Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2017 including releases from All Our Exes Live in Texas, BATTS, Billy Bragg, Charlie Fink, David Rawlings, Emily Barker, Fanny Lumsden, Gretta Ziller, Husky, Johnny Flynn, Kasey Chambers, Lankum, Laura Marling, Lisa Mitchell, Nick Mulvey, Offa Rex, Old Crow Medicine Show, Packwood, Paul Kelly, Stu Larsen, The Ahern Brothers, The East Pointers, The Morrisons, Timothy James Bowen and Willie Watson. Details here

– We reached out to the Timber and Steel community to get them to pick their top albums of the year. The results are wonderful with well over 100 artists contributing. Details here

– Our Editor In Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2016 including songs from All Our Exes Live in Texas, BATTS, Billy Bragg, Charlie Fink, David Rawlings, Diamond Duck, Emma Davis, Fanny Lumsden, Gretta Ziller, I’m With Her, Johnny Flynn, Julia Johnson, Laura Marling, Nick Mulvey, Offa Rex, Paul Kelly, Stella Donnelly, Stu Larsen, Taryn La Fauci, The Ahern Brothers, The East Pointers, The Morrisons feat. Georgia Mooney, The Northern Folk, The Young’uns, and Willie Watson. Details here

– We review The Beautiful Girls in Sydney. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift

Gretta Ziller

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift kick off their summer holiday tour of caravan parks around the nation. Will they stumble across your holiday park?

Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Celtic Christmas feat. Damien Leith, Claymore
Saturday 23rd December – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC

A Country Christmas Revue feat. Raised By Eagles, Lost Ragas, The Ahern Brothers, Sarah Carroll
Friday 22nd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

A Very Country Christmas feat. James Ellis, Cold Heart, Roz Girvan, Bakersfield Glee Club
Saturday 23rd December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

A Xmas Happening Love In! feat. Zoùkeys, Hippy Trippy Trio, Jewels’ Blues Explosion
Friday 22nd December – The Bank, Melbourne, VIC

Alex The Astronaut
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Lost Paradise, Glenworth Valley, NSW

Andrew Swift
Saturday 23rd December – King Island Club, Currie, TAS
Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Andy Baylor
Friday 22nd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Benjamin Roberts w/ Daniel J. Townsend
Thursday 27th December – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Breaking Trad
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Cat Canteri and Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 23rd December – The Bridge, Castlemaine, VIC

Craig Woodward
Sunday 24th December – Loretta’s, Melbourne, VIC

Dane Blacklock, Velvajayne
Saturday 23rd December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Friday 22nd December –
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – The Old Museum
, Brisbane, QLD

Edgelarks
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 29th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Falls Festival
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Marion Bay, TAS

Fleet Foxes
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

Get Folked Punk Xmas Blowout feat. Vetty Vials & The Sandpit Turtles, Whispering Jackie, Jonno Read, Billy Demos, Billy Puntton, Uke-paley, Jethro Morris, Ess-em, Sooze
Friday 22nd December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Good Option
Friday 22nd December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift
Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Handsome Young Strangers, Steph Miller and Jim Mongrel’s Anti-Christmas Bash
Saturday 23rd December – MoshPit, Sydney, NSW

Helen Townsend
Friday 22nd December – Amble Inn, Corindi, NSW
Saturday 23rd December – The Naked Bean, South Grafton, NSW

Honey
Monday 25th December – Parklands Resort, Mudgee, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 22nd December – Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort, Avoca Beach, NSW
Saturday 23rd December – The Lounge Room, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 24th December – Town Green Inn Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 29th December – Sacred Tree Markets, Nelson Bay, NSW

Jess Locke
Saturday 23rd December – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

John Butler
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Julia Jacklin
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 22nd December – The Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – The Bridge, Castlemaine, VIC

Kallidad
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

Lost Paradise
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Glenworth Valley, NSW

Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission
Friday 22nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th December – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC

Microwave Jenny
Sunday 24th December – Bombini, Avoca Beach, NSW

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

One Hot Night feat. Busby Marou, Amy Shark, Timberwolf, Pandamic
Friday 29th December – Rockhampton Showgrounds, Rockhampton, QLD

Pam Hata
Sunday 24th December – The Duck on Clarence, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 28th December – Oasis by the River, North Haven, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 29th December – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC

Rita B
Saturday 23rd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sleepy Dreamers, Arbes, Sean Watson
Friday 22nd December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

That Red Head
Saturday 23rd December – Wayward Brewing Company, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Thursday 28th December – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Bluegrass Playgirls with GlenyRae & JennyShimmin, Robbie Long & Smithy
Saturday 23rd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Demon Drink
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Drunken Poachers
Saturday 23rd December – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Heggarties and Matt J Ward
Friday 22nd December – Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Railsplitters
Friday 29th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

This Way North
Saturday 23rd December – Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet, VIC
Friday 29th December – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Woodford Folk Festival
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford, QLDFriday Folk Flashback

“How to Make Gravy” – Paul Kelly

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017

2017

The final of our traditional end of year lists sees Timber and Steel Editor-in-Chief Gareth Hugh Evans sifts through all of the amazing music that was produced this year and pick his top 25 tracks. As always he’s tried to only pick one track per artist, although as you’ll see there’s some exceptions with different artists collaborating on different projects through 2017.

But enough of our jabbering – it’s time to get to the music. Without further ado we present Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017.

1. Emma Davis – “Danger in Me”
Emma Davis just has a way of writing a song which draws you in and never lets go. With just a finger picked guitar, understated rhythm section, muted organ and reverbed vocals, Davis has created a piece of music that I genuinely put on repeat. The fact that there’s a very relevant social message underpinning “Danger in Me” just adds a depth to my appreciation of it. Thank you Emma Davis for producing one of the most beautiful three and a half minutes of 2017.

2. The East Pointers – “82 Fires”
For a band I almost exclusively associated with fiddle tunes, The East Pointers have delivered one of the best songs of the year with “82 Fires”. Co-written with our very own Liz Stringer about fires in Tasmania, “82 Fires” may be the most Australian song written by a trio of Canadians. There’s an epic feel to the song that shouldn’t be possible from three guys playing (mostly) acoustic instruments – but I’ve seen this song live and they get pretty close to reproducing the recording on stage. Try to listen to “82 Fires” on not have it stir something inside.

3. Willie Watson – “Gallows Pole”
No one interprets traditional American music quite like Willie Watson. Here he’s managed to take the Leadbelly classic “Gallows Pole” and turn it into a thoroughly modern, haunting piece of music which is a definite standout on his latest album, Folksinger Vol. 2.

4. The Morrisons feat. Georgia Mooney – “Long Time Travelling”
It seems odd to choose an a cappella song from a band that features some of the best bluegrass musicians in the country. But I just can’t get passed how delightful it is hear James Morrison singing over the combined voices of The Morrisons plus Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas). The harmonies, the dynamic variations, the passion – “Long Time Travelling” is pure joy.

5. Offa Rex – “Sheepcrook and Black Dog”
As you probably know by now we have A LOT of love for the 2017 Offa Rex album The Queen of Hearts. The collaboration between The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney is full of highlights and to be honest songs like “The Old Churchyard”, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Willie o’ Winsbury” are more likely to hit this year’s best of lists. But for me “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” captures the nostalgia of the late-60s/early-70s British folk revival better than any other track on The Queen of Hearts with its Steeleye Span style arrangement, crunchy Black Sabbath style guitars and Sandy Denny style vocal performance. “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” is vintage folk-rock for the modern era.

6. Laura Marling – “Next Time”
Laura Marling goes full Nick Drake on “Next Time”. The orchestral arrangement over the top of Marling’s inventive guitar tunings and finger-picking, along with her hushed but powerful vocal performance is so reminiscent of the late English singer-songwriter it can’t not have been inspired by his work. This is definitely the highlight of Semper Femina for me and it even comes with a video directed by Laura Marling herself.

7. The Young’uns – “Be the Man”
“Be The Man” was inspired by the story of Matthew Ogston, founder of the Naz and Matt Foundation which tackles religious and cultural homophobia, following the tragic death of his fiancé (you can read the full story here). The Young’uns have written a song which is not only powerful in its message, and deeply respectful to its subject matter, but also a wonderful compliment to the rest of their harmony-driven catalogue. Check out the video featuring Matthew Ogston himself.

8. Billy Bragg – “Why We Build the Wall”
When Anaïs Mitchell wrote “Why We Build the Wall” for her 2010 folk-opera Hadestown I doubt she knew how precient it was considering the build-the-wall platform Donald Trump ran on during his 2016 presidential campaign. Billy Bragg has been singing “Why We Build the Wall” for a few years now but it’s taken until this year for him to officially release it as a single. The political singer-songwriter has purposefully politicised the track and filled it with a jarring, electric guitar to great effect. Could this be the folk anthem for the Trump era?

9. David Rawlings – “Cumberland Gap”
The genius of David Rawlings and Gillian Welch is their ability to write songs that sound like they’ve existed forever and then produce those songs in such a way that makes it sound like they’re being “modernised”. “Cumberland Gap” is the perfect example of this – the track sounds so timeless yet so fresh at exactly the same time. That’s probably why it’s been getting so many comparisons to Neil Young.

10. Stu Larsen – “Chicago Song”
“Chicago Song” is exactly the kind of song you want from a singer-songwriter like Stu Larsen. Simple, catchy and foot-tappingly joyful, “Chicago Song” captures a little piece of magic.

11. The Ahern Brothers – “Comb That River”
Whoever decided to pair singer-songwriters Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady as The Ahern Brothers deserves all of my adulation. Their self titled debut album is an homage to the close harmony singing of The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel, with “Comb That River” exemplifying their sound. Listen to this track and be transported back to another time.

12. Charlie Fink – “Firecracker”
I’m sure I’ve printed this elsewhere on Timber and Steel but for the reader’s benefit: Noah and The Whale’s 2009 album The First Days of Spring is one of my favourite albums of all time. So when ex-Noah and The Whale lead singer Charlie Fink releases a single like “Firecracker” that sounds like it’s been ripped directly from The First Days of Spring there’s no way this song wasn’t going to make my best of 2017 list.

13. All Our Exes Live in Texas – “Boundary Road”
“What if I want to be the one to fall apart once in a while?” has somehow become one of my favourite chorus lines of 2017. All Our Exes Live in Texas have taken on the lyrical challenge of the line, as well as the fight songwriter Katie Wighton had with her mum that inspired the line, and crafted one of the best songs from one of the best albums of the year. There is All Our Exes Live in Texas magic all over this song – with a simple “ooh” and “ahh” the quartet can elevate every song they touch. Lovely stuff.

14. Nick Mulvey – “Mountain To Move”
I’m going to make a prediction: “Mountain To Move” is the song most likely to appear on the soundtrack of sweet and quirky rom coms over the 12 months. Nick Mulvey continues to impress me with the way he crafts a song over a repeating melody line or guitar rhythm, building the simplicity into something more.

15. Julia Johnson – “Melissa”
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the new direction that Julia Johnson has taken with her songwriting in 2017. Moving beyond her work with Julia and The Deep Sea Sirens and working with producer Sarah Belkner, Johnson is producing some of the most interesting music of her career. I have a feeling “Melissa” is only the tip of the iceberg for what’s coming next from Julia Johnson and I can’t wait.

16. The Northern Folk – “Get On”
Despite the wealth of shows they’ve done this year I only managed to catch Melbourne folk 10 piece The Northern Folk live for the first time really recently. They manage to combine the indie folk sound of bands like The Middle East with the distinct groove that comes with having a saxophone heavy horn section. “Get On” epitomises The Northern Folk’s unique sound for me and was one of those songs that made me hit the repeat button again and again the first time I heard it.

17. Fanny Lumsden – “Roll On”
Want to know what it’s like to be an Australian artist on an endless tour of our country? Listen to the lyrics of “Roll On”. What I love about this track is its authenticity. This isn’t the Americanised version of the Australian outback full of dust kicking cowboys and pickup trucks. And this isn’t the romanticised nostalgic version of Australia either with its drovers and men-of-the-land. Instead “Roll On” is a song about about what its like to hit the road in 2017 complete with speeding fines, Gaytimes, roadtrains and small town bowlos. Keep writing songs like this Fanny Lumsden.

