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 – 17th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival dropped a huge lineup in their first major announcement for 2018 including Breabach, Lindsay Lou, Steve Poltz, Cara, Ten Strings and A Goat Skin, Gina Williams, Amistat, Bush Gothic, Cat and Clint, Chaika, Charm of Finches, Chordwainers, Chris Duncan, Catherine and Jennifer Strutt, Chris While and Julie Matthews, The Coconut Kids, Daniel Champagne, Fred Smith, The Good Lovelies, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Hat Fitz and Cara, John Flanagan Trio, Marcia Howard, Ryan Garth and Emily Wolfe, Sparrow-Folk, The Tassie Devil’s Own Band, The Western Flyers and more. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Tom Stephens unveiled his new project Tesse including the new single “I’ll Tell You In The Morning”. Details here

– English indie-folk trio The Staves finally make it to Australia next year for a headline tour. Details here

– Gospel-folk duo The Welcome Wagon released their new album Light Up the Stairs. Details here

– We premiered a stream of the new Andrew Swift single “Reckless Desires” as well as sharing details about his upcoming album. Details here

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit announced Bluesfest sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne with Deer Tick in support. Details here

Grizzly Bear announced full Australian tour dates. Details here

– Kiwi country singer Marlon Williams revealed details of his upcoming album as well as announcing Australian tour dates next year with The Weather Station. Details here

The Pierce Brothers release their new EP My Tired Mind today. Details here

Releases This Week

Karine Polwart
A Pocket Of Wind ResistanceKarine Polwart
iTunes

Leah Flanagan
Oceanic SessionsLeah Flanagan
iTunes

Pierce Brothers
My Tired MindPierce Brothers
iTunes

The Welcome Wagon
Light Up the StairsThe Welcome Wagon
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Lindi Ortega

Lindi Ortega

Canadian alt-country queen Lindi Ortega bookends her shows in Sydney and Melbourne this week with spots at the Mullum Music Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Weekend in The Gardens feat. Paul Kelly, Steve Earle, Middle Kids
Friday 17th November – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 17th November – CullyFest, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 22nd November – Metropole, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Alex The Astronaut
Saturday 18th November – The Plot, Parramatta Park, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Friday 17th November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 19th November – Theatre Royal Castlemaine, Castlemaine, VIC

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 19th November – Rockingham Spring Fair, Rockingham, WA
Friday 24th November – Dôme Waikiki, Waikiki, WA

Ayleen O & The Croxton City Shake-Up
Saturday 18th November – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th November – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

BANFF
Friday 24th November – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Salter
Sunday 19th November – MONA, Hobart, TAS

Bernard Fanning
Friday 24th November – Granada Tavern, Hobart, TAS
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Brian Campeau & Alice Terry
Thursday 23rd November – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds
Friday 17th November – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 17th November – Towradgi Beach Hotel & Waves, Towradgi, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Lighthouse Folk Festival, Norah, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Moorebeer Brewing Co, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 24th November – Parkes Leagues Club, Parkes, NSW

Candice McLeod
Friday 17th November – House Concert, Warrnambool, VIC

Cat & Clint
Sunday 19th November – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Catherine Traicos
Friday 17th November – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Chris Jagger
Friday 17th November – Retreat Hotel, Brunswick, VIC
Saturday 18th November – Saints & Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Sunday 19th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Christian Patey w/ Sepora, Elizabeth Hughes
Friday 17th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Clare Bowditch
Sunday 19th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Claude Hay
Friday 17th November – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Claymore, Rich Davies and the Low Road
Friday 24th November – The Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC

Co-cheòl
Friday 24th November – Wyreena Music Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

Cullyfest
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Toowoomba, QLD

Datson Hughes
Friday 17th November – Live and free @ Brat Cave, Brisbane, QLD

Dean Lewis
Friday 17th November – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 22nd November – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 24th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Devil Goat Family String Band
Saturday 18th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Devil on the Rooftop
Friday 17th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th November – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

