Nannup Music Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

Fanny Lumsden
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden

The Nannup Music Festival in Western Australia has a reputation of one of the undiscovered gems of the folk festival circuit, and considering the lineup they get every year it’s easy to see why. Held in Nannup, three hours from Perth, the festival will be held in 2015 from Friday 27th February to Monday 2nd March.

The full lineup of the Nannup Music Festival was revealed this week and it features a bunch of Timber and Steel’s favourite artists including Marlon Williams, Darren Hanlon, Fanny Lumsden (above), Al Parkinson, Stray Hens, Ruby Boots, Husband, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, Colin Lillie, Melody Pool, Daniel Champagne, The Pierce Brothers, Jacinta Price and many many more.

For more information on the Nannup Music Festival including how to get your tickets check out the official site here. The full list of artists on the 2015 lineup are below:

Kim Richey, Lynda Smyth & The Borrowed Few, Archer & Light, Jay Hoad, Riley Pearce, The Tommyhawks, Marlon Williams, Darren Hanlon, Rose Parker and Phoebe Corke, Fanny Lumsden, Manu Pozzi, The Mucky Duck Bush Band, Steve Turner, Al Parkinson, Leoh, Stray Hens, Alexandra Pye, Anna Hebblewhite, Ruby Boots, Ruth Moody, Flying Heart Productions, Simon and Tammy London, Pete Mathews, Yirrmal and the Yolngu Boys, Dan Sultan, Tanu Hudson, Shaun Kirk, Husband, Kat Wilson, Jane Tyrrell, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, Siobhan Cotchin, Colin Lillie, Melody Pool, Tom Richardson, Daniel Champagne, Hein Cooper, The Pierce Brothers, Albert Gray, Gertrude WellEase – Obsessive, Compulsive, Disorder, Morgan Bain, Kallidad, Anabelle Kay, Hey Geronimo, Jacinta Price, Tjintu Desert Band, Greg Hastings, Stella Kelly, Peter Capp – Bush Poets Breakfast

Interview: Pierce Brothers

The Pierce Brothers
Image Courtesy of The Pierce Brothers

On the morning I interviewed The Pierce Brothers at this year’s BIGSOUND it had just been announced that the duo had signed a publishing deal with Mushroom Music. Having spent the last few years touring the world off the back of their amazing live show The Pierce Brothers are currently in the middle of a massive national tour. Check out my chat with the boys here – and just a note, I may have attributed the wrong quotes to the wrong brother in this interview. They are twins after all.

Gareth Hugh Evans: I saw the news that you guys have just signed a publishing deal with Mushroom. That’s awesome!

Jack Pierce: We’re pretty excited about that. We were very excited to work with Mushroom. [Michael] Gudinski’s an interesting man but he’s very intimidating. I get intimidated because he’s done so much.

Pat Pierce: He’s done a lot. He has a real presence – he’ll walk into a room and he knows what he’s going to do.

JP: So you talk to him and I’m just like “Yep. Ok.”

PP: We’re stoked to be working with someone of that calibre.

GHE: Can you just tick off BIGSOUND now and go “we’ve done everything I needed to”?

PP: Pretty much. In fact what are we doing this interview for? [laughs]

GHE: I feel like you guys deserve that because you’ve worked so hard in building your own profile and building your own “brand” if that’s not a dirty word.

PP: Jack did advertising at uni.

JP: I very nearly went to the dark side and got a job in advertising. I had one offered and Pat had a job offered in film at the same time and we both turned them down, the things we’d been working towards at uni…

PP: To make much less money as musicians.

JP: And we were like “We’re actually going to go overseas and waste all of our money and come back poor and in debt for the couple of years. That’d be great, thanks. Bye!”. But yeah, we’ve worked really hard from the ground up. With busking, we didn’t realise what busking would accomplish until we gave it a go and then all of a sudden we were playing bigger shows, more people were coming, we were selling CDs and actually making money from it. So we said let’s just make this our fulltime job. And then from that and touring – it’s been an adventure for the last year. It hasn’t really been a job. I think it’s 18 months since I’ve worked anywhere else, probably two years for Pat.

PP: I haven’t had a job since the February before last.

JP: Wow!

PP: It’s awesome.

JP: It’s just been an adventure rather than a career path.

GHE: Would you recommend it to other musicians, to go the busking route?

PP: Ok yeah!

JP: Depending on their style. The thing about us as an act is that we’re not particularly talented in the studio. And I’m not that gifted a guitar player. Pat’s quite talented.

