The Porch Sessions on Tour for 2017

Porch Sessions
Image Courtesy of The Porch Sessions

Once again Adelaide’s favourite indie-folk night The Porch Sessions is hitting the road this summer with a bunch of house concert dates through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

This year’s tour will feature some amazing music from Stu Larsen (QLD) & Natsuki Kurai (Japan), Tim Hart (NSW) and Ryan Martin John (SA). The tour kicked off this weekend just gone but there’s still a whole bunch of dates to come with shows up and down the country over the next couple of weeks.

The Porch Sessions brings live music to porches, verandahs and backyards, presenting some of the countries best artists in an intimate setting.

To get tickets to the tour check out the official page here. The full list of dates is below:

Friday 5th January – House Concert, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 6th January – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Federal Hall, Jasper Corner, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – Wingham Golf Club, Taree/Wingham, NSW
Thursday 11th January – House Concert, Rodd Point, NSW
Saturday 13th January – House Concert, Wollongong, NSW
Monday 15th January – Nethercote Hall, Pambula Beach, VIC
Wednesday 17th January – House Concert, Mount Martha, VIC
Thursday 18th January – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th January – House Concert, Tantanoola, SA
Sunday 21st January – House Concert, Waitpinga, SA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Roots duo Hussy Hicks announced a collaboration with Rapahel White for their fifth album On The Boundries. Details here

Tim Hart, drummer with Boy & Bear, has returned with new solo material plus tour dates next year. Details here

Paul Kelly released his new video “Rising Moon”. Details here

– Alt-country legends Calexico announced their ninth studio album The Thread That Keeps Us. Details here

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s announced their annual UNHCR fundraiser with Whoa Mule (above), Shelley’s Murder Boys, Flat Rock Boys, Simone East and more performing “bluegrassified” versions of classic country tracks. Details here

– Canadian soul-country singer-songwriter Frazey Ford has announced Australian tour dates. Details here

Angus & Julia Stone announced 2018 tour dates. Details here

– The final show for Blue Mountains mainstays Lime and Steel is this Saturday. Details here

– Melbourne alt-country band James Ellis and the Jealous Guys released their new video “Have You Ever Seen Her”. Details here

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nights Sweats announced plans to release their first live album Live at Red Rocks. Details here

– Victorian alt-folk collective The Northern Folk released the video for their new single “Get On”. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-folk trio Four In The Morning released their new single “Terrified”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Tom Dockray released his new video “Here’s To Me & You”. Details here

Father John Misty announced Sydney and Melbourne headline shows while he’s in the country for Laneway. Details here

– Fremantle singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly announced national tour dates. Details here

– Sydney folk-pop duo The Campervan Dancers released their new single “Let Me Go (Eiffel Tower)”. Details here

Releases This Week

Powerful Owl
Powerful OwlBelle Miners

Billy Bragg
Bridges Not WallsBilly Bragg

Wild and Reckless
Wild & RecklessBlitzen Trapper

Wild & FreeVanessa Delaine

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Lime and Steel w/Julien Joel Clement, Neil Duncan

Lime and Steel

Iconic Blue Mountains band Lime and Steel call it a day with their last ever show.

Saturday 4th November – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Sunday 5th November – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW

Alanna and Alicia
Saturday 4th November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC

Alex The Astronaut
Friday 3rd November – Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Perth, WA

Americana Music Association of Australia Birthday Bash feat. Anne Kirkpatrick, Gretta Ziller, Small Town Romance, The Ahern Brothers, Andrew Swift, Georgia State Line, Hana and Jessie-Lee, The April Family
Friday 3rd November – Cronulla, NSW

Americana Music Association of Australia Conference
Saturday 4th November – Cronulla, NSW

Andy Golledge
Friday 3rd November – Giant Dwarf, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Bitter & Twisted Fest, Maitland Goal, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 5th November – The Junkyard Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Wednesday 8th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Australian Music Week
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Sydney, NSW