Don’t Do Me Like That – A Tribute to Tom Petty feat. Alannah Russack, Bow Campbell, Morgana Ancone, Jason Walker, Johnny G, Lozz Benson, Sam Shinazzi, Maxine Kauter, Bryan Estepa, Peta Caswell, Mark NaNa, Monica McMahon, Tom Stone, Adam Young
Friday 24th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Echo Deer w/ Whiskey Dram and Hannah Czaban
Saturday 18th November – The Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Ella Belfanti
Saturday 18th November – Republica, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd November – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Fairlight Folk feat. Sancha & the Blue Gypsies, Dave Calandra
Saturday 18th November – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 24th November – Lacmalac Soldiers Memorial Hall, Lacmalac, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vance Gilbert, Liz Stringer
Wednesday 22nd November – Mount Nimmel Hall, Austinville, QLD
Thursday 23rd November – The Channon Public Hall, The Channon, NSW
Friday 24th November – Nymboida Hall, Nymboida, NSW

Figgy Folk Session
Tuesday 21st November – Figtree Pub, Figtree, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. North Easton, heart.beats.mind, Mimi Gilbert
Wednesday 22nd November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Four In The Morning
Friday 17th November – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th November – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
Tuesday 21st November – Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Melbourne, VIC

Fraser A. Gorman w/ Tesse
Friday 17th November – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Frazey Ford
Friday 17th November – The Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 18th November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Wednesday 22nd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 24th November – Badlands, Perth, WA

Fred Smith
Friday 17th November – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Tradewinds Folk, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Upper Landsdowne Hall, Upper Landsdowne, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Tuesday 21st November – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC

Grizzlee Train
Friday 17th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Harry James Angus
Tuesday 21st November – St Paul’s Cathedral Carpark, Melbourne, VIC

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 17th November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

Hollow Coves
Saturday 18th November – Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW

Honey
Sunday 19th November – Mudgee Brewing Co., Mudgee, NSW

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club Singer, Songwriter, Food Night
Sunday 19th November – Passionate Palate, Kanahooka, NSW

Irish Mythen
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

James Bennett
Saturday 18th November – Rockpools, One Mile, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Saturday 18th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

James Kenyon
Friday 17th November – House Concert, Mudgee, NSW
Saturday 18th November – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th November – The Junkyard Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 24th November – House Concert, Mullumbimby, NSW

JD Burgess Band
Sunday 19th November – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Jed Rowe
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Cullyfest, Toowoomba, QLD

Jemma Nicole
Saturday 18th November – Charles Weston, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Cornelius
Thursday 23rd November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Locke
Friday 17th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Friday 24th November – The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 17th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Jo Jo Smith w/ Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

John Butler Trio
Friday 17th November – The Domain, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th November – SummerSalt, Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA

Jordan Merrick
Saturday 18th November – The Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Josh Pyke w/ Harrison Storm
Thursday 23rd November – Ramsgate Hotel, Henley Beach, SA
Friday 24th November – Norwood Hotel, Norwood, SA

Jemma Beech
Sunday 19th November – George IV Inn, Picton, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 17th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Kasey Chambers
Wednesday 22nd November – Horsham Town Hall, Horsham, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta, VIC
Friday 24th November – Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon, VIC

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 17th November – Trumpet Bar, Cowes, VIC

Kirsty Lee Akers
Friday 17th November – Lithgow Workies Club & Motel, Lithgow, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Hawkesbury Hotel, Windsor, NSW
Sunday 19th November – East Cessnock Bowling Club, Cessnock, NSW

Kutcha Edwards
Friday 17th November – St Paul’s Cathedral Carpark, Melbourne, VIC

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 17th November – Leadbelly Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gerner
Friday 17th November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 18th November – Ashbourne Memorial Hall, Ashbourne, SA
Sunday 19th November – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lighthouse Folk Festival
Saturday 18th November – Norah Head Lighthouse, Norah Head, NSW

Likely Celts
Friday 17th November – Mozart Hall, Warrnambool, VIC

Lindi Ortega
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Little Georgia
Friday 17th November – Indi Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 18th November – Settlers Tavern Margaret River, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 19th November – Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Liv Cartledge
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November – Spring Festival, Milawa, VIC
Friday 24th November – Taphouse, Bendigo, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 17th November – The Wonderland Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – The Montrose Cricket Club, Montrose, VIC
Sunday 19th November – St Cuthbert’s, Menzies Creek, VIC
Friday 24th November – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Long Jetty Street Festival
Saturday 19th November – Long Jetty, NSW

Luke Escombe
Saturday 18th November – The Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Maddy Jane
Friday 17th November – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW

Mandy Connell & Ben Smith
Saturday 18th November – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Mama Kin Spender
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 18th November – House Concert, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 19th November – House Concert, Marino, SA
Friday 24th November – House Concert, Perth, WA

