Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2017

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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 – 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
iTunes

The East Pointers
What We Leave BehindThe East Pointers
iTunes

The Younguns
StrangersThe Young’uns
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Old Crow Medicine Show

OCMS

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

Watch the New Video From The Weeping Willows, “Travellin’ Man”

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Image Courtesy of The Weeping Willows

Melbourne based bluegrass and alt-country duo The Weeping Willows have this week dropped another stunning music video.

The video is for the duo’s latest single “Travellin’ Man” taken from their sophomore album Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’.

“Travellin’ Man” explores The Weeping Willows’ well trodden melancholic side and was co-written with Lachlan Bryan. Check out the beautiful, old timey video below:

The Weeping Willows are currently out on tour – the full list of remaining dates are here:

Wednesday 27th September – The City Sounds, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 27th September – The Triffid Acoustics, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September- 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 29th September – Sider Diner Sessions, City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW
Saturday 7th October – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC
Saturday 14th October – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Bush music legends The Bushwackers released their new single “Waltzing Australia” featuring guest vocals from Sara Storer and John Williamson. Details here

– The Mullum Music Festival has announced the Mullum Music Festival Opening Night Gala lineup including Mama Kin, Harry James Angus, Suzannah Espie, Lindi Ortega, The Teskey Brothers, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Wallis Bird, Greg Sheehan, Ethno Folk Orchestra and the Youth Mentorship winner. Details here

– Indie-folk singer-songwriter Diana Anaid released her new video “Can’t Apologise”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Gretta Stanley released her new single “Spin Around”. Details here

Billy Bragg covered Anaïs Mitchell’s track “Why We Build The Wall”, slotting it very well into today’s political climate. Details here

– American bluegrassers Foghorn Stringband return to Australia for a tour this October. Details here

– This week’s Bluegrass @ Yulli’s will feature Golden Whistler. Details here

– Dashville Skyline announced additional artists for their Sunday Wind Down including Ben Ely, The Safety Of Life At Sea, Burger Joint, Dave Wells, James Thomson, Ahlia Rain and Georgie Jones. Details here

TinPan Orange released their new single “Wanderers” and announced an October and November tour. Details here

– Melbourne Americana and bluegrass duo The Weeping Willows announced an East Coast tour. Details here

– The John Butler Trio released their new single “Bully”. Details here

– The Fleurieu Folk Festival announced their 2017 headliners including Kristina Olsen, Ken Nicol, Greg Champion, Co-cheòl, The BordererS, Tom Richardson, Alan Gogoll and Fiona Ross. Details here

Angus & Julia Stone released their new video “Chateau”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Mitch Power released his new video “Do It Till I Die”. Details here

Releases This Week

Angus and Julia Stone
SnowAngus & Julia Stone
iTunes

Ben Ely
Strange Tales of Drugs & Lost LoveBen Ely
Official Site

My Queen
My QueenDiana Anaid
iTunes

Lisa Mitchell
When They Play That SongLisa Mitchell
iTunes

The Lone Bellow
Walk Into A StormThe Lone Bellow
iTunes

The Orbweavers
Deep LeadsThe Orbweavers
iTunes

Willie Watson
Folksinger Vol. 2Willie Watson
iTunes

Cat Stevens
The Laughing AppleYusuf Islam
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Americana Music Association of Australia Newcastle and WA Launch

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The Americana Music Association of Australia is going out all guns blazing this week with launch shows in York, WA and Newcastle, NSW. The York show features Wayward Johnson, Helen Shanahan, The Jaycos, The Justin Walshe Folk Machine and Tom Fisher & The Layabouts while over in Newcastle you’ll be able to catch Eagle & The Wolf, Magpie Diaries, Lou Bradley, Nicholas Connors, Dearly Departed and Dan Southward. Two shows definitely not to be missed.