PP: Yeah.

JP: What we’re really like is when we’re on stage it’s all about the presence and the energy that we put into it. And that stems straight from busking.

PP: And we’re very very tailored for busking. It’s just what made the most sense for our sort of act. But it’s different with everyone. Jack running around, doing all his flips, having the didgeridoo out are all good things to make people stop and buy a CD. And that’s what’s kept us going. If you don’t have those gimmicks it’s harder to make the money to keep it up. But if there’s any way that you can be a musician full time and get by and pay all your bills then absolutely. It’s awesome.

GHE: You’ve just got to learn the didgeridoo…

JP: That’s the thing about my didgeridoo playing. My housemate’s a really good didgeridoo player and he’s taught me. But he’ll pick up my didgeridoo and get such amazing, better sounds than me. When he plays he sounds like Xavier Rudd playing. And then there’s me. But then again it comes back to the spectacle of the show.

GHE: Don’t you get Pat to hold it for you while you play?

JP: No I hold the harmonica for Pat and then I hold [the didgeridoo] out.

PP: That was something that people really enjoyed but that just came out of a fuck up.

JP: Pat forgot his harmonica holder one night and I was like “what do we do” and he’s like “hold it for me”.

PP: Everyone went ballistic and we like “That’s staying in”. That was awesome. The same night Jack was hitting stuff with his sticks and I was like “dude hit my guitar”. He goes “really?” and I’m like “yeah”.

JP: I started playing the guitar. And then the flips came from busking and playing the concrete came from busking. When we were over in the Netherlands we actually had to find something to hit like that as well but there was a 6,000 person audience you wouldn’t be able to hear me if I played on the ground. But because we were the first act that day, you know the big trusses that hold up the tent that Eddie Vedder used to climb? We put a mic up there and then I was able to run up there, climb up a bit and then start playing. People went ballistic. It’s just fascinating because it’s different. It’s something out of the box and that’s what people enjoy. It doesn’t take any talent.

GHE: It’s the spectacle.

JP: It’s the spectacle!

GHE: The first time I saw you guys live you jumped off stage and grabbed a chair from someone and started smashing the chair.

PP: Chairs sound good.

GHE: And that was my favourite part of the show even though anyone could have done that.

JP: That’s the thing. People are like “how do you have so much energy”. It’s not about the energy. It’s just how committed to the but are you.

PP: That’s exactly right. The point of our show is to be high energy and fun for everyone. So it’s always really funny because I can be exhausted off stage, napping, and then go on stage and be really excitable and high energy and then go back off stage and collapse. I never really think about it until afterwards and think “how did we pull it off?”. But when I think I realise that we’ve defined that as our show and we’re up there doing what we’re supposed to do. Absolutely give it our all and jump around and look like complete knobs .

JP: You can pull anything off if you’re one hundred percent committed to it. If you half arse it then people will be like “well that’s a bit stupid”. There’s a fine line. And that is why comedy scares the crap out of me.

GHE: Is it hard as buskers playing original stuff? Do you have people coming up and saying you’d get more money if you did covers?

PP: People have said “you’d get more money if you play Jason Mraz “I’m Yours””. And we’re like “No we wouldn’t. We’re making way more money doing this”.

JP: I hate the people who come and go “why aren’t you guys on The Voice?

PP: When we do a busking set we do have a few busking songs that are covers because we’ve figured out how to play them. Then we try and put in as many originals as possible. We only like to do maybe one or two covers a set. You’re getting them to listen to you with the covers and then going “aha – here’s our music!”.

GHE: What’s coming up for you guys. There’s a massive tour going on right?

PP: We’ve just started a 26 date tour. We’re going to the Northern Territory for the first time. So we’re really really excited about getting up to Darwin and then getting over to Western Australia again because we’ve only played there once. It’s just going to be really busy.

GHE: I might leave it there for you guys thanks so much.

PP: No worries.

JP: Thanks so much!

The Pierce Brothers are currently on tour throughout the country. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Friday 10th October – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Birregurra Festival, Birregurra, VIC
Thursday 16th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th October – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd October – Moonshine, Manly, NSW
Friday 24th October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25th October – Swagger Music Festival, Mountain View Hotel, Wandiligong, VIC
Friday 31st October – Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Thursday 6th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th November – Djerriwarrh Festival, Melton Recreation Reserve, VIC
Friday 14th November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 15th November – AWME, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Festival, SA
Thursday 4th December – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Friday 5th December – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 6th December – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

Review: BIGSOUND 2014, A Folkie’s Perspective

All Our Exes

It’s been a few days since I wearily boarded a flight at Brisbane to wend my way home after BIGSOUND and only now am I finally returning to reality. 2014 was my first BIGSOUND and I didn’t really know what to expect – only that my friends in the music industry told me I had to go. As a folkie I kind of expected to be out on the fringes of the festival while all the cool kids compared synth lines and the like, but truth be told I came away feeling a big part of this thing we call the Australian music industry and excited about what the future holds music in this country.

