Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We published our traditional list of our favourite Christmas carols and songs from the year including tracks from Kay Proudlove, The Low Anthem, The Staves, Brian Lambert, Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission, William Fitzsimmons, William Fitzsimmons, Allison Lupton feat. The Young’uns, Paden, Kirsty Lee Akers, Rodney Crowell, Lowland Hum, Grant Maloy Smith, Skinner and T’witch, Jimmy Lee Morris, Keston Cobblers Club, The Lumineers, Alessi’s Ark, The Selkie Girls, Rum Ragged, Cara Dillon and Rebecca Loebe & Findlay Napier. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford FF

Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Monday 31st December – Shoalhaven Heads Bowling & Recreation Club, Shoalhaven Heads, NSW

Alex the Astronaut
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Alice Skye
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller & Brad Cox
Friday 28th December – Ocean Grove Holiday Park, Ocean Grove, VIC
Saturday 29th December – Kangerong Holiday Park, Dromana, VIC
Sunday 30th December – Inverloch Foreshore Camping Reserve, Inverloch, VIC
Monday 31st December – Marlo Ocean Views, Marlo, VIC
Tuesday 1st January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Mallacoota, VIC
Wednesday 2nd January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden NSW
Thursday 3rd January – NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park, Jindabyne NSW
Friday 4th January – Jingellic Showgrounds, Jingellic NSW

Archer
Friday 4th January – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 29th December – The Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 3rd January – Rock Lily, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Saturday 29th December – One Hot Night, Rockhampton, QLD
Sunday 30th December – Tropical Vibes Gki, The Keppels, QLD

Cassidy’s Ceili
Monday 31st December – The Burns Club, Canberra, ACT

Cat Canteri
Thursday 3rd January – Red Lion Brewery, Kilmore, VIC
Friday 4th January – Empire Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Dan Sultan
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Dean Lewis
Friday 28th December – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Dermot Kennedy w/ Sam Fender
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Echo Deer
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Gulgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

Emily Wurramara
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Falls Festival
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Byron Bay, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Old Man Luedecke, Lucy Wise
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

First Aid Kit
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Gulgong Folk Festival
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Gulgong, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Monday 31st December – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Honey
Friday 4th January – Bermi’s Beachside Cafe, Bermagui, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Irish Mythen
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Wednesday 2nd January – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 3rd January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Jen Cloher
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Jess Locke
Sunday 30th December to Tuesday 1st January – NYE On The Hill, VIC

Julia Jacklin
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Karl S Williams
Sunday 30th December – The Scottish Prince, Palm Beach, QLD

Les Poules a Colin
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th January – Le Penelope’s @ Kirwans Bridge Estate, Nagambie, VIC

Liam Gerner
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Lucy Wise
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Magpie Diaries
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – Nimbin Bush Theatre, Nimbin, NSW
Thursday 3rd January – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th January – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mark Lucas
Thursday 3rd January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mel Parsons
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Monique Clare
Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th January – Tree Folk String Camp, Paddington Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th January – The BrisWest Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Nariel Creek Folk Festival
Thursday 27th December to Thursday 3rd January – Nariel Creek Recreation Reserve, Nariel Valley, VIC

Neil Murray
Friday 28th December – The Sewing Room, Perth, WA
Thursday 3rd January – Ronnie Nights, Fremantle, WA

NYE On The Hill
Sunday 30th December to Tuesday 1st January – The Farm, Loch Village, VIC

Old Man Luedecke
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Paddy McHugh
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Pete Murray
Thursday 3rd January – The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD
Friday 4th January – The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD

Porch Sessions on Tour feat. Jack The Fox, Harrison Storm & Alana Wilkinson
Wednesday 2nd January – House Concert, Gold Coast Hinterland, Mount Nathan, QLD

Sean McMahon
Saturday 29th December – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Shantily Clad w/ Jam Jar Trio
Saturday 29th December – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Shaun Kirk
Monday 31st December – Queenscliff Harbour, Queenscliff, VIC