Saturday 16th September – York Castle Hotel, York, WA
Thursday 21st September – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 15th to Monday 18th September – Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Festival, Kandanga, QLD

A Medieval Affayre feat. The Crooked Fiddle Band
Sunday 17th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Thursday 21st September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Alanna and Alicia
Friday 15th September – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 15th to Saturday 17th September – Turning Wave Festival, Yass, NSW

Alice Terry
Friday 15th September – Secret Show, Sydney, NSW

Americana Music Association of Australia Newcastle Launch feat. Eagle & The Wolf, Magpie Diaries, Lou Bradley, Nicholas Connors, Dearly Departed, Dan Southward
Thursday 21st September – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Americana Music Association of Australia WA Launch feat. Wayward Johnson, Helen Shanahan, The Jaycos, The Justin Walshe Folk Machine, Tom Fisher and the Layabouts
Saturday 16th September – York Castle Hotel, York, WA

Americana Sunday Sessions feat. Karin Page
Sunday 17th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Angus & Julia Stone w/ Ruel
Thursday 21st September – Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Anna Smyrk
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Tuesday 19th September – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 20th September – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 22nd September – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Ashlea Reale
Friday 15th September – The Bank Gallery Space, Carnamah, WA
Wednesday 20th September – Indi Bar, Perth, WA
Friday 22nd September – Dôme Waikiki, Waikiki, WA

BANFF
Friday 15th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 16th September – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st September -The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Ben Ely
Thursday 21st September – Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Benny Walker
Friday 15th September – Basement Discs Instore, Melbourne, VIC

Best Music Girls feat. Merpire, Christine Jane, Hannah Robinson
Thursday 21st September – Best Music Warehouse, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Golden Whistler
Wednesday 20th September – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Canyon
Friday 15th September – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Captain Apples
Friday 15th September – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Clare Bowditch
Friday 15th September – The Sound Doctor Presents, Anglesea, VIC

Co-cheòl
Friday 15th September – St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th September – Yarrunga Community Centre, Croydon Hills, VIC

Coast Acoustics Music Festival
Saturday 16th September – Gold Coast, QLD

Cyclo Timik, The Old Married Couple, Jemma Nicole
Friday 15th September – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Damien Dempsey
Friday 15th September – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th September – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th September – Badlands Bar, Perth, WA

Dan Sultan
Friday 15th September – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 16th September – Metro City, Perth, WA
Thursday 21st September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD

Dan Tuffy
Thursday 21st September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Diana Anaid
Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Fest, Nimbin, NSW

Emma Russack
Saturday 16th September – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 22nd September – School of Arts Hall, Burren Junction, NSW

Folk By The Sea
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Kiama, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. John Mason, Hannah Matysek, Paul Mason
Wednesday 20th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gallie
Thursday 21st September – Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC

Garrett Kato
Thursday 21st September – Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury, NSW

Gold Coast Acoustics Music Festival
Saturday 16th September – Gold Coast, QLD

Grant Arthur and the Jazz Musicians
Sunday 17th September – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Great Aunt
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Thursday 21st September – The Bellingen Brewery & Co., Bellingen, NSW

Guildford Banjo Jamboree
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Guildford, VIC

Hannah Matysek
Wednesday 20th September – FolksWagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Newtown Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Harry Hookey
Thursday 21st September – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Hooting & Howling feat. Julia Johnson
Wednesday 20th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC

Irish Rebel Night
Saturday 16th September – The Quiet Man, Melbourne, VIC

James Bennett
Friday 15th September – Latin Loafer, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 17th September – Leadbelly Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Jed Rowe
Friday 15th September – The Chapel, Burnie, TAS
Saturday 16th September – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS

Jen Mize and Mitch Power
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Two Goats, Armidale, NSW

Joe Mungovan and Greta Stanley
Friday 15th September – Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd September – Anitas Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Jordan Merrick
Saturday 16th September – Kilcoy BBQ and Beer Festival, Kilcoy, QLD

Justin Bernasconi & Cookie Baker
Saturday 16th September – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC

Karl S Williams
Friday 15th September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 16th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Kate Wadey & George Washingmachine
Wednesday 20th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha
Saturday 16th September – The Muswellbrook Hotel, Muswellbrook, NSW
Sunday 17th September – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Kilcoy BBQ and Beer Festival
Saturday 16th September – Kilcoy, QLD

Kim Churchill
Friday 15th September – Unibar, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 16th September – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 21st September – The Jack, Cairns, QLD
Friday 22nd September – The Office, Townsville, QLD

Kimberley Wheeler & Roz Girvan
Sunday 17th September – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Lazy Colts
Sunday 17th September – Labour In Vain, Melbourne, VIC