18. Paul Kelly – “Firewood and Candles”
After a few years of genre and experimental albums Paul Kelly announced his return to the classic Paul Kelly with the killer track “Firewood and Candles”. That rocking riff with Kelly’s vocals (ably supported by Vikka and Linda Bull) is just so damn catchy. If you wonder why everyone’s making such a fuss over Paul Kelly at the moment, why he’s winning awards and being praised at every turn, just listen to the songs on his 2017 album Life Is Fine, starting with “Firewood and Candles”.

19. Gretta Ziller – “Slaughterhouse Blues”
If someone asks you for the best voice in Australian Americana music then just show them Gretta Ziller. There may be some artists earlier in this list who you could squeeze into the genre, but as far as pure Americana music goes you can’t get much better than Ziller’s “Slaughterhouse Blues”. This is a modern track with its feet firmly in roots music. And that production! Perfection! More of this please Gretta Ziller.

20. I’m With Her – “Little Lies”
Before the release of “Little Lies” the American super-goup I’m With Her were really known for interpreting traditional music or covers of contemporary songs. But then this track comes along and solidifies the (probabaly assumed) fact that I’m With Her are a band to watch. Aoife O’Donovan has one of the best voices in Americana music, and it’s all the sweeter combined with the voices of Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. And Watkins’ fiddle playing on this track is some of my favourite instrumental work in 2017.

21. BATTS – “Little White Lies”
I’ve been a fan of Tanya Batt’s music for some time, but it’s been her transformation into BATTS and the lo-fi, shoe-gaze, lyric driven songwriting that has come with it that has really caught my attention in 2017. “Little White Lies” is the second single released under the BATTS moniker and it’s by far my favourite, with its etherial production and confessional lyrics. I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot more from BATTS in the coming months and I can’t wait.

22. Taryn La Fauci – “Winter”
When her EP Cycling came out I messaged Taryn La Fauci and told her “Just wanted to tell you that I’m in love with your track “Winter”.” Above every other song on the EP “Winter” struck me, most likely because this year I lost my cat as well and the lyrics just resonated. This song was on repeat for a lot of this year – thank you for sharing it with me Taryn La Fauci.

23. Diamond Duck – “Marry Me By The Sea”
Another collaboration (this time between The Morrisons’ Jimmy Daley and Canadian-Australian singer-songwriter Brian Campeau) that evokes the close harmony singing of The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel, Diamond Duck have made quite an impression with their first single “Marry Me By The Sea”. What makes this stand out for me is the way the Diamond Duck boys explore unusual, almost twisted chords in their accompaniment while maintaining a sweetness in their vocal delivery. Listen to the piano “solo” in the middle of the song and you’ll see what I mean – there’s something a little off kilter in the track and it’s absolutely delicious.

24. Stella Donnelly – “Boys Will Be Boys”
In the wake of the #metoo movement and everything that’s been coming out in the media over the last few months I think Australia needed a song like “Boys Will Be Boys”. Stella Donnelly has made quite a splash this year and with her amazing voice and lyrical chops I can imagine there’s big things on the horizon for the singer-songwriter.

25. Johnny Flynn – “Wandering Aengus”
The return of Johnny Flynn to music this year was heralded by this really quirky track and promised much from his new album Sillion. All the elements of what makes a classic Johnny Flynn song are here – his amazing voice, jangly guitar and subtle horn accompaniment – but there’s also something a little twisted about the structure of this track that I really really like. Definitely up there with my favourite Johnny Flynn songs.

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2017

Record Collection

Always our most popular post of the year! Once again we’ve sent out the request to the incredible community of folk and acoustic musicians covered on Timber and Steel and they’ve responded overwhelmingly with their favourite albums of 2017.

We’ve already given you our top 25 albums and EPs – now we turn it over to the artists. So much new music still to discover! So without further waffle may we present to you this year’s Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2017.

Sarah BelknerAlison Avron
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But it Has
This album release was a long time coming and it was totally worth the wait. The lyrics are so easy to relate to, the production is sophisticated, warm and intriguing. Sarah’s voice and songwriting are absolutely sublime.

Gretta ZillerMichael Carpenter (Carpenter Caswell)
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Apart from having one of the most honest and accomplished voices in the Australian alt-country world, Gretta Ziller has developed into a world class writer in the genre. This album showcases how far she’s come in such a short time, combining her take on contemporary writing, with the amazing production of Paul Ruske. The album is strong and sensitive, ballsy and ambitious, without losing any of the heart you’d expect with the songwriting content. An outstanding release from an artist who has truly arrived, and drawn a line in the sand for the genre.

The East PointersÁine Tyrrell
The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
What an impossible task, top albums, as I am only just sinking my teeth into so many of the amazing 2017 albums at the moment like Jen Cloher’s Jen Cloher, Declan O’Rourke’s Chronicles of The Great Irish Famine and so many more. But one album that has been top of my play list since release has been The East Pointers’ What We Leave Behind and I never tire of it, which is a sign of a great album. This album has great depth to it musically, lyrically and in production. There is a stunning simplicity to the way the three lads work together that creates a joyous sound much bigger than a three piece and I think they have captured it on CD which is sometimes hard to do. I love that they have been able to honour and respect their tradition and push its boundaries into some modern places. One of the stand out tracks for me is their co-write with Liz Stringer, “82 Fires”.

SOHNRosie Evelyn (Liam Gale and The Ponytails)
SOHNRennen
The general vibe is darkly sexy future blues, with simple, soulful vocals, driving percussion, major synth, and just enough movement to keep you going. A little bit James Blake, a little bit Allan Rayman.

Jed RoweLes Thomas
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
This album grabbed me instantly with the strength of its songwriting, quality of musicianship and directness of emotion. Very few songwriters I know can deliver the goods as writers and players like Jed can. The song “Tailem Bend” – a small town story with universal resonance – shows the level of accomplishment and expression he’s achieved and it’s a beautiful thing to hear.

Stu LarsenAMISTAT
Stu LarsenResolute
Not only is Stu a beautiful human being but also an incredible singer songwriter! Every song on this album is just beautiful and comes from a very honest and humble place.

Mexico CityM.E. Baird
Mexico CityWhen The Day Goes Dark
Why? Because they represent the real deal to me – no ego, no frills, no pretense, just damn good songs and tunes.

Hiss Golden MessengerBrooke Russell and the Mean Reds
Hiss Golden MessengerHallelujah Anyhow
There’s something about MC Taylor’s voice that makes me so happy. I’m fairly new to his music and while I’m diving into his back catalogue, this new one has arrived and I’m in love. Beautiful band sound, fab songs – something sentimental in it that feels warm to me. My rekkid for the summer!

Ryan AdamsRyan Oliver (Oliver’s Army)
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
I love that it’s a revered, adored singer-songwriter at the top of his fame, dealing with genuine emotions and pain in the public spotlight. It may be tragic, it might be self inflicted, but I still feel like he’s a true artist who is his own worst enemy and that comes across in his heart-break ballads.

The Homeless Gospel ChoirFrank Turner
The Homeless Gospel ChoirNormal
I’ve been doing shows with Derek in Pittsburgh for a few years and he’s always been good, but this record is the sound of an artist finding his voice and spreading his creative wings. It’s been absolutely jammed in my stereo since I got hold of it.

Brooke RussellKelly Day (Broads)
Brooke Russell and the Mean RedsThe Way You Leave
This year one album really ticked all my boxes – which sounds too clinical really for something that made me splashy cry while I was driving. I particularly love that it sits outside the kind of music I tend to lean towards, but great albums are often the ones that transcend your usual inclinations. Brooke has absolutely NAILED it with this release. Stunning production, exquisite songwriting, and the most luscious, authentic, rich voice that feels like someone blowing softly on the back of your neck.

Gretta ZillerMandy Connell
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Put together with care and love, produced beautifully, and full of arrangements that feel perfect, unpredictable and just right. Every song inspires a depth of feeling, making it a really rich listen all the way through.

Offa RexMackenzie Shivers
Offa RexQueen of Hearts
Being a true lover of Celtic music, this album inspired me as an artist more than any other. From quirky folk-rock (“Queen of Hearts”) to haunting ballads (“The First Time I Ever Saw Her Face”), there is just enough variety of instrumentation and mood to keep the listener completely captivated. And Olivia Chaney’s voice is arrestingly beautiful. Favorite track: “The Old Churchyard”

Fanny LusdenMelody Moko
Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
I love the way Fanny has cemented her unique way of writing with the record, her blend of social commentary, vivid imagery and Australian culture is unlike anyone else. The production is lush and thoughtful and brings the album together beautifully.

Moses SumneyTulalah
Moses SumneyAromanticism
Choosing a favourite album is a hard ask, the first one that comes to mind (probably because I’m currently listening to it) is Moses’ masterpiece, Aromanticism. It’s impeccably well constructed; colour, texture, mood, feel, groove – it ticks all of the boxes and ticks them damn well.

The War On DrugsThe Once
The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
A super strong, sonically rich and atmospheric follow up to previous album, Lost in the Dream. Sounds like Ryan Adams, Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen adopted a kid in the seventies and this is the result of that happy home.

Jason IsbellBrad Butcher
Jason Isbell & the 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
To make my decision for album of the year I simply refer to which album I’ve listen to most. It’s an easy choice really – The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. All class as usual, amazing sounds all throughout the record and Isbell’s songwriting is up there with the best of the best.

Jed RoweCat Canteri
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
Jed paints a beautiful and lush portrait of predominantly Australian characters and landscapes, past and present on this record. The depth of field and attention to detail in his songwriting is just wonderful and comes across as completely effortless. Sonically the album is paired back, which allows the strength and quality of the songs, performances and Jed’s voice to shine. If I can write a song like “Where The Water Meets The Sky” or “Tailem Bend” some day, I’ll be well pleased.

LordePepi Emmerichs (Oh Pep!)
LordeMelodrama
Melodrama hits me in the heart every time. It’s lush, poignant, groovy and the songs make me think, all the while being incredibly catchy. Those are pretty much most of my favourite things in music!

TajMoLloyd Spiegel
TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ BandTajMo
The first time I heard Keb’ Mo’ I said “Man, this guy should sit in with Taj”. It’s about time they listened to me. Both these artists have the rare ability to modernise the blues genre while still giving it’s roots and traditions their rightful respect. Combined, this CD hit a nerve with me, in particular the gutbucket tracks “Don’t Leave Me Here” and “Diving Duck Blues”. Really though, you can’t put those two in a room and expect anything less.

Valerie JuneEmily Barker
Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
I learned about Valerie June on my trips to Memphis as she lived there for many years and has worked with a lot of the musicians I know out there. I heard “Long, Lonely Road”, the first song on the record, and I knew from then on I was going to love it. There’s so much space in the recordings and her unusual but beautiful vocals grabbed me instantly. I love how the production and her songs seamlessly blend a mix a folk, soul, pop and desert blues. It sounds fresh and cool, powerful and feminine.

The Ahern BrothersJoel Barker & The Low Company
The Ahern BrothersThe Ahern Brothers
Charming and insightful songwriting combining two voices made to sing together. Deserves to be in front of the masses. Astonishing live performances to boot!

Cigarettes After SexHusky
Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After Sex
It’s a fog of romance and nostalgia you can’t help but get lost in. Reminds me of being 16 and love sick, listening to Mazzy Star.

Lisa KnappSam Lee
Lisa KnappTill April Is Dead – A Garland of May
English folk singer Lisa Knapp has captured in this album a stunning insight into the melodic and archaic realms of May-time when all of England is blooming and the sense of ancient rites and mysticism is emerging from the dark winter. It’s an album that casts a rich and hauntingly magical spell and gives that sense of contemporary ancientness that all good folk singers are masters of.

Greg StepsFour In The Morning
Greg Steps & The Not For ProphetsThe Overland
There have been a lot of great releases this year, but our favourite from around Melbourne has to be The Overland by Greg Steps. The songs just scream of someone who has worked hard at honing their craft. Tightly woven lyrics painting little snapshots of Australia, from early morning walks in Melbourne to trains clattering across Queensland. It’s all underlaid with a warm, folky vibe that feels authentic without being derivative. The stand out track for us is “Famous Last Words”. It’s a folk song in the true sense of the word and weaves together thoughts on fame, colonialism, and folk heroes. It also introduced us to the amazing story of Breaker Morant.

