Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Classical music mastermind Pekka Kuusisto will be teaming with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and American folkster Sam Amidon this February for the Murder Redemption tour. Details here

The Mountain Goats have announced Australian tour dates next year. Details here

– So many amazing artists on the WOMADelaide lineup so far including 9Bach, Archie Roach, Brushy One String, Dope Lemon, The East Pointers, Gawurra, Hanoi Masters, Nattali Rize, Oki Dub Ainu Band, The Waifs, Wawsaw Village Band, William Crighton and many more. Details here

– Christian folk duo The Welcome Wagon released a version of Sufjan Stevens’ “The Greatest Gift”. Details here

– The amazing Laura Marling announced her new album Semper Femina and also premiered her directorial debut for the “Soothing” video. Details here

– The new best of album from Kate Miller-Heidke comes out today. Details here

– Co-headline tour announced for The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd. Details here

Radical Face released “Sunn”, his first recording since completing his The Family Tree project. Details here

Michael Kiwanuka has announced Melbourne and Sydney shows when he’s in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

– A huge January tour has been announced for Hat Fitz & Cara. Details here

David Gray released his new video “Enter Lightly”. Details here

Releases This Week

The Best Of Kate Miller-Heidke: Act OneKate Miller-Heidke

Stray Hens
The ConfluenceStray Hens

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Stray Hens

Stray Hens

Stray Hens will be launching their brand new, crowd funded album The Confluence in Melbourne tonight and it looks like the gig is going to be amazing

Friday 2nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alannah Russack, Trish Young, Melodie Nelson
Saturday 3rd December – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Australian Bluegrass Conference
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th December – Tranquil Park, Maleny, QLD

BBQ & Blues feat. Cass Greaves
Wednesday 7th December – Surly’s, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 2nd December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Saturday 3rd December – 3 Oceans, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 4th December – Fremantle Prison, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 7th December – Orange Ex-Services Club, Orange, NSW
Thursday 8th December – ANU, Canberra, ACT
Friday 9th December – Waves, Wollongong, NSW

End Of Year Folk Bash feat. Darlo After Dark, Black Joak Morris, Peter Miller-Robinson, Buck and Deanne, Bells of Caroldise
Sunday 4th December – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Fairgrounds Festival
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Berry, NSW

Finders Keepers Market Sydney
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. MoSoul, Colin Jones and The Delta Revue
Wednesday 7th December – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Get Folked Punk feat. Medusa’s Wake, The Bottlers, Scarlets Revenge, The Habanerbros, Mournwillow, Jonno Read, Billy Punton, Whiskey Jeff, Josh Arentz, Antonia Susan, A-Rock Newman, Angus + Julia Stoned, Yvette Vials, Luke Holmeslice, Smug young Dads, Mac + Cheese, Brendan, Kennedy, Avobandito
Saturday 3rd December – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 2nd December – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 8th December – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Darren Cross, Jen Mize
Sunday 4th December – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Sam Newton
Sunday 4th December – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

ILona Brooks, John Chesher, Mark Lucas, Bill Hunt
Sunday 4th December – The Duck Inn, Sydney, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride feat. Anthea Sidiropoulos, Bruce Watson, Margaret & Bob Fagan
Saturday 3rd December – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans
Friday 2nd December – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 3rd December – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 4th December – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 8th December – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th December – The Factory, Sydney, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Friday 2nd December – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 2nd December to Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, NSW
Friday 9th December – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Karl Broadie’s “Leave On a Light” Tribute Album Launch feat. Amber Lawrence, Jasmine Rae, Amali Ward, Luke O’Shea, Den Hanrahan, Katie Brianna, Brett Hunt, Michael Carpenter
Thursday 8th December – The Bunker, Sydney, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 2nd December – Revesby Workers’ Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd December – Campbelltown Convention & Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th December – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW

Liam Gerner & The Sunset Pushers
Friday 2nd December – Lazy Bones, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd December – Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Little Wise
Friday 9th December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Matt Andersen
Friday 2nd December – The Music Lounge, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 3rd December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 4th December – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Mel Parsons
Friday 2nd December – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 4th December – Indi Bar, Scarborough Beach, WA

Pat and Kellie, Imogen Clark
Friday 9th December – The Acoustic Picnic, Sydney, NSW