Lily & King
Saturday 16th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 15th September – Coast Acoustics Festival Fringe, Nerang, QLD
Saturday 16th September – House Concert, Rathdownie, QLD
Sunday 17th September – Irons & Craig Cafe, Yamba, NSW
Tuesday 19th September – Queen St. Hall, Wingham, NSW
Wednesday 20th September – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Taree, NSW
Thursday 21st September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW

Madison Violet
Friday 15th September – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 16th September – Courthouse Auburn, Clare Valley, SA
Wednesday 20th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 21st September – Sussex Inlet Surf Club, Sussex Inlet, NSW
Friday 22nd September – The Dungeon, Newcastle, NSW

Mark Olson
Friday 22nd September – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 16th September – House Concert, Kew, VIC
Sunday 17th September – House Concert, Doncaster East, VIC
Thursday 21st September – House Concert, Belmont, VIC
Friday 22nd September – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC

Mat Black
Sunday 17th September – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne Celtic Piping Session
Sunday 17th September – Exford Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Melody Moko
Sunday 17th September – The Black Sheep, Corryong, VIC
Friday 22nd September – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mem Davis
Saturday 16th September – The Yo-Yo Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Fest
Friday 15th to Monday 18th September – Upper Kandanga, Mary Valley, QLD

Montgomery Church
Friday 15th September – Blackheath Community Hall, Blackheath, NSW

Nimbin Roots Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin, NSW

Oscar Lush
Saturday 16th September – The Diggers Store, Castlemaine, VIC

Out of Abingdon
Friday 15th September – Brisbane Jazz Club, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 16th September – Gold Coast Acoustic Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 17th September – Iron and Craig Café, Yamba, NSW

Papa Pilko and The Binrats w/ Hemmingway
Thursday 21st September – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 15th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 15th September – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th September – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Thursday 21st September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 22nd September – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp
Friday 15th September – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Saturday 16th September – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 17th September – Torquay Bowls Club, Torquay, VIC

Roadhouses
Sunday 17th September – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rockabilly Night of Mayhem feat. Voodoo Rhythm Shakers, Fire Down Below, That Red Head
Saturday 16th September – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Skyscraper Stan w/ Georgia State Line, The Weeping Willows
Sunday 17th September – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Tempus Sun, Obscura Hail, High Society
Friday 15th September – Ding Dong Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Tex, Don & Charlie
Friday 15th September – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 16th September – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 19th September – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 20th September – Badlands Bar, Perth, WA
Friday 22nd September – The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

The Blues Tram feat. Geoffrey Williams, DIGG
Saturday 16th September – The Blues Tram, Bendigo, VIC

The Button Collective
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Thursday 21st September – Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 16th September – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

The Demon Drink
Sunday 17th September – Limes Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

The Gadflys
Friday 22nd September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Johnny Can’t Dance Cajun Band w/ Craig Woodward & Jeremy Marcotte
Sunday 17th September – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Maladies
Friday 22nd September – The Botany View, Sydney, NSW

The Roamin’ Jasmine
Sunday 17th September – Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW
Wednesday 20th September – Gin Lane, Belgrave, VIC
Thursday 21st September – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd September – Private Show, Reservoir, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden, WA

The Weeping Willows
Sunday 17th September – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Tim Guy
Friday 15th September – The Taproom Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Timothy James Bowen
Thursday 21st September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Tobias
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Saturday 16th September – Cobar Golf Club, Cobar, NSW

Triffid Acoustics feat. Byron Short
Wednesday 20th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Turning Wave Festival
Friday 15th to Saturday 17th September – Yass, NSW

Twilight in Tulsa
Friday 15th September – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC

Ukes of Hazard
Saturday 16th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Vanishing Shapes, Ungus Ungus Ungus, Deepsea Lights
Friday 22nd September – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Vardos
Friday 22nd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Wave Rock Festival
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Hyden, WA

Wilson & White
Friday 15th September – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th September – Yarra Valley Grand Hotel, Yarra Glen, VIC

Z-Stay Delta
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Fest, QLD
Thursday 21st September – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 22nd September – Miami Marketta, Miami, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Aragon Mill” – Transatlantic Sessions feat. Karen Matheson, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tim O’Brien

The Weeping Willows Announce East Coast Tour

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Image Courtesy of The Weeping Willows

Hard working Melbourne bluegrass duo The Weeping Willows have announced plans to head out on a massive East Coast tour from the middle of this month.