Band of Brothers
Thursday 9th November – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Beechworth Celtic Festival
Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November – Beechworth, VIC

Beltane Festival
Friday 3rd to Tuesday 7th November – Wolfgang’s Palace, Nalangil, VIC

Ben Salter
Friday 3rd November – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 5th November – Castlemaine Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 9th November – St John Craft Beer, Launceston, TAS
Friday 10th November – The Wharf, Ulverstone, TAS
Friday 10th November – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS

Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival
Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo, VIC

Bernard Fanning
Saturday 4th November – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Betty & Oswald
Thursday 9th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th November – Yah Yah’s, Melbourne, VIC

Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th November – Blackwood, VIC

Blues at Bridgetown
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bridgetown, WA

Bob Evans
Friday 10th November – C.ex, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 3rd November – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Friday 10th November – House Concert, Ferntree Gully, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 3rd November – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 4th November – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 7th November – Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 8th November – Townsville Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD

Byron Bay Guitar Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Candice McLeod
Friday 3rd November – House Concert, Wakerie, SA
Sunday 5th November – House Concert, Ararat, VIC
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

CanManouche Gypsy Jazz Jam
Saturday 4th November – Gang Gang Cafe, Canberra, ACT

Charlie & Jensen
Sunday 5th November – Cinema Paradiso, Ettalong Beach, NSW

Chris Jagger
Friday 3rd November – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Stag N’ Hunter Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Monday 6th November – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

Cider Fest feat. The Pitts Family Circus, The Barkers Vale Brothers, Honey & Knives, The Button Collective
Saturday 4th November – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 3rd November – Family Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Beaches Hotel, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 10th November – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

Code Red Festival
Friday 3rd November – Murdoch, WA

Colin Lillie
Friday 3rd November – El Sol, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 3rd November – St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cronulla, NSW

Datson Hughes
Saturday 4th November – Live and free @ Brat Cave, Brisbane, QLD

Devil Goat Family String Band
Sunday 5th November – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Diana Anaid
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW

Dusty Ravens
Saturday 4th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Echo Deer
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW

Eden Whale Festival
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Eden, NSW

Ella Belfanti
Saturday 4th November – Paddo RSL, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Byron Bay Guitar Festival, Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Emma Davis
Thursday 9th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Emma Russack
Friday 3rd November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 3rd November – Giant Dwarf, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Eurongilly Hall, Eurongilly, NSW
Friday 10th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW

Finders Keepers Brisbane Market
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane, QLD

Foghorn Stringband
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture, Blackwood, VIC

Folk Alliance Australia Conference
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Cronulla, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Suami Amabel, Jason Lowe, Matt Owens
Wednesday 8th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 3rd November – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Thursday 9th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Garrett Kato
Friday 3rd November – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD

Glenmaggie Country Rock Festival
Saturday 4th November – Glenmaggie Hall, Glenmaggie, VIC

Great Aunt
Thursday 9th November – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Saturday 4th November – Glenmaggie Country Rock Festival, Glenmaggie, VIC
Tuesday 7th November – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 9th November – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Grizzlee Train
Friday 10th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Hana & Jessie-Lee
Saturday 4th November – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 9th November – South Australian Music Awards, Thebarton Theatre Adelaide, SA

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 3rd November – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

Healesville Music Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Healesville, VIC

Holly Throsby
Friday 3rd November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th November – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White
Saturday 4th November – Leftie’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 8th November – Redcliffe on the Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Thursday 9th November – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bridgetown Blues Festival, Bridgetown, WA

Inland Sea of Sound Festival
Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November – Mount Panorama, Bathurst, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 10th November – Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort, Avoca Beach, NSW

James Kenyon
Friday 3rd November – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 5th November – The Lost Ones, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 10th November – The Lounge, Albury, NSW

James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims
Thursday 9th November – Gypsy Tapas House, Fremantle, WA

Jed Rowe
Friday 3rd November – Skylark Lounge, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Saint Monday, Yackandandah, VIC
Sunday 5th November – Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT

Jeff Lang
Saturday 4th November – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 5th November – Tablelands Music Lovers The ORB, Atherton, QLD

Jess Locke
Friday 3rd November – The Foundry Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th November – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 8th November – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 9th November – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 10th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

John Butler Trio
Friday 3rd November – Corxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges, VIC

Jordan Merrick w/ Sam Newton
Sunday 5th November – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke w/ Harrison Storm
Friday 3rd November – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Long Point Vineyard, Port Macquarie, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 4th November – Readings St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC

Karin Page
Saturday 4th November – WAMfest, Perth, WA

Kasey Chambers
Friday 3rd November – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

King Arthur w/ Lucky Oceans
Monday 6th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Kyle Lionhart
Thursday 9th November – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 10th November – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC

Liam Gerner
Friday 10th November – Piping Hot Chicken, Ocean Grove, VIC

Likely Celts
Sunday 5th November – Warrnambool RSL, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 10th November – The Old Priory Beechworth, Beechworth, VIC

Lime and Steel w/Julien Joel Clement, Neil Duncan
Saturday 4th November – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW

Lizzie Flynn
Tuesday 7th November – The Bug – Brisbane Unplugged Gigs, Brisbane, QLD

Lloyd Spiegel
Saturday 4th November – Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, Wangaratta, VIC

Low Down Riders, Ruby Gilbert & Ramblin’ Ash
Friday 10th November – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Lyall Moloney
Friday 3rd November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th November – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th November – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Lyn Bowtell
Friday 3rd November – Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music, Muswellbrook, VIC
Thursday 9th November – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC
Friday 10th November – The Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Maia Marsh
Saturday 4th November – Secret Garden, Sydney, NSW

Majors Creek Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek, NSW

Maldon Folk Festival
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th November – Maldon, VIC

Mama Kin Spender
Friday 3rd November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell
Friday 10th November – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Thursday 9th November – House Concert, Belmont, VIC
Friday 10th November – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC

Martin Pearson
Friday 10th November – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC

Melody Moko
Sunday 5th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mia Dyson
Friday 3rd November – Inland Sea of Sound Festival, Bathurst, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Bitter & Twisted Festival, Maitland, NSW
Friday 10th November – SS&A, Albury, NSW

Mile Twelve
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC

Monique Clare
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Sydney, NSW

Monthly Oldtime Jam
Sunday 5th November – Brothers Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Mr Alford
Sunday 5th November – Daylesford Cider Company, Daylesford, VIC

Neil Murray
Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Northern Beaches Music Festival
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Collaroy Beach, Sydney, NSW

Ocean Grove International Americana Music Festival feat. Gallie, Twin Peaks, Liam Gerner
Friday 10th November – The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill, Ocean Grove, VIC

Ollie Brown w/ Andy Golledge, Brendon Moon
Wednesday 8th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Out of Abingdon
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Eden Whale Festival, Eden, NSW
Thursday 9th November – Doo-Bop Jazz Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Paddy McHugh
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

Patonga Blues Across The Bay
Saturday 4th November – Broken Bay Sport & Recreation Centre, Brooklyn, NSW

Paul Kelly
Friday 3rd November – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 4th November – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 7th November – Convention Centre Great Hall, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 8th November – Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD
Thursday 9th November – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD

Peasant Moon
Friday 3rd November – Orient, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats w/ The Drunken Poachers
Friday 10th November – Baha, Rye, VIC

Porch Light Sessions feat. Shelley’s Murder Boys, David Ross Macdonald, Darby
Thursday 9th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Ralway Bell
Saturday 4th November – WAMFest Live, Perth, WA

Red-Eyed And Blue feat. That Red Head, Ben Leece
Sunday 5th November – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Rick Hart
Sunday 5th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Russell Morris
Sunday 5th November – Satellite Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 6th November – The Yarraville Club, Yarraville, VIC

Friday 3rd November – Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th November – Sandgate Town Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5th November – The Colmslie Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