Shawn Lidster & Pay the Fiddler
Friday 4th January – Halekulani Bowling Club, Budgewoi, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Sunday 30th December to Tuesday 1st January – NYE On The Hill, VIC

Stiff Gins
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Beautiful Girls
Thursday 3rd January – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th January – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD

The Black Sorrows
Friday 28th December – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 29th December – Westernport-Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 30th December – Wonderland Spiegeltent, Barwon Heads, VIC
Monday 31st December – Coolalinga Tavern, Coolalinga, NT
Thursday 3rd January – Panthers Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 4th January – Bowlo Sports & Leisure, Yamba, NSW

The Bushwackers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Cat Empire
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Emerald Ruby
Sunday 30th December – Chicks with Picks, The Townie, Sydney, NSW

The Fretless
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Friday 4th January – The BrisWest Centre, Brisbane, QLD

The Little Lord St Band
Friday 4th January – The Sewing Room, Perth, WA

The Little Stevies
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Maes
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Montgomery Brothers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Northern Folk
Thursday 27 December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – Upper Lansdowne Hall & Happenings, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Waifs
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Water Runners
Friday 28th December – The Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

Tree Folk String Camp
Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th January – Paddington Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Vance Joy
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Woodford Folk Festival
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Xavier Rudd
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Charlie Darwin” – The Low Anthem

The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2018

Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve which means its time to publish our favourite Christmas tracks released this year with a folky flavour.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! Looking forward to folking with you in 2019

Kay Proudlove – “Gift Card”

The Low Anthem – “Fairy On The Christmas Tree”

The Staves – “Home Alone, Too”

Brian Lambert – “All I Want For Christmas”

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission – “Boxing Day Drive”

William Fitzsimmons – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

William Fitzsimmons – “Will Christmas Come for Me (Child of God)”

William Fitzsimmons – “Where Are You Christmas?”

William Fitzsimmons – “Warmer in the Cold”

Allison Lupton feat. The Young’uns – “The Eve of Christmas Day”

Paden – “Christmas Chorus”

Kirsty Lee Akers – “I Never Want Christmas To End”

Rodney Crowell – “Clement’s Lament (We’ll See You In The Mall)”

Lowland Hum – “Joy To The World”

Grant Maloy Smith feat. EmiSunshine – “Fly Possum Fly”

Skinner and T’witch – “Silent, the Night”

Jimmy Lee Morris – “Christmas 1914”

Keston Cobblers Club – “Let It Snow”

The Lumineers – “Pretty Paper”

Alessi’s Ark – “Winter’s Grace”

The Selkie Girls – “Good King Wenceslas”

Rum Ragged – “Pop’s New Accordion”

Cara Dillon – “River”

Rebecca Loebe & Findlay Napier – “Joy to the World, I Guess”

Eric Coomer – “Snow”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

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

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

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

– We review The Beautiful Girls in Sydney. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift

Gretta Ziller

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

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

Gigs Next Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“How to Make Gravy” – Paul Kelly

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017

2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Ex-Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden released his new video “All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight”. Details here

– Wollongong-based singer-songwriter Harrison Storm has announced headline shows when he’s out on tour with Josh Pyke. Details here

– Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Jordan Merrick announced an EP launch tour this November. Details here

– Alt-country favourites Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds released their new video “Take A Little Time”. Details here

– Canadian duo Twin Peaks kicked off their Australian tour. Details here

– This month’s Bluegrass at Yulli’s will feature folk duo The New Macedon Rangers. Details here

– Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart announced her new album A Pocket Of Wind Resistance. Details here

– English trio The Young’uns released their powerful new video “Be The Man”. Details here

– Americana troubadour Sam Outlaw returns to Australia for a tour with Courtney Marie Andrews this December. Details here

– South Australian festival Porchland announced its first four artists including 30/70, Stu Larsen, Stella Donnelly and Bjear. Details here

– Indie-folk four-piece My Nightingale announced an East Coast tour. Details here