On the tour The Weeping Willows will be providing support for Skyscraper Stan and Georgia State Line at Bella Union in Melbourne, Carpenter Caswell in Sydney and Newcastle, Tim Easton at the Tago Mago Club in Melbourne and Rick Hart in Upwey as well as performing their own headline shows

Check out the full list of dates below:

Sunday 17th September – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 23rd September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – The City Sounds, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 27th September – The Triffid Acoustics, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September- 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 29th September – Sider Diner Sessions, City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW
Saturday 7th October – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC
Saturday 14th October – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Gretta Ziller Announces Album Launch Shows

Gretta
Image Courtesy of Gretta Ziller

Americana singer-songwriter Gretta Ziller will be releasing her highly anticipated debut album Queen of Boomtown on the 1st September and we’re excited that she’s planning to celebrate with a huge shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Tamworth.

On the 31st August Gretta Ziller will be performing all of the songs from Queen of Boomtown at The Croxton in her home town of Melbourne with a select group of guests joining her on stage during the night – the first of which she’s announced as The Weeping Willows. Following that show Ziller will hit the road for her New South Wales gigs through September. Check out the full list of shows below:

Thursday 31st August – Croxton Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th September – “Whiskey Jam”, Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th September – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 9th September – Sider Diner Sessions, City Sider CBD Motel, Tamworth, NSW

Details of the Upcoming Brad Butcher Album From The Bottom Of A Well

Brad Butcher
Image Courtesy of Brad Butcher

Brisbane based alt-country singer-songwriter Brad Butcher has announced plans to release his new album From The Bottom Of A Well on the 4th August.

The album will feature Butcher’s latest single “Well Dressed Man” which was inspired by his grandfather Norm, who grew up as one of 13 kids in a can cutters cottage in Northern Queensland.

“It takes a unique strength and character to raise a family, create your own future and leave behind a lasting legacy from the most unlikely of beginnings, and it feels like the perfect fit to dedicate this album to my Pop, Norman George Butcher,” Brad Butcher explains.

Check out the video for “Well Dressed Man” here:

Brad Butcher is currently on tour with The Weeping Willows – the remain dates are below:

Friday 23rd June – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 24th June – House Concert, Carrum, VIC
Sunday 25th June – House Concert, Bittern, VIC
Friday 30th June – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 1st July – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th July – Two Goats Cafe & Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 8th July – New England Brewing Co., Uralla, NSW
Friday 14th July – House Concert, Burnie, TAS
Saturday 15th July – Little Rivers Brewing, Scottsdale, TAS
Sunday 16th July – Regional Flavours Fest. – City Sounds Stage, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st July – Nambour RSL, Nambour, QLD
Sunday 23rd July – Burleigh Brewing Co., Burleigh, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Kids music duo Teeny Tiny Stevies released their new video “Family (Love Is Love)”. Details here

– Brisbane alt-country singer-songwriter Brad Butcher has announced a national tour with The Weeping Willows. Details here

– Electro-folk singer Hayden Calnin
released his new single “Waves”. Details here

– Nashville based Americana duo Sally & George have announced Australian tour dates. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his new single and video “Unconditional”. Details here

– Victorian Americana band Georgia State Line released their new single “Older Than I Am”. Details here

– Perth singer-songwriter Helen Shanahan released her new video “Camouflaged”. Details here

The Gasoline Pony in Sydney announced the first round of artists for their Get Folked Mini Festival including The Button Collective, Toot, Queen Porter Stomp, The Low Down Riders, The Villebillies, Acca-Pony, Craig Edmondson and more to be announced soon. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Leah Senior released her new video “You Were Not Fit For The Day”. Details here

Releases This Week

Party
PartyAldous Harding
iTunes

Ann Vriend
Anybody’s DifferentAnn Vriend
iTunes

Bernard Fanning
Brutal DawnBernard Fanning
iTunes

JTE
Kids In The StreetJustin Townes Earle
iTunes

Leah Senior
Pretty FacesLeah Senior
iTunes

The Unthanks
Diversions Vol.4 – The Songs & Poems of Molly DrakeThe Unthanks
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