Simon Imrei
Friday 10th November – Brass Razu, Mornington, VIC

Sneaky Jams feat. Ned Mcphie, Sam IAm, Michelle Benson, Lucas
Wednesday 8th November – Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Friday 3rd November – Code Red Festival, Murdoch, WA
Saturday 4th November – WamFest, Perth, WA
Sunday 5th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 3rd November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Tex Perkins – The Man In Black, The Songs of Johnny Cash
Friday 3rd November – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Audreys
Saturday 4th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 8th November – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 9th November – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 10th November – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

The Band Who Knew Too Much
Sunday 5th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Friday 3rd November – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Saturday 4th November – John Wright Park, Tuncurry, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Hoey Moey Beer Garden, Coffs Harbour, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 3rd November – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Cider Fest, Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

The Central Coast Scottish Spectacular
Sunday 5th November – The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band w/ The Mouldy Lovers
Friday 3rd November – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Montgomery Brothers
Thursday 9th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th November – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

The Northern Folk
Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

The Nukes
Friday 3rd November – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Saturday 4th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA

The Songwriter Sessions feat. Paul Andrew Carey, Sarah Carroll and Matt Glass
Sunday 5th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 3rd November – Ravenswood Tavern, Mandurah, WA
Saturday 4th November – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 5th November – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Tuesday 7th November – Perth Blues Club, Perth, WA
Thursday 9th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA

The Weeping Willows
Saturday 4th November – Glenmaggie Country Rock Festival, Glenmaggie, VIC

The Willing Ponies
Sunday 5th November – The George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday 3rd November – Secret Location, Adelaide, SA

TinPan Orange
Friday 3rd November – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Saturday 4th November – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
Friday 10th November – Hudson Ballroom, Sydney, NSW

Tom Dockray w/ Mitch Power
Friday 3rd November – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet, TAS
Wednesday 8th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues Festival, Bendigo, VIC

Tom West
Friday 3rd November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 10th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Tristen Bird
Friday 3rd November – Willie Smith’s Organic Cider, Grove, TAS
Saturday 4th November – Marakoopa Cafe, Mayberry, TAS
Sunday 5th November – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 9th November – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 10th November – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT

Twin Peaks
Sunday 5th November – Jacaranda River Feast, Grafton, NSW
Tuesday 7th November – Red Gum BBQ, Red Hill, VIC
Wednesday 8th November – Wine Whiskey Women, The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th November – Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC

Wallis Bird
Thursday 9th November – Wauchope Arts, Wauchope, NSW
Friday 10th November – Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW

WAMFest Live
Saturday 4th November – Northbridge, Perth, WA

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Wangaratta, VIC

William Crighton and Terra Lightfoot
Friday 3rd November – Central Bar, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Inland Sea of Sound Festival, Bathurst, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Monday 6th November – Yah Yah’s, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW

Z-Stay Delta
Friday 3rd November – Baha, Rye, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Deep West Block Party, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 9th November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Wayfaring Stranger” – Ed Sheeran

Tim Hart Returns With New Album The Narrow Corner

Tim Hart
Image Courtesy Tim Hart

Singer-songwriter Tim Hart is making a very welcome return to the limelight this summer with the announcement of a new album and an Australian tour.

Hart is well known as the drummer for indie-folk band Boy & Bear so we’re stoked he’s managed to find time to once again focus on his solo project. The new album is titled The Narrow Corner and is due to be released on the 2nd February next year. The album sees Tim Hart reunite with producer Mark Myers who also worked on his last album Milling the Wind as well as Sydney producer Wayne Connolly who worked on Boy & Bear’s album Harlequin Dream.

The first single from The Narrow Corner is “I’d Do Well”, a catchy, Eliot Smith-esque song with an Australian edge.

“I’m really stoked to be releasing my new single “I’d Do Well”,” Tim Hart explained. “For me this song was written in one of my more introspective moments on tour. Missing home and thinking back to living life a bit more simply.”