– The Riverboats Music Festival announced its 2018 lineup including Neil & Liam Finn, Kasey Chambers, Josh Pyke, The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda Bull, The Teskey Brothers, Henry Wagons & The Only Children, Gawurra, Mojo Juju, Neil Murray, Caiti Baker, Jazz Party, Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife and Eaten By Dogs. Details here

– Byron Bay singer-songwriter Karin Page released her new video “Lonely Night”. Details here

Releases This Week

The Bottlers
The BottlersThe Bottlers
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Ye Vagabonds
Ye VagabondsYe Vagabonds
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Out On The Weekend

JTE

Australia’s premiere Americana festival hits Melbourne this Saturday with a huge lineup including Justin Townes Earle (above), Son Volt, Traveller (feat. Jonny Fritz, Robert Ellis and Cory Chisel), All Our Exes Live In Texas, The Deslondes, Robbie Fulks, Fanny Lumsden, The Sadies, Joshua Hedley, Raised by Eagles, Freya Josephine Hollick, Davidson Brothers, The Moonee Valley Drifters, Lillie Mae and James Ellis and the Jealous Guys

 

Saturday 14th October – Seaworks, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Acousticana BBQ feat. The Willing Ponies
Sunday 15th October – The George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Afternoon Delight feat. Tim Easton & Justin Bernasconi
Sunday 15th October – Rezza House Concerts, Melbourne, VIC

Áine Tyrrell
Thursday 19th October – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Alex The Astronaut
Thursday 19th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Andy Golledge
Saturday 14th October – The House Dining, Sydney, NSW

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 15th October – Mini Bar, Rockingham Beach, WA

Belle Harvey
Saturday 14th October – The Basso, Perth, WA
Sunday 15th October – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Ben Ely
Sunday 15th October – Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads, NSW

Ben Salter
Friday 13th October – The Barn, Aldgate, SA
Saturday 14th October – Oddfellow’s, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 15th October – Details TBC, WA
Thursday 19th October – High Tea, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th October – House Concert, Lennox Head, NSW

Benny Walker
Friday 13th October – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Mill, Echuca, VIC

Bernard Fanning
Friday 13th October – Rosemount, Perth, WA
Saturday 14th October – Rosemount, Perth, WA
Wednesday 18th October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 19th October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 20th October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Birregurra Festival and Art Show
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October – Birregurra, VIC

Bluegrass at Yulli’s feat. The New Macedon Rangers
Wednesday 18th October – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 13th October – Narrabeen RSL, Narrabeen, NSW
Saturday 14th October – The Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Sunday 15th October – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Thursday 19th October – Ramsgate Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 20th October – Norwood Hotel, Norwood, SA

Buskers by the Creek
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October – Winders Park, Gold Coast, QLD

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 20th October – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Cass Eager
Friday 13th October – The Lomond, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th October – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Elwood Blues Club, The Prince of Wales, St Kilda, VIC
Thursday 19th October – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Friday 20th October – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Darebin Music Feast
Thursday 12th to Sunday 22nd October – Melbourne, VIC

Darebin Music Feast Cajun Dance Party feat. The ‘Johnny Can’t Dance’ Cajun Band
Sunday 15th October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Dearly Departed
Saturday 14th October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Devil on the Rooftop
Friday 20th October – Compass Pizza, Melbourne, VIC

Diana Anaid
Friday 13th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 15th October – The Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 16th October – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA

Fallon Cush
Friday 20th October – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 13th October – Osbornes Flat Hall, Osbornes Flat, VIC
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – Wharf Hotel, Munyard, TAS

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 16th October – Figtree Pub, Figtree, NSW

Finders Keepers Melbourne Market
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October – Kinglake, VIC

Foghorn Stringband
Wednesday 18th October – Valencia Creek Hall, Valencia Creek, VIC
Thursday 19th October – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT

FolkSwagon feat. Small Town Romance, Ella Belfanti, Alana Wilkinson
Wednesday 18th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 13th October – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 15th October – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Fremantle Folk Festival
Saturday 14th October – Fremantle, WA

Great Aunt
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October – Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Kinglake, VIC
Wednesday 18th October – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Stanley
Saturday 14th October – The Grass Is Greener Festival, Cairns, QLD