Novo Amor and Ed TullettWildwood Kin
Novo Amor & Ed TullettHeiress
This is the perfect album to listen to when in need of some peace and tranquility amongst a busy schedule. They have released a set of live performance videos that capture their sound together so well; the two voices blend harmoniously together, creating an unbelievable sound of completeness and perfection. You can’t help feeling relaxed when hearing their music!

Leif VollebekkRiley Pearce
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
You know how people say they’ve had this CD in their car and have listened to it on repeat since they got it and you’re like “yeh right, no you didn’t”. Well now I understand that feeling. This album is everything. It’s emotive, it’s clever, it’s stripped and simple and it’s f#@king great!

The Teskey BrothersPaddy McHugh
The Teskey BrothersHalf Mile Harvest
When I first heard the track “Crying Shame” I thought that I was listening to a bunch of old African American soul men from Memphis. Then I saw a picture of the band and thought I was listening to a bunch of young white soul dudes from Memphis. Then I read they are from bloody Warrandyte in Victoria. I invited them to play live on my radio show Three Chords & The Truth and they absolutely killed it. Since then I have had the pleasure of playing on a few bills with them and can also report that they are top blokes to boot.

Big TheifFraser A. Gorman
Big ThiefCapacity
Adrianne Lenker is easily the most eloquent and beautiful songwriter I’ve heard in years.

Neil McSweeneyJon Boden
Neil McSweeneyA Coat Worth Wearing
I’ve chosen an album by Neil McSweeney, a stalwart of the Sheffield scene for many years. A Coat Worth Wearing is a fantastically literate collection of songs beautifully arranged and produced, and displaying the talents of a brilliant band of musicians including renowned folk stalwarts Ben Nicholls and Sam Sweeney. It’s an excellent album on so many levels and definitely my pick for album of 2017.

YirrmalKetch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show)
YirrmalYoungblood
I met Yirrmal Marika in Melbourne at the Australian Americana Honors Awards this past October. Yirrmal stole the show. He is a culture man. I picked up Yirrmal’s new EP Youngblood; it is the best Americana record I heard all year long. It’s got 50,000 years of soul. Crank it up.

Nadia ReidTaryn La Fauci
Nadia ReidPreservation
This record was on repeat for many many months in my car this year. I had really been craving an exquisite, cohesive and beautiful album that I could fall for, hard. This album did all of that and more, which is why it is my album of the year for 2017. I also got to see Nadia play in Sydney at The Golden Age Cinema in April and the show was stunning, it made me want to run home and learn how to play my guitar with that kind of verve.

Ryan AdamsImogen Clark
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
This album sounds to me like beautiful chaos and distress. Ryan Adams has a way of tapping into human vulnerability and woe like I don’t think I’ve ever heard from another artist. This record is just another example of his way with words and melodies that together, form the most melancholy but simultaneously kick-ass comments on the human condition you’ll ever hear from any modern day songwriter.

Sgt PepperJames Daley (The Morrisons, Diamond Duck, Tawny Owl String Band)
The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 50th Anniversary Edition
I feel a bit a strange choosing a reissue as album of the year, but who cares, it’s Sgt Peppers. After all the music I have listened to in my life, nothing has ever captured my imagination the way The Beatles have. It is the most astonishing body of work in pop music, the same way Bach is to classical music or Shakespeare to literature. I discovered The Beatles as a teenager after I got a copy of The White Album for xmas one year and my life has never been the same. Hearing all the remastered tracks and outtakes on this reissue was a wild journey and reinvigorated my love for this music in a way I hadn’t anticipated – I have been listening to The Beatles non stop since it came out, like I’m rediscovering it all over again. There are some absolute pearlers on this – the alternate takes of “Strawberry Fields”, “Lucy In The Sky” and “Day In The Life” are really interesting. Hearing how they built these songs into what we know and love is a fascinating process. However the most astonishing track is the instrumental take of “She’s Leaving Home”. Being able to hear all the subtlety, intricacy and beauty of George Martin’s arrangement for strings/harp was such a joy. A real masterclass in arranging – plus you can sing over and pretend you are Paul McCartney, ha.

The War On DrugsDirewolf
The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
Don’t you just adore things that need only a moment to take a firm grip around your mind, heart and/or soul? Like a one in a million barista made coffee or takeaway Thai? Not that I’m directly drawing comparisons between those things and what I consider to be a modern day classic album. However that is how my body reacted when the first second of “Up All Night” passed by. The unmistakable soundscape, verb soaked /grunge driven guitars, the synergy of acoustic/electronic driving “Dire Straights” percussion, Adam Granofsky’s/Bob Dylan’s often confused voices are but the tip of a very large and colourful iceberg that make up the record at large. We’re only supposed to be confined to one sentence, and since I’ve already profoundly broken that line I’m going to insist you put this record on in the background and see how long it takes you to stop needle poking around on the internet and gain A Deeper Understanding.

Scott CookLiz Frencham
Scott CookFurther Down The Line
I listen repeatedly to a lot of albums for my work as an accompanist. Rarely does such an album make it past that stage into my ‘listening
for pleasure’ category let alone become my favourite. But Scott Cook’s warm and beautiful Further Down The Line is one such album. It captures his arresting live delivery and the songs are rich in detail and real, visceral experience.

Dermot KennedyHarrison Storm
Dermot KennedyDoves & Ravens
I remember stumbling upon Dermot’s music on Spotify and instantly connecting with it. I became really intrigued with his music and read in an interview where he explains his sound as a cross between Bon Iver and Drake, which is pretty accurate. This EP is full of rich lyrics and interesting sounds and each listen uncovers a phrase or sound you may have missed in the previous listen. This EP definitely inspired me this year and I am looking forward to what he releases in 2018.

Laura CorteseThe East Pointers
Laura Cortese & The Dance CardsCalifornia Calling
If there’s one album we could pick from 2017, we’d have to choose California Calling by Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards. These girls are ridiculously talented (watching them perform live makes you want to go home, practice and write better songs). Their latest album combines Americana, trad, pop and folk so perfectly. Organic, yet slick. Can’t see how anyone wouldn’t like it!

FeistAinsley Farrell
FeistPleasure
Pleasure is so intimate and fragile, yet very powerful. It tugs at all my heartstrings. I recently got the chance to see her live performance at The Opera House and it blew me away.

Leif VollebekkDustin Tebbutt
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
My good friend Hayden Calnin introduced me to this guy over a late night whisky, and I have been listening ever since. The lyrics verge on stream of consciousness without being aimless, while vocally, Leif somehow manages to ride the line between being completely vulnerable and completely in control at the same time. Put this on top of some of the tastiest drum sounds I’ve heard in a long while, and simple but stunning keyboard playing, and you’ve got yourself one hell of an album. There are few bells and whistles, there aren’t really any production tricks or shoe shine here, just honest stories, and raw but precisely executed sounds.

Phoebe BridgersWilliam Fitzsimmons
Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
I came upon Bridgers from my bandmate, who had done some touring with her and I was pretty caught up in it immediately. Her voice is special and there is a wisdom in her words beyond her young years. The most exciting thing for me, however, isn’t the album itself, it’s knowing that there is only more and even better from her to come. Listen to “Smoke Signals”.

The Mae TrioThe Northern Folk
The Mae TrioTake Care Take Cover
We finally caught The Mae Trio at Dorrigo Folk this year after hearing good things for so long, and they blew us away. This is the kind of album that reminds you of how amazing our folk scene can be- heartspoken, cleverly arranged, beautifully performed and catchy as anything. “Call Me Stranger” is a particular favourite of ours, but each song on this record is so strong.

R.L. BoyceDom Turner (The Backsliders)
R.L. BoyceRoll and Tumble
It is the second album from a man at the heart of the Mississippi hill country blues tradition. It contains all the style and swagger, grit and power that comes from a musician who sets perfectly gritty grooves overlain with heartfelt vocals to achieve maximum emotion.

The Button CollectiveJoe Glover (Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Backsliders)
The Button CollectiveHall on the Hill
This album has been on constant repeat in my car, my workshop, and my Spotify from the first day I bought it – so beautifully recorded so that you feel like you are in the room with them as they emotionally belt out fantastic songs written by Brodie and brought to life by a bunch of great musicians. Hall on the Hill is an absolute cracker of an album and I think I’ll be religiously listening to it for some time to come – perhaps until their next one is released.

Willie WatsonShelley Eves (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
Willie WatsonFolksinger Vol.2
This album is such a clear winner for me, I’ve had it on high rotation since its release. Once again Willie brought his own feel to some classic folk songs, from the delightfully joyful harmonies in “Samson and Delilah” to his haunting take on “Gallows Pole”.

All Our Exes Live in TexasJimmy Murray (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
All Our Exes Live in TexasWhen We Fall
Such a pleasure to finally hear this debut album after hearing the band grow and play over the past few years. What an amazing collection of songs and of course the incredible vocal performances from all 4 of these superstars. I really loved the production on the album as well by producer Wayne Connolly which added lovely colour to the beautiful songs. ARIA award winners 2017!

Kat GoldmanRuth Hazleton (Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton, Bill Jackson)
Kat GoldmanWorking Man’s Blues
Nina Simone once said “It’s an artist’s duty … to reflect the times [in which we live]”. It’s been a fantastic year of new releases, though I’d like to highlight an album that nails the above brief and more. Canadian writer Kat Goldman’s Working Man’s Blues is challenging, at times fragile, brutally honest and incredibly insightful. Collectively, the songs explore contemporary working-class culture, often from the perspective of a lover who struggles to understand and accommodate the struggles of the working man. I’ve long been a fan of Kat Goldman’s writing. Her unique sound, mesmerising voice, distinctive compositions and feet-on-the-ground approach to her music make her a formidable artist of great integrity. Working Man’s Blues has been on high rotation here, and will be for some time to come.

Jed RoweBill Jackson
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
First thing that struck me about this record was the vocals and these songs provide a beautiful vehicle for a great voice. Next thing, the sparseness – the way I have been accustomed to hearing Jed over his journey. Jed Rowe has something to say – I admire that and this record puts him up there with the very best. Standout track for me is “Tailem Bend”. Beautifully produced by Jeff Lang.

Lilly HiattJames Allsopp (Ralway Bell)
Lilly HiattTrinity Lane
Picking one standout release for 2017 was pretty impossible in what was a year of exceptional music. Locally, Joel Barker and the Low Company’s Unchartered EP was a stand out. Otherwise, I’ve been talking up Lilly Hiatt since the moment I finished listening to Trinity Lane. Like all my favourite albums, it’s rooted in personal struggle, ebbs and flows perfectly, is filled with outstanding musicianship, and doesn’t try too hard sound like any one genre in particular. 10 stars!

Body CountMatt Black (The Bottlers)
Body CountBloodlust
Body Count’s sixth studio album Bloodlust emblazons a brutally honest sociopolitical conscience and fire eyed world view, teetering on the honed end of a pistol sight. I feel this is Ice T and band’s tried and true return to form with pinpoint, stand out tracks such as the narrative charged, “Black Hoody” and controversy ladened, “No Lives Matter”. A must listen for those thirsting for the truth beyond a media blurred world.

Bob DylanThe Welcome Wagon
Bob DylanTrouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981
You might call this choice dirty pool, as the music was recorded nearly 40 years ago, but it’s only now getting a proper release, so I’m technically in the clear. This is a collection of live tracks, demos, and outtakes from Bob Dylan’s so-called “Born Again” period, stuff folks (me included) have been downloading from various sketchy websites for years, and for good reason. The songs are great – check “Solid Rock” for a straight Gospel stomper, cue up “I Believe in You” for an arresting spiritual ballad – and so are many of the live performances (the backing choir is consistently blistering). Whether you’re a believer or not, Dylan clearly is here, and it makes all the difference.

