m actually really impressed that all of the tracks on Omaha having seen them perform almost exclusively from their Hollywood EP before their big move Stateside. Now we just need a national Australian tour off the back of the album!

Omaha

11. TolkaOne House

The stunning result of trad band Tolka’s trip to Belfast last year to write and record a new album – one of the tightest trad bands in the country.

Limit of Love

12. Boy & BearLimit of Love

Boy & Bear return with a 70s vibe and a bunch of new tracks that saw the band collaborating on the songwriting duties.

If I Was

11. The StavesIf I Was

The Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) production on The Staves’ debut elevates their sound from simple three part harmonies to full blown indie-folk goodness.

Secret Victory

12. The East PointersSecret Victory

The result of writing sessions on their summer tour of Australia, The East Pointers have written 10 original tracks that sound as if they’ve been ripped directly from the tradition.

Monterey

13. The Milk Carton KidsMonterey

Monterey is the closest The Milk Carton Kids have come to capturing their mesmerising live show on record – this is something special.

Freewheeler

14. Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben StephensonThe Freewheeler

Instead of complaining that it’s been too long between albums for Trouble in the Kitchen get your trad fix with the debut album from Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben Stephenson.

Solitude

15. Ruby BootsSolitude

The Perth songstress has nailed down an amazing band and has produced one of the best alt-country albums of the last few years.

Tomorrow Is My Turn

16. Rhiannon GiddensTomorrow Is My Turn

In her debut solo album Rhiannon Giddens has built on the trad and old time of her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and spun it into something new and very exciting.

Marlon Williams

17. Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams

With a voice that has reduced grown men and women to tears, there’s a lot to love about Marlon Williams’ debut record – this man is taking country music back to its roots and winning fans every step of the way.

Inside Llewyn Davis

18. VariousAnother Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis

The folk and Americana industry’s best come together for a night of music inspired by the 60s folk scene and to a lesser extent the Cohen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis.

Dream's End

19. Matt BauerDream’s End

On his latest album Matt Bauer has upped the production stakes, forgoing his normally sparse folk songs and the result is wonderful.

Punch Brothers

20. Punch BrothersThe Phosphorescent Blues

I think it’s time to stop referring to Punch Brothers as “bluegrass” or “nu-grass” or anything at all – with The Phosphorescent Blues they have proven they are undefinable.

WHITE LIES

21. Mustered CourageWhite Lies and Melodies

Mustered Courage have always been the most polished bluegrass band in Australia but they’ve upped the ante with their new album adding a pop sheen to their sound.

Hell Breaks Loose

22. Shane NicholsonHell Breaks Loose

The godfather of the Australian Americana scene released one of the year’s best country albums – all heartbreak and whisky and everything that’s good about this kind of music.

The Decemberists

23. The DecemberistsWhat A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

A welcome return to the studio from The Decemberists to follow up their amazing 2011 album The King Is Dead – a little less folk, a little more rock and all sorts of goodness.

Josh Pyke

24. Josh PykeBut For All These Shrinking Hearts

Australia’s premiere troubadour delivers yet another stunning album with his trademark wry lyrics and hooky melodies.

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25. Emmy The GreatS

Emmy The Great slides into electro music while maintaining the folk-inspired melodies she’s become known for.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 23rd October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Woodford Folk Festival lineup dropped and it includes the likes of Dougie Maclean, Michael Franti, Harry Manx, The East Pointers, Irish Mythen, Marlon Williams, Kim Churchill, Lanie Lane, Josh Pyke, Katie Noonan, The Paper Kites, Tinpan Orange, Timberwolf, Jacinta Price, Tolka, Starboard Cannons, Davidson Brothers, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Hat Fitz & Cara, Broads, Andrew Clermont, Catgut, Lime and Steel, One Up, Two Down, Kaurna Cronin, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Loren Kate, Totally Gourdgeous, The Little Stevies, Daniel Champagne and many more. Details here

– Sydney bluegrassers The Morrisons released their new live video “Ruby”. Details here

Steve Earle & The Dukes have announced sideshows when they’re in the country for Bluesfest and Port Fairy. Details here

Bluesfest sideshows were also announced for Sturgill Simpson. Details here

The Milk Carton Kids released a version of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Sam Outlaw, who is in the country this week, released his new video “Ghost Town”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Patrick James has announced a headline tour for early next year. Details here