Gretta Ziller & Great Aunt
Wednesday 18th October – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Hannah Cameron and Clio
Tuesday 17th October – Tramway Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Hannah Matysek
Friday 13th October – Newtown Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 15th October – Blacksheep, Sydney, NSW

Harry Hookey
Friday 13th October – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga, NSW

High Tea feat. Ben Salter
Thursday 19th October – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hughes Barbecue Opening Night feat. Sam Shinazzi
Friday 13th October – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hush: An Evening of Quiet Music feat. Archer, Braille Face, Emily Ulman, Milwaukee Banks
Wednesday 18th October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club and CLIME ACT Open Mic Night
Friday 13th October – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC

Jed Rowe
Friday 20th October – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Jess Ribeiro
Tuesday 17th October – The Tote Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th October – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Jim Lawrie & Robert Muinos
Friday 20th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jo Jo Smith w/ Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 20th October – Numurkah Foodbowl Festival, Shepparton, VIC

Justin Townes Earle w/ Joshua Hedley
Friday 13th October – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 16th October – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 17th October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 19th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Karin Page
Friday 13th October – The Oriental Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Karl S William
Friday 13th October – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Kasey Chambers
Saturday 14th October – Akoostik Music Festival, Wingham, NSW

Kate Burke and Luke Plumb
Sunday 15th October – Cobargo Hotel Motel, Cobargo, NSW

Katie Noonan’s Elixir
Tuesday 17th October – The Jazzlab, Melbourne, VIC

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 20th October – The Bassandean, Perth, WA

Ken Nicol
Friday 20th October – Albert Park Port Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 13th October – Fremantle Arts Centre Front Lawn, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 14th October – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 15th October – Red Room @ Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 20th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Lambchop
Wednesday 18th October – Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Les Thomas
Friday 13th October – Kingsbury Bowls, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – Kingsbury Bowls, Melbourne, VIC

Liam Gerner
Friday 13th October – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Dogs Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Lisa Crawley
Tuesday 17th October – Compass Pizza, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise w/ Rosie Burgess Trio
Friday 13th October – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Liv Cartledge
Friday 13th October – Secret Show, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th October – Secret Show, Central Coast, NSW

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, NSW

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 13th October – The Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 14th October – Fremantle Folk Festival, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 15th October – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Tuesday 17th October – The Perth Blues Club, The Charles Hotel, Perth, WA

Lost Picnic
Sunday 15th October – Sydney, NSW

Luke Morris
Friday 18th October – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Friday 20th October – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Maggie May
Sunday 15th October – The Thornbury Local, Melbourne, VIC

Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Marysville, VIC

Melbourne Celtic Piping Session
Sunday 15th October – Exford Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mile Twelve
Wednesday 18th October – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th October – Java Cafe, Yackendandah, VIC
Friday 20th October – Patchewollock Music Festival, Patchewollock, VIC

Mitch King
Saturday 14th October – Fremantle Folk Festival, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 15th October – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Swagger Music Festival, Wandiligong, VIC

Monique Clare
Saturday 14th October – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 16th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 19th October – The Black Malabar, Newcastle, NSW

Monthly Oldtime Jam
Sunday 15th October – The Brothers Public House, Melbourne, VIC

My Nightingale
Sunday 15th October – Lind Lane Theatre, Nambour, QLD
Friday 20th October – Pop-Up at ANU, Canberra, ACT

Numurkah Foodbowl Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Shepparton, VIC

Out of Abingdon
Friday 20th October – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Out of Nowhere
Saturday 14th October – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Out On The Weekend
Saturday 14th October – Seaworks, Melbourne, VIC

Paddy McHugh
Saturday 14th October – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 20th October – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Parramatta Lanes
Tuesday 10th to Friday 13th October – Parramatta, NSW

Patchewollock Music Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Patchewollock, VIC

Pete Wild
Friday 20th October – Candelo Town Hall, Candelo, NSW

Ralway Bell
Friday 13th October – The Oriental Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 14th October – Wingham Akoostik Festival, Wingham, NSW
Sunday 15th October – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th October – Riverside Hotel, Northam, WA