BRISFOPO feat. The Dead Maggies, Fox n Firkin, The Button Collective, All Strings Attached, James Brook, Wilson and The Castaways, Andy Paine, The Dangerous Folk, Quinton Trembath, Jim Mongrel, Laura Mardon, Steve Reed

BRISFOPO

The best of Queensland and national folk-punk come together for a four day orgy of music in Brisbane

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May – Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Acoustic Sunday Sessions feat. Sam Newton, Weatherboard Heart
Sunday 28th May – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 2nd June – The Naked Bean Cafe, Grafton, NSW

Ainsley Farrell
Friday 26th May – World Bar, Sydney, NSW

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Friday 26th May – Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Sawtell RSL, Sawtell, NSW

Arygle Sun-Sets at Fred’s feat. Starla, Ben Camden
Sunday 28th May – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Big Pineapple Festival
Saturday 27th May – Sunshine Coast, QLD

Bill Callahan: Smog to Dream River
Friday 2nd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Thursday 1st June – Baha, Rye, VIC
Friday 2nd June – The Croxton Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC

BRISFOPO
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May – Brisbane, QLD

Broads
Saturday 27th May – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Hardy’s Bay Club, Central Coast, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 26th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Heritage Hotel,Bulli, NSW
Thursday 1st June – Canberra Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd June – Launceston Country Club, Launceston, TAS

Busk for a Cure
Saturday 27th May – Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Friday 26th May – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Craig Woodward
Sunday 28th May – Bluebonnet Barbecue, Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Saturday 27th May – Baby Black Espresso Bar, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 28th May – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC
Tuesday 30th May – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 1st June – Unwined Cellar Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 2nd June – Saints & Sailors, Portarlington, VIC

Darcy Fox
Sunday 28th May – Fitzroy Beer Garden, Melbourne, VIC

Devil on the Rooftop & Opal Ocean
Sunday 28th May – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Elwood Myre w/ CLEWS, Kay Proudlove
Wednesday 31st May – RAD, Wollongong, NSW

Emilee South & Swamp Fat Jangles
Saturday 27th May – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Enda Kenny & Dave O’Neill w/ Glenys Eddy
Saturday 27th May – Loaded Dog Folk Club, Sydney, NSW

Fleet Foxes
Friday 26th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Fleurieu Folk Festival Winter Warmup feat. Eric Bogle, Pete Titchener, Soursob Bob, Courtney Robb Music, Astráil​
Sunday 28th May – Port Noarlunga Bowling Club, Port Noarlunga, SA

FolkSwagon w/ Liam Gale, Mama Schultz, St Joan
Wednesday 31st May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Georgia State Line
Sunday 28th May – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Georgia Fields w/ Jessie L. Warren
Friday 26th May – Some Velvet Moment, Melbourne, VIC

Helen Shanahan
Thursday 1st June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Drey Rollan Acoustic Blues
Sunday 28th May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jane Cameron & the Crazy Carnival
Friday 26th May – Oscar’s Alehouse, Melbourne, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday 26th May – Bowral Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Thirroul Village Hall, Thirroul, NSW

Jen Mize
Sunday 28th May – Mt Coot-tha Songwriters Festival, Brisbane, QLD

John Flanagan Trio
Wednesday 31st May – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st June – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd June – Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn, SA

Julia Jacklin
Sunday 28th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 26th May – The Shared, Yandina, QLD
Sunday 28th May – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 2nd June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Kevin Crawford, Colin Farrell & Patrick Doocey
Saturday 27th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 28th May – The Fifth Province, St Kilda, VIC

Kirsty Bromley
Saturday 27th May – House Concert, Healseville, VIC

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and The Weeping Willows
Saturday 27th May – Bunbury Good Nights, Bunbury, WA

Leah Senior
Friday 26th May – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Les Thomas and Bill Jackson
Friday 2nd June – Kingsbury Bowls Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lisa Caruso and Donna Amini
Thursday 1st June – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Lisa Hannigan
Friday 26th May – Angelsea Memorial Hall, Angelsea, VIC
Saturday 27th May – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 30th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Liz Frencham and Claire Patti
Sunday 28th May – Uniting Church in Australia Rosanna, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell w/ Ruth Hazleton & Luke Pumb
Sunday 28th May – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC

Mary Coughlan
Wednesday 31st May – Jack Duggan’s Irish Pub, Bathurst, NSW
Thursday 1st June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd June – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

M.E. Baird
Saturday 27th May – Tintenbar Hall, Tintenbar, NSW

Mick Thomas
Friday 26th May – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 27th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 28th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 31st May – Methodist Church, Adelong, NSW
Thursday 1st June – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 1st June – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Mt Coot-tha Songwriters Festival
Sunday 28th May – Brisbane, QLD

Music on The Hill feat. Liz Stringer, Liam Gerner
Friday 2nd June – Red Hill Pavillion, Red Hill, VIC

Nigel Wearne
Saturday 27th May – House Concert, Freshwater Creek, VIC
Sunday 28th May – Rezza House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Papa Pilko And The Binrats
Saturday 27th May – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 26th May – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th May – Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Quinton Trembath
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May – BRISFOPO, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st June – House Concert, Lismore, NSW

Radical Face
Friday 26th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 31st May – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 1st June – Badlands, Perth, WA

Raised By Eagles
Saturday 27th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 28th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Rough River
Sunday 28th May – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ryan Adams
Friday 26th May – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th May – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

Sally & George
Wednesday 31st May – Triffid Roots, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st June – Tree House, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 2nd June – No. 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Wednesday 31st May – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Simpson Espie Ferrier Waters
Sunday 28th May – Cherry Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Small Town Romance & The Bakersfield Glee Club
Saturday 27th May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sun Kil Moon
Tuesday 30th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 31st May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Taasha Coates
Saturday 27th May – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 1st June – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd June – Kingston Town Hall, Moorabbin, VIC

The April Family
Saturday 27th May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 28th May – Panton Hill Hotel, Panton Hill, VIC

The Bushwackers: Giant Family Bush Dance
Saturday 27th May – Addison Rd Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Saturday 27th May – Folk til ya Punk “Brisfopo”, Common House, Brisbane, QLD

The Mae Trio
Sunday 28th May – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

The McClymonts
Saturday 27th May – Ord Valley Muster, Kununurra, WA
Friday 2nd June – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW

The Round Up feat. Sara Tindley and John Flanagan
Wednesday 31st May – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Moxam & Liz Stringer
Saturday 27th May – The Good Cartel, Broome WA

Tim Solly
Friday 26th May – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Saturday 27th May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th May – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Tom West, Domini Forster & Jon the Obscure
Sunday 28th May – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Vanishing Shapes
Saturday 27th May – Foghorn Brewhouse, Newcastle, NSW

Whoa Mule w/ Su Morley & George Woods
Friday 26th May – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW

William Crighton
Saturday 27th May – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW

Yirrmal
Saturday 27th May – Garrmalang Festival, Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Friday Folk Flashback

“Mad Tom of Bedlam” – Stray Hens

Brad Butcher Announces Well Dress Man Tour with The Weeping Willows

Brad Butcher
Image Courtesy of Brad Butcher

Brisbane based alt-country singer-songwriter Brad Butcher has announced plans to head out on tour this June and July. The tour will celebrate Butcher’s upcoming single “Well Dressed Man” which is taken from his highly anticipated album From The Bottom Of A Well.

Joining Brad Butcher on the tour with be Melbourne based folk and bluegrass favourites The Weeping Willows. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 16th June – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 17th June – Americana Sessions @ The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th June – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd June – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 24th June – House Concert, Carrum, VIC
Sunday 25th June – House Concert, Bittern, VIC
Friday 30th June – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 1st July – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th July – Two Goats Cafe & Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 8th July – New England Brewing Co., Uralla, NSW
Friday 14th July – House Concert, Burnie, TAS
Saturday 15th July – Little Rivers Brewing, Scottsdale, TAS
Sunday 16th July – Regional Flavours Fest. – City Sounds Stage, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st July – Nambour RSL, Nambour, QLD
Sunday 23rd July – Burleigh Brewing Co., Burleigh, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th May

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Ed Sheeran released the video to his trad-pop track “Galway Girl”. Details here