The Mae TrioJohn Flanagan
The Mae TrioTake Care Take Cover
Sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby have such beautifully contrasting songwriting styles, Maggie is a stone cold killer Americana writer and Elsie writes stunningly original melodies with uplifting pop hook choruses. With (no exaggeration) some of the best folk harmonies in the WORLD and Anita’s impressive rhythmic cello playing, this is a truly unique and heart-grabbing band and this album is them going all out with tasteful and at times epic production.

Georgia State LineNick Payne (Dear Orphans)
Georgia State LineHeaven Knows
These guys applied to play at the Americana Music Association of Australia’s takeover of Late Night Alt at Tamworth in January. Paul Heggart from The Heggarties chose them site unseen from the applications purely based on what he heard when he listened to their pre-release recordings of this album. Hailing from country Victoria these guys are a six piece featuring Georgia Delves on vocals, and songwriting. They’re all accomplished instrumentalists in their own right and Georgia’s songwriting authentically channels the best of sophisticated country songwriting from the 60s and 70s.

Fanny LusdenSam Buckingham
Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
I’m not just picking this album because Fanny and Dan are two of my favourite people! This album is, as the title suggests, all class. Fanny’s songwriting is beautifully Australian and the album is joyful, brilliantly performed by all involved, and completely without any ego – despite the outstanding success these guys have been earning. Fanny gives us all a lesson on how to be a ripper indie artist and how to make music that’s undoubtedly, authentically, your own. Roll on kids

LCD SoundsystemEm George
LCD SoundsystemAmerican Dream
I was moderately (read as *very*) excited when there were rumblings of talk about a new album from these guys, but like anything that was laid to rest, one always is slightly concerned that the revival won’t live up to what has come before it. So when LCD Soundsystem released their new album, I cautiously gave it a first listen and it did not disappoint. Every beat and melodic turn is so completely in tune to what has become their signature sound; that build up of tension and release, excitement and sadness, with inflections of irony that James Murphy grabs the listener with in his choice of lyrics marked with wit. There’s a touch of darkness and melancholy as each song seems to question the ending of things, the loss of once was, but that bright spark of beat this band is known for keeps it somewhere higher and closer within reach, slightly unobtainable so you keep wanting to hear it on repeat from start to finish again and again.

Aldous HardingCharm of Finches
Aldous HardingParty
Party swept us off our feet. Moody and textural, impeccable production awash with aural spectres. Horizon is addictive and moving. Aldous’ compelling voice and haunting poetics have us in thrall.

The Teskey BrothersMark Wilkinson
The Teskey BrothersHalf Mile Harvest
Amazing vocals and killer tracks full of old school soul. Sounds like neat whiskey and smokey bars.

The NationalBANFF
The NationalSleep Well Beast
I eagerly awaited The National’s next record, after Trouble Will Find Me kept me wrapped me up in its flawlessness for the last four years or there abouts. This year Sleep Well Beast won me over, with Matt Berninger’s candid yet agitated words luring me back into that deeply thoughtful, emotional and hauntingly beautiful sound I would’ve always come back for. The National perfectly blend understated harmony with organised chaos throughout all of their records, and this was no exception by any means. The meticulous musicianship and purposeful, but somewhat ambiguous lyrics continue unravelling more layers to this beast in itself every time I listen. This was the best record of 2017 for mine.

LankumKarine Polwart
LankumBetween The Earth and Sky
I can’t get enough of the murky drone-scapes and vocal edges of Lankum’s Between The Earth and Sky. In particular, the raw, reedy singing of Radie Peat on album opener “What Shall We Do When We Have No Money?” sounds like the ages. It’s the absolute antithesis of sweet.

The Wood BrothersBen Prest (Echo Deer)
The Wood BrothersLive at the Barn
I know it’s a live album but this release was my first exposure to the brother’s amazing songs, chops and harmonies. Their sound owes a lot to The Band, and “the barn” is at Levon Helm’s farm where he held concerts before he died, making the fantastic closing cover of “Ophelia” and dedication on “Postcards from Hell” all the more meaningful.

Jess LockeHollie Matthew (Echo Deer)
Jess LockeUniverse
A revisiting of the 80’s Australian rock sound ala Go Betweens with more sadness and slacker vibe. Killer matter of fact lyrics and chorus-y guitar sounds. Even better live. 5 Stars.

SamphaSimon Wegman (Echo Deer)
SamphaProcess
I hadn’t been aware of Sampha’s previous EP releases, but after Shazaming “Blood on Me” while in a tragically trendy sneaker store, I was moved to hunt down the British singer and producer’s debut LP. Sampha Sisay’s sensitive, soulful vocals and meditative piano (reminiscent of James Blake at his best) form the backbone of this record, while the thoughtful production touches throughout make me want to hit “play” again the second it finishes.

All Them WitchesAlexi Grivas (Echo Deer)
All Them WitchesSleeping Through the War
The latest album by All Them Witches has been my most played record this year. A four piece from Nashville – but they aren’t a country band – All Them Witches is a great new-wave heavy psychedelic band, with moments of light and shade. This record has them growing as writers and players, bringing new instruments and sounds into the mix. Can’t wait to see it live.

Sam OutlawRick Hart
Sam OutlawTenderheart
Simple, yet endearing melodies, layered with beautiful storytelling. It’s an album that is strong from start to end, in many ways reminding me of some of the great traditional country songwriters whom I love. Favourite tracks are “Now She Tells Me”, “She’s Playing Hard To Get (Rid Of)” and “Bougainvillea, I Think”.

Courtney Marie AndrewsJames Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Courtney Marie AndrewsHonest Life
I knew what my favourite album of the year was going to be when I saw Courtney Marie Andrews play in Melbourne in July this year. She’s got a tremendous voice and the lyrics stand apart from almost everything else I’ve heard this year in their insight and honesty. What makes her songs exceptional is the way they all seem to come directly from her own story and experience. These are her songs and this is her life. It’s an honest life.

Mike BarnettHamish Davidson (Davidson Brothers)
Mike BarnettPortraits in Fiddles
As a fiddle player and bluegrass fanatic, I am thrilled to see Mike Barnett create a record which to me is like a cross section of all the bluegrass fiddle music I’ve devoured in the last 27 years. He collaborates with some of bluegrass music’s most vibrant talent and shines new light on a great selection of fiddle masterpieces.

Angel OlsenKate Barker (Whoa Mule, Golden Whistler)
Angel OlsenPhases
I just can’t seem to get enough of Angel Olsen’s vocals and songwriting. Her work inspires me to sing like there’s no tomorrow!

George HarrisonTim Guy
George HarrisonWonderwall Music
I know this is a turn up for the books, this was released in 1968. I was in India a few weeks back, and as we descended into the ancient blue city of Jodhpur, I had this on in my headphones and seriously guys, it was incred. Place and time – but you know what I mean.

Sarah BelknerMel Parsons
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But It Has
Sydney producer and songwriter Sarah Belkner knocks it out of the park with But You Are, But It Has. This record and its predecessor the Humans EP have been on high rotation for me all year. Brilliant songwriting, interesting and super clever arrangements and impeccable production. I will continue to listen obsessively.

Bill OrcuttMark Moldre
Bill OrcuttBill Orcutt
Orcutt wanders in and around the destruction, renovations and construction sites of melody. Tearing a well worn musical phrase apart and rebuilding it. Disassembling a traditional like it’s a jigsaw puzzle and putting the pieces back together in all the wrong places with gaffer tape and super glue. Attacking the guitar with a ferocious tenacity, short angry, dogged outbursts are followed by meditative beauty. “When You Wish Upon A Star” dances about the melody without ever really clearly stating the theme. “Ol’ Man River” is soft and dripping with the peaceful lapping of the Mississippi whist remaining dark and haunting, broken and fractured. Reminiscent of the solo work of Marc Ribot, Fred Frith or even the sonic explorations of Tom Verlaine in its angular assault to the senses. Jazz, traditional folk and the avant-garde smash headlong into each other with little regard for the trail of damage and re-creation left in their wake. Dissonant yet sweet, contemplative while remaining challenging. Bravely free and uncensored.

Loene CarmenCatherine Traicos
Loene CarmenLovers Dreamers Fighters
I’ve always loved the way Lo’s voice manages to be strong, vulnerable, sassy, gentle and flirty all at the same time, and on this record it achieves that in spades. Also the pacing and the production of this record are spot on.

King Gizzard And The Lizard WizardJeff Lang
King Gizzard And The Lizard WizardFlying Microtonal Banana
This is a rocking album, really fun to listen to. The band gets up quite a head of steam, the rhythm section powering with a relentless forward momentum and the various microtonal electric guitars stabbing and chattering over the top. Great riffs all over the album, fantastic energy and an adventurous, explorative mood throughout. It sounds to me like they’re having a load of fun.

Ryan AdamsJosh Rennie-Hynes (The Ahern Brothers)
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
Adams has so many albums and this is one of his best. Great songs, production and tones

Pony FaceCat Leahy (This Way North)
Pony FaceDeja Vu
I’ve always been fascinated with the sonic scapes that Pony Face create. I’m a massive fan of Shane Omara’s musical mind too, so when I heard he was a new member of Pony Face, it just made so much sense. This album really speaks to me. The way the songs tail in and out, the mesmerising, pulsing tremolo on “Mt Deja Vu” the driving groove in “Justine”. It’s pretty magical. Simon’s voice is just heavenly. He’s like some kind of grungy, modern-day crooner.

Nikki LaneRuby Boots
Nikki LaneHighway Queen
I tried to pick another album for fear of seeming biased, but I really do love Nikki’s album from back to front and no matter how I tried, I couldn’t get past it for this year’s top pick, I fell in love with it on first listen and over 50 listens later it still remains my fave. There’s a storyline in every song that is so easy to latch on to and make your own whilst still being cleverly written, that and the infectious melodies that take up the prime real estate on this record are the things that almost make you feel like she’s written the album just for you, the listener, yet there is enough sincerity in there to know that it’s just as much for her as it is for you, the perfect balance really! Fave song on the album: “Foolish Heart”.

Nai palmTommy Spender (Mama Kin Spender)
Nai PalmNeedle Paw
I started listening to this record while I was having a bath and it felt like it really complimented the complete surrender to the hot water. I love Nai’s passion to her artistry. She is truly gifted with a confidence and commitment to her voice that verges on punk, but her vocal has such a developed technicality, it blows me away. It’s so great hearing where she is at without the sinewy and muscular musicality of Haitus Kaiyote winding around her sound.

Scott CookAlanna and Alicia
Scott CookFurther Down The Line
Scott Cook is a natural storyteller; his songs glow with empathy, wit and warmth. This is a beautiful album, but he is even better live.
His performance on the porch at Enda Kennedy’s house concert in Northcote, Melbourne was a passport to the heartland of folk songs as they should be, as they have always been.

Colter WallHarvey Russell (Peasant Moon)
Colter WallColter Wall
This is a sparse, flawless debut from an extraordinarily talented 22 year-old Canadian possessing an absurdly weathered baritone. Arranged mostly with acoustic guitar and pedal steel only, these songs are written with the assuredness and self-knowing of a veteran songwriter. At times channelling Haggard, others Townes, the dark, vivid storytelling is magnetic and stunning. These songs feel lived in, shaped by wisdom and experience. Here we have a voice of country music’s future.

Caroline SpenceJosie Rothwell (Peasant Moon)
Caroline SpenceSpades and Roses
I’ve adored Spades and Roses this year. The songs are gentle, personal, universal, with gorgeous, sonically diverse but simple instrumentation. From the gender politics of “Softball” to the twang of “Hotel Armarillo” to the cute, lyrically playful “Wishing Well” and yearning of “Slow Dancer”, they’re songs I love to listen to, to be swept away by – what a songwriter!

Bad // DreemsMark “Looch” Lewis (Wifey, Handsome Young Strangers)
Bad // DreemsGutful
A cracking second effort from the best thing to come out of Adelaide in a long time. Big old school pub rock sound, quality songs, gruff vocals and a solid rhythm section make these guys a step above the other contenders. Bad // Dreems have always been a fantastic live act and this album gets closer to nailing that intensity and rawness. There is a reason they supported Midnight Oil recently! Can’t wait to see what comes next.