BIGSOUND is whatever you make of it” a friend had told me. “Decide what you want to get out of it before you go and then concentrate on that”. It was good advice as the avalanche of things to do, people to see and parties to get into was overwhelming for a first time BIGSOUND-er like me. So I mapped out my days based on artists I wanted to interview, industry folks I wanted to meet and gigs (both unofficial and official) I wanted to attend. And here’s what I got out of the event:

Music Music Music

Ruby Boots

With over 140 bands officially showcasing at BIGSOUND Live this year and a bunch of auxiliary, unofficial gigs happening around the place we definitely weren’t hard up for music. Most of the acoustic artists were centred around the stage at The Press Club but there was plenty of folk, blues, roots and country happening at most of the other showcase venues as well.

On the first night I managed to catch All Our Exes Live in Texas, Steve Smyth, The Tiger and Me, Spookyland, Rob Moir, Ruby Boots and Brad Butcher. Steve Smyth would have to have been the highlight for me – his wall-of-sound blues and roots style was just transfixing and he definitely lived up to the hype. Spookyland were a little more indie-rock and a little less folk than I expected them to be but definitely worth checking out. Ruby Boots (above) was probably one of my favourite acts of the entire week with Bex Chilcott’s voice in fine form.

Night two was meant to be the night I just parked myself at the Press Club and let the bands come to me, but I ended up running around just as much as the first night catching the likes of Fraser A. Gorman, Jordan Klassen, Sweet Jean, The Pierce Brothers, Harmony James and Marlon Williams. It was Marlon Williams that had been getting the most hype (contributed to by myself) throughout the week so it was great to see him pack in the crowd even as the last act of the night. The Pierce Brothers absolutely killed their set at The Zoo and Fraser A. Gorman was a highlight at The Black Bear Lodge.

The two artists I “stumbled” across without any intention of seeing at BIGSOUND were Canadians Rob Moir and Jordan Klassen. The former, a post-punk acoustic singer-songwriter in the vein of Frank Turner, wowed the relatively small crowd at Ric’s Bar with his brash stage presence and in-your-face lyrical style. Klassen on the other hand made some really sweet indie-folk sounds with the help of backing vocals from Jocelyn Price and plenty of ukulele and acoustic guitars. Both very interesting artists and I’m extremely glad I made the time to check them out.

After the Party There’s the After Party

Shane Nicholson

Along with the official showcases there were a bunch of after-parties dotted all over the city that people were scrambling to get tickets to. For me there was only one party to get into – The Lost Highway Country and Inner Western show at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall.

Featuring sets from The Morrisons, Eddie Boyd and the Phatapillars, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Marlon Williams, Shane Nicholson (above), Ruby Boots and Laura Zarb, the night was a blur of jamming, whiskey, bluegrass and country music. Lost Highway Records is the new(ish) Americana and alt-country label from Universal Music and they definitely chose some of Australia’s finest for their BIGSOUND party. The following days, as the stories emerged it was clear this was one of the after-parties to be at. I won’t recount them here – you’ll have to ask me in person.

I also have to send a big shout out to Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall which is one of the best venues I have been to in Australia. There needs to be a Lefty’s in every state!

Interviews

Having the music industry converge on Brisbane gave me a good chance to interview a bunch of artists I’d been meaning to for ages, as well as some new artists I’m really excited about. In the coming weeks prepare to catch chats with Tom West, Brad Butcher, Bree De Rome, Sweet Jean, The Pierce Brothers, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Ruby Boots and Marlon Williams right here on Timber and Steel.

The Battle for Country Music

While I wasn’t really in town for the conference itself (I only had a ticket to the BIGSOUND Live, not for any of the panels) but I managed to sneak into what turned out to be one of the most interesting, and least reported on sessions of the week – The Battle for Country Music. Facilitated by Scott Fitzsimons from theMusic.com.au the panel featured country artist manager Dan Biddle (The McClymonts, Adam Eckersley Band), artists Bex Chilcott (Ruby Boots), Shane Nicholson and Luke O’Shea (who is also Councillor for Country Music on the Music Council of Australia) and Universal Music Managing Director Michael Taylor.