Riley Pearce
Friday 13th October – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 14th October – Bloodhound Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 19th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Swagger Music Festival Wandiligong, VIC

Robbie Fulks w/ Liam Gerner
Friday 13th October – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC

Rowena Wise w/ Kate Martin, Brendan Welch
Tuesday 17th October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rush Festival
Saturday 14th October – Albert Park, Gympie, QLD

Sam Newton
Friday 13th October – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th October – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW

Sásta
Saturday 14th October – Studio 188, Brisbane, QLD

Shane Nicholson
Friday 13th October – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 14th October – Song Room, Barossa Regional Gallery, SA
Monday 16th to Monday 23rd October – Rock The Boat Pacific Cruise Pacific

She Folk Songwriters in the Round feat. Leah Senior, Georgia Fields, Anna Cordell, Charm of Finches
Saturday 14th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Skyscraper Stan’s Jukebox
Wednesday 18th October – Belleville, Melbourne, VIC

Son Volt
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 18th October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Sparrow-Folk & My Nightingale
Friday 20th October – Pop-Up at ANU, Canberra, ACT

Stillhouse Union
Friday 20th October – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW

Swagger Music Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Wandiligong, VIC

The Acfields w/ Looking for Alaska
Friday 13th October – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – Birregurra Festival and Art Show, Birregurra, VIC

The Acoustic Picnic
Friday 13th October – The Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

The Austracana Travelling Revue feat. Carpenter Caswell, Smith & Jones, The April Family
Thursday 19th October – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

The Band Who Knew Too Much
Saturday 14th October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Saturday 14th October – Rush Festival, Albert Park, Gympie, QLD
Thursday 19th October – RSL Club Southport, Southport, QLD
Friday 20th October – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

The Demon Drink
Friday 13th October – Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD

The Excellent Smithers
Saturday 14th October – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Grass Is Greener Festival
Saturday 14th October – Cairns Showground, Cairns, QLD

The Lagerphones
Sunday 15th October – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Legacy of Jesse Younan, 9th Anniversary Concert feat. Mike Elrington, Mandy Connell, Carolyn Oates, Khristian Mizzi, The Great Unknown, Someday June, The Winter Angel, Luke Dylan, Greenhatch, Emad Younan, Girl Friday, Greg Steps, Bob Hutchison, Aaron Pollock, Joe Oppenheimer
Saturday 14th October – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Lost Backpackers, Bacon & Cabbage
Sunday 15th October – The Grand Hotel – Cockn’Bull, Sydney, NSW

The Northern Folk
Sunday 15th October – Spring Fling St Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 18th October – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th October – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Kangaroo Valley, NSW

The Sadies
Friday 13th October – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 17th October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Sunday 15th October – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW

The Tambourine Girls, eüsh, Tom Stephens
Thursday 19th October – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Sunday 15th October – Lost Picnic, Sydney, NSW

The Turner Brown Band
Friday 13th October – Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 15th October – Wingham Akoostik Festival, Wingham, NSW

The Villebillies and Euripi
Saturday 14th October – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Saturday 14th October – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Easton
Friday 13th October – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 14th October – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – Rezza House Concerts, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Guy
Sunday 15th October – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Solly
Saturday 14th October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th October – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Thursday 19th October – Secret Location, Melbourne, VIC

TinPan Orange w/ Jess Ribeiro
Friday 20th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Tom West
Friday 13th October – Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Bay Pizzaria, Port MacDonnell, SA

Traveller & The Deslondes
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 17th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 18th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 19th October – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Friday 20th October – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Tristen Bird
Friday 20th October – Rocksteady Records, Melbourne, VIC

Tullara
Wednesday 18th October – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Friday 20th October – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Twin Peaks
Friday 13th October – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 14th October – Wingham Akoostik Music Festival, Wingham, NSW
Sunday 15th October – Wauchope Community Arts, Wauchope, NSW
Wednesday 18th October – Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 20th October – Eat Street Markets, Brisbane, QLD

Tyler Nakoa
Saturday 14th October – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Vanishing Shapes Monthly Folk Party feat. Witches Leap
Sunday 15th October – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW

Vardos
Friday 13th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Wingham Akoostik Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October – Wingham, NSW

Z-Stay Delta
Saturday 14th October – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Blackwaterside” – Anne Briggs & Bert Jansch

Watch the New Video from The Young’uns “Be The Man”

The Younguns
Image Courtesy of The Young’uns

Last week English folk trio The Young’uns released their amazing new album Strangers.