Marlon Williams
Friday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 20th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Martin Pearson
Friday 17th November – House Concert, Canberra, ACT

Melbourne Music Week
Friday 17th to Friday 24th November – Melbourne, VIC

Mia Dyson
Friday 24th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Michelle Little
Sunday 19th November – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen
Friday 17th November – Canberra Theatre Playhouse, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Monsieur Camembert
Saturday 18th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mountaingrass
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Harrietville, VIC

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

My Nightingale
Saturday 18th November – The House with No Walls, Eumundi, QLD
Friday 24th November – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mustered Courage
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mountaingrass, Harrietville, VIC

Neil Murray
Saturday 18th November – Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 19th November – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Niksta, Camille and Stuie, The Morrisons
Friday 24th November – The Manly Fig, Balgowlah Heights, NSW

Oh Pep!
Friday 24th November – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Kelly
Friday 17th November – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – MONA Mainstage & Lawns, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 19th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Monday 20th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 23rd November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Piece Brothers
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – CullyFest, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 18th November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA

Port Fairy Spotlight Sessions feat. Marcia Howard, The Ahern Brothers, Mission Songs Project
Friday 24th November – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Queen Porter Stomp, Slow Ships
Friday 17th November – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Queenscliff Music Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff, VIC

Rare Child
Thursday 23rd November – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Rick Hart Trio
Sunday 19th November – The Public Brewery, Melbourne, VIC

Scott Cook & Liz Frencham
Thursday 23rd November – The Pizza and Wine Club, Kyneton, VIC

Slow Dancer
Sunday 19th November – The Porch Sessions, Hawthorn, SA
Thursday 23rd November – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Friday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 18th November – The Plot, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, VIC

Steve Tyson & The Train Rex
Friday 17th November – FogHorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 19th November – The Commercial Boutique Hotel, Tenterfield, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Kave Bar, Newport, NSW
Friday 24th November – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Strawberry Fields
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Tocumwal, NSW

SummerSalt feat. John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins
Saturday 18th November – Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA

Surrey Hills Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre, Melbourne, VIC

The Audreys
Friday 24th November – Lyrebird Arts Council, Meeniyan, VIC

The Band Who Knew Too Much
Sunday 19th November – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Friday 17th November – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – The Jam Bar, Barooga, NSW
Wednesday 22nd November – Windsor Leagues Club, Windsor, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Centro CBD, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 24th November – North Sydney Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

The FruiTTrees
Sunday 19th November – The Commercial Hotel, Morpeth, NSW

The Go Set
Friday 17th November – Baha, Rye, VIC

The Johnny Can’t Dance Cajun Band
Sunday 19th November – The Catfish, Melbourne, VIC

The Mouldy Lovers
Friday 17th November – The Homestead Tasmania, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 18th November – The Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS

The Nukes
Saturday 18th November – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC

The Plot
Saturday 18th November – Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. Slow Dancer
Sunday 19th November – House Concert, Hawthorn, SA

The ReChords
Saturday 18th November – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Snowdroppers
Saturday 18th November – The Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Stetson Family
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November – MountainGrass Festival, Harrietville, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Strawberry Fields, Tocumwal, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

The Waifs
Sunday 19th November – Moruya High School, Moruya, NSW
Monday 20th November – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Young Town Hall, Young, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 17th November – Surrey Hills Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – Hawkesbury Hotel, Windsor, NSW
Sunday 19th November – East Cessnock Bowling Club, Cessnock, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

This Way North
Wednesday 22nd November – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 24th November – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

TinPan Orange
Friday 17th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Tom Dockray w/ Mitch Power
Friday 17th November – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Two Goats Cafe & Baa, Armidale, NSW
Sunday 19th November – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Tom West
Friday 17th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 24th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Toni Swain Quintet
Thursday 23rd November – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

Trent Modern, Luke O’Farrell, Darren Cross
Thursday 23rd November – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Tristen Bird
Friday 17th November – The Old Union Chapel, Angaston, SA
Saturday 18th November – The Caledonian Inn, Robe, SA
Sunday 19th November – Red Poles Gallery-Restaurant-B&B, McLaren Vale, SA