The panel managed to cover off the divide between the mainstream, “Tamworth” country scene and the alt-country/Americana scene, whether “country” is a dirty word in Australia (most agreed it isn’t or at least shouldn’t be), what the options are for artists that aren’t considered upper tier country acts, how to get country music played on mainstream radio and the Golden Guitars’ narrow-minded view of country music.

Some golden nuggets from the panel included Dan Biddle proclaiming that “there’s a golden age of country music about to happen in Australia” and that Tamworth should move to Sydney for a year (which he later clarified as meaning we need a Tamworth size event in Sydney to get the mainstream industry interested in country music) and Shane Nicholson telling it how it is by saying “It’s ludicrous that there’s even a debate about what is and isn’t country”.

I wish the panel had gone on for hours more as there’s so much to talk about on the topic (and I definitely talked with the panelists after the panel long into the night). I also wish there’d been someone from the mainstream radio community – either the triple j set or the commercial operators – as at times the panel was a little too insular with everyone being from the country music “scene”.

It’s nice to see this kind of discussion taking place at BIGSOUND, that music outside of what’s played on triple j, is being talked about. Surely this means next year we’ll have a bluegrass panel!

Meet and Greet

A big part of BIGSOUND was actually managing to meet a bunch of people in the industry and putting names to faces. I’m not a big self promotor (I’m more comfortable being the guy standing at the back of the room listening to music than introducing myself to the band) but when you’re surrounded by hundreds of music lovers it’s hard not to strike up a conversation. I got to meet a few of my heroes, a few people in the industry I have so much respect for and more than a few Timber and Steel fans. When one unnamed festival promoter told me to “email me your band’s music” I realised how draining all of the meet and greets were on some people, but I actually really loved it.

Coming away from BIGSOUND I am a convert. This was a music conference and festival not just for the cool kids – there was space for this folkie as well. I made the event my own and came away feeling like I’m part of a larger music industry, not just the guy who writes about banjos in his bedroom. Would I recommend BIGSOUND to other aspiring folk writers, musicians and promotors? Absolutely.

See you next year BIGSOUND!

The Pierce Brothers Kick Off Massive Tour

The Pierce Brothers
Image Courtesy of The Pierce Brothers

Indie-folk duo The Pierce Brothers are back in town after an international tour and have just announced a massive run of dates that will take them around the country until December. The tour actually kicked off last night but there are so many dates to come there should be a chance to see them over the coming months.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 5th September – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 11th September – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 19th September – Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 20th September – Sol Bar, Maroochydoore, QLD
Sunday 21st September – Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Friday 10th October – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Birregurra Festival, Birregurra, VIC
Thursday 16th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th October – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd October – Moonshine, Manly, NSW
Friday 24th October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25th October – Swagger Music Festival, Mountain View Hotel, Wandiligong, VIC
Friday 31st October – Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Thursday 6th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th November – Djerriwarrh Festival, Melton Recreation Reserve, VIC
Friday 14th November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 15th November – AWME, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Festival, SA
Thursday 4th December – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Friday 5th December – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 6th December – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 30th May

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Passenger has announced Australia as part of his Whispers world tour with dates in January and February 2015. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Noah Earp has released his new single “Bound for Glory”. Details here

– The incomparable Patrick James has released his new single “Message”. Details here

– Sydney seven-piece Little Bastard have released their brand new video “Be My Kind”. Details here

– The one and only Bob Dylan is returning to Australia this August and September for a series of intimate theatre shows. Details here

The Davidson Brothers will be launching their new album Wanderlust at a very special show in Melbourne next month. Details here

– English folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman has released his new video “Last Rider”. Details here

– New York folk-pop singer-songwriter Mackenzie Shivers has released her new track “Nothing to Fear”. Details here

– World music six piece Chaika have a new album, a new video and are currently on a tour of the east coast. Details here

The Pierce Brothers are embarking on a tour following today’s new EP release. Details here

Jackson McLaren and the Triple Threat have released their new video “Here’s A Memory”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Isaac de Heer recently released his new album Summer which is streaming online. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features will be celebrating its second birthday tomorrow with a show featuring The Former Love, Joshua Chamberlin, Baby Lips and the Silhouettes, Charlie Gradon and Bexley De Lion. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Roo Panes released the video to his stunning track “Tiger Striped Sky”. Details here

– This Sunday the Fleurieu Folk Festival’s annual Folkathon fundraising event hits Adelaide. Details here