Gang of YourhsGretta Ray
Gang of YouthsGo Farther In Lightness
It wasn’t a challenge in the slightest to fall completely, head over heels in love with Gang Of Youths’ record Go Father In Lightness. The lyrics throughout this album are phenomenal, philosophical, pegging together lines of innovative poetry such as “a weight that’s in youth” soon to be followed by more casual, laid-back slang “..that makes a dick of us all”. I felt that the literature, interwoven with conversational speech in this way served to make this album, an album that discusses and reflects on the pros and cons of one’s “limited life” as well as the exploration of what it is to be “human”, unbelievably moving and relatable. As a writer myself, but more importantly a listener, I perceived it to be nothing less of an honour to see the world through writer and frontman Dave Le’aupepe’s eyes whilst listening to this record, that is more than deserving of all of the acclaim it has received over the duration of this year.

Kasey ChambersTom Busby (Busby Marou)
Kasey ChambersDragonfly
I’ve spent a bit of time with Kasey and the Chambers family over the last couple of years and the more I’ve been able to watch her off stage, the more I have realised that she is a true and prolific songwriter. Constantly singing, always creating, forever exploring. That is what this record is, just like her, brave and genuine!

Kendrick LamarSahara Beck
Kendrick LamarDamn
This album has worked for me no matter what mood I’ve been in all through 2017. It’s one of those albums that, to me, will always be a classic. Driving down to the lake with the windows down loving every moment of each song. Thank you for making my 2017 that much better Kendrick.

Leif VollebekkHayden Calnin
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
Never has an album been so important. I’ve listened to this every second day, and it still feels as good as the first listen. It’s come to the point that I’ve started a petition to bring this talent to Melbourne. I’m addicted to the feeling Leif gives to me. Enjoyed best walking through chaos on a sunny day, forgetting the world around you.

Ulrika SpacekTom Stephens (Tesse)
Ulrika SpacekModern English Decoration
A lesson in the art of denial, an element is there and then it’s not. It’s driving and heavy, commanding attention, but somehow you can drift away at the same time. Melodies that have to be revisited again and again and then again.

Valerie JuneMatt Golotta (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
I listened to the first few songs online of The Order of Time when it first came out, then began calling record stores instantly to see if they had it in stock because I had to own it. This record seriously has everything I look for, its soulful, rocky, bluesy and country, with the right amount of sadness. I think I’ve listened to “Love You Once Made” every day this year since buying the record. “Got Soul” is a stunning pairing of soul and country that is this perfect happy way to close the record.

Daniel RomanoTamara Lindeman (The Weather Station)
Daniel RomanoModern Pressure
Definitely the record I listened to most this year. Just great. Perfect pop songwriting, wonderful wild drumming, insane bass playing, great solos, crazy organ jams, great everything (and every note played by Romano of course). What else do you want?

Big ThiefCy Winstanley (Tattletale Saints)
Big ThiefCapacity
After being introduced to ‘Paul’ from 2016’s Masterpiece on a late night drive, and subsequently watching their Tiny Desk concert, I have been enthralled with this band. I love Adrianne Lenker’s poetic, yet coherent and often confronting lyrics, and the stark arrangements of harmonically rich songs played with a nonchalance that belies their mastery.

Sara TindleyLucie Thorne
Sara TindleyWild & Unknown
There’s an extraordinary richness and directness to Tindley’s voice that is truly stunning. Wild & Unknown is a brave and beautiful collection of songs that’ll have you dancing one moment, weeping the next. A quiet masterpiece that creeps up under your skin and plants itself in your soul. I love this album.

Jen CloherAlison Ferrier
Jen CloherJen Cloher
I love everything about Jen Cloher’s self-titled fourth album. This comes close to the perfect album for me, it’s brilliantly written, performed, recorded and produced. Jen’s bare-faced honesty is incredibly brave and inspiring. Favourite tracks: “I Forgot Myself” and “Strong Woman”.

The Secret SistersThe Weeping Willows
The Secret SistersYou Don’t Own Me Anymore
Selecting your favourite album of the past 12 months is made all the more difficult when three of your favourite acts (Jason Isbell, David Rawlings and The Secret Sisters) all release LPs within the same calendar year. But whilst Isbell and Rawlings delivered sublime albums (as to be expected), the Sisters’ album is “all killer, no filler”, their best work yet, with no temptation to reach for the “skip” button! You Don’t Own Me Anymore is the charming trad-country harmony duo’s third album and most personal project to date. The writing is at times confessional, at others, nostalgic for simpler times; strength juxtaposed with vulnerability. Their soulful songs were lovingly and tastefully produced by good friend Brandi Carlile. Stand out tracks include “Tennessee River Runs Low”, murder ballad “Mississippi” (sister song to the wonderfully haunting, “Iuka” from their 2014 album, Put Your Needle Down), “Little Again” and title track, “You Don’t Own Me Anymore”. Check them out if you’re fans of sibling harmony (eg. The Everly Brothers) and/or the southern gothic stylings of Gillian Welch and The Civil Wars.

Lilly HiattSophie Klein (Little Wise)
Lilly HiattTrinity Lane
I saw Lilly perform at Third Man Records at AmericanaFest in Nashville, but the gravity of her songwriting only hit me afterwards, listening to her rocking 2017 album Trinity Lane on my headphones traveling around the States. The production, by Michael Trent of Shovels and Rope, is big, loud, gritty and more indie rock than Nashville alt-country. But Lilly’s voice still has a southern twang to it though and the melodies and words kick around my brain for days on end. “I just wanna rock n’ roll, scream out my and burn real slow” she sings on “Records”, and it makes me want to do the same.

Jamie WyattGretta Ziller
Jamie WyattFelony Blues
Although it’s been out for most of the year I’ve only just discovered Jamie Wyatt’s Felony Blues! It’s a rare thing for me to listen to something on repeat but since I’ve discovered her it’s all I’m listening to!!! It’s unashamed, uncomplicated, catchy, good old fashioned country music.

Christopher Coleman CollectiveThe Dead Maggies
Christopher Coleman CollectiveAh Winter
This is a work of art, from a guy that’s had a hard run and put his heart on his sleeve. The result is a deep, personal and moving album of mature songwriting. Musically it sits somewhere between Bright Eyes and Neil Young.

Steve EarleTristan Goodall (The Audreys)
Steve Earle & The DukesSo You Wanna Be An Outlaw
Equal parts devilish invitation and cautionary tale, this killer record was a tour van favourite as we hit the road after a break this year. Steve is in fine form, as usual, and while the album is boisterous and swaggering, it also manages to highlight his songwriting craft. Highlight: Willie Nelson growling “if you wanna be an outlaw you can never go home”. Giddy-up!

LogicSteve Barnard (Jon Cotton and The Book Keepers)
LogicEverybody
Riding my push bike past all the kids and their mothers, heads adorned in their icon of piety, devotion and religious identity. The burka is far more common in this corner of Sydney than most and it puts a smile on my face to see children enjoying their walk home from school with Mum. An old bogan crossing the road to the pub yells racial cliches about going back where you came from and then turns to me for my approval of his vitriol. I inform him I’m from overseas too, I just happen to be white and he is guilty of the grossest and purest type of racism. Racism is as blatant as the inability to see past difference and as subtle as the apathy that accompanies privilege. Everybody suffers either in their oppression or privilege. Everybody.

Lawrence GreenwoodTanya Batt (BATTS)
Lawrence GreenwoodP.S. I’m Haunted
Lawrence has been a favourite of mine for a long time with his previous project. It feels so nice to have a new album from him and my gosh wow. The melodic and lyrical genius within this album actually made me cry the first time I heard it. The journey this takes you on from start to finish is incredibly special. All of the amazing detail within the album leaves you finding something new each listen.

Gretta ZillerAndrew Swift
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Maybe I’m a little biased after spending so much time on the road with Gretta, but credit where credit’s due. Queen Of Boomtown is a solid record from start to finish. With underlying blues tones throughout, Queen Of Boomtown will have you tapping your feet, singing along and wiping away a tear or two again and again. Ziller is quickly being recognised as one of this country’s best songwriters and without a doubt one of its best vocalists.

Raise By EaglesSam Newton
Raised By EaglesI Must Be Somewhere
There is a great mix of upbeat and slow-burner tracks with a sprinkle of country here and there. The record is filled with great songwriting and heartfelt lyrics.

Ben SalterShane Nicholson
Ben SalterBack Yourself
I have a lot of favourite albums of 2017. It’s been a good year. But for me, one stands above the rest – Ben Salter’s Back Yourself. It’s equal parts diverse, brave, accomplished, intelligent, exciting, original, and just plain incredible, superior record-making.

Frank OceanThe Campervan Dancers
Frank OceanBiking
Ryan is arrested by the nostalgic visions of meatophorical bike-riding. Chelsea is delighted by how they manage to execute an extensive shouting outro with great aplomb.

The East PointersThe Little Stevies/Teeny Tiny Stevies
The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
This recommendation is just as much about the album as it is about the live show, because TEP have done what is often very difficult to do and that’s to capture the energy and magic of their live show on record. As a band they’ve got the full package; great songs, impressive multi-instrumental musicianship, rich 3-part harmony, and to top it off they’re genuinely nice people. My favourites on the album are the vocal lead songs because I love a catchy melody and riff. But I also really enjoy the instrumentals because they include some super interesting harmonic changes through them that don’t always go where you’re expecting them to go. It’s an album that’s made a non-fiddler make it their new years resolution to learn how to play the fiddle, so it must be pretty good.

Songs From DanMelanie Horsnell
Dan TuffySongs from Dan
I loved Dan Tuffy’s record Songs from Dan because I love the quiet back of the valley live sound and the song “The biggest bastard who ever rode the west” is every musician-having-a-low-down-day’s anthem. And I loved King Curly’s new EP but biased as now we are making a record together, so not allowed to vote for that.

Les Poules a ColinJesse Periard (Ten Strings and a Goat Skin)
Les Poules à ColinMorose
Les Poules à Colin have never been a band to limit themselves. They are constantly pushing boundaries and exploring uncharted territory, which sets them apart from so many traditional music groups. They’ve grown so much as a band and Morose is a true representation of where they stand in the realm of traditional Québécois music and I couldn’t be more proud of them. This album has so many complex and beautiful layers to it, and has inspired me and taken me to places I didn’t expect.

Sarah BelknerJulia Johnson
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But It Has
A record I have returned to repeatedly, finding more with every listen. The textures and arrangements glisten, but have this earthy, warm undercurrent. Her lyrics unfolded the more I honed in on them. Where I was wondering of their meaning upon first listen, months later her songs are resonating deeply with chapters and moments in my life. For me, there’s nothing more wondrous than finding a song that exposes one’s painful or wonderful experience as universal, and this album is rich with those gems. Standout track: “Cellophane”.

Jesca HoopAinslie Wills
Jesca HoopMemories Are Now
I describe this album to other people as “assertive folk” in that it has folk sensibilities and instrumentation but the song ideas are quite robust and angular at times which make it really memorable (ha! Pun not intended). Also, It has no drums which to me was really refreshing as most things these days are so banger/beat driven.

Trad AttackJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Trad.Attack!Kullakarva / Shimmer Gold
Every so often I spend some time seeking out what’s happening in other local scenes around the world, and Crooked Fiddle’s musical equivalents therein – thus leading me to Estonia’s Trad.Attack! (punctuation included). Part melodic folk pop, part updated trad folk complete with Estonian bagpipes, they sometimes come across as a Baltic equivalent to Ireland’s Kila, especially on the epic title track.

Big ThiefAngie McMahon
Big ThiefCapacity
I’ve fallen in love with this band and this album. The intimacy of the songwriting has captured me, and the so many moments in the lyrics and music have brought me to moments of realisation and clarity. Some albums make you really grateful for music and the power it has over your mind, and this year, for me, it’s been this one.

Lana Del ReyTori Forsyth
Lana Del RayLust for Life
I love that Stevie Nicks has a little part of this record, she also experiments with some rad sounds. Also, lyrically this record is incredible.