Twin Peaks
Friday 17th November – Corporate Moose, Mildura, VIC
Sunday 19th November – Kingsbury Bowls Club, Kingsbury, VIC
Friday 24th November – The George Kerferd Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Two Screws Loose w/ Mangrove Swamp
Sunday 19th November – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Vance Joy
Wednesday 22nd November – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Vardos Trio
Friday 17th November – German Austrian Australian Club, Wodonga, VIC

Wallis Bird
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 22nd November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Whiskey Dram
Saturday 18th November – CERES Organic Market & Grocery, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

William Crighton
Saturday 18th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project
Sunday 19th November – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Yusuf/Cat Stevens
Wednesday 22nd November – Perth Arena, Perth, WA

Z-Stay Delta
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Shoals of Herring” – Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac)

The Welcome Wagon Announce New Album Light Up the Stairs

The Welcome Wagon
Image Courtesy of The Welcome Wagon

New York based gospel-folk duo The Welcome Wagon have just released their new album Light Up the Stairs, following a successful Kickstarter campaign

The Welcome Wagon make some of the sweetest Christen folk music going, heavily influenced by their label mate and producer Sufjan Stevens. In fact Light Up the Stairs will feature a cover of “The Greatest Gift”, written by Sufjan Stevens and recently released as the title track of his recent mixtape.

Check out the full track listing plus the lyric video for the album’s title track “Light Up The Stairs” below:

1. Galatians
2. All These Trees
3. HCQ1
4. In the Garden
5. Light up the Stairs
6. St. Tom’s Lullaby
7. The Outside Road
8. Maybe You’re Right
9. It’s so Hard
10. Lamb of God
11. The Greatest Gift

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Classical music mastermind Pekka Kuusisto will be teaming with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and American folkster Sam Amidon this February for the Murder Redemption tour. Details here

The Mountain Goats have announced Australian tour dates next year. Details here

– So many amazing artists on the WOMADelaide lineup so far including 9Bach, Archie Roach, Brushy One String, Dope Lemon, The East Pointers, Gawurra, Hanoi Masters, Nattali Rize, Oki Dub Ainu Band, The Waifs, Wawsaw Village Band, William Crighton and many more. Details here

– Christian folk duo The Welcome Wagon released a version of Sufjan Stevens’ “The Greatest Gift”. Details here

– The amazing Laura Marling announced her new album Semper Femina and also premiered her directorial debut for the “Soothing” video. Details here

– The new best of album from Kate Miller-Heidke comes out today. Details here

– Co-headline tour announced for The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd. Details here

Radical Face released “Sunn”, his first recording since completing his The Family Tree project. Details here

Michael Kiwanuka has announced Melbourne and Sydney shows when he’s in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

– A huge January tour has been announced for Hat Fitz & Cara. Details here

David Gray released his new video “Enter Lightly”. Details here

Releases This Week

KMH
The Best Of Kate Miller-Heidke: Act OneKate Miller-Heidke
iTunes

Stray Hens
The ConfluenceStray Hens
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Stray Hens

Stray Hens

Stray Hens will be launching their brand new, crowd funded album The Confluence in Melbourne tonight and it looks like the gig is going to be amazing

Friday 2nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alannah Russack, Trish Young, Melodie Nelson
Saturday 3rd December – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Australian Bluegrass Conference
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th December – Tranquil Park, Maleny, QLD

BBQ & Blues feat. Cass Greaves
Wednesday 7th December – Surly’s, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 2nd December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Saturday 3rd December – 3 Oceans, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 4th December – Fremantle Prison, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 7th December – Orange Ex-Services Club, Orange, NSW
Thursday 8th December – ANU, Canberra, ACT
Friday 9th December – Waves, Wollongong, NSW

End Of Year Folk Bash feat. Darlo After Dark, Black Joak Morris, Peter Miller-Robinson, Buck and Deanne, Bells of Caroldise
Sunday 4th December – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Fairgrounds Festival
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Berry, NSW

Finders Keepers Market Sydney
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. MoSoul, Colin Jones and The Delta Revue
Wednesday 7th December – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Get Folked Punk feat. Medusa’s Wake, The Bottlers, Scarlets Revenge, The Habanerbros, Mournwillow, Jonno Read, Billy Punton, Whiskey Jeff, Josh Arentz, Antonia Susan, A-Rock Newman, Angus + Julia Stoned, Yvette Vials, Luke Holmeslice, Smug young Dads, Mac + Cheese, Brendan, Kennedy, Avobandito
Saturday 3rd December – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 2nd December – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 8th December – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Darren Cross, Jen Mize
Sunday 4th December – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Sam Newton
Sunday 4th December – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