Angus and Julia Stone released the first single from their highly anticipated new album, “Heart Beats Slow”. Details here

– Sydney’s Spookyland will be launching their new single “The Silly Fucking Thing” at FBi Social next month. Details here

– Adelaide duo The Yearlings have a new album on the way and national tour planned for July. Details here

Interviews

“Claire Patti has a voice that has to be heard to be believed and she plays the harp (the stringed one), french horn and piano accordion. Claire sings harmonies with the guitar-playing band leader Marcus de Rijk (note the strong Scottish influence in that name — mmm, maybe not so much), while Geoff Jones plays pipes, whistles and bodhran. Angus Downing makes the whole thing fly with his wonderful fiddle playing. Taliska’s traditional Ceilidh will have your feet pounding the tiles” – Marcus de Rijk from Taliska chats to Billy Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

House of Jacks
House of JacksBlair Dunlop
Official Site

Pierce Brothers
The Night TreeThe Pierce Brothers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Little Features feat. The Former Love, Joshua Chamberlin, Baby Lips and the Silhouettes, Charlie Gradon, Bexley De Lion

Josh Camberlin

Sydney indie-folk night Little Features celebrate their second birthday this weekend with a show packed full of amazing folky talent.

Saturday 31st May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Friday 30th May – Orange Ex Services Club, Orange, NSW
Saturday 31st May – Dubbo Ex Services Club, Dubbo, NSW

Chaika
Friday 30th May – The Breslin Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st May – Farouk’s Olive, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th June – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 30th May – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 1st June – The Towradgi Beach Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 30th May – Mumbulla School Hall, Bega, NSW
Saturday 31st May – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 1st June – Beyond Q, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 4th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Folkathon feat. AP D’Antionio, Cal Williams Jr, Chris Finnen, Courtney Robb, Emlyn & Jodie O’Regan, Halfway to Forth, Ragged But Right, Saltwater Taffy, Serendipity and Spiral Dance
Sunday 1st June – Port Noarlunga Bowling Club, Adelaide, SA

Jackson McLaren & The Triple Threat
Wednesday 4th June – The Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

James Vincent McMorrow
Saturday 31st May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 6th June – Nexus Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 6th June – Montrose Town Centre, Montrose, VIC

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 30th May – The Ranges Concert Lounge, Upway, VIC

Kaurna Cronin and Ben Whiting
Friday 6th June – Pirie & Co. Social Club, Adelaide, SA

Kim Churchill
Friday 30th May – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st May – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 1st June – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 4th June – Indi Bar, Perth, WA
Thursday 5th June – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 6th June – The Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Little Features feat. The Former Love, Joshua Chamberlin, Baby Lips and the Silhouettes, Charlie Gradon, Bexley De Lion
Saturday 31st May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise and Megan Bernard
Friday 30th May – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 31st May – Sheoak Shack, Fingal Head, NSW

Melbourne Folk Club feat/ Lucie Thorne, Jackson McLaren, Luka Lesson
Wednesday 4th June – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Sunday 1st June – Lizotte’s Central Coast, Kincumber, NSW
Thursday 5th June – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Peak Festival
Friday 6th to Monday 9th June – Perisher, NSW

Ruby Boots
Sunday 1st June – The Hundred Club, Collie, WA

Sam Brittain
Friday 30th May – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 1st June – Garden Party, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 5th June – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

The Acfields
Saturday 31st May – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Sunday 1st June – Frankie Brown, Byron Bay NSW

The April Maze
Saturday 31st May – Clifton Beach Tennis Club, Clifton Beach, QLD
Sunday 1st June – Quincan Cottage, Yungaburra, QLD
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Townsville, QLD

The Audreys
Thursday 5th June – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Friday 6th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

The Beards
Friday 30th May – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 31st May – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 1st June – Astor Theatre, Perth WA
Thursday 5th June – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale, NSW
Friday 6th June – Wollongong Uni, Wollongong, NSW

The Mountains
Friday 30th May – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 31st May – The Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

The Paper Kites
Friday 30th May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st May – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 1st June – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Saturday 31st May – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Wednesday 4th June – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 5th June – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 30th May – TBC, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st May – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Top Half Folk Festival
Friday 6th to Monday 9th June – Mary River, NT

Wagons
Saturday 31st May – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 6th June – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Girl That I Love” – The Falls

This week a little duo from Sydney topped 10,000 Facebook likes and has been celebrating all week with a bunch of flashback’s on social media. We thought we’d join in by posting this live track from April 2012 when The Falls still had a “The” and played every week at the Hotel Hollywood in Surry Hills, Sydney.