The Top Half Folk Festival announced it’s full 2017 lineup including The Ten Cent Shooters, Karen & Jacko, Rusty & the Infidels, Neil & Mel Phillips, Dave Oakes, Mary Flynn, Ted Egan, Bloodwood, Edan Baxter, Sally Balfour, Tony Suttor, Paul Stewart, Chris Pemberton, South Of Berrimah Line, Shamrock, Timber & Steel, Barney Foran, Bob Sharp, Phil Beck, Phil & Josh Gray, Ashlea Reale, Peter Bugden, Bob Barford, Ted & Carolynne Burns, Kirsty Robinson and Richard Gorter. Details here

– Melbourne based guitarist and singer-songwriter Justin Bernasconi announced details of his new album plus a bunch of upcoming tour dates. Details here

– New Hunter Valley event The Paddock Sessions announced their lineup including Imogen Clark, Abby Dobson, Joe Mungovan, Martha Marlow, This Way North, Vanishing Shapes, John Flanagan Trio, Finnian Johnson and many more. Details here

– Melbourne bluegrass and Americana duo The Weeping Willows released their new video “The Pale Rider”. Details here

– We premiered the new video from The Morrisons featuring Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas), “Long Time Travelling”. Details here

Husky announced tour dates through June and July. Details here

– Sydney duo Diamond Duck released their new single “Marry Me By The Sea”. Details here

Liz Stringer target=”_blank”>Liz Stringer has announced Big Tuesday String-a-Long featuring live conversations with the likes of Dr Lou Bennett, Deborah Conway, Neil Murray and Mick Thomas. Details here

Reviews

Gigs

“Welcome to Bluesfest, It’s Good Friday and the weather is glorious. Entering from Northern entrance, you’re greeted by an avenue of stalls and people with a vast and exciting line up ahead of you. It’s 12.30pm, the sun is overhead, you’ve got money on your RFID wrist band and the bars are plentiful! Taking a tour through the entire site, past the Juke Joint and Boomerang Stage, Delta Stage, past the enormous Mojo and Crossroad stages”KT Bell takes us through Friday of Bluesfest. Review here

“It’s Saturday and celebration day! Yes, we’re marking a birthday so today includes a sleep in and much frivolity throughout the day”KT Bell takes us through Saturday of Bluesfest. Review here

“It’s chocolate day! And as we enter through the Southern gates the sounds of Lloyd Spiegel making the crowd laugh with his tales welcomes us to another glorious day of Blues, before we can hear Spiegel breaking in to a blistering rendition of “Lucille”. It’s his last tune, so maybe we’ll catch him again tomorrow”KT Bell takes us through Sunday of Bluesfest. Review here

“It’s the final day of Bluesfest and emotions are a mixed bag of excitement for what ahead, sadness that it’s ending and a bit of relief from the continual stimulation and inspiration from so many amazing artists”KT Bell takes us through Monday of Bluesfest. Review here

Releases This Week

Bonnie Prince Billy
Best TroubadorBonnie “Prince” Billy
iTunes

Martha Tilston
NomadMartha Tilston
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Mae Trio

Mae Trio

The Mae Trio officially launch their new album Take Care, Take Cover in their home town of Melbourne at their dream venue The Thornbury Theatre.

Friday 12th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Adam Young, Sasha March
Saturday 13th May – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 13th May – Ettalong Diggers, Ettalong, NSW
Thursday 18th May – Loxton Club, Loxton, SA
Friday 19th May – Pretoria Hotel, Mannum, SA

Appalachian Heaven
Friday 12th May – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 14th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

Bluegrass Brunch feat. The Willing Ponies
Sunday 14th May – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 12th May – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Brendon Moon
Saturday 13th May – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Burradise Festival
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May – Culburra, NSW

Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Friday 19th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Daniel Champagne
Friday 12th May – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 13th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 17th May – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 18th May – Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS
Friday 19th May – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS

Davidson Brothers
Friday 12th May – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 13th May – Yinnar Hotel, Yinnar, VIC

Diamond Duck
Friday 12th May – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th May – 63 First Ave, Sawtell, NSW
Sunday 14th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Lime and Steel, Datson Hughes, Jasmine Beth
Saturday 13th May – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Finders Keepers Sydney
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May – Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Jye Whiteman, Jannah Beth, Coast & Ocean
Wednesday 17th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

