Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Releases This Week

Conor Oberst
Upside Down MountainConor Oberst
iTunes

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

Wagons
Acid Rain and Sugar CaneWagons
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Scott Matthew

Scott Matthew

Sunday 18th May -The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Al Parkinson w/ James Kenyon

Al Parkinson

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

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

Gigs Next Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Folk Flashback

“Keep on the Sunny Side” – The Carter Family

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

Watch the New Video from The Mountains, “Amends”

The Mountains
Image Courtesy of The Mountains

Sydney folk-rock four-piece The Mountains have just released their new video “Amends”. Produced by indie-folk go to producer Mark Myers, the video was directed by Sam Brumby. Check it out below:

The Mountains have a handful of tour dates in the next few weeks – check them out here:

Saturday 17th May – The Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 22nd May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 29th May – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 30th May – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 31st May – The Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The week kicked off with over 500 artists being announced for this year’s Woodford Folk Festival. Details here

WOMADelaide also added eleven new artists to its 2014 lineup including Timber and Steel favourite Sam Lee and Scottish trad specialists Breabach. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features have announced their October lineup including Hushka, Colin Jones, Little Bighorn and Jacob Pearson. Details here

Bluesfest announced their third lineup additions for 2014 including Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Passenger and Kasey Chambers. Details here

– We posted the full lineup for the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival which kicks off today. Details here

Busby Marou revealed their new video “Get You Out Of Here”. Details here

– Australian-born, Berlin-based folk-pop singer Phia has released her new single “Do You Ever?”. Details here

– Another festival to announce its 2014 lineup is Golden Plains 8, whose folky artists include Neko Case, The Orbweavers, Archer and the Long Gone Daddies and The Perch Creek Family Jugband. Details here

Patrick James has revealed a brand new track “Wait” ahead of his Spring tour. Details here

Dustin Tebbutt, who is heading out on tour with Boy & Bear, has revealed his new video “Where I Find You” from his new EP The Breach. Details here

Timber and Steel has an exclusive stream of “Streets”, the new EP from Isaac de Heer that is officially released today. Details here

Emma Davis released her new single “Stand Tall” and announced an east coast tour with Brian Campeau in November. Details here

– Sydney’s The Mountains have announced their last headline show for 2013 with Edward Deer and Direwolf. Details here

Daughter have announced Laneway sideshows next year. Details here

– The Sydney Festival announced its 2014 lineup including a bunch of folk acts like Chris Thile, The Staves, Dom Flemons and more. Details here

Midlake released their brand new video “Antiphon”. Details here

– On the 21st November Timber and Steel will be presenting a very special night of music featuring Boy Outside, The British Blues and All Our Exes Live In Texas. Details here

Interviews

“I just don’t think we worked out what we were trying to do with Cherbourg. I think we learnt a lot of lessons from it. It was quite a set formula with Cherbourg and I think we’re all multi-instrumentalists in Bear’s Den and it allows us to be a lot more fluid with the sort of sounds we can make and what we choose to do with them” – Kev Jones from Bear’s Den chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Wild Heart
Wild HeartBec Sandridge
Bandcamp

Isaac De Heer Streets
StreetsIsaac de Heer
iTunes

The Head and the Heart
Let’s Be StillThe Head And The Heart
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Arbori
Arbori
Saturday 26th October – Festival at Mezzanine Styles, Parkes, NSW
Sunday 27th October – Balcony TV, Coolum Beach, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Friday 25th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sundey 27th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st November – Wool Exchange, Geelong, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 25th October – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 26th October – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD

Caitlin Rose
Friday 25th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Clannad
Saturday 26th October – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 28th October – City Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 30th October – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st November – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 25th October – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 26th October – Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 27th October – Woombye Pub, Eumundi, QLD
Thursday 31st October – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 1st November – Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW

Fleurieu Folk Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October – Willunga, SA

Foghorn Stringband
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, NSW
Tuesday 29th October – Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall, Kyogle, NSW
Thursday 31st October – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 1st November – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

heart.beats.mind.
Friday 1st November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Jordie Lane
Friday 25th to Saturday 26th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA
Sunday 27th October – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA (Afternoon show)
Sunday 27the October – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Thursday 31st October – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 1st November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Sunday 27th October – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 31st October – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 1st November – Burleigh Underground Drummers, Gold Coast, QLD

Little Features feat. Hushka, Colin Jones, Little Bighorn, Jacob Pearson
Saturday 26th October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Matt Corby with Bear’s Den
Sunday 27th October – Arts centre, Fremantle, WA