This Is The KitEmily Staveley-Taylor (The Staves)
This Is The KitMoonshine Freeze
We met Kate, Rozi and Jamie at The Funkhaus during the Michelberger festival in Berlin last year and thought they were all wonderful people making wonderful music. Then we saw them play this album live at Eaux Claires festival in the summer and were blown away. The record has so many lovely, rounded sounds on it. It feels soft, but it has a driving energy that keeps pushing it forward. Kate’s voice has a familiar, kind quality when she sings – who doesn’t want to feel like they’re having a conversation with a friend when they listen to music? It’s a self-assured album by a band who seem to really know who they are. And that’s a comforting presence to be in. Plus the tunes are fucking banging. And the horns rule.

Sun Kil MoonNigel Wearne
Sun Kil MoonCommon As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
This year Sun Kil Moon has been on high rotation. Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood is so different, that I honestly can’t remember hearing anything else like it. Spoken word poetry, prose, and random stories (including a Chameleon vs a Cat), diary entries, muses on David Bowie and Ali augmented by busted-up Dad hip hop. It’s completely whacked and compelling. A slow burn that requires the lyrics booklet.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Roots duo Hussy Hicks announced a collaboration with Rapahel White for their fifth album On The Boundries. Details here

Tim Hart, drummer with Boy & Bear, has returned with new solo material plus tour dates next year. Details here

Paul Kelly released his new video “Rising Moon”. Details here

– Alt-country legends Calexico announced their ninth studio album The Thread That Keeps Us. Details here

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s announced their annual UNHCR fundraiser with Whoa Mule (above), Shelley’s Murder Boys, Flat Rock Boys, Simone East and more performing “bluegrassified” versions of classic country tracks. Details here

– Canadian soul-country singer-songwriter Frazey Ford has announced Australian tour dates. Details here

Angus & Julia Stone announced 2018 tour dates. Details here

– The final show for Blue Mountains mainstays Lime and Steel is this Saturday. Details here

– Melbourne alt-country band James Ellis and the Jealous Guys released their new video “Have You Ever Seen Her”. Details here

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nights Sweats announced plans to release their first live album Live at Red Rocks. Details here

– Victorian alt-folk collective The Northern Folk released the video for their new single “Get On”. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-folk trio Four In The Morning released their new single “Terrified”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Tom Dockray released his new video “Here’s To Me & You”. Details here

Father John Misty announced Sydney and Melbourne headline shows while he’s in the country for Laneway. Details here

– Fremantle singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly announced national tour dates. Details here

– Sydney folk-pop duo The Campervan Dancers released their new single “Let Me Go (Eiffel Tower)”. Details here

Releases This Week

Powerful Owl
Powerful OwlBelle Miners
iTunes

Billy Bragg
Bridges Not WallsBilly Bragg
iTunes

Wild and Reckless
Wild & RecklessBlitzen Trapper
Bandcamp

Wild
Wild & FreeVanessa Delaine
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Lime and Steel w/Julien Joel Clement, Neil Duncan

Lime and Steel

Iconic Blue Mountains band Lime and Steel call it a day with their last ever show.

Saturday 4th November – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Sunday 5th November – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW

Alanna and Alicia
Saturday 4th November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC

Alex The Astronaut
Friday 3rd November – Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Perth, WA

Americana Music Association of Australia Birthday Bash feat. Anne Kirkpatrick, Gretta Ziller, Small Town Romance, The Ahern Brothers, Andrew Swift, Georgia State Line, Hana and Jessie-Lee, The April Family
Friday 3rd November – Cronulla, NSW

Americana Music Association of Australia Conference
Saturday 4th November – Cronulla, NSW

Andy Golledge
Friday 3rd November – Giant Dwarf, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Bitter & Twisted Fest, Maitland Goal, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 5th November – The Junkyard Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Wednesday 8th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Australian Music Week
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Sydney, NSW

Band of Brothers
Thursday 9th November – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Beechworth Celtic Festival
Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November – Beechworth, VIC

Beltane Festival
Friday 3rd to Tuesday 7th November – Wolfgang’s Palace, Nalangil, VIC

Ben Salter
Friday 3rd November – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 5th November – Castlemaine Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 9th November – St John Craft Beer, Launceston, TAS
Friday 10th November – The Wharf, Ulverstone, TAS
Friday 10th November – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS

Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival
Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo, VIC

Bernard Fanning
Saturday 4th November – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Betty & Oswald
Thursday 9th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th November – Yah Yah’s, Melbourne, VIC

Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th November – Blackwood, VIC

Blues at Bridgetown
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bridgetown, WA

Bob Evans
Friday 10th November – C.ex, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 3rd November – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Friday 10th November – House Concert, Ferntree Gully, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 3rd November – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 4th November – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 7th November – Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 8th November – Townsville Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD

Byron Bay Guitar Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Candice McLeod
Friday 3rd November – House Concert, Wakerie, SA
Sunday 5th November – House Concert, Ararat, VIC
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

CanManouche Gypsy Jazz Jam
Saturday 4th November – Gang Gang Cafe, Canberra, ACT

Charlie & Jensen
Sunday 5th November – Cinema Paradiso, Ettalong Beach, NSW

Chris Jagger
Friday 3rd November – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Stag N’ Hunter Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Monday 6th November – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

Cider Fest feat. The Pitts Family Circus, The Barkers Vale Brothers, Honey & Knives, The Button Collective
Saturday 4th November – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 3rd November – Family Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Beaches Hotel, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 10th November – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

Code Red Festival
Friday 3rd November – Murdoch, WA

Colin Lillie
Friday 3rd November – El Sol, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 3rd November – St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cronulla, NSW

Datson Hughes
Saturday 4th November – Live and free @ Brat Cave, Brisbane, QLD

Devil Goat Family String Band
Sunday 5th November – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Diana Anaid
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW

Dusty Ravens
Saturday 4th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Echo Deer
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW

Eden Whale Festival
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Eden, NSW

Ella Belfanti
Saturday 4th November – Paddo RSL, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Byron Bay Guitar Festival, Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Emma Davis
Thursday 9th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Emma Russack
Friday 3rd November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 3rd November – Giant Dwarf, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Eurongilly Hall, Eurongilly, NSW
Friday 10th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW

Finders Keepers Brisbane Market
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane, QLD

Foghorn Stringband
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture, Blackwood, VIC

Folk Alliance Australia Conference
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Cronulla, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Suami Amabel, Jason Lowe, Matt Owens
Wednesday 8th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 3rd November – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Thursday 9th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Garrett Kato
Friday 3rd November – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD

Glenmaggie Country Rock Festival
Saturday 4th November – Glenmaggie Hall, Glenmaggie, VIC

Great Aunt
Thursday 9th November – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Saturday 4th November – Glenmaggie Country Rock Festival, Glenmaggie, VIC
Tuesday 7th November – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 9th November – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Grizzlee Train
Friday 10th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Hana & Jessie-Lee
Saturday 4th November – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 9th November – South Australian Music Awards, Thebarton Theatre Adelaide, SA

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 3rd November – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

Healesville Music Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Healesville, VIC

Holly Throsby
Friday 3rd November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th November – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White
Saturday 4th November – Leftie’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 8th November – Redcliffe on the Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Thursday 9th November – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bridgetown Blues Festival, Bridgetown, WA

Inland Sea of Sound Festival
Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November – Mount Panorama, Bathurst, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 10th November – Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort, Avoca Beach, NSW

James Kenyon
Friday 3rd November – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 5th November – The Lost Ones, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 10th November – The Lounge, Albury, NSW

James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims
Thursday 9th November – Gypsy Tapas House, Fremantle, WA

Jed Rowe
Friday 3rd November – Skylark Lounge, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Saint Monday, Yackandandah, VIC
Sunday 5th November – Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT

Jeff Lang
Saturday 4th November – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 5th November – Tablelands Music Lovers The ORB, Atherton, QLD

Jess Locke
Friday 3rd November – The Foundry Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th November – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 8th November – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 9th November – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 10th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

John Butler Trio
Friday 3rd November – Corxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges, VIC

Jordan Merrick w/ Sam Newton
Sunday 5th November – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke w/ Harrison Storm
Friday 3rd November – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Long Point Vineyard, Port Macquarie, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 4th November – Readings St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC

Karin Page
Saturday 4th November – WAMfest, Perth, WA

Kasey Chambers
Friday 3rd November – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

King Arthur w/ Lucky Oceans
Monday 6th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Kyle Lionhart
Thursday 9th November – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 10th November – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC

Liam Gerner
Friday 10th November – Piping Hot Chicken, Ocean Grove, VIC

Likely Celts
Sunday 5th November – Warrnambool RSL, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 10th November – The Old Priory Beechworth, Beechworth, VIC

Lime and Steel w/Julien Joel Clement, Neil Duncan
Saturday 4th November – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW

Lizzie Flynn
Tuesday 7th November – The Bug – Brisbane Unplugged Gigs, Brisbane, QLD

Lloyd Spiegel
Saturday 4th November – Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, Wangaratta, VIC

Low Down Riders, Ruby Gilbert & Ramblin’ Ash
Friday 10th November – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Lyall Moloney
Friday 3rd November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th November – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th November – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Lyn Bowtell
Friday 3rd November – Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music, Muswellbrook, VIC
Thursday 9th November – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC
Friday 10th November – The Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Maia Marsh
Saturday 4th November – Secret Garden, Sydney, NSW

Majors Creek Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek, NSW

Maldon Folk Festival
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th November – Maldon, VIC

Mama Kin Spender
Friday 3rd November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell
Friday 10th November – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Thursday 9th November – House Concert, Belmont, VIC
Friday 10th November – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC

Martin Pearson
Friday 10th November – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC

Melody Moko
Sunday 5th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mia Dyson
Friday 3rd November – Inland Sea of Sound Festival, Bathurst, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Bitter & Twisted Festival, Maitland, NSW
Friday 10th November – SS&A, Albury, NSW

Mile Twelve
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC

Monique Clare
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Sydney, NSW

Monthly Oldtime Jam
Sunday 5th November – Brothers Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Mr Alford
Sunday 5th November – Daylesford Cider Company, Daylesford, VIC

Neil Murray
Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Northern Beaches Music Festival
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Collaroy Beach, Sydney, NSW

Ocean Grove International Americana Music Festival feat. Gallie, Twin Peaks, Liam Gerner
Friday 10th November – The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill, Ocean Grove, VIC

Ollie Brown w/ Andy Golledge, Brendon Moon
Wednesday 8th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Out of Abingdon
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Eden Whale Festival, Eden, NSW
Thursday 9th November – Doo-Bop Jazz Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Paddy McHugh
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

Patonga Blues Across The Bay
Saturday 4th November – Broken Bay Sport & Recreation Centre, Brooklyn, NSW

Paul Kelly
Friday 3rd November – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 4th November – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 7th November – Convention Centre Great Hall, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 8th November – Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD
Thursday 9th November – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD

Peasant Moon
Friday 3rd November – Orient, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats w/ The Drunken Poachers
Friday 10th November – Baha, Rye, VIC

Porch Light Sessions feat. Shelley’s Murder Boys, David Ross Macdonald, Darby
Thursday 9th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Ralway Bell
Saturday 4th November – WAMFest Live, Perth, WA

Red-Eyed And Blue feat. That Red Head, Ben Leece
Sunday 5th November – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Rick Hart
Sunday 5th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Russell Morris
Sunday 5th November – Satellite Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 6th November – The Yarraville Club, Yarraville, VIC

Sásta
Friday 3rd November – Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th November – Sandgate Town Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5th November – The Colmslie Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

Simon Imrei
Friday 10th November – Brass Razu, Mornington, VIC

Sneaky Jams feat. Ned Mcphie, Sam IAm, Michelle Benson, Lucas
Wednesday 8th November – Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Friday 3rd November – Code Red Festival, Murdoch, WA
Saturday 4th November – WamFest, Perth, WA
Sunday 5th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Stockley
Friday 3rd November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Tex Perkins – The Man In Black, The Songs of Johnny Cash
Friday 3rd November – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Audreys
Saturday 4th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 8th November – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 9th November – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 10th November – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

The Band Who Knew Too Much
Sunday 5th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Friday 3rd November – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Saturday 4th November – John Wright Park, Tuncurry, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Hoey Moey Beer Garden, Coffs Harbour, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 3rd November – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Cider Fest, Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