ILona Brooks, John Chesher, Mark Lucas, Bill Hunt
Sunday 4th December – The Duck Inn, Sydney, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride feat. Anthea Sidiropoulos, Bruce Watson, Margaret & Bob Fagan
Saturday 3rd December – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans
Friday 2nd December – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 3rd December – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 4th December – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 8th December – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th December – The Factory, Sydney, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Friday 2nd December – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 2nd December to Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, NSW
Friday 9th December – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Karl Broadie’s “Leave On a Light” Tribute Album Launch feat. Amber Lawrence, Jasmine Rae, Amali Ward, Luke O’Shea, Den Hanrahan, Katie Brianna, Brett Hunt, Michael Carpenter
Thursday 8th December – The Bunker, Sydney, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 2nd December – Revesby Workers’ Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd December – Campbelltown Convention & Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th December – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW

Liam Gerner & The Sunset Pushers
Friday 2nd December – Lazy Bones, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd December – Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Little Wise
Friday 9th December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Matt Andersen
Friday 2nd December – The Music Lounge, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 3rd December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 4th December – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Mel Parsons
Friday 2nd December – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 4th December – Indi Bar, Scarborough Beach, WA

Pat and Kellie, Imogen Clark
Friday 9th December – The Acoustic Picnic, Sydney, NSW

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen
Saturday 3rd December – Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th December – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD

Ryan Adams
Tuesday 6th December – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Steve Poltz
Friday 2nd December – Ravenswood, Ravenswood, WA
Saturday 3rd December – The Charles, Perth , WA
Wednesday 7th December – Ararat PAC, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 8th December – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 9th December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Stray Hens
Friday 2nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-together
Saturday 3rd December – Annandale Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Newsagency 5th Bday Sessions feat. Alison Avron, Kent Eastwood
Thursday 8th December – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Petersham Bowling Club Community Christmas Party
Sunday 4th December – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Rhythm Hut Christmas Party feat. 19-Twenty, Lime and Steel, Night Kite
Friday 9th December – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Sunday 4th December – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Tallest Man On Earth
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW
Wednesday 7th December – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

The Western Distributors
Sunday 4th December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Willing Ponies
Sunday 4th December – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Friday 2nd December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd December – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 4th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tom West
Friday 4th December – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tower of Song – A Tribute to Leonard Cohen
Friday 2nd December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Rose Hip” – Fairport Convention

Listen to The Welcome Wagon Perform Sufjan Stevens’ “The Greatest Gift”

The Welcome Wagon
Image Courtesy of The Welcome Wagon

I’ve always said that if anyone wished Sufjan Stevens made more acoustic music they should go and listen to husband and wife Christian-folk duo The Welcome Wagon. And as if to epitomize that statement The Welcome Wagon have just covered Stevens’ track “The Greatest Gift” as part of a Kickstarter to fund their new record.

Take a listen to The Welcome Wagon’s version of “The Greatest Gift” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 30th October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The full lineup for the Healesville Music Festival was announced including Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass, Davidson Brothers, Pete Denahy, The Stray Hens, The Yearlings, Orpheus Supertones, Nine Mile Creek, Michael Waugh, Jenny Biddle, Ben Mitchell & The Stylists, Nick Charles, The Dukes of Despair, Soulsville, Telecom Joe, The King Kats, The Hannafords, AJ Leonard and Jenny Rowlands, Blackberry Jam Bush Band, Healesville String Band, Aaron Burton, Richie Langford, Pans on Fire, Rudy the One Man Band, Michael the Balloonologist and more. Details here

The Decemberists have announced Sydney and Melbourne sideshows when they’re in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

Rhiannon Giddens has announced she’ll release a new EP later this year along with Bluesfest sideshows when she’s in Australia in March. Details here

– Melbourne folk duo Little Wise released their new video “My Pocket”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Jim Lawrie released his new video “Antisocialite”. Details here

Matt Corby released a one take live video for the track “Monday”. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Timothy James Bowen announced a November tour to support his new EP Steel & Wood presented by Timber and Steel. Details here

– American gospel-folk duo The Welcome Wagon have released a free sampler ahead of their upcoming new album. Details here