Take a listen to “I’d Do Well” here:

To celebrate the release of The Narrow Corner Tim Hart will be heading out on an east coast tour next February. The full list of dates are below:

Saturday 3rd February – Front Bar & Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 9th February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th February – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 16th February – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd February – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 23rd February – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 24th February – Nightquarter, Gold Coast, QLD

Interview: Boy & Bear, Harlequin Dream

Boy and Bear
Image Courtesy of Boy & Bear

It’s been six months since the release of the new Boy & Bear album Harlequin Dream and in that time the guys have definitely seen their fanbase grow – not just here but overseas as well. Boy & Bear are currently in the UK and Europe but plan to return to Australia this April for a massive regional tour. We caught up with drummer (and sometime solo singer-songwriter) Tim Hart to chat about the new album, the Australian music scene and the importance of national bands getting to regional centres.

Gareth Hugh Evans: I know it’s been out for six months now but I just want to congratulate you on the new Boy & Bear album Harlequin Dream – I really really like it. I feel like you guys have really grown and not just rested on what’s come before. It feels like you’re on a journey.

Tim Hart: Thanks man. For us it’s always been about that musically and I think it was really nice with this album, we weren’t trying to not sound like other bands, we were just trying to make the music we wanted to. I’m really glad that people like you have noticed that. It was a really fun album to make and so far it’s been really fun to play live.

GHE: Putting it out did you feel more or less pressure than with than with the first album? I feel like Moonfire had a lot of expectations placed on it because of the buzz surrounding the With Emperor Antarctica EP whereas this time around I don’t know – did it feel like there was a lot of expectation on you?

TH: Not this one. I think we only felt the pressure once the album was done and we were waiting for it to be released. We had too much time on our hands – we wanted to get going but we had to wait and that’s when we started doing interviews and people started asking us if we were feeling pressure. And we were like “is there any reason to feel pressure”? But other than that, no. This album felt great because it was very much exactly what we wanted to do and that it sounded like us. And in that sense there wasn’t a lot of pressure and that was a wonderful thing. We were very fortunate in that sense. 3:05

GHE: There’s definitely a big 70s influence on Harlequin Dream. You can hear a lot of Crosby, Stills and Nash, you can hear a lot of Neil Young, you can hear a lot of America – all those kind of bands that came out of the west coast scene in the 70s. Was there a conscious effort to try and capture that sound?

TH: Definitely. It was. It’s so funny when bands make records and they make it sound like something and when someone asks them they’re like “we’re just doing our own thing”. That’s the music we were listening to man – you nailed it exactly. That was the bench mark we were shooting for. We’re not reinventing the wheel, we’re just trying to play old sounding pop songs, and hopefully they’re well written pop songs. I hope we achieved that.

GHE: I feel like a lot of people expected you to take more of a folky route, expected you to morph into Mumford and Sons or something. I read a lot of commentary on that and none of it really made sense to me because I always heard the 70s sound in your music more than I heard folk and to me Harlequin Dream is the natural progression. I found it odd that people were putting you into this footstomping, clappy, mandolin driven genre. There’s still a folk influence in there, the same way those 70s bands had a folk influence, but the direction you’ve taken feels a lot more natural for Boy & Bear.

TH: I agree with you. I’ve read a lot of that stuff too because I can’t help myself. It’s interesting that people thought we were going to go that way. I suppose we’ve already said that when people want you to turn right you turn left, and hopefully the music lovers will come along for the ride because they can see you’re trying to do something different. I’m a lover of folk music, for me it’s a real passion. I’ve just finished my next solo record in Cairns and it’s not going to be a super folky record. I think you need to keep evolving as musicians whatever you do. For Mumford and Sons it made sense to make quite a similar [second] record I suppose but for us we were always going to do something different and we’ll probably do something different again the next time. Like I said we’ve got no misconceptions – we didn’t reinvent the wheel, we just tried to be as clever as we could about putting together these songs and making them sound exactly like we wanted them to.