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen
Saturday 3rd December – Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th December – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD

Ryan Adams
Tuesday 6th December – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Steve Poltz
Friday 2nd December – Ravenswood, Ravenswood, WA
Saturday 3rd December – The Charles, Perth , WA
Wednesday 7th December – Ararat PAC, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 8th December – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 9th December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Stray Hens
Friday 2nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-together
Saturday 3rd December – Annandale Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Newsagency 5th Bday Sessions feat. Alison Avron, Kent Eastwood
Thursday 8th December – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Petersham Bowling Club Community Christmas Party
Sunday 4th December – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Rhythm Hut Christmas Party feat. 19-Twenty, Lime and Steel, Night Kite
Friday 9th December – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Sunday 4th December – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Tallest Man On Earth
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW
Wednesday 7th December – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

The Western Distributors
Sunday 4th December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Willing Ponies
Sunday 4th December – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Friday 2nd December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd December – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 4th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tom West
Friday 4th December – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tower of Song – A Tribute to Leonard Cohen
Friday 2nd December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Rose Hip” – Fairport Convention

The Mountain Goats Announce Australian Tour Dates

The Mountains Goats
Image Courtesy of The Mountain Goats

Having been announced for next year’s Bluesfest acoustic troubadours The Mountain Goats have revealed their first Australian headlinr tour dates for five years.

The Mountain Goats will be making their way around the country visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide for their 2017 tour. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 6th April – Badlands, Perth, WA
Saturday 8th April – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 9th April – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bar, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th February


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Releases This Week

Rhiannon Giddens
Tomorrow Is My TurnRhiannon Giddens


Steve Earle
TerraplaneSteve Earle & The Dukes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Once w/ Georgia Mooney

The Once

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

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

Gigs Next Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Folk Flashback

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

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

The Mountain Goats Announce New Album Beat The Champ

The Mountain Goats
Image Courtesy of The Mountain Goats

The original heavy-metal-folk band The Mountain Goats have announced plans to release their brand new album Beat The Champ on the 3rd April. The album is a concept record featuring a collection of 12 songs about professional wrestling.

“I wrote these songs to re-immerse myself in the blood and fire of the visions that spoke to me as a child, and to see what more there might be in them now that I’m grown,” The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle explained.

As a taster listen to the album’s first single “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th October


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Releases This Week

Broadside, Bellowhead

In Another Life
In Another LifeCatherine Traicos

Back When Never
Back When NeverCountry Town Collective

Come Home To Mama
Come Home To MamaMartha Wainwright

Spring and Fall
Spring And FallPaul Kelly

Drifters Dawn
The Drifter’s DawnThe Tiger and Me

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

Timber and Steel Presents

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

Gigs Next Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mike Compton
Friday 26th October – Brisbane, QLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Folk Flashback

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

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

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th October


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Matt Bauer revealed the second track from his upcoming EP No Shape Can Hold Me Now titled “Tonight We Get To Sing Our Songs”. Details here

Lisa Mitchell rocks out in the video for “Bless This Mess”, the title track from her upcoming album. Details here

– With under three weeks to go JamGrass has released the individual day lineups for its two day festival of progressive bluegrass. Details here

– Bluegrass legends The Pigs will be launching their brand new album The Great Bluegrass Swindle at Notes in Sydney this Friday before a string of dates through NSW and QLD. Details here

Grizzly Bear revealed their brand new video “Yet Again” from their new album Shields. Details here

– Recent Old Crow Medicine Show recruit Chance McCoy has decided to let his fans download his debut album for free. Details here

Willy Mason has announced a couple of headline shows when he’s out here supporting Mumford and Sons this month. Details here

– Swedish duo First Aid Kit have announced headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne when they’re in the country for Falls Festival. Details here

Darren Cross, one half of folk duo Jep&Dep, is currently working on his solo album Freak Out Inn III and is busy uploading videos of some of the tracks to YouTube. Details here

– Canadian folkies The Wooden Sky released their new video “I’m Your Man” ahead of their new album Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun which hits stands next week. Details here

– Following an appearance on Letterman wearing an Aboriginal flag t-shirt Neil Young debuted his new psychedelic video for “Walk Like A Giant”. Details here