– So many of our favourite artists will be on the Riverboats Music Festival lineup next year including Missy Higgins, CW Stoneking, Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats, Ruby Boots, Jack Carty, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission, The Wilson Pickers, Jess Ribeiro and many more. Details here

– Toronto based Australian singer-songwriter Imogen Bel released her first ever live video. Details here

– LA based Sydney folk duo Falls released their new single “When We Were Young”. Details here

– The Sydney Festival announced its 2016 program. Details here

– Tasmanian folk-punk band The Dead Maggies have announced a new album, released a new video and are heading out on tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Dan Parsons
ValleywoodDan Parsons
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The Freewheeler
The FreewheelerDougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben Stephenson
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Imogen Clark
Love & Lovely LiesImogen Clark
iTunes

Divers
DiversJoanna Newsom
iTunes

Tim Guy
ChordsTim Guy
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Americana Hayride feat. Bill Chambers, Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri, Dan Waters, Bill Jackson, The Weeping Willows

Americana Hayride

The creme of the crop of Australian alt-country are coming together for a very special show in Melbourne this Sunday

Sunday 25th October – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alex Edwards
Sunday 25th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Americana Hayride feat. Bill Chambers, Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri, Dan Waters, Bill Jackson, The Weeping Willows
Sunday 25th October – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC

April Maze
Saturday 24th October – Shoalhaven River Festival, Nowra, NSW

Arbori
Thursday 29th October – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Friday 23rd October – Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach, QLD
Saturday 24th October – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 25th October – The Jack, Cairns, QLD

CW Stoneking
Friday 30th October – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW

Dan Parsons
Friday 23rd October – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 24th October – Shadow Electric, Abbotsford, VIC
Sunday 25th October – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Wednesday 28th October – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 29th October – Mudgee Brewery, Mudgee, NSW
Friday 30th October – Home Sweet Home (House Concert), Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 23rd October – Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Saturday 24th October – The Glennie School, Toowoomba, QLD
Wednesday 28th October – Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Friday 30th October – Johnny Cash: The Concert, Redcliffe Cultural Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, NSW

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 23rd October – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC
Wednesday 28th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Fleurieu Folk Festival
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Willunga, SA

Folkswagon
Wednesday 28th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hozier
Wednesday 28th October – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth, WA
Friday 30th October – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA
Sunday 25th October – Wandi Swagger, Wandiligong, VIC
Thursday 29th October – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 30th October – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Katie Noonan
Friday 23rd October – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 24th October – Spicers Hidden Vale, Grandchester, QLD
Sunday 25th October – Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD
Wednesday 28th October – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 29th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th October – Australian Institute of Music, Sydney, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 30th October – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC

Lime and Steel
Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Lior
Saturday 24th October – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 30th October – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. Ciaran Gribbin, Ed Wells, Fleur Wiber, James Van Cooper
Sunday 25th October – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Loren Kate
Friday 23rd October – Red Mill Store, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 24th October – House Concert, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 25th October – Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle, WA

Lost Ragas
Friday 23rd October – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 24th October – Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 25th October – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW

Maldon Folk Festival
Friday 30th October to Monday 2nd November – Maldon, VIC

Michael David Thomas
Sunday 25th October – Triffid Roots, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 29th October – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Musketeer
Friday 30th October – Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Mustered Courage
Wednesday 28th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Out On The Weekend
***CANCELLED***Saturday 24th October – Bella Vista Farm, Sydney, NSW***CANCELLED***

Patrick James
Friday 23rd October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 24th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 29th October – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 30th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Ruby Boots
Friday 30th October – Fremantle Festival “Hush”, Fremantle, WA

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November – Happy Wanderer Festival, Benalla, VIC

Sam Brittain
Friday 23rd October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Sam Outlaw with Jonny Fritz, Shelly Colvin & Friends
Sunday 25th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Suzannah Espie
Friday 30th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Tablelands Folk Festival
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th October – Yungaburra, Qld

The Andrew Collins Trio
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, NSW
Tuesday 27th October – The Black Sombrero, Lismore, NSW
Wednesday 28th October – Stokers Siding Art Gallery, Stokers Siding, NSW
Thursday 29th October – House Concert, Forster, NSW
Friday 30th October – Humph Hall, Allambie Heights, NSW