GHE: I think the moment you start trying to meet expectations that are placed on you by your fans or the industry or whoever it might be that’s the moment you’re going to stifle your creativity. You’re better off cutting out that noise.

TH: Absolutely. And that’s not to say that you’re completely disregarding your fans. People started listening to your music for some reason and that’s usually because there’s authenticity in it or something that they can connect with. For us if you just try to make music to get played on the radio or if you try to make music to have people come to your shows then I think you’ve lost the plot a little bit. You need to make it first and foremost as a creative endeavour because it’s what you love doing. If the result of that is people coming along and still listening that’s great. Having said that you’ve got to have a balance between doing that and becoming completely irrelevant and doing weird albums that’s just musical masturbation only for your own benefit. I hope we found that balance. The thing is we at heart love melody and if you have good melody and good harmonies I think it does appeal to more people than it doesn’t.

GHE: I also feel like Harlequin Dream is getting more attention from overseas. I read a lot of UK and US based music blogs and I’ve definitely seen you popping up a lot more there. Are you finding there’s a lot more interest from overseas?

TH: I completely agree with you. As a man of letters can I ask you – my perception is that the album hasn’t been quite as well received as the first album in Australia, yet everywhere else it’s like “oh, this is a genuine album, this is great”. You’re right, in the UK, Europe, the States and Canada people are really seeming to connect with it. They get what we were trying to do and they like it. Why do you think that is? I don’t understand it myself. I’m ok with it, but why do you think it is?

GHE: The real reason I reckon it is is because in Australia we’re so different from anywhere else in the world in that there’s a real musical snobbery here. It’s like there’s a clear line between us and them. In the blog writing community in Australia – and I know I’m part of that and I am friends with a lot of people who are part of that – it feels like everybody wants to be on top of the next new thing. When you guys released With Emperor Antarctica it was the same time The Middle East were blowing up on the blogs as well and there was this folk influenced indie sound that was going out which was new and fresh and exciting. But now that you guys have had prominent airplay on triple j, have toured the country numerous times and the whole indie-folk sound has lost a little bit of its sheen, I feel like maybe you’re not cool enough for the bloggers anymore.

TH: Yeah, maybe you’re dead right. I was hearing someone talk about it the other day and they were like “it seems that the world of music in Australia is either for massive bands or the newcomers”. I feel like we’ve been lucky enough to somehow maintain some level in terms of our live show. We’re not the new kids on the block anymore. Having done a lot of these sorts of interviews before and talking to guys like yourself it’s no doubt that you’re music people. And it seems like you understand – you hear something and it’s a progression but I guess some people don’t. It doesn’t matter to us at all – what we’ve always wanted is to have it here and to have it happening overseas and that’s what’s happening now.

GHE: And I don’t think the fans have gone anywhere. The bloggers may not be blowing up about it but the fact that you guys did so well in the Hottest 100 this year and that you’re able to sell out shows all the time and do massive tours – I don’t think your fan base has diminished at all. It’s just you’re not the new kids on the block anymore.

TH: Yeah and that’s kind of nice. It’s funny you see these new bands coming through – and there’s so many great new Australian acts – and you reflect and go “we’ve been a band for five years and we’re not the new kids anymore”. We’re the old brigade.

GHE: You guys have your massive regional tour in April. Was it important to you to get out to those smaller towns around Australia?

TH: I don’t know why more Australian bands don’t do it. triple j is Australia wide and we have a lot of community radio stations and local radio stations that have supported us from the start. These are the fans that have been our fans since the very beginning. I think it’s been really important to us from the beginning to do regional tours. I mean who are these guys going to see? If they have to drive nine hours to a capital city it’s pretty unfair for them. We’ve always wanted to make it a priority to make it to as many regionals as we can. And unfortunately we’re not doing as many this time as we’d like to – we’ve got eight weeks of it but hopefully next time we can spread it around a bit. It’s so important to us because these are the guys that grow up listening to our music. They’re the taste makers – they’re the people who vote in the Hottest 100, and a lot of them will be the next generation of musicians. I hope more Australia bands cotton on to that, get their act together and go and do some regional tours. It’s bloody fun too – they love it!