Folk In the Foothills announced their lineup for the 2012 festival. Details here

– The first Christmas song of the year has arrived in the form of Sufjan Stevens’ “Christmas Unicorn”. Stevens will be releasing a new boxset of Christmas EPs this November. Details here

– Last week Mumford and Sons and Emmylou Harris (along with master dobro player Jerry Douglas) got together to perform for the CMT Crossroads TV series. The full episode is available to stream online (but may require a US IP). Details here

– The talented folks at Sideshow Alley released their live video of Laura Marling shot earlier this year. Details here

Communion Melbourne announced their October lineup which includes Howl at the Moon, Mike Noga, The Falls and Jordan Leser as well as a very special guest appearance from Communion founder and Mumford and Sons keyboard player Ben Lovett. Details here


“The planets aligned for us and some amazing opportunities have come our way. But the task is the same as it always was – to write good songs and play good shows” – Husky Gawenda from Husky chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We’ve had such an incredible response from bands that played last year and new bands wanting to be part of it and the audience from last year. The amount of support and private emails from those that were at JamGrass 2011 have been so encouraging. People definitely want more of this. That has given us the confidence to expand to a two stage, two day format. This means we can accommodate a massive 17 band lineup” – Jason Taylor from JamGrass Music Festival chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Sugaring Season
Sugaring SeasonBeth Orton

Big City Low
Big City LowBillgoat & The Mongrels

Last Minutes and Lost Evenings
Last Minutes and Lost EveningsFrank Turner

Trancendental Youth
Transcendental YouthThe Mountain Goats

The Great Bluegrass Swindle
The Great Bluegrass SwindleThe Pigs

Timber and Steel Presents

Patrick James
Patrick James
Friday 5th October – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD

The Eastern
The Eastern
Friday 5th October – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 6th October – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 7th October – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 9th October – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 11th October – Camelot Longue, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th October – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ainslie Wills
Friday 12th October – The Metro, Adelaide, SA

Billy Goat & the Mongrels
Friday 5th October – The Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Buffalo (Wes Carr)
Saturday 6th October – Clarendon Guest house, Katoomba, NSW

Busby Marou with Slip On Stereo
Friday 12th October – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 12th October – Western Port Hotel, Westernport, VIC

Elliot The Bull
Saturday 6th October – Rics Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 5th October – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 6th October – Seaview Tavern, Woolgoolga, NSW
Sunday 7th October – Oddfellows Hot Club, West Kempsey, NSW
Wednesday 10th October – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 11th October – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Friday 12th October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Thursday 11th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th October – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Thursday 11th October – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 12th October – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 5th October – Empire Church Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 6th October – Starcourt Theatre, Lismore, NSW
Thursday 11th October – Lizottes Restaurant, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 12th October – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford, NSW

Mama Kin
Saturday 6th October – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Josh Bennett and Jay Dabgar

Friday 5th October – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Chris Finnen and Cal Williams jr.
Friday 12th October – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Rosie Catalano
Thursday 11th October – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 5th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites (with Art of Sleeping, Battleships)
Thursday 11th October – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 12th October – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 5th October – Notes Live, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

The Stillsons
Saturday 6th October – The Lodge 241 Cafe, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 7th October – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

The String Contingent
Friday 5th October – Concert for Wesley Warragul, Warragul, VIC
Saturday 6th October – Escape Art Festival, Milton, NSW
Sunday 7th October – Concert in the Cave, Wee Jasper, NSW

Friday 5th October – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 7th October – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th October – Side Bar @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

TinPan Orange
Saturday 6th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Our Town” – Iris DeMent feat. Emmylou Harris and Jerry Douglas

I remember hearing this song over the final episode of Northern Exposure in the 90s and thinking “I have to own that”. Beautiful.

Download The New Mountain Goats Single “Cry for Judas”

The Mountain Goats
Image Courtesy of The Mountain Goats

Transcendental Youth, the upcoming album from The Mountain Goats, is set to be released on the 2nd October with the first landing on the Internet this morning. The track is “Cry for Judas” and according to The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle “is about saddling up your demons and learning to ride them like devil horses with big leathery wings. To the best of my knowledge, it’s also the first song ever to feature both a swinging horn section and a line about a baphomet drawn in chalk on an altar cloth, so everybody else who was trying to square that circle can take a breather now.”