The first single from the album, and in my opinion one of the standout tracks, is the beautiful “Be The Man”. The song was inspired by the story of Matthew Ogston, who founded the Naz and Matt Foundation to tackle religious and cultural homophobia following the tragic death of his fiancé.

The Young’uns have just revealed the official video for “Be The Man” which, given the current political climate in Australia, should be compulsory viewing. Check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The folks behind the Dashville events are hitting the road this weekend with some of their favourite artists including James Thomson, BagheadMelody PoolMagpie Diaries, Dave Wells, Deanna Rose, Demi Mitchell, Jason Walker and Lyle Dennis. Details here

– The Queenscliff Music Festival revealed the first 13 acts for 2017 including 30/70, The Beautiful Girls, Bernard Fanning, Freya Josephine Hollick, GL, Hot Potato Band, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Mama Kin & Spender, Nai Palm, The Temper Trap, The Teskey Brothers, Xavier Rudd and Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey shared details of his upcoming album Wake Up Now. Details here

– The legendary Paul Kelly has announced plans to release his new album Life Is Fine in August. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-country six-piece Georgia State Line released their new video “Heaven Knows”. Details here

– Alt-country band Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes released their new single “Long Way To Fall”. Details here

– Alt-country duo Miles and Simone released their new video “She And I”. Details here

Offa Rex, the new 70s-folk-revival project from The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney, released their new single “Sheepcrook and Black Dog”. Details here

– English trio The Young’uns announced plans to release their fourth studio album Strangers. Details here

– Adelaide’s Kelly Brouhaha released her new video “As Long As There’s A Smile”. Details here

Angus & Julia Stone released their new video “Snow” and announced September tour dates. Details here

– Alt-country singer Tori Forsyth released her new single “Kings Horses”. Details here

Releases This Week

Lloyd Spiegel
This Time TomorrowLloyd Spiegel
iTunes

Something's Changing
Something’s ChangingLucy Rose
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Joe Pug w/ Courtney Marie Andrews

Joe Pug

Celebrated American singer-songwriter Joe Pug returns to our shores for a series of shows that kick off this weekend at the Bello Winter Music festival. This time he’s brought Courtney Marie Andrews as his support.

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 9th July – The Edwards, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 11th July – The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th July – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th July – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Ainslie Wills
Thursday 13th July – The Landsdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Alice Terry
Friday 7th July – The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th July – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 7th July – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th July – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 13th July – Studio 56 @ Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 14th July – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD

Amber Lawrence
Friday 7th July – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

Ayleen O’Hanlon, Rich Davies and The Low Road
Friday 7th July – MOTH, Red Hill Showgrounds, Red Hill, VIC

Bello Winter Music Festival
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July – Bellingen, NSW

Ben Ottewell
Friday 7th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW

Ben Salter
Friday 9th July – Tramway Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Black Mountain Stringband
Friday 7th July – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th July – Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Bluegrass Pub Pick feat. The Willing Ponies
Sunday 9th July – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Brad Butcher w/ The Weeping Willows
Friday 7th July – Two Goats Cafe & Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 8th July – New England Brewing Co., Uralla, NSW
Friday 14th July – House Concert, Burnie, TAS

Carus Thompson
Saturday 8th July – 3ciana, Bunbury, WA

Clare Bowen w/ Timothy James Bowen
Friday 7th July – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 9th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday 10th July – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 11th July – Blazes at Wests, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 14th July – The Star, Gold Coast, QLD