The Central Coast Scottish Spectacular
Sunday 5th November – The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band w/ The Mouldy Lovers
Friday 3rd November – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Montgomery Brothers
Thursday 9th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th November – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

The Northern Folk
Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

The Nukes
Friday 3rd November – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Saturday 4th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA

The Songwriter Sessions feat. Paul Andrew Carey, Sarah Carroll and Matt Glass
Sunday 5th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 3rd November – Ravenswood Tavern, Mandurah, WA
Saturday 4th November – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 5th November – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Tuesday 7th November – Perth Blues Club, Perth, WA
Thursday 9th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA

The Weeping Willows
Saturday 4th November – Glenmaggie Country Rock Festival, Glenmaggie, VIC

The Willing Ponies
Sunday 5th November – The George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 3rd November – Secret Location, Adelaide, SA

TinPan Orange
Friday 3rd November – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Saturday 4th November – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
Friday 10th November – Hudson Ballroom, Sydney, NSW

Tom Dockray w/ Mitch Power
Friday 3rd November – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet, TAS
Wednesday 8th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues Festival, Bendigo, VIC

Tom West
Friday 3rd November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 10th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Tristen Bird
Friday 3rd November – Willie Smith’s Organic Cider, Grove, TAS
Saturday 4th November – Marakoopa Cafe, Mayberry, TAS
Sunday 5th November – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 9th November – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 10th November – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT

Twin Peaks
Sunday 5th November – Jacaranda River Feast, Grafton, NSW
Tuesday 7th November – Red Gum BBQ, Red Hill, VIC
Wednesday 8th November – Wine Whiskey Women, The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th November – Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC

Wallis Bird
Thursday 9th November – Wauchope Arts, Wauchope, NSW
Friday 10th November – Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW

WAMFest Live
Saturday 4th November – Northbridge, Perth, WA

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Wangaratta, VIC

William Crighton and Terra Lightfoot
Friday 3rd November – Central Bar, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Inland Sea of Sound Festival, Bathurst, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Monday 6th November – Yah Yah’s, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW

Z-Stay Delta
Friday 3rd November – Baha, Rye, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Deep West Block Party, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 9th November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Wayfaring Stranger” – Ed Sheeran

Watch the New Video from The Northern Folk, “Get On”

The Northern Folk
Image Courtesy of The Northern Folk

Victorian alt-folk collective The Northern Folk have just released the video for their jazzy new single “Get On”.

“The clip tells the story of a hermit frustrated with the world and going to some absurd lengths to escape it all, egged on by the band,” The Northern Folk explained. “We brainstormed the idea with director extraordinaire Callum Goodes, a housemate of some friends of ours with exactly the right amount of prop-making enthusiasm and scone-eating flair, who, together with his brother Ben (actor and owner of amazing hair), brought it to life in the sunny suburbia of Clifton Hill.”

Check out the video here:

The Northern Folk are currently on a huge tour – the full list of remaining dates are below:

Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 12th November – Healesville Music Festival, Healesville, VIC
Saturday 9th December – By The Banks Festival, Albury, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Summer Sounds Festival, Bermagui, NSW
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

The Illawarra Folk Festival Announces 2018 Lineup

Illawarra Folk Festival
Image Courtesy of Illawarra Folk Festival

Our favourite mid-sized folk festival, the Illawarra Folk Festival dropped its massive 2018 lineup this week and as usual we’re very very impressed

The Illawarra Folk Festival always manages to pull out the big guns and the best up and comers and 2018 is no different. The lineup this time around includes the likes of Eric Bogle, Cass Eager, The Go Set, Breaking Trad, Maggie Carty and Mairtin Staunton, Claire Anne Taylor, Devil on the Rooftop, Golden Whistler, Handsome Young Strangers, Lizzie Flynn, Paddy McHugh, Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Button Collective, The Northern Folk, The Raglins, The Royal High Jinx, The Scrims, Big Erle, Jane Aubourg, Kay Proudlove and many many more.

The Illawarra Folk Festival takes place in Bulli, NSW from the 18th to the 21st January. To get more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full lineup of Illawarra Folk Festival artists is below:

International Artists:
Breaking Trad (Ireland), Dan Walsh (UK), Edgelarks (UK), Eleanor McEvoy (Ireland), Faith i Branko (Eastern Europe), George Mann (USA), Himmerland with Mairi Campbell (Denmark/Scotland), Jonathan Bob Lynn (Canada), Josefina Paulson & Jonas Akerlund (Sweden), Ken Field’s Hoot Band (USA), Kevin Welch (USA), Maggie Carty and Mairtin Staunton (Ireland), Oi Dipnoi (Italy), Scott Cook & The Second Chances (Canada), Steve Turner (UK), The Beez (Germany), The Small Glories (Canada)

National Artists:
Eric Bogle, Mikelangelo (The Balkan Elvis), Cass Eager, Darren Coggan, Taikoz, The Go Set, Albion Fair Morris, Baz Cooper, Emma Nixon & Iain McKenzie, Black Joak Morris, Brian Bell, Bush Music Club Inc, Christopher Shaw, Claire Anne Taylor, Combined Union Choirs, Den Hanrahan and the Rum Runners, Devil on the Rooftop, Dom Ferry, Ella Belfanti, Franke, Glover & Sorrensen, Golden Whistler, Good Tunes, Greshka, Handsome Young Strangers, Honey & Knives, Jane Germain & Ian Simpson, John Broomhall, Karen Law & Family, Lagoon Hill Zydeco, Lisa Lazuli Music, Little Foot, Lizzie Flynn, Margaret Walters, Maurie Mulheron and Pat Craigie, The Merry Widows Unplugged, Michael-John Azzopardi, Nick Charles, Nick Rheinberger, Noel Gardner, Paddy McHugh, Peter Mace, Peter Willey, Robyn Sykes, Romisounds, Rusty & The Saint, Santa Taranta, Shelley’s Murder Boys, Snez Musica, Sydney English Country Dance, The Button Collective, The Grenadiers, The Honey Drippin’ Mudskippers, The Northern Folk, The Protesters, The Raglins, The Royal High Jinx, The Scrims, The Simon Kerr Perspective, The Ten Quid Poms, Tililili, Wally Byrne

Local Artists:
Alex Sreckovic – Smokehouse, Atif & Sako, AZ-I-AM, Beatmeisters, Big Erle, Carefree Road Band, Chord-eaux, Cinnamon Twist School of Belly Dance, Circus WOW, Cranky Franky, Curious Rendition Orchestra, Egypsy, Light Being Yoga-Erika Steller & Fiona Davis, Gobsmacked!, Heart to Heart Storytelling, Irish Famine, Jackie Dee, Jane Aubourg, Jimmy and Shay, John Nichols & Wolfgang Kloger, Josh C. Music, Kala Ilango, Kay Proudlove, Kenny Bartley, Kevin Sullivan, King & Queen of Green, LANEY and Friends, Lizzie Bennet, Love In The Jungle, Meridian, Murmur, No Such Thing, Roger Gordon Fyfe, Silver Lotus Tribal Bellydance, SingGongGo, Southern Gentlemen, Swing Booty, The Calamities, The Capricornia Project, The Con Artists, TheGroove, The Humphreys, The Scratchies, Steampunk Vagabonds, Swingaleles Wollongong, The Water Runners, Tia Juana, Vic Janko Orkestar, Wolf Gordon Music, Zlatkos Balkan Cabaret

Youth Artists:
Claire Doherty, Fergus Bailey, Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra, James & Jackson, Little Glory, Paddy & The Wonderband, Shalani Music, The Bowhemians, Tim Lukey, Whisper Out Loud, Zingara

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 29th September

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Fleet Foxes have announced a Melbourne headline show when they’re in the country for Falls Festival. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Emma Davis released her beautiful new song “Danger In Me”. Details here

– The Stringmania Camp in Warburton, Victoria has announced a huge lineup for its finale concert including Alasdair Fraser, Chris Stone, Adam Sutherland, Shane Lestideau, Paddy Montgomery, George Vardakis, Natalie Haas, Monique Bartkowiak, Michael Bryan, Holly Downes, Davydd McDonald, Greg Sheehan, Kavisha Mazzella, Cheryl Davison and more. Details here

– A joint Australian tour has been announced for William Crighton and Canadian roots rocker Terra Lightfoot. Details here

– Soul legend Jo Jo Smith announced a tour with Lucie Thorne and Hamish Stuart. Details here

– Singer-songwriter M.E. Baird has announced a one off Melbourne show this October. Details here

– American roots singer Nahko (Nahko and Medicine for the People) announced plans to release his debut solo album My Name Is Bear. Details here

– Melbourne based bluegrass and alt-country duo The Weeping Willows released their new video “Travellin’ Man”. Details here

– Chamber-folk singer-songwriter Monique Clare announced an east coast tour. Details here

– Victorian alt-folk collective The Northern Folk released their new track “Get On” and announced an east coast tour. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-country band Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes released their latest video “The Basics of Love” featuring vocals from Shanley Del. Details here

– Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Katie Harder released a live video of her new single “Beloved”. Details here

Julia Jacklin released her new single “Cold Caller”. Details here

Releases This Week

Sweet Old World
This Sweet Old WorldLucinda Williams
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City Bound Trains
City Bound TrainsPaddy McHugh
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The East Pointers
What We Leave BehindThe East Pointers
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The Younguns
StrangersThe Young’uns
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Old Crow Medicine Show

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In their first Australian tour in far far to long Old Crow Medicine Show are bringing their tribute to Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde to Melbourne, Sydney and the Caloundra Music Festival this week. Add to this an appearance at the first annual Australian Americana Honours Night in Melbourne on Monday and there’s some pretty amazing Old Crow Medicine Show gigs to get along to

Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 1st October – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 2nd October – Australian Americana Honours Night, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 3rd October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Saturday 30th September – Newstead Roots Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 3rd October – The Ainslie Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT

AJJ
Friday 29th September – The Lair, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 1st October – Yours & Owls Festival, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 4th October – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 5th October – Club 54, Launceston, TAS
Friday 6th October – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS

Alex The Astronaut
Sunday 1st October – Wildwood Festival, Port Macquarie, NSW

Americana Music Association of Australia Showcase
Sunday 1st October – Semaphore Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Angus & Julia Stone w/ Ruel
Friday 29th September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

Anna Smyrk
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Uranquinty Folk Festival, Uranquinty, NSW

Australian Americana Honours Night feat. Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June, Kevin Welch, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, Shane Howard, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Henry Wagons, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots, Jordie Lane & The Sleepers
Monday 2nd October – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

BATTS
Tuesday 3rd October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 4th October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Ely
Saturday 30th September – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, Hunter Valley, NSW

Benny Walker
Friday 6th October – Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Bernard Fanning
Monday 2nd October – Australian Americana Honours Night, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Bob Evans
Friday 29th September – Nightfest Floriade Festival, Commonwealth Park, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 30th September – Nightfest Floriade Festival, Commonwealth Park, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 1st October – Nightfest Floriade Festival, Commonwealth Park, Canberra, ACT

Brad Butcher
Friday 29th September – Red Lion Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 30th September – The Irish Village, Emerald, QLD

Caloundra Music Festival
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra, QLD

Carus Thompson w/ Loren
Friday 29th September – The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill, Ocean Grove, VIC
Sunday 1st September – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Cass Eager
Thursday 5th October – The Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 6th October – The Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW

Dan Sultan
Friday 29th September – Bar On The Hill, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

‘Dang Blues Festival feat. Ian Collard, Roy Payne, Illya Szwec and Pat Powell, Jukeboy Emmett, Tomcat Playground, Big Zydeco Express, 500 Pounds of Joy
Sunday 1st October – Club Windang, Windang, NSW

Dashville Skyline
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Belford, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Friday 29th September – Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin, NSW

Declan O’Rourke
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 3rd October – Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 4th October – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 5th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Deni Ute Muster
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September – Deniliquin, NSW

Dusk Songs feat. Layla Fibbins, Bill Jackson, Les Thomas
Sunday 1st October – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC

Ella Belfanti
Sunday 1st October – The Riverview Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Emily Barker
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Rhythmicana Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW
Sunday 1st October – The Junk Bar, Brisbane
Monday 2nd October – Australian Americana Honours Night, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th October – The Warehouse, Bunbury, WA