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 25th October – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 26th October – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 27th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Sam Buckingham and Buffalo Tales
Wednesday 30th October – Royal Exchange Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 31st October – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Friday 1st November – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 25th October – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 1st November – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD

The Little Stevies
Friday 25th October – The Velvet Room, Melbourne, VIC

Whitley
Friday 25th October – Bendigo Bank Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 26th October – A Day On The Green, Mudgee, NSW
Sunday 27th October – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Forever Young” – Joan Baez

Proof that my wife has far better music taste than me – this song was playing in our house the other day and I had to ask her what it was

The Mountains Final Headline Show for 2013

The Mountains
Image Courtesy of The Mountains

Sydney alt-country rockers The Mountains have had a massive 2013 with what feels like non-stop touring and the release of their debut EP Country Doors. Before the boys shut up shop for the year they’re planning one last show in their hometown – this is likely to be this last chance you’ll get to see The Mountains before the 2014.

On Thursday 14th November The Mountains will be taking over Brighton Up Bar in Sydney. Joining them in support will be fellow folksters Edward Deer and Direwolf. Tickets will be just $10 – for more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Ashleigh Mannix released her brand new video “Devil In My Hometown”. Details here

Timber and Steel will be presenting the August tour for Sydney alt-country four-piece The Mountains. Details here

– Sydney trio Little May have released their brand new single and video “Boardwalks”. Details here

Whitley has revealed his new single “TV” ahead of his appearance at Splendour tomorrow. Details here

Timber and Steel favourite Jack Carty has released his new video “What Does Your Heart Say” as well as announcing a massive national tour. Details here

– Central Coast singer-songwriter Mark Moldre is heading south in September for a tour in the ACT and VIC and has released a new video. Details here

Frank Turner released the video to his track “Losing Days”. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Hannah Karydas released her new video “Heavy”. Details here

Timber and Steel had the exclusive first listen to the brand new Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers single “Sea Elephant School”. Details here

Les Thomas is one of the busiest men in folk music – he writes the awesome Unpaved blog, does a lot of work with for refugees through These Machines Cut Razorwire and is a singer-songwriter as well. We have his new video “Song for Selva”. Details here

Gregory Alan Isakov has released the video for his brand new video “Living Proof”. Details here

Interviews

“We love getting guests up with us, it’s a big part of the jambands/bluegrass scene to us. Surrounded by so many talented pickers you can expect plenty of special guests on stage alongside us” – Julian Abrahams from Mustered Courage chats to Gareth Hugh Evans about JamGrass Sydney. Interview here

“Speaking from my own experience, [Bluegrass] is music that can easily be participated in. Brother Jimmy played me some bluegrass once, I went out and bought a guitar and a Carter Family record within a day” – James Morrison from The Morrisons chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I think the reason that there are things called “folk songs” and “country songs” is mainly for marketing reasons. If I had my way I wouldn’t be pigeon holed at all”John Williamson chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I think at its core people are really attracted to the spirit of this music. It’s not pretentious, it’s energetic and uplifting, it’s a connection to the past, and it is focused on community and shared experience. People are always looking for more authentic experiences and they don’t have to look too hard to find it in this kind of music” – Jimmy Daley of The Steamgrass Boys chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We’re hoping to get some dancing going too – we really go nuts when there’s dancing” – J. B. Latime from The Rusty Spring Syncopators chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We just released a single and we’re finishing off the rest of the album, so hopefully we’ll tour to promote that. In the meantime, more beer more whiskey more songs” – Jason Mannell from The Green Mohair Suits chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

By Your Side
By Your SideAlison Avron
Bandcamp

Edward Sharpe
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic ZerosEdward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Fanny Lumsden
Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers w/The British Blues, The Burley Griffin
Wednesday 31st July – Folk Club at The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW
Free

Sam Buckingham
Sam Buckingham w/Whitaker, Tom Kline
Sunday 28th July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Bears With Guns
Saturday 27th July – Ex Servicemans, Grafton, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Castlecomer
Thursday 1st August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A Gorman w/ Forever Son
Wednesday 31st July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Grizzly Jim Lawrie
Friday 26th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Isaac Graham
Friday 26th July – The Bunker, Coogee, NSW
Saturday 27th July – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 1st August – Crowbar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 2nd August – The Purple Carrot, Bellingen, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Wednesday 31st July – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Zeally & Cliff, Torquoy, VIC

Laura Marling
Friday 26th July – St Joseph’s Church, Perth WA
Tuesday 30th July – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 31st July – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne VIC