The AU Sessions feat. Rin McArdle, Tom Stephens
Tuesday 27th October – Hive Bar, Sydney, NSW

The BordererS
Saturday 24th October – Victor Dragons Fundraiser, Victor Harbor, SA
Sunday 25th October – Flerieu Folk Festival, SA

The Go Set
Friday 23rd October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites
Friday 23rd October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 24th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 29th October – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 30th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

The Timbers
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, Willunga, SA

The Waifs
Saturday 24th October – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 25th October – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 28th October – GPAC, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 29th October – Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 23rd October – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 24th October – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 25th October – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 29th October – Port Macquarie Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 30th October – Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Jams O’Donnells Jigs” – Fairport Convention

Watch The Milk Carton Kids Cover Pink Floyd

Milk Carton Kids
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When you see the words “Watch The Milk Carton Kids Cover Pink Floyd” then you need to drop everything you’re doing and get involved. The American duo have put together a stunning version of the classic “Wish You Were Here” – check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney’s Sam Newton released his new video “Bill’s Lost Love”. Details here

Tom West released his new EP Oncoming Clouds yesterday and will be touring it over the next week. Details here

Shane Nicholson released his new video “Secondhand Man”. Details here

– The Marlon Williams and Laura Jean Australian tour kicked off this week. Details here

– Wollongong based singer-songwriter Obscura Hail released his new single “Shaky Execution”. Details here

– Before they headed over to Europe The Crooked Fiddle Band released their new single “Kings of the Mud”. Details here

– We premiered the new EP from Kristafor Farrenkothen, Songs I Made In My Bedroom. Details here

Mumford & Sons announced their Australian tour dates including a Gentlemen of the Road event in Sydney and their new video “The Wolf”. Details here

– Central Coast duo Elwood Myre released their new live video “Howling Beach”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Mcrobin released his new single “In”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Anna Cordell released her new video “I’ll Wait Here”. Details here

– Folk-pop singer Esther Holt released her new video “By Water”. Details here

– Wollongong based singer-songwriter Leo released her new single “Daniel”. Details here

– We streamed 1801, the new EP from Mid-North Coast singer-songwriter Johnny Jarko. Details here

Blog

– We picked the top ten albums from the first half of 2015 including releases from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Laura Marling, Marlon Williams, Packwood, Rhiannon Giddens, Ruby Boots, Sufjan Stevens, The Milk Carton Kids, The Staves and Tolka. Read the blog piece here

Releases This Week

Bronte
Part Of The PlanBronte
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Slow Gum
Slow GumFraser A. Gorman
iTunes

Finding Gold
Finding GoldHelen Shanahan
iTunes

Venus
VenusJoy Williams
iTunes

Songs Bedroom
Songs I Made In My BedroomKristafor Farrenkothen
Bandcamp

Lucy Rose
Work It OutLucy Rose
iTunes

The Monsanto Years
The Monsanto YearsNeil Young + Promise of the Real
iTunes

Richard Thompson
StillRichard Thompson
iTunes

Tom West
Oncoming CloudsTom West
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Tom West

Tom West

Tom West is one of Timber and Steel‘s favourite singer-songwriters and today he launches his highly anticipated new EP Oncoming Clouds (see above). To celebrate the Adelaide based folky has launch shows over this weekend in McLaren Vale, Sydney and Melbourne with some amazing supports including The Maple Trail and Oscar Lush.

Friday 3rd July – Cellar Door Sessions, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 4th July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alison Ferrier and Jed Rowe
Friday 3rd July – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay NSW
Saturday 4th July – City Sounds at Queens St Mall, Brisbane QLD
Sunday 5th July – City Sounds at Brisbane Square, Brisbane QLD
Sunday 5th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane QLD
Thursday 9th July – 5 Church St, Bellingen NSW
Friday 10th July – Wauchope Arts, Wauchope NSW

Bearded Gypsy Band and Lovers Electric
Friday 10th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Bello Winter Music Festival
Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th July – Bellingen, NSW