Claymore
Friday 7th July – Croydon Bowling Club, Melbourne, VIC

Clea w/ Nice Biscuit, Karl-Christoph
Saturday 8th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Co-cheòl
Tuesday 11th July – Ringwood Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 7th July – The Shed Tablelands Music Lovers, Atherton, QLD
Sunday 9th July – Kuranda Amphitheatre, Kuranda, QLD

Dashville On The Road feat. James Thomson, Baghead, Melody Pool, Magpie Diaries, Dave Wells, Deanna Rose, Demi Mitchell, Jason Walker, Lyle Dennis
Friday 7th July – Royal Federal Hotel, Branxton, NSW
Saturday 8th July – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 9th July – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 8th July – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Dope Lemon
Wednesday 12th July – Beach Road Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th July – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 14th July – UOW UniBar, Wollongong, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Rita B, Trent Williams, Gentle Leader
Wednesday 12th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick & Sean McMahon
Friday 14th July – Theatre Royal Castlemaine, Castlemaine, VIC

Georgia Fields and Phia
Saturday 8th July – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Thursday 13th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 14th July – Candelo General Store, Candelo, NSW

Hannah Matysek
Sunday 9th July – The Lady Hampshire, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th July – The Little Guy, Sydney, NSW

Hats Off To Country
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July – Tamworth, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Slim Dime, Owl Valley Bluegrass, Watling & Bates
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July – Rappville Pub, Rappville, NSW

Husky
Friday 7th July – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 8th July – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Humbug, Slim Dime
Friday 7th July – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Jacob Diamond
Saturday 8th July – Satchmo’s, Perth WA

Joe Pug w/ Courtney Marie Andrews
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 9th July – The Edwards, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 11th July – The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th July – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th July – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Leah Senior
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Festival, Bellingen, NSW

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival
Thursday 13th to Sunday 23rd July – Melbourne, VIC

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival Opening Night feat. Augie March, Jess Ribeiro, The Pink Tiles
Thursday 13th July – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lior and the Australian Youth Orchestra
Monday 10th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 11th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise
Friday 7th July – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 8th July – Platypus Park House Concert, Bridport, TAS
Sunday 9th July – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 7th July – Hickinbotham Winery, Dromana, VIC
Friday 14th July – Suttons House of Music, Ballarat, VIC

Maia Marsh
Friday 14th July – Vic On The Park Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Thursday 13th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 14th July – Candelo General Store, Candelo, NSW

Melbourne AW17 Finders Keepers Market
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July – Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

Miles and Simone
Friday 7th July – Festival of Voices, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Leaps and Bounds Festival, The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th July – Moira, VIC

Oliver Downes
Friday 7th July – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 8th July – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 9th July – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Pete Murray
Wednesday 12th July – Lismore City Hall, Lismore, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Villa Noosa, Noosaville, QLD
Friday 14th July – The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Pony Tales feat. Luke Collings & Greasy Lake, Mysterious Universe Band, Alister Marshall
Wednesday 12th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. Leroy Lee, Martha Marlow, Sam Newton
Thursday 13th July – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Quinton Trembath
Sunday 9th July – House Concert, Hobart, TAS
Friday 14th July – Melbourne St Laundromat, Adelaide, SA

Rick Hart’s Bare Bones Quartet w/ Mr. Alford Country
Sunday 9th July – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Romi
Sunday 9th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Russell Morris
Friday 7th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Sam Buckingham
Saturday 8th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Sean McMahon and the MoonMen
Saturday 8th July – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Singing Up Country feat. Yirrmal, Kahl Wallis, Emily Wurramara
Friday 7th July – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 7th July – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 13th July – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Slim Dime
Friday 7th July – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 9th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sofar Sounds Brisbane
Monday 10th July – Brisbane, QLD

Sofar Sounds Gold Coast
Thursday 13th July – Gold Coast, QLD

Songwriters in the Round feat. Taryn La Fauci, James Morrison, Lady Lyon, Leroy Lee
Wednesday 12th July – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Sounds From The Grounds feat. Cat Vasilakis, Michael Duchesne, Alice Terry
Friday 7th July – The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney, NSW