Sounds a little more metal than folk right? Listen to “Cry for Judas” below and head over to Merge Records’ Soundcloud to download yourself a free copy.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Arbori unleashed their gorgeous new track “In The Places You Fold” featuring backing vocals from The Falls, ILUKA, Chelsea Gibson and Stu Larsen. The track is available as a free download and will be officially launched at Hibernian House in Sydney on the 28th July. Details here.

Jack Carty is stocking up on frequent flyer points with weekly residencies in both Sydney and Melbourne. Packwood will be supporting Carty at all of the shows and the pair have released a video of them covering Sufjan Stevens’ “Decatur” to celebrate. Details here.

Grizzly Bear, who will be winging their way to Australia in November for the Harvest Festivals, have finally revealed the artwork and titled for their upcoming album, due for release on the 18th September. Details here.

– Sydney singer-songwriter Edward Deer shared his gorgeous new single “Washed Ashore” with us. “Washed Ashore” is set to appear on Deer’s upcoming debut album. Details here.

– Not ones to take a break The Mountain Goats have announced they’ll be releasing a new album, Transcendental Youth, this October. Details here.

– One of our favourite Aussie music sites, The AU Review, is turning four and to celebrate they’re holding a very special concert in Sydney that will recreate The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour album live on stage with a bunch of local artists. Fanny Lumsden and Winter People are flying the folk flag at the gig which is set to take place on 3rd August. Details here.

YOLK Collective, the Young Centenary Foundation and Georgie & Friends have announced a very special night of folk music and visual art in Sydney this Saturday. Featuring music from Karla Nader, ILUKA with Taylor Hogan, Arbori and the aforementioned Georgie & Friends the night will also support finding a cure for cancer. Details here.

– The wonderful new clip from Jordan Millar (who toured with Jack Carty last year) hit the interwebs. The track is called “Guilty” and the video was directed by Kane Waldron. Details here.

Sam Lee is one of the most exciting young trad musicians coming out of the UK at the moment. Combining songs he has collected mostly from the Traveller and Gypsy communities with diverse instrumentation, sampling and modern arrangements, Lee has created something really unique on his new album Ground Of Its Own, which has just been given a release date of 23rd July. Details here.

– For the second week in a row The Falls Festival has revealed a handful of artists for 2012. This time around the folk flag is being well and truly waved by First Aid Kit, returning to Australia for the second time this year. Details here.

Beth Orton announced her first album in almost 6 years titled Sugaring Season. The album is due for release on the 5th October with the first single “Something more Beautiful” already causing a buzz online. Details here.

– The new Old Crow Medicine Show album Carry Me Back will be released on the the 17th July but has an advance stream. It’s very very good. Details here.

– Folk rockers America are touring Australia in September featuring original members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. Details here.

The Falls, who are set to release their new EP Hollywood on the 3rd August, have announced launch shows in Sydney and Melbourne immediately followed by a support slot on Passenger national tour. Big things are happening for our favourite Sydney duo! Details here.

– Melbourne four piece Cordial Factory have just released “What Did You Ask For” the lastet single from their forthcoming EP First Make Thieves. The band will be launching the EP at the Northcote Social Club on the 8th August. Details here.

ILUKA released her brand new single “Paper Doll” following a successful launch at FBi Social. Its mixture of folk, jazz, blues and doo-wop is bound to have you dancing – and best of all ILUKA’s offering it up for free. Details here.


Track By Track

“We played all the songs on Damascus live in the studio. I didn’t want to produce a product that was perfected and sounded like a recording”Faith Lee, Damascus. Track By Track here


“It’s likely I’ve said this before but Jordie Lane really does epitomise everything I want in a folk singer”Jordie Lane, Camelot Lounge, Sydney. Review here

“It was a great hour-long set combining a range of new songs and old favourites and a show that should keep fans happy”Georgia Fair, The Standard, Sydney. Review here

Releases This Week

Broken BrightsAngus Stone

DamascusFaith Lee
CD Baby

Gigs Next Week

Breaking Hart Benton
Saturday 14th July – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Monday 16th July – The Cave, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 20th July – Upfront Club, Maleny, QLD