Of Monsters and Men
Monday 29th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 30th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 31st July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd August – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Paul Kelly
Friday 26th July – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 27th July – Moncieff Ent. Centre, Bundaberg, QLD
Sunday 28th July – Brolga Theatre, Maryborough, QLD
Tuesday 30th July – Arts Theatre, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 31st Juluy – Community Centre, Lake Kawana, QLD
Thursday 1st August – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Sam Brittain
Friday 26th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adealaide, SA

Sam Buckingham
Sunday 28th July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st August – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Sarah Blasko
Saturday 27th July – Splendour In The Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 28th July – The Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Tuesday 30th July – Eastbank Centre, Shepparton, VIC
Wednesday 31st July – The Capital, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 1st August – Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Lighthouse Theatre, Warnambool, VIC

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, NSW

The Tiger & Me
Friday 26th July – Blue Beat, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th July – City Digger’s Club, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Beyond Q, Canberra, ACT

The Timbers
Friday 2nd August – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Woohoo Revue
Friday 26th July – The Hot Club, Blackheath, NSW
Saturday 27th July – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 1st August – White Eagle Polish Club, Turner, ACT
Friday 2nd August – White Eagle Polish Club, Turner, ACT

Thelma Plum
Friday 26th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 28th July – The Aviary Rooftop Sessions, Perth, WA

Twang: A Night of American Bluegrass
Tuesday 30th July – The Festival Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Pirate’s Gospel” – Alela Diane

Thought you might want some pirate music to get your Friday night started.

Timber and Steel Presents: The Mountains, Through Fire or Flood

The Mountains
Image Courtesy of The Mountains

Timber and Steel are proud to announce that we’ll be presenting the Through Fire or Flood tour from alt-country rockers The Mountains. The tour will see the band make their way through NSW and VIC throughout the month of August – check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 7th August – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 8th August – Bedlam Barm, Glebe, NSW
Friday 9th August – The Treehous, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 15th August – Bedlam Barm, Glebe, NSW
Friday 16th August – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba
Saturday 17th August – Bellevue Hotel, Tuncurry
Thursday 22nd August – Bedlam Barm, Glebe, NSW
Friday 23rd August – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC
Saturday 24th August – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 25th August – Workers Club, Fitzroy, VIC
Thursday 29th August – The Bucket List, Bondi, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Gulgong Folk Festival has had the majority of its funding pulled for this year’s event so is appealing to folk fans via a crowd funding campaign. Details here

– Tonight marks the second of three Peace in the Pacific shows Fred Smith is putting on in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Details here

– Also tonight is the July edition of MoFo in Sydney featuring Little Bighorn and Mimi Gilbert. Details here

– We announced that Timber and Steel will be presenting the upcoming Sea Elephant School single launch tour from Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers. Details here

Mumford and Sons revealed the new video to their track “Babel” ahead of their Splendour in the Grass show this month. Details here

Gosti also released her new video “Boy” which she’s officially launching in Melbourne next month. Details here

– Sydney alt-country quartet The Mountains gave us the exclusive first listen to their brand new track “Sun”. Details here

Ashleigh Mannix has revealed details of her new EP From The Mountains plus tour dates through August and September. Details here

Matt Corby revealed the track “Evangelist” from his Resolution EP which is released today. Details here

– Melbourne alt-country super-group Immigrant Union released their new single “Alison”. Details here

– Melbourne twin-brother duo The Pierce Brothers released their brand new video “Blind Boys Run”. Details here

– Sydney monthly alt-country night Country Roads has announced its July lineup including The Green Mohair Suits, Luke Escombe and the Corporation and The British Blues. Details here

Aoife O’Donovan has finally released the official video for her single “Red & White & Blue & Gold”. Details here

– English folk singer Lucy Ward released her new video “Icarus”. Details here

Interviews

“It was going to be Lawrence Greenwood for quite a while really until the eleventh hour. It was just like “ahh f**k, it just sounds like a Whitely album. I wouldn’t want to put it out as anything else”.” – Lawrence Greenwood from Whitley chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Castlecomer
Lone SurvivorCastlecomer
iTunes

Dan Parsons
Dan ParsonsDan Parsons
iTunes

Emily Barker
Deep RiverEmily Barker & The Red Clay Halo
Official Store

Gregory Alan Isakov
The WeathermanGregory Alan Isakov
iTunes

Matt Corby
ResolutionMatt Corby
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Buffalo Tales
Buffalo Tales
Friday 12th July – Mudgee Brewing Company, Mudgee, NSW
Sunday 14th July – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 19th July – The Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood, VIC

Official Site

Traveller and Fortune
Traveller & Fortune with Oliver’s Army, Colourwheel
Sunday 14th July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Country Roads feat. The Green Mohair Suits, Luke Escombe and the Corporation, The British Blues
Thursday 18th July – The Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Folk Club feat. Little Bighorn, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Rainee Lyleson
Wednesday 17th July – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A Gorman w/ Mike Skinner (Mallee Songs)
Wenesday 17th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Fred Smith
Friday 12th July – Cat & Fiddle, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – The Playhouse, Canberra, ACT

Isaac Graham
Friday 19th July – Yours And Owls, Wollongong, NSW

MoFo feat. Little Bighorn, Mimi Gilbert
Friday 12h July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Sam Brittain
Sunday 14th July – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Sweet Jean
Friday 12th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 13th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday, 18th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th July – Singing Gallery, McLaren, SA

The Jed Rowe Band
Friday 12th July – The Gollan Hotel, Lismore, NSW
Sunday 14th July – The Channon Markets, The Channon, NSW

Thelma Plum
Saturday 13th July – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Whitley
Friday 12th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th July – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 18th July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th July – The Hi Fi, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Chemical Worker’s Song” – Great Big Sea

The struggle-of-the-worker genre of folk song is no where near as prevalent as it once was in our world of OH&S, high paid mining gigs and award wages. But there’s some great tracks out their still being recorded by contemporary artists like this version of “The Chemical Worker’s Song” by Ron Angel (also known at “Process Man”) performed here by Canadian folk-rockers Great Big Sea

Timber and Steel Exclusive: New Single From The Mountains, “Sun”

The Mountains
Image Courtesy of The Mountains

Sydney alt-country quartet The Mountains are releasing their debut EP Country Doors on the 1st August and we’re absolutely privileged to have the exclusive first listen to its second single “Sun”.

The Mountains have been gaining quite a reputation recently with a massive tour with Achoo! Bless You under their belt and an appearance at Folk Club in Sydney last week. Take a listen to “Sun” below and make sure you keep an ear out for Country Doors – it’s going to be an absolutely cracking EP:

Artists for Folk Club This Wednesday 3rd July

All Our Exes
Image Courtesy of All Our Exes Live In Texas

It’s July which means that Sydney’s regular Folk Club night is getting a brand new resident band for the month and we’re very excited that that band is going to be alt-country super-group All Our Exes Live In Texas. Made up of local singer-songwriters Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney, All Our Exes Live In Texas came together over “A bottle of wine, a couple of episodes of HBO’s Girls, an accordion solo and bam, the band was born” (see our interview with them here) and have been wowing audiences ever since.

For their first week at Folk Club All Our Exes Live In Texas are joined by two really exciting artists – alt country quartet The Mountains who’ve recently returned from a massive east coast tour and Canadian folk-rock singer-songwriter Andy Brown.

As always Folk Club takes place at The Soda Factory in Surry Hills from about 8:30pm (although we’d recommend getting their early and grabbing a bite to eat first). Entry is free and the bar will stay open past the final band where a classic album will be played from start to finish while you can have a congratulatory whiskey with the artists.

For more details check out the official Facebook invite here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne’s John Flanagan & The Begin Agains have released their brand new video for the track “Autumn Song”. Details here

Achoo! Bless You have managed to find the time during their current east coast tour to release their new video “No Way Of Knowing”. Details here

Thelma Plum has announced plans for a national tour this July. Details here

– The first lineup announcement for the 2013 JamGrass Music Festival reads like a who’s who of Timber and Steel favourites – Patt and Possum (USA), The Company, The Steamgrass Boys, The Green Mohair Suits, Papa Pilko & The Binrats, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Hardrive Bluegrass Band, Strzelecki Stringbusters, James Kenyon and John Flanagan & The Begin Agains. Details here

Communion Melbourne have revealed the lineup for their May show this Sunday including Five Mile Town, Garrett Kato, Miles and Simone, Sean O’Neill and Zack Buchanan. Details here

– UK troubadour Johnny Flynn is making a welcome return to the musical stage after a couple of years concentrating on his acting career – and he’s got an brand new song to share. Details here

– Tom Busby’s (Busby Marou) Americana side-project Good Oak has a new video for “The Bear Song”. Details here

Tom West plays in Adelaide folk band Traveller and Fortune but has a solo project as well – and he’s just released his new single “Jonathan’s Farm” with a tour to go along with it. Details here