The Pierce Brothers Announce The Night Tree Tour

The Pierce Brothers
Image Courtesy of The Pierce Brothers

Melbourne folk duo The Pierce Brothers are releasing their brand new EP The Night Tree this Friday and to celebrate they’ll be doing what they do best – storming around the country on an 11 date tour.

The tour will take in shows across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, with in dates in both capital cities and regional centres. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 31st May – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Wednesday 4th June – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 5th June – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 8th June – Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Saturday 14th June – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, NSW
Friday 20th June – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 26th – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th June – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th June – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Friday 11th July – Hotel High Plains, Dinner Plain, VIC
Saturday 12th July – The General, Mt Hotham, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th April

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Matthew and the Atlas revealed their new track “Nowhere Now”. Details here

– Fiddle player and looper Owen Pallett has released his new video “The Riverbed”. Details here

– Regular Sydney bluegrass jam and performance Bluegrass @ Yulli’s kicks off it’s April show next week featuring John Flanagan. Details here

– Tomorrow afternoon the Newtown Hotel in Sydney is holding the Cider Fair, featuring over 25 ciders to taste and music from Achoo! Bless You and Betty & Oswald. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his new track “Meet Me There”. Details here

– We were very proud to premiere the brand new video from The Pierce Brothers, “It’s My Fault”, on Tuesday. Details here

– This May the Vanguard in Sydney is holding another couple of tribute nights to O Brother Where Art Thou? featuring performances from The Morrisons, Ngaiire, Elana Stone, Brian Campeau, Lucky Luke, Marcus Holden and All Our Exes Live In Texas. Details here

– Tomorrow night some of the best young Irish musicians living in Australia including Mairead Hurley, Louise Phelan, Maeve Moynihan and Ben Stephenson will be performing at The Gaelic Club in Sydney. Details here

– Another new Passenger track, “Scare Away The Dark”, has made its way online. Details here

– The Newtown Social Club in Sydney is finally throwing open the doors of its band room with a bunch of folky artists already announced for May and June. Details here

Fraser A. Gorman is streaming his brand new single “Book of Love”. Details here

– The marvelous Kim Churchill has announced a string of dates through May and June. Details here

Leah Flanagan is in the middle of a bunch of dates in New South Wales and Victoria but she’s also managed to release a really sweet video for her single “Everything”. Details here

The Folk Informal at FBi Social in Sydney will hold their April show this Thursday with the lineup including John Flanagan, Maia Jelavic, Telegraph Tower and Forster Anderson. Details here

– Melbourne’s Tanya Batt has just released her brand new video “Fools”. Details here

The Stillsons’ guitarist Justin Bernasconi has announced a new solo record and tour. Details here

– Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Katie Harder is heading out on an NT wide tour from today. Details here

– This week the Porch Light Sessions in Sydney return for their second show featuring The British Blues, Brian Campeau and Wartime Sweethearts. Details here

– The latest video from Sideshow Alley features Bear’s Den performing “Don’t Let The Sun Steal You Away”. Details here

– Adelaide based singer-songwriter Kaurna Cronin has announced plans for an east coast tour this month. Details here

– Swedish duo First Aid Kit have announced plans for a brand new album in June and have revealed their first single “My Silver Lining”. Details here

Blog

Apologies to anyone who fell for our Justin Bieber related April Fools post. We promise that’s the last time we’ll mention Bieber’s name on this blog. You can read the piece here

Releases This Week

Ariela Jacobs
ThisAriela Jacobs
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Big Jig feat. Restless Legs

Big Jig

Fans of traditional Irish music should not miss this opportunity to see some of Ireland’s best young Australian based performers – including Mairead Hurley, Louise Phelan, Maeve Moynihan and Ben Stephenson – performing together in the intimate surrounds of Sydney’s Gaelic Club.

Saturday 5th April – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. John Flanagan
Wednesday 9th April – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Breabach
Saturday 5th April – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Christopher Coleman Collective
Friday 4th April – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 5th April – No 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 10th April – Dowse Bar, Paddington, QLD
Friday 11th April – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Claude Hay
Friday 4th April – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 5th April – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Friday 11th April – The Seaview Tavern, Woolgoolga, NSW

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Thursday 10th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 4th April – HATS-Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn, SA
Saturday 5th April – The Song Room, Tanunda, SA
Sunday 6th April – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 10th April – Carrington Bowling Club, Newcastle, NSW

Ella Hooper
Friday 4th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gum Ball
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April – Belford, NSW

John Butler Trio
Saturday 5th April – Botanic Gardens Amphitheatre, Darwin, NT
Monday 7th April – Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 9th April – Newcastle Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 11th April – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan
Friday 4th April – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 5th April – House concert, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 6th April – “The Stables” House Concert, Glebe, NSW
Wednesday 9th April – Yulli’s, Surrey Hills, NSW
Thursday 10th April – Folk Informal @ FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th April – House Concert, Copacabana, NSW

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 4th April – Polish White Eagle Club, Canberra, ACT

Katie Harder and the Artful Dodgers
Friday 4th April – Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Saturday 5th April – Katherine Sport and Recreation Club, Katherine, NT
Sunday 6th April – Timber Creek Hotel, Timber Creek, NT
Tuesday 8th April – Yarralin Community Youth, Yarralin, NT
Wednesday 9th April – Yarralin Community Basketball Court, Yarralin, NT
Friday 11th April – Tennant Creek Hotel, Tennant Creek, NT

Leah Flanagan
Saturday 5th April – Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lior
Sunday 6th April – The Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC
Monday 7th April – Portland Arts Centre, Portland, VIC
Tuesday 8th April – Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, VIC
Wednesday 9th April – Wesley Performing Arts Centre, Horsham, VIC

Little Wise and Megan Bernard
Friday 4th April – Café Troppo, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th April – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 4th April – The Studio Underground, Perth, WA
Saturday 5th April – Redhill Concert, Redhill, WA
Thursday 10th April – Mars Hill Café, Parramatta, NSW
Friday 11th April – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. The British Blues, Brian Campeau, Wartime Sweethearts
Thursday 10th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Sally Seltmann w/ Wintercoats
Friday 4th April – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th April – The Clarendon Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 10th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th April – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

The Beez
Saturday 5th April – Wachope Arts, NSW
Sunday 6th April – The Royal Exchange, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 8th April – Newcastle University, NSW
Friday 11th April – Candelo Arts Society, NSW

The Big Jig feat. Restless Legs
Saturday 5th April – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Folk Informal feat. John Flanagan, Maia Jelavic, Telegraph Tower, Forster Anderson
Thursday 10th April – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 4th April – The Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW
Saturday 5th April – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Yetis
Friday 4th April – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Fairytales & Firesides” – Passenger

With a new album on the way I’ve been revisiting Passenger’s back catalogue with gusto this week. Divers and Submarines is a seminal album for Passenger, seeing Mike Rosenberg really break away from the band sound and embrace his inner singer-songwriter and this is one of the album’s best tracks.

Timber and Steel Premiere: New Pierce Brothers Video “It’s My Fault”

Pierce Brothers
Image Courtesy of Snappatronik

Timber and Steel is very proud to be the first to present the brand new video from The Pierce Brothers, “It’s My Fault”. The video is directed by one half of the Melbourne based brother duo, Patrick Pierce, with the track taken from the band’s upcoming five track studio EP The Night Treem, due this May. Check out the video below:

“It’s My Fault” will be available as a digital single on the 4th April. The Pierce Brothers will be touring nationally again this June – stay tuned for the dates.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st March

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– To celebrate their new album Til My Tears Roll Away The Audreys have announced a string of tour dates this June and July. Details here

– This May will see a brand new album for Wagons. Details here

– A new video directed by Australian filmmaker John Hillcoat for the late Johnny Cash has been released. Details here

The Pierce Brothers have released their new single “It’s My Fault” and are in the middle of a national tour. Details here

– It may not be too folky but we really like the new Kate Miller-Heidke video “Share Your Air” featuring Passenger. Details here

– Roots-rocker Claude Hay is heading out on tour at the end of this month. Details here

– As they wing their way back home for their upcoming regional tour Boy & Bear have released their new video “Bridges”. Details here

Bluesfest announced their ninth and final additions to the 2014 lineup. Details here

Timber and Steel were lucky enough to premiere “Lost in Two Minds”, the new single from The Acfields. Details here

Nickel Creek have revealed “21st of May”, the third track from their upcoming album A Dotted Line. Details here

– Roots duo Little Wise released their brand new track “My Pocket” and announced a tour with Megan Bernard. Details here

– The very hot-right-now Dustin Tebbutt released his very hot-right-now single “Bones”. Details here

Interviews

“On St Patrick’s night, Monday 17 March 2014, Eleanor was a very special guest of Riogh and the Illawarra Folk Club at what’s starting to look a lot like a Paddy tradition in this south coast of New South Wales town centre”Eleanor McEvoy chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Blog

– We celebrated St Patrick’s Day by brining you the entire The Craic live at The Quiet Man documentary series which explores Irish culture in Australia. Read the blog here

Releases This Week

Measured in Moons
Measured In MoonsKate Crowley
Bandcamp

Jumping on the high wire
Jumping On The HighwireThe Perch Creek Family Jugband
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

British Blues
The British Blues w/ Boy Outside, Emma Davis
Friday 21st March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Facebook Event

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Perch Creek Family Jugband

Perch Creek

Their new album dropped this week (see above) so next Thursday and Friday is the perfect time to catch The Perch Creek Family Jugband as they kick off their national tour in Tasmania.

Thursday 27th March – Fresh On Charles, Launceston, TAS
Friday 28th March – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Gigs Next Week

Ash Grunwald
Saturday 22nd March – Bleach Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 26th March – Harvey Rd Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 27th March – Magnums, Airlie Beach, QLD
Friday 28th March – Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, QLD

Billy Bragg
Friday 21st March – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Breabach
Sunday 23rd March – 10 Days on the Island Festival, TAS

Caitlin Park
Friday 21st March – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Christopher Coleman Collective
Friday 21st March – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 27th March – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 28th March – Royal Exchange, Newcastle, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 28th March – The Old Manly Boatshed, Manly, NSW

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 21st March – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd March – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 23rd March – St Cuthbert’s Chapel at Menzies Creek, Dandenong Ranges, VIC
Sunday 23rd March – Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
Friday 28th March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

John Butler Trio
Thursday 27th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Friday 28th March – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Swan Valley, WA

Jordan Millar
Friday 21st March – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 22nd March – The Fig, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 23rd March – The Fig, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 27th March – Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 28th March – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Josh Pyke
Friday 21st March – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 22nd March – Zierholz @ UC, Canberra, ACT

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 21st March – Rad @ Yours n Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 28th March – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Leah Flanagan
Thursday 27th March – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Lior
Saturday 22nd March – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 25th March – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Wednesday 26th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lost Ragas w/ Raised By Eagles
Friday 21st March – The Tote, Collingwood, VIC
Saturday 29th Mar – Old Drouin Butter Factory, Drouin, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 21st March – Spirit Bar & Lounge, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 22nd March – Bennett’s Lane, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd March – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Wednesday 26th March – Port Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 27th March – No.5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 28th March – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Peter Rowan
Saturday 22nd March – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd March – Burke & Wills Winery, Mia Mia, VIC

The Beez
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Vic
Friday 28th March – Taste Canowindra, NSW

The British Blues w/ Boy Outside, Emma Davis
Friday 21st March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

The Good Ship
Friday 21st March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 27th March – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW
Friday 28th March – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

The Little Stevies
Thursday 27th March – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Friday 28th March – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Thursday 27th March – Fresh On Charles, Launceston, TAS
Friday 28th March – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

The Pierce Brothers
Saturday 22nd March – Amplifier Capitol, Perth, WA
Sunday 23rd March – Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 27th March – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Stray Sisters
Friday 21st March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd March – Tilley’s Devine Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 23rd March – The Elbow Room, McLaren Vale, SA
Wednesday 26th March – The Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 27th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle WA (with John Butler Trio)
Friday 28th March – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Swan Valley, WA (with John Butler Trio)

TinPan Orange
Friday 21st March – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd March – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March – Yackandandah, VIC

Yetis
Thursday 27th March – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Martin Wynne’s/The Longford Tinker” and “Old Hag You Have Killed Me/Dinny Delaneys/Morrisons” – The Bothy Band

St Patrick’s Day may have been way back on Monday but let’s keep the craic alive with some jigs and reels from none other than The Bothy Band.

Listen to the New Pierce Brothers Single “It’s My Fault”

The Pierce Brothers
Image Coyrtesy of The Pierce Brothers

The buzz around brother-duo The Pierce Brothers continues to grow with the release of their brand new single “It’s My Fault”. The single is the first from their forthcoming EP The Night and was written at Hanoi airport when The Pierce Brothers were on their way home from a UK tour.

Take a listen below:

The Pierce Brothers are currently on tour around Australia – check out the remaining tour dates here:

Thursday 20th March – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 22nd March – Amplifier Capitol, Perth, WA
Sunday 23rd March – Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 27th March – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 29th March – Upstairs Beresford, Surry Hills, NSW
Sunday 30th March – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

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