Birds of a Feather feat. Jacqui Sterling & Friends
Sunday 5th July – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Wednesday 8th July – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th July – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Fraser A. Gorman
Friday 3rd July – Music On The Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 4th July – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 10th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Helen Shanahan
Thursday 9th July – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA

Lacey Cole & the Lazy Colts
Thursday 9th July – Moonshine Cider and Rum Bar, Manly, NSW

Marlon Williams and Laura Jean
Friday 3rd July – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th July – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th July – Bello Winter Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Tuesday 7th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Obscura Hail
Saturday 4th July – Dane Certificate’s, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 8th July – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 9th July – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Owen Campbell
Friday 3rd July – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Saturday 4th July – Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna, QLD
Sunday 5th July – Toowoomba Blues Club, Toowoomba, QLD
Thursday 9th July – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Friday 10th July – The Homestead, Hobart, TAS

Porch Light Sessions feat. Catgut, Bec Bastoli, Maia Jelavic
Thursday 9th July – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Milk Carton Kids
Friday 3rd July – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th July – Bello Winer Music Weekender, Bellingen, NSW

Thomas James with Trent Williams
Friday 3rd July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Tom Stephens
Saturday 4th July – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Tom West
Friday 3rd July – Cellar Door Sessions, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 4th July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“New York” – The Milk Carton Kids

If you’ve been lucky enough to catch The Milk Carton Kids over the past week or you’re going to see them this weekend at Bello Winter Music then you no doubt have this song stuck in your head. Because I know I do.

Ten Albums and EPs From the First Half of 2015 You Should Own

Bob Dylan

We’ve hit the halfway point of 2015 and already we’ve been treated to some very very fine music of the folk, acoustic and roots albums from some of our favourite artists. When I was sifting through the releases so far this year whittling it down to just ten records was almost impossible. But this is the challenge I’ve set myself and ten albums I have chosen – with honourable mentions to of course go to William Fitzsimmons, Passenger, Lucy Wise Trio, José González, Catgut, Punch Brothers, The Decemberists and many many more. So prepare to discover some amazing music, revisit some amazing music or hotly debate what’s missing from our list of the top ten albums and EPs from the first half of 2015.

DeclarationKate Burke & Ruth Hazleton

Declaration

The return of Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton to the studio with their fifth album was welcomed with open arms from everyone in the folk scene. I’ve said it many times before but Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton’s music in the early 2000’s is what solidified me as a life long fan of folk and traditional music and having them back in my earbuds with brand new music is simply wonderful. This album is everything you want from Kate & Ruth – beautiful harmonies, stunning renditions of traditional songs and some contemporary music added in for good measure.

Short MovieLaura Marling

Short Movie

Five albums in seven years is no mean feat, but what is truly amazing about Laura Marling is how much she has grown as an artist over that time. Not content to just present the same idea over and over again Laura Marling has become more than the sum of her influences, more than just a sweet folk singer from London, and has truly become one of the most exciting and important artists of her generation. Short Movie is the most lyrically and melodically raw album of Marling’s catalogue – all electric guitars and Dylan-esque spoken lyrics – yet it also manages to be her most seamlessly produced work to date, which is yet another achievement given the record was completely self produced.

Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams

Marlon Williams

Where did you come from Marlon Williams? By this time last year I’d only heard rumours of this alt-country singer from New Zealand who was taking the folk scene by storm. Since then I’ve seen the man live more times than I can count, watched him literally reduce audience members to tears with his voice and have had his self titled album on repeat since its release. Williams has been described as harkening back to the country music stars of old, but I think there’s something thoroughly modern about his music – taking his cue the best of the golden tonsiled singers of the 50s and 60s and updating that sound to a new generation.

MontereyThe Milk Carton Kids

Monterey

When you listen to a new Milk Carton Kids album you pretty much know exactly what you’re going to get – two part harmonies over lead and rhythm guitar. But what makes Monterey stand out to me is the production. For the first time I feel like The Milk Carton Kids’ live sound has been captured on a record, although I can’t quite put my finger on why that’s so – on the surface the presentation is not that much different to The Ash & Clay. Maybe it’s just the “feeling” of the songs – but whatever it is this is definitely an album to have in your collection.