Emma Russack
Friday 29th September – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Dashville Skyline, Belford, NSW
Sunday 1st October – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 29th September – Tullamore Memorial Hall, Tullamore, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Marra Community Hall, Marra, NSW
Friday 6th October – Rankin Springs Memorial Hall, Rankin Springs, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Ethan Conway, Brendon Moon, Elizabeth Hughes
Wednesday 4th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fossils Benefit Concert
Friday 29th September – Concordia College Chapel, Adelaide, SA

Fox n Firkin
Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October – HOBOFOPO, Hobart, TAS

Frankston Guitar Festival
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October – Frankston, VIC

Great Aunt
Friday 29th September – Rick’s Garage, Palmwoods, QLD

Gretta Ziller
Tuesday 3rd October – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC

Handsome Young Strangers w/ Medusa’s Wake
Thursday 5th October – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hannah Matysek
Saturday 30th September – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Blacksheep, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th October – Acre Eatery, Sydney, NSW

High Tea feat. Caiti Baker
Thursday 5th October – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

HOBOFOPO
Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October – Hobart, TAS

Hush: An Evening Of Quiet Music feat. BATTS, Closet Straights, squidgenini, Elizabeth Miller
Wednesday 4th October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Immigrant Union
Friday 29th September – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Jackson Mclaren
Sunday 1st October – The Dart and Marlin, Warrnambool, VIC
Tuesday 3rd October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jed Rowe
Wednesday 4th October – Wooloweyah Hall, Wooloweyah, NSW
Thursday 5th October – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 6th October – Wauchope Arts, Wauchope, NSW

Jen Mize and Mitch Power
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st September – Dashville Skyline, Belford, NSW

Jess Ribeiro w/ Ryan Downey, International Velvet
Tuesday 3rd October – The Tote Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Jhana Allan
Saturday 30th September – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Tuesday 3rd October – House Concert, Burwood, NSW
Thursday 5th October – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan and Greta Stanley
Thursday 5th October – Oxford Circus, Sydney, NSW

Jo Jo Smith w/ Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 6th October – Leagues Club, Griffith, NSW

Jordan Merrick
Saturday 30th September – Newstead Roots Festival, The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 6th October – Selby Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC

Karl S Williams
Saturday 30th September – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 1st October – Wildwood Music Festival, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 6th October – Music On The Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Friday 29th September – Club Maitland City, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 30th September – West New Lambton, Maryville, NSW
Monday 2nd October – Australian Americana Honours Night, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 29th September – Caloundra RSL, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 1st October – The Milk Factory, Brisbane

Kevin Welch
Monday 2nd October – Australian Americana Honours Night, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 29th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 30th September – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 1st October – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Thursday 5th October – Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA
Friday 6th October – Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS

Kristina Olsen
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October – Nanga Music Festival, WA

Les Thomas
Sunday 1st October – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th October – Kingsbury Bowls, Melbourne, VIC

Liz Stringer & Mel Parsons
Friday 29th September – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW

Lizzie Flynn
Sunday 1st October – Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD

Lolo Lovina
Sunday 1st October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Lomond Acoustica feat. Mandy Connell, Cornhuskers, Michael Waugh
Wednesday 4th September – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

M.E. Baird
Thursday 5th October – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC

Madison Violet
Friday 29th September – Stanthorpe Theatre, Stanthorpe, QLD
Tuesday 3rd October – The Bug, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 4th October – The Shed, Nanango, QLD
Friday 6th October – Geelong Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Mark Olson
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline Festival, Belford, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 29th September – House Concert, Perth, WA
Saturday 30th September – House Concert, Woodlands, WA
Sunday 1st October – House Concert, Burswood, WA
Thursday 5th October – House Concert, Lugarno, NSW
Friday 6th October – House Concert, Wyong Creek, NSW

Mildura Country Music Festival
Friday 29th September to Sunday 8th October – Mildura, VIC

Mitch King
Friday 29th September – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 30th September – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Wildwood Festival, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 6th October – The Aztec, Forster, NSW

My Nightingale
Friday 29th September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Nanga Music Festival
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October – Dwellingup, WA

Newstead Roots Festival
Saturday 30th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Obscura Hail w/ Slow Job, Time Robb
Thursday 5th October – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Old Crow Medicine Show
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 1st October – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 2nd October – Australian Americana Honours Night, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 3rd October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Paddy McHugh
Saturday 30th September – Dashville Skyline, Belford, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Psycho Zydeco
Saturday 30th September – Pyrmont Bridge Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA

Ralway Bell
Friday 6th October – Western Port Hotel, Phillip Island, VIC

Rhythmicana Festival
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Murwillumbah, NSW

Richard Perso
Saturday 30th September – Pfeiffer Wines, Wahgunyah, VIC

Rowena w/ BATTS​, Jackson McLaren​
Tuesday 3rd October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ruby Boots
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 5th October – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Saturday 30th September – Alexandra Farmstay, Alexandra, VIC
Sunday 1st October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Semaphore Music Festival
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Adelaide, SA

Shaky Stills
Friday 6th October – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Skyscraper Stan’s Jukebox feat. Georgia State Line, Ayleen O’Hanlon
Wednesday 4th October – Belleville, Melbourne, VIC

Sons Of The East
Thursday 5th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Stringmania Camp
Sunday 1st to Sunday 8th October – Yarra Valley, VIC

The Acfields w/ Looking for Alaska
Friday 29th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 6th October – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Friday 29th September – Dee Why RSL Club, Dee Why, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Friday 6th October – Satellite Lounge, Wheelers Hill, VIC

The Buck Loner Revue w/ Liz Martin
Sunday 1st October – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 30th September – Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 30th September – Catapult Warehouse, Sydney, NSW

The Excellent Smithers
Saturday 30th September – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Morrisons w/ The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 30th September – Catapult Warehouse, Sydney, NSW

The Northern Folk w/ Rosie Burgess Trio, Zac Saber
Wednesday 4th October – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

The Quick & the Dead
Friday 29th September – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Element Bar, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 1st September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 4th September – The Top Pub, Uralla, NSW
Thursday 5th September – Old Bank Restaurant & Bar, Dubbo, NSW
Friday 6th September – TBC, Orange, NSW

The Roamin’ Jasmine
Friday 29th September – Dashville Skyline, Lower Belford, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, Lower Belford, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW

The Sauerkrauts
Friday 6th October – German Austrian Australian Club, Wondonga, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, Hunter Valley, NSW
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

The Turner Brown Band
Friday 29th September – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Narooma Kinema, Narooma, NSW
Sunday 1st October – The Waterfront Cafe & General Store, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th October – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Twoks
Friday 6th October – The B.East, Melbourne, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Friday 29th September – Sider Diner Sessions, City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW

Tim Easton
Friday 29th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Monday 2nd October – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 3rd October – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 5th October – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 6th October – Headland Cafe Valla Beach, Valla Beach, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Saturday 30th September – Sounds Delicious, Jervis Bay, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Sunday 1st October – Phoenix Rising Cafe, Lismore, NSW
Wednesday 4th October – Cattleman Steakhouse, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 6th October – Flutterbies, Tyalgum, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Friday 29th September – Westernport, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 1st October – Martians Cafe & Bar, Deans Marsh, VIC

Uranquinty Folk Festival
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Uranquinty, NSW

Valerie June
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 2nd October – Australian Americana Honours Night, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 3rd October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Wallaby Creek Festival
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Homerule Rainforest Lodge, QLD

Waterloo Sunset Sessions feat. The Fibro Cowboys
Sunday 1st October – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Widow’s Walk w/ Georgia State Line, Nick Payne & the Wanted Few
Friday 29th September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Wildwood Music Festival
Sunday 1st October – Port Macquarie, NSW

Wollombi Music Festival
Saturday 30th September – Wollombi, NSW

Woody Guthrie: Songs of Freedom feat. Bruce Hearn, Andy Baylor, Kavisha Mazzella, Chris Pascoe, Allara Pattison, Mick Thomas
Sunday 1st October – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Stay Delta
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, QLD
Friday 6th October – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Ain’t It Enough” – Old Crow Medicine Show

Listen to the New Single From The Northern Folk, “Get On”

The Northern Folk
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Victorian alt-folk collective The Northern Folk have just released their smooth new track “Get On”. The track is the band’s first since their 2016 album Stumble On Home and was written by Paul Dyason on the subject of frustration.

“Frustration with religion, politics and absurdly priced scones,” explains Dyason. “The consequence was less of a sermon, but more an informative manual that outlines fun ways to not be a d**k.”

Take a listen to “Get On” below:

To celebrate “Get On” The Northern Folk have announced a residnecy at The Gasometer in Melbourne plus a bunch of east coast dates. The residency will feature supports from Rosie Burgess Trio & Zac Saber (4th October), The Peeks & Domini Forster (11th October) and Ben Whiting & Joyce Prescher (18th October). Check out the full list if dates for the tour and residency here:

The Northern Folk
Wednesday 4th October – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th October – Beer Deluxe, Albury, NSW
Tuesday 10th October – UMSU Tuesday Bands, Melbourne Uni, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 11th October – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – Spring Fling St Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 18th October – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th October – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Monday 23rd October – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 25th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Black Malabar, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW
Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 12th November – Healesville Music Festival, Healesville, VIC
Saturday 9th December – By The Banks Festival, Albury, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Summer Sounds Festival, Bermagui, NSW
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Cobargo Folk Festival Announces First Headliners for 2018

Eric Bogle
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Wait, we’re talking about 2018 festivals already? Where has this year gone!

The Cobargo Folk Festival, held in the NSW south coast village of Cobargo, has already revealed a bunch of their headliners for next years event.

Australian folk music legends Eric Bogle (above) and Neil Murray head up the announcement along with fellow Aussies The Northern Folk. From an international point of view Cobargo has managed to snag the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (USA), Christine Collister (Isle of Man) with Michael Fix and the Alan Kelly Gang (Ireland). And there’s obviously a bunch more to be announced over the coming months.

The Cobargo Folk Festival takes place in Cobargo, NSW from the 2nd to 4th March. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Foghorn Stringband
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Every year the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival manages to deliver one of the most exciting lineups of the year, featuring the best in bluegrass, old time and folk artists from around the country and around the world.

Held in the small northern NSW town of Dorrigo, the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival is an intimate, community run event with a really nice vibe and so much great music. Their lineup this year includes so many amazing artists including Foghorn Stringband (above), Genni Kane, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Luke Plumb and Peter Daffy, Mac Traynham and Shay Garriock, Mile Twelve, The Freewheeler, The New Macedon Rangers, Andy Gordon with John Kane, Angus Gill, Cat and Clint, Chloë & Jason Roweth, Chris Matthews, Corn Silk, Fat Cousin Skinny, Fireside Celts & Friends, Flora Knight & Sean Donald, Freya Josephine Hollick, Golden Whistler, High and Lonesome, John Bennett with David Hyams, Kaurna Cronin, Kazoobafak Jug Band, Loren Kate, Mandy Connell, Michael Waugh, Misty Mountain Players, Monique Clare, Montgomery Church, Pete Denahy, Pitts Family, Sohum Women’s Choir, The 3 Jimmies, The Daughters of the Rum Rebellion, The Mae Trio, The Martins, The Northern Folk, The Pipi Pickers, The Sinners, The Tawny Owl Stringband, The Tin Can String Band, Thor and Jasmine Phillips, Tommy Chandler and the Continental Drift, Twin Peaks, Two If By Sea, Watling & Bates, Whoa Mule and Yhan Leal.

The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival takes place in Dorrigo from the 27th to the 29th October – check out the official site for more details.

This year they’re also holding the inaugural Old-Time Music School in the lead up to the festival, from the 25th to the 27th October. The Old-Time Music School will give players to learn alongside some of the best musicians in the business – this year will feature the likes of Ashlee Watkins (The New Macedon Rangers), Shay Garriock, Andrew Small (The New Macedon Rangers), Mac Traynham, Jeremy Marcotte and Foghorn Stringband. Workshops at the school will include traditional fiddle and banjo music, instrument workshops, old time ensemble workshops, folk singing, concerts, jamming and a festival performance opportunity – for more information check out the official site here.

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