– Melbourne’s TinPan Orange release their new single “You’re Not There”. Details here

Fraser A. Gorman released his new video “Never Gonna Hold You (Like I Do)”. Details here

William Elliott Whitmore released his new video “Civilizations”. Details here

– This Sunday’s Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney will feature Jason Walker and Dan Parsons. Details here

Releases This Week

The Raven
The RavenAde Vincent
Bandcamp

The Welcome Wagon
A Work of Love in ProgressThe Welcome Wagon
NoiseTrade

I Am An Animal
I Am An AnimalWhitaker
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

TJB
Timothy James Bowen

Sunday 1st November – Central Park Markets, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th November – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass w/ One Up, Two Down

Chris Henry

I caught American bluegrass picker Chris Henry and his trans-pacific band The Hardcore Grass last weekend at the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and they absolutely blew me away. This week they continue their Australian tour with a support from that other trans-pacific bluegrass band One Up, Two Down.

Sunday 1st November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th November – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT

Gigs Next Week

Ash Grunwald
Saturday 31st October – Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Wangaratta, VIC
Wednesday 4th November – Fresh On Charles, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 5th November – Tapas Bar, Devonport, TAS
Friday 6th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival
Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th November – Bendigo, VIC

Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th November – Blackwood, VIC

Caravansary
Friday 6th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass w/ One Up, Two Down
Sunday 1st November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th November – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT

CW Stoneking
Friday 30th October – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 6th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Parsons
Friday 30th October – Home Sweet Home (House Concert), Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st October – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 1st November – Heartbreaker Sessions at Freda’s, Chippendale, NSW
Wednesday 4th November – Bar on the Hill at Newcastle Uni, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 5th November – Mothers Milk, Sawtell, NSW
Friday 6th November – Ex-Services Club, Mullumbimby, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 30th October – Johnny Cash: The Concert, Redcliffe Cultural Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 31st October – Johnny Cash: The Concert, Ipswich Civic Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 1st November – Grass Roots Music Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 3rd November – Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Friday 6th November – Deception Bay Bowls Club, Deception Bay, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 31st October to Sunday 1st November – Sydney Country Music Festival, NSW
Tuesday 3rd November – Mansfield ‘Cup Day’ Races, VIC
Friday 6th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Thursday 5th November – Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill, VIC
Friday 6th November – Garibaldi Hall, Garibaldi, VIC

Folkswagon feat. Pugsley Buzzard, The Campervan Dancers, Kay Proudlove
Wednesday 4th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Jason Walker, Dan Parsons
Sunday 1st November – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Hozier
Friday 30th October – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 3rd November – Horden Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

JamGrass Launch Party
Friday 6th November – The Spotted Malard, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Friday 30th October – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 1st November – Bright Brewery, Bright, VIC

Katie Noonan
Friday 30th October – Australian Institute of Music, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st October – Australian Institute of Music, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 6th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 30th October – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Thursday 5th November – The Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Lime and Steel
Saturday 31st October – Oktoberfest at the Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Lior
Friday 30th October – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 31st October – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Little Features feat. Ben Edgar, Renetta Joy, Arbori, Charlie Gradon
Friday 30th October – Hibernian House, Sydney NSW

Loren Kate
Saturday 31st October to Sunday 1st November – Maldon Folk Festival, VIC

Lost Ragas
Saturday 31st October – Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne VIC

Luke Legs and Michelle
Saturday 31st Octover – Kiltynane Wines, Queenscliff, VIC

Maldon Folk Festival
Friday 30th October to Monday 2nd November – Maldon, VIC

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders w/ Ben Salter
Thursday 5th November – Four Five Nine, Perth, WA
Friday 6th November – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Matt Corby
Monday 2nd November – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 4th November – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Friday 6th November – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA

Melanie Horsnell
Sunday 1st November – Windsong Pavilion, Bermagui, NSW

Michael David Thomas
Thursday 5th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Musketeer
Friday 30th October – Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Oh Willy Dear, Golden Whistler
Sunday 1st November – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 30th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 31st October 31st – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 5th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 6th November – The Metro, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 6th November – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Ruby Boots
Friday 30th October – Fremantle Festival “Hush”, Fremantle, WA

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November – Happy Wanderer Festival, Benalla, VIC
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th November – Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

Sam Brittain
Friday 30th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Suzannah Espie
Friday 30th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 1st November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, SA
Friday 6th November – Music On The Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Sydney Country Music Festival
Saturday 31st October to Sunday 1st November – Bella Vista Farm, NSW

The Andrew Collins Trio
Friday 30th October – Humph Hall, Allambie Heights, NSW
Saturday 31st October – Nerrigundah Town Hall, Nerrigundah, NSW
Sunday 1st November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 4th November – House Concert, Carringbah, NSW
Thursday 5th November – Lewisham Hotel, Lewisham, NSW
Friday 6th November – Radio Springs Hotel, Lyonville, VIC

The Audreys
Saturday 7th November – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT

The Dead Maggies
Friday 6th November – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS

The Go Set
Saturday 31st October – The Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Tuesday 3rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th November – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS

The Morrisons
Friday 6th to Saturday 7th November – Jamgrass Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC

The Paper Kites
Friday 30th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 31st October – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 5th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 6th November – The Metro, Sydney, NSW

The Waifs
Saturday 31st October – Granite Town Festival, Mooruya, NSW
Sunday 1st November – The National Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 3rd November – Anitas, Thirroul, NSW
Wednesday 4th November – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 5th November – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Sunday 1st November – Central Park Markets, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th November – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC

Whitaker
Saturday 31st October – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC

Winterbourne
Friday 30th October – Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance, NSW
Saturday 31st Octpber – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th November – Bar on The Hill, Newcastle, NSW

Youngsmith
Thursday 5th November – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Flowers” – TinPan Orange

I thought I’d celebrate the release of the new TinPan Orange single today with a look back at one of my favourite songs of theirs.

Free New Music From The Welcome Wagon

Welcome Wagon
Image Courtesy of The Welcome Wagon

Americana husband and wife gospel-folk duo The Welcome Wagon are currently working on a new batch of songs for their latest LP in 2016, and have decided to give a sampler away for free titled A Work of Love in Progress.

Best known as collaborators with Sufjan Stevens, this is The Welcome Wagon’s first new material since their 2012 release Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices.

If you want to get your hands on four new tracks check out NoiseTrade here.

New Video from The Welcome Wagon, “Remedy”

The Welcome Wagon
Image Courtesy of The Welcome Wagon

If you’re lucky enough you’ve managed to snaffle yourself a copy of The Welcome Wagon’s latest album Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices when it hit stands this week. If you haven’t heard the first track from Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices yet, the wonderful “Would You Come and See Me in New York”, you should check out this article. And then head back here to listen to and watch the next track, “Remedy”, below:

The Welcome Wagon Announce New Album

Welcome Wagon
Image Courtesy of The Welcome Wagon

It’s been 4 long years since the Sufjan Stevens produced first album from The Welcome Wagon but it looks like it’s been worth the wait. Reverend Thomas Vito Aiuto and his wife Monique make up the duo who sing their own brand of Sufjan-esque, gospel-folk music. Their latest outing, due for release on the 12th June, is titled Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices (after a 17th century Puritan book of the same name by Thomas Brooks) and is The Welcome Wagon’s response to the current doom and gloom climate facing the world.

“We’ve always thought of our music as a gift from God – to us, to the people we make it with, and to anybody who listens and enjoys it,” explains Vito. “It’s always had this spiritual aspect to it, and for this album, we think of it as music that serves as spiritual medicine.”

The first single from the album is “Would You Come and See Me in New York” which can be downloaded free here and has a video below:

That’s the album cover art above and the track listing for Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices is below:

1. I’m Not Fine
2. My God, My God, Parts 1 & 2
3. I Know That My Redeemer Lives
4. Rice and Beans (But No Beans)
5. High
6. Remedy
7. Would You Come And See Me In New York
8. My Best Days, Parts 1 & 2
9. Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending
10. Draw Nigh
11. The Strife Is O’er
12. God Be With You Til We Meet Again
13. Nature’s Goodnight

Roll Away Your Stone: An Easter Playlist

Easter

Music and spirituality have been tied together from the beginnings of civilisation so it’s probably no surprise that many of today’s folk musicians not only hold strong religious beliefs but also weave these into the very fabric of their songs. Oft times these religious or spiritual overtones are blatant and other times they take a more subtle form but there’s no denying that spirituality plays a big part in the music we listen to and enjoy

The contributors here at Timber and Steel are quite eclectic in their personal beliefs but there is one thing we can all agree on – spirituality and religion have inspired (and will continue to inspire) some of the best folk music out there. We thought in honour of the weekend, whether for its pagan and Jewish origins or its important Christian message, we’d bring you some of our favourite spiritual and religious traditional and original folk songs. Obviously “spiritual” and “gospel” are sub-genres of folk with very very deep wells, even without including religiously-themed contemporary music, so there’s so many songs we’ve missed out here. But we hope the playlist we’ve put together will provide the perfect soundtrack for Easter egg eating, getting ready for church, dancing around the maypole or however you choose to recognise the day.