AutumnalPackwood

Autumnal

I’m kind of glad it’s taken three years for Packwood to release new music since his incredible debut self-titled album. In the intervening years Packwood has developed as a songwriter, adding a lyrical depth to his beautifully arranged chamber-folk music that was a little lacking on the first release. Autumnal is the first of two mini albums that Packwood has already released this year (with two more to come) but is by far my favourite with its choral arrangements, sweeping orchestras and nods to contemporaries like Sufjan Stevens and Sam Amidon. I’m going to revisit Packwood’s entire seasonal concept album Vertumnus as a whole once all four mini-albums are released, but for the moment I’m thoroughly enjoying Autumnal as a standalone release.

Tomorrow Is My TurnRhiannon Giddens

Tomorrow Is My Turn

2015 really been the the year of Rhiannon Giddens. Her successful collaboration with superstar producer T-Bone Burnett on the Inside Llewyn Davis concert Another Day, Another Time as well as the Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes has lead to the outstanding Tomorrow Is My Turn, Giddens’ debut solo album. The record takes traditional and contemporary music and reimagines it for Giddens folk-blues-jazz-old-time voice with amazing results, elevating her beyond her work with The Carolina Chocolate Drops. I feel like Tomorrow Is My Turn is destined to be an album that influences folk singers for years to come.

SolitudeRuby Boots

Solitude

When we picked Ruby Boots as an artist to watch in 2015 we suspected that come July we’d be talking up her new album Solitude. And that prediction has come true as Solitude is one of the alt-country albums of the past few years. Ruby Boots’s trademark big country voice is all over this record but what really makes it for me is just how tight she’s sounding with her full band – in fact I’d almost say that Solitude is the first time I’d describe Ruby Boots as a “band” rather than the solo project of frontwoman Bex Chilcott. When you add that dynamic to Ruby Boots’ masterful songwriting you’ve got an instant Australian country music classic.

Carrie & LowellSufjan Stevens

Carrie & Lowell

While I’ve enjoyed almost everything Sufjan Stevens has produced in the last five years his move away from his experimental electro music and back to his folk roots for Carrie & Lowell got me extremely excited, and the album itself has not disappointed. Here is a fragile, sumptuous, personal, raw piece of art that may well be Sufjan Stevens’ best album to date. I’m glad that Carrie & Lowell isn’t just Seven Swans revisited and that despite it being very much a folk album you can still here the echo of Stevens’ electro dalliance. This is Sufjan Stevens moving forward with his music and we’re all going on the journey with him.

If I WasThe Staves

If I Was

I feel like The Staves have always been destined for greatness since they burst onto the UK nu-folk scene almost six years ago. But it’s taken their Justin Vernon produced album If I Was to bring them to the attention of the wider folk community. In the past The Staves have leant on their three part harmonies to drive their music, and those harmonies are all over this album, but the inclusion of Vernon as producer has brought with it a full compliment of drums, guitars, horns and more. This adds a wonderful fullness to If I Was and only enhances The Staves’ stunning singing and songwriting.

One HouseTolka

One House

Tolka really are on the cutting edge of traditionally inspired music in Australia right now. Their latest album One House is almost entirely original music that draws so heavily on the tradition that you’d assume all of the tunes have existed for millennia. The production is pretty spot on and I love the use of samples dotted throughout – it adds an extra element to the music and makes One House stand out from its contemporaries. I can’t wait to see what Tolka have in store next.

Watch the New Video From The Milk Carton Kids, “Poison Tree”

Milk Carton Kids
Image Courtesy of The Milk Carton Kids

The new Milk Carton Kids album Monterey dropped this month and it’s something very very special. If you haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet do yourself a favour and go and buy it now.

Are you back? Good – because we’ve got the latest video from The Milk Carton Kids, “Poison Tree”, right here:

The Milk Carton Kids are touring Australia from next month – check out the full list of dates below:

Sunday 28th June – City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 30th June – The Athenaeum, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd July – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th July – Bello Winer Music Weekender, Bellingen, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th April

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Morrisons will be heading to The Vanguard in Sydney for a series of O Brother Where Art Thou? tribute shows featuring Brian Campeau, Lucky Luke, Georgia Mooney, Hannah Crofts, Katie Wighton, Luke Escombe and more. Details here

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have announced their new album The Traveling Kind ahead of their Australian tour. Details here