George Washingmachine & Peter Baylor Supper Club on Shakespeare
Friday 12th May – Carlton Scout Group, Melbourne, VIC

Get Folked Punk feat. Medusa’s Wake, Blackie, Isaac Graham
Thursday 18th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Harmaniax
Tuesday 16th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

Harvest Festival
Saturday 13th May – Bicentennial Park, Melbourne, VIC

Harvey Russell, Sasha March, Matt J Ward
Thursday 18th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Helen Shanahan
Saturday 13th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Hootenanny feat. Callum Wylie
Sunday 14th May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

James Fahy, The Burley Griffin
Thursday 18th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

James Kenyon Trio w/ Nick Huggins, Ruth Lindsey, Tracey Hogue
Thursday 18th May – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC

Jayson Watkin
Sunday 14th May – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday 12th May – The Agrestic, Orange, NSW
Saturday 13th May – The Gearin, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 18th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 19th May – Hardys Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW

John Flanagan Trio
Saturday 13th May – Commonground, Hilldene, VIC
Thursday 18th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 19th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 19th May – Basement Discs In-Store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th May – Saint Monday, Yackandandah, VIC

Katie Harder
Saturday 13th May – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Thursday 18th May – Old Museum, Brisbane QLD
Friday 19th May – Meat Market, Melbourne VIC

Kingston Harvest Festival
Saturday 13th May – Bicentennial Park, Melbourne, VIC

Kirsty Bromley
Saturday 13th May – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and The Weeping Willows
Saturday 13th May – Palais Theatre, Franklin, TAS
Sunday 14th May – MONA, Hobart, TAS
Friday 19th May – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise
Wednesday 17th May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Man Of Constant Sorrow: The Music of O Brother Where Art Thou feat. The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Brian Campeau, Luke Escombe
Wednesday 17th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 18th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell w/ Fire in the Head
Sunday 14th May – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC

Mick Thomas
Friday 19th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Miss Eileen and King Lear w/ Ayleen O’Hanlon, Rich Davies, Forever Son
Thursday 18th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Nat Henry, Mitch Power & Andrew Swift
Friday 12th May – Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Peasant Moon
Saturday 13th May – Harvest Festival, Melbourne, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Thursday 18th May – Metro Lair, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 19th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Rise Above the Flood feat. Gyan, Dustyesky, Hussy Hicks, The Button Collective, Abbie Cardwell, Ben Wilson, Fingal, The Cassettes, Dustyesky
Friday 12th May – Byron Bay Community Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW

Rosie Burgess Trio
Friday 12th May – The Bottlerocket, Nowra, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Burradise Festival, Culburra, NSW
Sunday 14th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rough River
Saturday 13th May – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Round Mountain Girls
Saturday 13th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Sam Newton
Sunday 14th May – Blacksheep, Sydney, NSW

The April Family w/ Not Good With Horses
Thursday 18th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Saturday 13th May – Tanamon Soundscape, Wooli, NSW

The Dusty Millers
Sunday 14th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Mae Trio
Friday 12th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Man They Call The Banjo
Saturday 13th May – Melbourne, VIC

The McClymonts
Friday 12th May – Services Club, Young, NSW
Friday 19th May – Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns, QLD

The Peter Daffy & Luke Plumb Band
Saturday 13th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Saturday 13th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Tim Guy
Saturday 13th May – Charles Weston Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Moxam & Liz Stringer
Friday 12th May – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 13th May – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Sunday 14th May – Saints and Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Thursday 18th May – House Concert, Fremantle, WA
Friday 19th May – Bassendean Hotel, Perth, WA

Tim Solly
Friday 12th May – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th May – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Tony O’Rourke, Nine Mile Creek
Thursday 18th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

Totally Gourdgeous
Thursday 18th May – 303, Melbourne, VIC

Wild Honey, Golden Whistler
Friday 19th May – Macquarie Towns Music Club, Richmond, NSW

William Crighton
Friday 12th May – Leadbelly, Newtown, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Wise Women: Mothers’ Day Concert feat. Louisa Wise, Lucy Wise, Ruth Wise and Rowena Wise
Sunday 14th May – Chalice Northcote Uniting Church Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Generation Rent” – Megson

A timely track from the England duo that could very well have been written about the Australian experience of trying to save for a house.

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