So here it is: Timber and Steel’s Easter playlist – Roll Away Your Stone. And what better way to kick things off than with one of the greatest tributes to spiritual love ever written, “To Be Alone With You” by Sufjan Stevens.

“To Be Alone With You” – Sufjan Stevens

“Timshel” – Mumford and Sons
Timshel is a Hebrew word from Genesis that roughly translates to “the choice” (as in the choice between good and evil). Mumford and Sons’ lyrics are strewn with religious references, some overt and others more subtle, probably stemming from Marcus Mumford’s deep Christian faith (his parents head up the Vineyard Churches in the UK). We probably could have chosen any one of their songs (the title of this piece is taken from a different Mumford and Sons track) but we’ve gone with “Timshel” because of its uplifting, hopeful lyrics.

“I’ll Be Glad’ – Bonnie “Prince” Billy

“Two Hands of a Prayer” – Ben Harper

“But For You Who Fear My Name” – The Welcome Wagon
Welcome Wagon are the Pastor and pastor’s wife duo from Sufjan Steven’s Asthamtic Kitty label. Produced by Sufjan, it also appears he featuring on backing vocals in this, a classic country gospel version of a bible verse from the book of Malachi put into song.

“Fortune” – Midlake
In just two verses and a chorus Midlake manage to cover the religious themes of temptation, the imperfection of humans in comparison to God and the value of hard work as a path to salvation. Combine with this the fact that on the surface the song doesn’t seem overtly spiritual and the genius of Midlake’s songwriting is truly revealed.

“Tomorrow On The Runway” – The Innocence Mission

“Middle of the Air” – Paul Kelly (Tripod and Eddie Perfect)
Given that Paul Kelly is about to embark on a tour of his spiritual songs we just had to include at least one. The obvious choice is the gorgeous “Middle of The Air” – a video of which doesn’t seem to exist so we’ve posted the version performed by Tripod and Eddie Perfect on Good News Week (trust us, it’s almost as good as the original)

“Redemption” – Johnny Cash
The most Easter themed song we could think of for Timber and Steel, “Redemption” was written by Cash as a very real and raw look at the images of Jesus’ crucifiction. A sombre, yet powerful and beautiful song that describes in bloody detail the significance of the event to Cash, and Christianity. We’re surprised Nick Cave didn’t cover this one in his own gospel period

“Where The Soul of Man Never Dies” – Hank Williams

“Down to the River to Pray” – Alison Krauss
Put together for the soundtrack to the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? this is Krauss in southern gospel mode. In a film full of spiritual music “Down to the River to Pray” (along with accompanying clip) is probably the most straight up religious experience of O Brother, Where Art Thou.

“Keep On the Sunny Side” – The Whites

“Dear God” – Monsters of Folk
The opening track from the epic collaboration between Jim James (My Morning Jacket), M Ward, with Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes, recently sampled by The Roots. This song takes the form of a letter to God, filled with questions of distance, suffering, and longing for answers. I threw this one in for Easter, as it’s about a desire to place faith in something, someone, but with a desperate appeal for proof.

“Christian & the Sinner” – Vorn Doolette
Because this list needed a little more local action we’ve included Vorn Doolette’s parable on what it means to be a Christian or a sinner.

“Wartime Prayer” – Paul Simon

“Lord Lord Lord” – The Kahn Brothers
The main songwriters/brothers of Sydney’s Gelbison, recording under their own name, have written a song which I liken to George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord”, a song about faith, spirituality, and turning to someone in times of need. The brothers themselves straddling the relm of their Jewish heritage, and new age spirituality have written an upbeat song that may translate into any faith.

“Bartender” – Dave Matthews
I can’t think of a better way to end this list: “Bartender please fill my glass for me, with the wine you gave Jesus that set him free after three days in the ground”.

Happy Easter!

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