Laura Marling has announced a Heavenly Sounds tour as her Splendour in the Grass sideshows. Details here

– Speaking of Laura Marling, there’s a lovely video of her and Eddie Berman covering Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” online at the moment. Details here

– Experimental folk six piece Tunng have revealed plans to release a new album as well as sharing the first single. Details here

– Next weekend monthly Sydney folk night Little Features turns one and they’re celebrating with an amazing lineup – Mark Bulmer, Colin Jones, Arbori, Charlie Gradon, Bec Sandridge and Yetis. Details here

– After attributing the wrong video to Emily Barker last week (so embarrassing) we’re making up for it by posting her new video “Dear River”. Details here

Interviews

“It’s almost like we’re getting used to playing in the duo form again. It’s almost as though we have to simplify everything. We’re so used to playing with a band now because we’ve been doing so for the last six months – and it’s been so fun playing with those guys – at the same time it’s really cool to challenge ourselves as a duo”Patrick James chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Finding an opportunity to bail Jeff up in the green room (ie the grass behind the tent), Bill whipped out the all-terrain microphone and quizzed Jeff on the sound matter, among others”Jeff Lang chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“The tour has been amazing so far. Kicking off in Sydney in front of our buddies was so rad. It was a real high point for us as a band. It’s so easy when your touring with good mates and sick bands. We have just been losing our shit to each others each night, too fun”The Mountains chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I think it has something to do with our longing for a more simplistic life, something to do with a bunch of the younger city kids actually coming from rural areas, and something to do with the music just being honest, tuneful, and great to dance and drink to”Lucky Luke chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Spotlight On

Winter Mountain

“It’s been a while since we’ve seen a solid male duo on the scene. With boots to fill of the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, these two manage to blend their voices in delicious harmonies, complementing their emotive melodies quite simply but effectively, while still retaining their young and contemporary vibe. It’s kind of like Indie-folk without actually stepping into the indie realm”KTBell profiles Winter Mountain. Spotlight here

Blog

“Suddenly, there seem to be people everywhere crowd-funding. I’ve just become one of those people. But we’re all still learning about it. I’m half-way through a 30 day crowd-funding campaign for my new record, and even though they’ve helped multitudes of people raise over $10 million in crowd-funding, even the directors of Pozible, an Australian crowd-funding platform, can’t be sure whether my campaign will succeed”Rose Wintergreen talks Crowd Funding in the first of a four part series. Blog here

Reviews

Gigs

“As soon as this a capella vocal trio started to sing, the room was reduced to complete silence. Unaccompanied, these three talented young women use their voices as diverse instruments, using harmonies, percussive sounds, ooo’s, ahh’s and combined with hand percussion create a sweet, full sound”Hannah Acfield reviews the album launch from Aluka. Review here

Releases This Week

Bright Sunny South
Bright Sunny SouthSam Amidon
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

The Stillsons
The Stillsons with Little Wise, Victoriana Gaye
Sunday 19th May – The Worker’s Club, Fitzroy, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains
Friday 17th May – Woody’s Surf Shack, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 22nd May – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 17th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Communion Melbourne feat. Five Mile Town, Garrett Kato, Miles and Simone, Sean O’Neill, Zack Buchanan
Sunday 19th May – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Good Oak
Thursday 23rd May – Gov’s Espresso, Mermaid Beach, QLD
Friday 24th May – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW

Matt Corby with Grace Woodroofe
Thursday 23rd May – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

MoFo Speakeasy feat. The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Hayfever
Saturday 18th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 17th May – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Saturday 18th May – Karuah Music Festival, Karuah, NSW
Sunday 19th May – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 24th May – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT

Sarah Humphreys
Saturday 18th May – Lizotte’s Kincumber, Kincumber, NSW

The Starry Field (solo)
Friday 17th May – Jet Black Cat Records, West End, QLD
Saturday 18th May – Pure Pop Records, St Kilda, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Newsagency, Sydney NSW

The Stillsons
Saturday 18th May – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Worker’s Club, Fitzroy, VIC

Tom West
Sunday 19th May – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“As I Roved Out” – Planxty (Christy Moore’s version)

I love how songs, both contemporary and traditional, evolve and change in the world of folk music. I’ve been listening to Sam Amidon’s new album Bright Sunny South and his version of “As I Roved Out” which led me back to the version I know best from Christy Moore and Planxty. They’re so different from each other they could be completely different songs. And they’re both amazing – great stuff!

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