Steve Gunn
Friday 7th July – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Sunday 9th July – Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 7th July – Woodford Open Space, Woodford, QLD
Sunday 9th July – Secret Show, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 14th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

The Blues Tram w/ Richard Perso, Alawishus Jones & the OLs
Saturday 8th July – Bendigo, VIC

The Coconut Kids
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Festival, Bellingen, NSW

The Raduga Trio
Sunday 9th July – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

The Raglins & The Neon Effect
Sunday 9th July – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 14th July – Jambo Bar & Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th July – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Villebillies, Golden Whistler, Slim Dime
Sunday 9th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 14th July – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Tom Stephens
Saturday 8th July – Oxford Arts Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW

Trioc
Friday 7th July – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC

TSA Song Sessions Over Lunch feat. The Weeping Willows, Melissa Robertson, Paul Crowder Music
Sunday 9th July – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Vanishing Shapes
Wednesday 12th July – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 13th July – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th July – The Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW

Vardos
Friday 14th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Zane Thompson w/ Tash Zappala, Oliver Proudfoot
Sunday 9th July – Whole Lotta Love, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Golden Glove” – Matt & Shannon Heaton

The Young’uns Reveal Fourth Studio Album Strangers

The Young'uns
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English trio The Young’uns won the hearts and minds of Australian folk fans when they visited our shores for last year’s folk festival season. So it’s likely we’re about to get very excited at the prospect of a new Young’uns album.

Titled Strangers, The Young’uns’ fourth studio release is due to hit stores on the 29th September.

The first single from Strangers is the beautiful “Be The Man” which features Rachael McShane (Bellowhead) on cello and fiddle and Jude Abbott on melancholic flugelhorn (Chumbawamba). The track was inspired by the incredibly moving story of Matthew Ogston and his fiancé Nazim Mahmood – check it out below:

The National Folk Festival Announces 18 More Artists for 2016

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Having already revealed six of their 2016 artists The National Folk Festival has upped the ante with the revelation of 18 more acts for their 50th anniversary.

The announcement spans the history of The National with new and favourite local and international artists making the cut. Adding to the 2016 lineup are The Young’uns (above), Jaaleekaay, Black Market Tune, Kristina Olsen, Colum Sands, The Rambling Boys, Skipping Girl Vinegar, The April Maze, 19-Twenty, Den Hanrahan, Rowena Wise, Horse & Wood, Kaurna Cronin, Bloodwood, Hayley Shone, Cloudstreet, Latehorse and The Ballpoint Penguins. These artists join the likes of The East Pointers, Jacinta Price, The Company, The Mae Trio, Andrew Winton and Mànran.

The National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 24th to 28th March. Earlybird tickets are available now via the official site.

First Round Of Artists Announced for Port Fairy Folk Festival 2016

Mary Black
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It looks like we’re well and truly into that time of year when the major folk festivals start announcing their lineups. The next cab off the rank is the Port Fairy Folk Festival, arguably one of Australia’s top folk events, which next year will be held from the 11th to the 14th March.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival enters its 40th year in 2016 so as you’d expect the lineup is going to be huge. The first round of artists did not disappoint either – announced this time around were Ayleen O’Hanlon, Claymore, DakhaBrakha (Ukraine), Dave Arden, Eric Bogle, Fourplay, Grigoryan Brothers, John McCutcheon (USA), Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, Lloyd Spiegel, Manran (Scotland), Mary Black (Ireland, above), Moxie (Ireland), Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, Pierce Brothers, Ruby Boots, Steve Poltz (USA), Sara Storer, Shellie Morris, Suzannah Espie, The Bushwackers, The East Pointers (Canada), The Ugly Uncles, Truckstop Honeymoon (USA), Three Kings, The Woohoo Revue and The Young’uns (UK) with plenty more to come.

Tickets for the 2016 Port Fairy Folk Festival are already on sale. Check out the official web site for more information.

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