– Melbourne country-rock four-piece Raised By Eagles released their new album this week and gave us a taste with a stream of two of the tracks. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk band Yetis have called it a day releasing a final video for their track “Luckiest Guy Alive”. Details here

Sam Amidon released his new video “Blue Mountains”. Details here

– To celebrate the release of his new album Whispers II Passenger has released a short film. Details here

– Adelaide band Oliver’s Army released their stunning new video “Liquor Store”. Details here

The Milk Carton Kids finally revealed their Australian tour dates. Details here

– And The Milk Carton Kids also revealed a new track “The Secrets of the Stars”. Details here

Mumford & Sons will celebrate the release of their new album in Australia with a Sydney pop up bar, and they’ve also started streaming a live version of the track “Snake Eyes”. Details here

– Sydney Americana artist James Thomson announced details of his new album Cold Moon. Details here

Dan Parsons released the video for his new track “I’ll Live and I’ll Die”. Details here

Ryan Adams announced Splendour sideshows with Jenny Lewis. Details here

Of Monsters and Men also announced Splendour sideshows. Details here

Releases This Week

Great Lake Swimmers
A Forest of ArmsGreat Lake Swimmers
iTunes

Marlon Williams
Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams
iTunes

Passenger
Whispers IIPassenger
iTunes

Raised By Eagles
Diamonds in the BloodstreamRaised By Eagles
iTunes

Ruby Boots
SolitudeRuby Boots
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

These Machines Cut Razor Wire feat. Jeff Lang Band, Kavisha Mazzelia, Les Thomas Band, Little Foot

Jeff Lang

Watching some of the best in folk music while raising money for a good cause? Yes please! These Machines Cut Razor Wire will be holding it’s fifth annual event to raise money for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre with performances from Jeff Lang Band, Kavisha Mazzelia, Les Thomas Band and Little Foot

Sunday 26th April – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

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

Australian Celtic Festival
Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May – Glen Innes, NSW

Betty & Oswald
Saturday 25th April – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD
Sunday 26th April – The Milk Factory, Brisbane QLD

Brad Butcher
Friday 24th April – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 25th April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Buffalo Nickel
Wednesday 29th April – Yinnar Pub, Gippsland, VIC
Thursday 30th April – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd May – Karuah Bluegrass Music Festival, Karuah, NSW

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 24th April – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 25th April – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 26th April – The Workers Club, Fitzroy, VIC

Elwood Myre
Saturday 25th April – Private Event, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Sunday 26th April – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

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

Laura Jean and Aldous Harding
Saturday 25th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gale & the Ponytails
Friday 24th April – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Sunday 26th April – Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW

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

Ruby Boots, Fanny Lumsden, Cookie Baker, Amber Rae Slade
Saturday 25th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

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

Steve Smyth
Friday 24th April – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 1st May – Kidgeeridge Music Festival, Lake Conjola, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 1st May – Lithgow Workies, Lithgow, NSW

The String Contingent
Monday 27th April – Yackandandah House Concert, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 29th April – Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Temora Town Hall Theatre, Temora, NSW
Friday 1st May – Mechanics Institute Hall, Moruya, NSW

These Machines Cut Razor Wire feat. Jeff Lang, Les Thomas, Kavisha Mazzelia and Little Foot
Sunday 26th April – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Wintermoon Festival
Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May – Cameron’s Pocket, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Lark In The Clear Air/Olam Punch” – The Chieftains with Punch Brothers

I’ve been trying to learn the stunning waltz “The Lark In The Clear Air” this week after hearing it on a podcast. I thought I’d share this stunning version from The Chieftains amazing T Bone Burnett produced album Voice of Ages.

Listen to the New Track From The Milk Carton Kids, “Secrets Of The Stars”

Milk Carton Kids
Image Courtesy of The Milk Carton Kids

It’s all been about The Milk Carton Kids this week! Having announced the full dates for their Australian tour this June and July, The Milk Carton Kids have also just released another track off their upcoming album Monterey (due on the 19th May). The track is “Secrets Of The Stars” – take a listen below:

Full dates for the upcoming Australian tour from The Milk Carton Kids are below:

Sunday 28th June – City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 30th June – The Athenaeum, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd July – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th July – Bello Winer Music Weekender, Bellingen, NSW

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