Busby Marou
Fri 13th July – The SoundLounge, Gold Coast QLD
Sat 14th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane QLD
Sun 15th July – Great Northern, Byron Bay NSW

Jack Carty with Packwood
Sunday 15th July – Betty Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

John Williamson
Friday 13th July – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW
Saturday 14th July – Montreal Community Theatre, Tumut, NSW
Wednesday 18th July – 99 on York, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th July – Belmont 16ft Sailing Club, Belmont, NSW

MoFo (Telegraph Tower, My Sauce Good)
Friday 13th July – The Gaelic Club (Upstairs), Sydney, NSW

Paper Kites
Friday 13th July – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 19th July – The Lair, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th July – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD

Simone Felice
Friday 13th July – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

The Good Ship
Saturday 14th July – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

The Redlands Bluegrass Convention (The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, The Davidson Brothers, Mustered Courage, Bluegrass Parkway, Kristy Cox)
13th to 15th July – Redland Bay, QLD

The Rescue Ships
Friday 13th July – The Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 18th July – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 20th July – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

YOLK Folk (Karla Nader, ILUKA with Taylor Hogan, Arbori, Georgie & Friends)
Saturday 14th July – 49 Crown St, Woolloomoolloo, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Drover’s Boy” – Ted Egan

We know there’s a very famous American folk birthday tomorrow but we wanted to recognise an Australian living legend and dear friend, Ted Egan who turned 80 last week. If you have never heard this song you’re in for a treat. Happy Birthday mate!

The Mountain Goats Announce New Album

The Mountain Goats
Image Courtesy of The Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats are easily one of the hardest working bands in the world with a constant stream of quality releases emanating from John Darnielle and co. Following on from last year’s All Eternals Deck The Mountain Goats have announced a brand new album titled Transcendental Youth which is due for release on the 2nd October.

That’s the album artwork above and the track listing is below:

1. Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1
2. Lakeside View Apartments Suite
3. Cry for Judas
4. Harlem Roulette
5. White Cedar
6. Until I Am Whole
7. Night Light
8. The Diaz Brothers
9. Counterfeit Florida Plates
10. In Memory of Satan
11. Spent Gladiator 2
12. Transcendental Youth

Fans of The Mountain Goats will also be happy to learn that John Darnielle as written an essay about the making of the new album over on their website – check it out here.

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2011

Bob Dylan

For the second time in as many years (funny that) Timber and Steel are following the trend and producing our albums of the year. Once again we’ve asked each of our contributors to come up with their top five folky albums from 2011 and once again they’ve managed to deliver lists that are so diverse it’s a wonder we’ve got anything in common at all. There’s been so much fine music released this year and these lists are only the tip of the iceberg – make sure you scroll through the Timber and Steel archives for everything we’ve been listening to.

But enough about us, let’s get to the music. Ladies and gentlefolk we are proud to present Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2011:

Aiden QuinnThe Crackling

1. The CracklingKeep Full Ambitious
The Crackling were the main support for Dan Mangan on a few pre-glastonbury festival gigs he did in the UK (they both come from Canada). They played a gig I was helping out with and I was completely blown away. The lead vocalist, Kenton Loewen, has a raw rugged voice that is delicious, almost orgasmic, like rich dark chocolate. The album plays that to full effect. The layers of dark mystery, whiskey swilled woe and the feeling of being burnt. It’s an emotional ride, intense, unforgettable, and leaves you wondering what the hell just happened (but in a good way) -gripping stuff. Fave track for me on the album? 5. “Of deceit”.
2. Benjamin Folke ThomasRhythm and Blues
3. Ed Sheeran+
4. Matt CardleLetters
5. Friska Vilijor – The Beginning of The Beginning of The End

Evan HughesThe Decemberists The King is Dead

1.The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
When I first sat down and listened to The King is Dead in January 2011 the comment I made was that it was going to be tough to top as an album of the year. Twelve months and countless amazing releases later I haven’t found anything that’s topped this album. Colin Meloy has fully embraced the folky flavours of his music, incorporating traditional sounding melodies with his trademarked verbosity. With appearances by Gillian Welch and REMs Peter Buck, The King is Dead doesn’t just wear its influences on its sleeve, it actively includes them. With the folk, rock and indie worlds embracing this album The King is Dead truly is the crossover success of the year.
2. Bon IverBon Iver
3. Boy & BearMoonfire
4. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
5. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues

JDXKing Creosote and Jon Hopkins Diamond Mine

1. King Creosote and Jon HopkinsDiamond Mine
This is the very best that music can do. Every time I hear it, it feels like a revelation. It isn’t an easy one, but it is the truth, and what more could you ask for from folk songs? Jon Hopkins’ soft soundscapes dip and swell, punctuated by the sonorous chime of piano, the echoes of accordion, the awkward gait of paper turned into percussion – as strange and strangely real as anything I’ve ever heard. The spaces he leaves are like deep breaths – like the vast distance between big ideas and bitterness. There’s nothing romantic about this – but there is serenity. Kenny Anderson’s voice is a soft lilt surfacing from the depths of despair. It’s the only sure thing here, set against the crystalline fragility of the music. He sings these songs, written over the course of 20 years, with a weary kind of wisdom, but with that comes acceptance, and it’s gentle, mournful, beautiful.
2. Bon IverBon Iver
3. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
4. Mike NogaThe Balladeer Hunter
5. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues

KT BellLanie Lane To The Horses

1. Lanie LaneTo the Horses
An impressive debut album from a performer who we’ve watched shoot in to the spotlight over the past 18 months. Her distinct voice matched with some of the more quirky themes we’ve seen in her singles this year, Lanie has managed to create an album which spans across and incorporates a multitude of genres in a record that grabs you, holds you and won’t let you go till you’re just a little bit sullied. I love it.
2. Boy & BearMoonfire
3. Seeker Lover KeeperSeeker Lover Keeper
4. WagonsRumble Shake and Tumble
5. The Little SteviesAttention Shoppers

Jack Carty One Thousand Origami Birds

1. Jack CartyOne Thousand Origami Birds
I could put albums by The Middle East here, or Boy & Bear or many, many other things … In the end it came down to what I chose to play most and I can honestly say that Jack Carty’s One Thousand Origami Birds was THE most frequently played album both on my iPhone and at home. A great mix of old fashioned stories and energetic performances that always left a warm fuzzy glow.
2. Seeker Lover KeeperSeeker Lover Keeper
3. Holly ThrosbyTeam
4. Gillian WelchThe Harrow and the Harvest
5. Bon IverBon Iver

Jack Carty One Thousand Origami Birds

1. Jack CartyOne Thousand Origami Birds
It takes a special album for me to knock off my long term favourites, the Mountain Goats, when they release a new album and Jack Carty’s “One Thousand Origami Birds” was that album. It’s the album I find I’m playing first thing in the morning, last thing at night and it always seems fresh. Crystal clear tunes and amazing wordsmithing, Australian music should be so very proud.
2. Mountain GoatsAll Eternals Deck
3. Josh PykeOnly Sparrows
4. Busby MarouBusby Marou
5. The Little SteviesAttention Shoppers

Serena SkyeHarry James Angus Little Stories

1. Harry James AngusLittle Stories
Little Stories takes you in, from it’s first rolling tragedy of a love song, and holds you, through brilliant vocals and instrumentation all the way through to it’s gentle finish. Both humorous and saddening, each story is different yet equally important and well constructed. It’s certainly not what I expected from Harry as a solo artist, but, full of beautiful melodies and guitar work, it has fast become on of my favourite release of this year.
2. Georgia FairAll through the Winter
3. Lucie ThorneBonfires In Silver city and Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know (tied)
4. Jinja SafariLocked By Land
5. Boy & BearMoonfire

Thom Owen MilesThe Felice Brothers Celebration, Florida

1. The Felice BrothersCelebration, Florida
This is an album I’ve been hoping someone would make for years. Personally, my awareness of indie folk from around the world has more or less been born out of an unrelenting search for an artists or band capable of bringing together the raw, poetic, organic essence of folk/blues/Americana with the wonderful innovative production typical of contemporary indie pop and rock. I’ve never heard an album so beautifully balanced on that fine line before and, to be honest, I wasn’t sure it could even be done.
2. The Low AnthemSmart Flesh
3. Radical FaceThe Family Tree: The Roots
4. Dan ManganOh Fortune
5. Fionn Regan100 Acres of Sycamore

« Older entries

%d bloggers like this: