Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th May


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new streams and videos from the likes of Elephant Sessions, Harmony Byrne, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kaurna Cronin, Little May, Missy Higgins, Neil & Liam Finn and Simon Imrei. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

The Saint of Lost Causes
The Saint of Lost CausesJustin Townes Earle

The Waterboys
Where The Action IsThe Waterboys

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Spunk Records 20th Anniversary feat. The Middle East plus Special Guests

The Middle East

Friday 24th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alice Night
Sunday 26th May – We Move Studio, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 30th May – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller w/ Ruby Saltbush
Saturday 25th May – Deniliquin Club, Deniliquin, NSW

Archie Roach
Saturday 25th May – Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th May – Alexander Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 27th May – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Friday 24th May – The Bellingen Brewery & Co., Bellingen, NSW

Because The Night feat. JD & The Hunger Man, Darren Cross
Thursday 30th May – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Bush Gothic
Saturday 25th May – Guildford Music Hall, Guildford, VIC

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 24th May – UOW Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Kambri at ANU, Canberra, ACT

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks
Friday 24th May – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Cat Canteri & Justin Bernasconi
Wednesday 29th May – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 30th May – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Charley Crockett w/ Sierra Ferrell
Sunday 26th May – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Clare Bowditch
Friday 24th May – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 25th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 29th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 30th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 24th May – Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW
Sunday 26th May 2019 – Beaches, Thirroul, NSW

Crow Mountain
Friday 24th May – Plantbased Wholefoods, Katoomba, NSW

Dancing on the Darling Festival
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May – Menindee, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 24th May – Dish and Spoon, Nowra, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Mumbulla Hall, Bega, NSW
Sunday 26th May – Nethercote Hall, Eden, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – Agrestic Grocer, Orange, NSW
Thursday 30th May – The Mersh, Dubbo, NSW
Friday 31st May – Conservatorium Chapel, Tamworth, NSW

Dirty Three
Sunday 26th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Ella Belfanti, Andie
Wednesday 29th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Señor Cabrales, Witches Leap, Rayn
Saturday 25th May – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush
Friday 24th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Family’s Fourth Party feat. The Cashews, Bec Taylor, CJ Shaw
Sunday 26th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Saturday 25th May – The Music Lounge, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 31st May – Hardy’s Bay Community Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Anna & Jordan, Victor Cripes, Morton Choppers
Wednesday 29th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. CJ Stranger, Bek Sarkoezy, Stephen Chikazaza
Saturday 25th May – 107, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Friday 24th May – The Ember Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Get Folked Punk feat. Amends, Gutters Grr, Willow Maze, Apprehension Avenue, Ethan Del Carmen, Luke Holmeslice
Thursday 30th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 18th to Friday 24th May – Norfolk Island Country Music Festival, Kingston, QLD

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 23rd May – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club Nostalgia Night feat. New York Public Library, Three Sixty, Emma and Kenny
Friday 24th May – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

James Bennett
Saturday 25th May – House Concert, Airlie Beach, QLD

Jeff Tweedy w/ Jen Cloher
Friday 24th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 25th May – The Athenaeum, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th May – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 28th May – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA

Jen Mize
Saturday 25th May – Autumn Fall Festival, The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Jimmy Mullarkey & Friends
Saturday 25th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke & Iain Grandage
Wednesday 29th May – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Keaton Henson: Six Lethargies with the Opera Australia Orchestra
Friday 31st May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Kristen Lee Morris
Saturday 25th May – Avoca Beach Hotel, Avoca Beach, NSW
Sunday 26th May – Coast Hotel Budgewoi, Budgewoi, NSW

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 24th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 25th May – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Sunday 26th May – The Aardvark, Fremantle, WA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes w/ Ben Leece
Friday 24th May – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Paddock Sessions, Wollombi, NSW
Sunday 26th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 30th May – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Friday 31st May – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lee Coulter & Dixie Maxwell
Friday 31st May – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Maggie Rogers w/ Stella Donnelly
Saturday 25th May – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Monday 27th May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th May – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Magpie Diaries
Friday 24th May – The Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Saturday 25th May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 26th May – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Monsieur Camembert
Saturday 25th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Sunday 26th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Miriam Lieberman Trio
Friday 24th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Natalie Henry
Friday 31st May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Neil Murray
Friday 24th May – Mildura Club, Mildura, VIC
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May – Dancing on the Darling Festival, Menindee, NSW

Norfolk Island Country Music Festival
Saturday 18th to Friday 24rd May – Kingston, QLD

Pittwater Bluegrass & Old-time Retreat
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May – Pittwater YHA, Pittwater, NSW

Rach Brennan & The Pines
Saturday 25th May – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 30th May – Marly Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st May – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW

Raising Voices Post-Election Frack Off Fundraiser feat. Mark Lucas, Ricky Pann, Rosie MacDonald & Nigel Lever
Sunday 26th May – Red Bar, Sydney, NSW

Rick Hart Trio
Sunday 27th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 24th May – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 31st May – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide, SA

Russell Morris
Friday 24th May – Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 25th May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th May – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 30th May – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 31st May – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Sancha & The Blue Gypsies
Saturday 25th May – Illawarra Leagues Club, Wollongong, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 29th May – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Saturday 25th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 26th May – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Sing A Song Of Sixpence – A Songwriter’s Delight feat. Fenn Wilson, Freya Josephine Hollick, Kim Volkman
Fridsy 24th May – The Ember Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Slim Dime
Saturday 25th May – Saints & Sailors, Portarlington, VIC

Spunk Records 20th Anniversary feat. The Middle East plus Special Guests
Friday 24th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Tuesday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Saturday 25th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th May – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Tessa Devine
Saturday 25th May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Tex Perkins & Matt Walker
Wednesday 29th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Bottlers
Friday 24th May – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 24th May – City Golf Club, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 25th May – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

The Little Stevies
Friday 24th May – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. Paul Spencer and Garland & Fine
Saturday 25th May – Addison Road Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Maes
Sunday 26th May – Birregurra Arts Group, Birregurra, VIC
Friday 31st May – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

The Mid-North
Friday 31st May – Old Butter Factory Cafe, Bellingen, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 31st May – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 31st May – Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, NSW

The Water Runners
Friday 24th May – Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

Then Jolene
Sunday 26th May – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Friday 24th May – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 24th May – Yamba Shores Tavern, Yamba, NSW
Friday 31st May – The J, Noosa, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Banjolin Song” – Mumford & Sons

More Artists Added in the Bluesfest Sixth Lineup Announcement

Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

The sixth artist announcement for Bluesfest 2015 dropped this morning and there’s even more to get excited about.

The big name to get excited about is Irish singer-songwriter Hozier who had us watching crap television last year and seems to be everywhere at the moment. The other highlights of this morning’s announcement are folk-blues-rock legends The Waterboys and Australian folk-roots legend Jeff Lang.

The rest of the sixth announcement includes Switchfoot, Hunter Hayes, Fly My Pretties, Music Maker Presents Super Chikan And Vasti Jackson, Diesel, Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner, Watussi, Nikki Hill, The Rumjacks.

Bluesfest is set to take place north of Byron Bay from the 2nd to the 6th of April. Tickets for the festival are already on sale – check out the details on the official site here.

St Andrew’s Day Playlist: Colin Lillie

Colin Lillie
Image Courtesy of Colin Lillie

Today is St Andrew’s Day, the day we celebrate all things Scottish. With so much amazing folk music coming out of Scotland over the years and so much international folk music being inspired by the songs and artists of Caledonia we thought we better take some time out to celebrate the day.

And what better way to celebrate St Andrew’s Day than to ask Scottish-born, Alice Springs-based singer-songwriter Colin Lillie to present to us his favourite Scottish songs – and he’s delivered in his best Scots accent. If you’re in need of subtitles hit up Colin Lillie via his Facebook page (and have a listen to some of his fabulous music while you’re there).

When Gareth asked me if a wid like ti write a top 15 fir St. Andrew’s Day an after aw the excitement had wore off, a was left wi a sudden loss o memory an a mind that wis completely void o aw hings St. Andrew an aw hings Scottish. See ave been living in Alice Springs now fir 7yrs playing an working on ma ayn music, that a had firgotten where ma musical journey had began. I mean a spoke aboot certain songs but I had no really reflected on those influences that lie deep in wha a am.

Now once a got oor the panic an began ti hink an got through yon school years that whole pick yer partner fir the Gay Gordon’s got through the shortbread commercial an whiskey drinking image. A began ti remember some songs that took me back ti the days o going through mum an da’s record collection. A wis lucky wi ma mother as she had a great taste in music and when a wis younger a thought ma da had nay taste. He had pipe bands and Jimmy Shand and his accordion band, that he aw ways took wi him on the tours as he wis a bus driver. An so its wi him a begin this journey.
A remember this day as clear mum an dad wir oot an a wis going through there vinyl records and cassettes (yes a time when music came wi sleeves an covers) A came across a tape wi twa fellas wi big wooly jumpers an these two strange looking instruments. A slid the cassette in ti the wee drawer closed it shut and began ti listen.

As the music began to play I read the cover I knew most of the title o the songs so a fast forward to the song titles a had never heard and there a found song number one.

1. “The strangest Dream” – The Corries
This is the first song that made me hink aboot the words made me listen an feel its the song that helped me descover the power o the story teller a was aboot thirteen when this happend. The song its sell was writen by American Ed McCurdy in the 50s an as been coverd by many a famous folk and country star but ti me this is by far the best.

2. “Jock O Braidsoly” – The Corries
When a did go ti school history wis one o ma fav subjects but as ye grow ye learn and discover that no aw history wis told. An fir me songs like this wan an others told me ma country’s history in a way that opened ma eyes. Great story this one!

3. “The Ark” – Gerry Rafferty
This song just reminds me that no matter where we are from or where we are going there is a place where we are all known (Alice Springs). Also it shows how an incredible song writer Gerry was. I don’t think when he started playing wi Billy Connolly in the folk clubs of Scotland that he quite knew where is music would go.

4. “St Anne’s Reels” – Aly Bain and friends
Now this is just some gid auld fiddle tunes Aly wis aw ways on the telly. But a love the way he is no afraid ti experiment wi new and auld sounds an no be to traditional.

5. “Now I’m Easy” – Eric Bogle
Ti be honest a never really listened ti Eric until a came ti Alice. A thought his songs were written by others how wrong wis a!!!! As before music for me has been the best teacher, fir me the song writer seems ti record moments in time to be rediscovered by a new generation an like many Mr Bogle leaves many a stories for people like me ti find and look in to the past and see how life was fir others. This song is just magic!

6. “Let’s Start a Band” – Amy MacDonald
I first heard Amy because ma mum sent me her CD an as a listened ti it a thought ti ma self whit and incredible mature voice an song writer then a discovered her age and was blown away. She is a folkie has won a number of folk awards and a love her. A great wee Scottish lass wi a huge voice.

7. “Parcel O Rogues” – Luke Kelly
A lived off an on in Ireland for 3yr and a wis lucky ti be introduced ti same great music an fir me a don’t think any wan has sung this Burns poem with as much soul. I think it speaks fir its sell!!

8. “A Man’s A Man Fir Aw That” – Robert Burns
This is a poem buy Burns that a feel is a gid way ti hink about life.

9. “The Galent Grahams” – Battlefield Band
Reminds me of auld family friends that were aw ways there fir me as a boy.

10. “Growing Up Beside You” – Paolo Nutini
First time a heard this guy sing a just was flattened and this song fir me just shows how good a songwriter he is. In many ways it just reminds me how a feel about me and my Son a grow each day with him in my life.

11. “When Ye Go Away” – The Waterboys
This is a song I play often in Alice as Alice is a place where you meet new folks all the time make friends quickly but as quickly as you make them they leave just as quick and that can be hard but that is the magic of Alice Springs, the Territory and music. Am blessed ti perform as its aw ways gid ti make new friends.

12. “Ae Fond Kiss” – Eddi Reader
The moment you hear Eddi sings this ye ken that she has made this song her own. That ti me is whit being a performer is aw about sure we can sing others songs but its when you make it yer ayn that when the song becomes timeless.

13. “Green Fields of France” – The Fureys
I always loved this song from the moment I heard it on a tape of my mothers. I have saw Finbar Furey perform this song as well as the whole family in Ireland and Australia. When i foond oot a Scotsman actually wrote it it took it ti another level.

14. “Take You Home” – Emily Smith
There is not much i know about Emily I just know that she has a voice that I can only describe as home!!!

15. “Caladonia” – Dougie Maclean
This song wis first used fir a Tenants Lager Ad in the 80s which wis rocked up so a grew up no hearing Dougie performing it until later years. But ti me when ever am home sick missing a bit o the auld country I get ma guitar and sing this song wi aw that a am. A love ti perform it and always get a great reception from the listeners.

Well a hope ye enjoyed ma choice an a hope we get ti meet wan day. Take care an Happy St Andrews Day!!!!!

And as a special bonus we just had to include the clip for Colin Lillie’s own “Man’s Broken Heart”.

Timber and Steel’s Picks of the 2013 Sydney Festival Program

The Waterboys
Image Courtesy of The Waterboys

Without a Timber and Steel friendly headliner like Emmylou Harris or Sufjan Stevens fans of folk, acoustic and alt-country will have to dig a little deeper to in the 2013 Sydney Festival program to find what they’re looking for. But never fear – there’s plenty of great folk music on the bill for you to enjoy.

Here’s our picks:

Sharon Van Etten – Described as “Americana’s best-kept secret” Sharon Van Etten is one of those artists we’ve been meaning to write more about for some time. And now we get to see her in Sydney which is amazing. Sharon Van Etten will be at The Famous Spiegeltent from the 6th to 9th January.

Leah Flanagan – We’ve been fans of Darwin songstress Leah Flanagan for some time now and its great to see her at the Sydney Festival. Flanagan will be performing Midnight Muses a collection of songs, music and stories inspired by poet Sam Wagan Watson’s award-winning work Smoke Encrypted Whispers at the Salon Perdu Spiegeltent on the 20th January

Lianne La Havas – Admittedly we don’t know much of Lianne La Havas’ music but when her music is described as “homespun neo-soul and scuffed folk-pop” you know you can’t go too far wrong. Lianne La Havas is at The Famous Spiegeltent on the 18th and 19th January and Salon Perdu Spiegeltent on the 22nd and 23rd January.

The Waterboys – In their first ever visit to Australia folk-rock legends The Waterboys (above) are a definite highlight for me – their music has been very much a part of my upbringing. The Waterboys will be playing a single show on the 23rd January at The State Theatre.

Archie Roach – Arguably one of the nation’s finest singer-songwriters with a stunning voice to match it Archie Roach writes story songs which truly emanate from his heart. Roach will be playing two shows – 25th January at State Theatre and 26th January at The Parade Ground @ Old King’s in Parramatta.

For more information and the full program check out the official Sydney Festival website.

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