GHE: I grew up in a small town and if a band that had radio play came through town it didn’t matter what genre of music they were everyone in town would go and see them because that was your chance to see a live band. I remember going to see Grinspoon and everyone from my school was there, even the guys who hated rock and grunge, because there just wasn’t any other national tour bands coming through town. It’s fantastic you guys are heading out of the big cities.

TH: We won’t be as exciting a show as Grinspoon but it will be fun!

GHE: I should probably let you go. Very excited to hear that you have another solo album on the way – will have to talk to you about that closer to its release.

TH: Absolutely man, I look for forward to that.

Boy & Bear will be touring throughout April and May. Check out the full list of dates below:

Sunday 13th April – West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots, Fremantle Park, Perth WA
Wednesday 16th April – Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay, QLD
Thursday 17th April – Magnums, Airlie Beach, QLD
Saturday 19th April – Brothers, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 20th April – The Venue, Townsville, QLD
Tuesday 22nd April – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD
Wednesday 23rd April – Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 24th April – Sugarland Tavern, Bundaberg, QLD
Saturday 26th April – Sunshine Coast Function Centre, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 27th April – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Wednesday 30th April – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA
Friday 2nd May – Discovery, Darwin, NT
Thursday 8th May – Black Swan Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 9th May – Regent Cinema, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 10th May – Deakin’s Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 11th May – Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC
Wednesday 14th May – Lismore Workers Club, Lismore, NSW
Thursday 15th May – C.ex Club, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Friday 16th May – Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 17th May – Panthers, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18th May – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Wednesday 21st May – The Crow Bar @ CSU, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 22nd May – Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, NSW
Friday 23rd May – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 24th May – Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury, NSW
Sunday 25th May – Eastbank Centre, Shepparton, VIC
Wednesday 28th May – West Tamworth Leagues Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 29th May – Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW
Friday 30th May – Orange Ex Services Club, Orange, NSW
Saturday 31st May – Dubbo Ex Services Club, Dubbo, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th February


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Another track has emerged from the upcoming Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys album this time featuring Patti Smith and Johnny Depp. Details here

Passenger released his weekly new track, “The Way That I Need You” via a live video featuring Candian folkies The Once. Details here

Patrick James has finally revealed the details of his upcoming EP All About to Change as well as announcing details of an east coast tour in March and April. Details here

– Tomorrow night The Little Stevies will be launching their new live album Most Requested at The Workers Club in Melbourne. Details here

– And The Little Stevies are also offering up their new single “Thunder” as a free download via Timber and Steel for a limited time only. Details here

– Still with The Little Stevies, if you want to stream and then buy Most Requested you can now do so online. Details here

Mumford and Sons took out Album of the Year at The Grammys, along with a bunch of other folk and acoustic winners on the night. Details here

– We’ve also posted videos of some of our favourite performances from The Grammys’ ceremony. Details here

Bear’s Den revealed their lastest track “Isaac” via a live video. Details here

– The latest video from Tim Hart’s solo album Milling The Wind is “Cover Of Your Code” and it has an awesome banjo-and-ride-on-mower video to go with it. Details here

Bob Evans will be celebrating the release of his new album The Double Life with a massive national tour throughout April and May. Details here

Damien Dempsey released his new single “Bustin Outta Here” (featuring Sinead O’Connor on backing vocals) along with a brand new video. Details here

– NSW Central Coast singer-songwriter Sarah Humphreys has released her brand new single “Boy Wonder” and is celebrating with an east coast tour. Details here

Katie Noonan has also announced a bunch of dates to promote her Songbook album. Details here

Billy Bragg released his double negative filled new video “No One Knows Nothing Anymore”. Details here

– Monthly acoustic evening The Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions is launching its 2013 program in March with a new look and new venue. Details here

– Sydney duo Jep&Dep have released their new single “Ain’t Coming Back” and announced plans to release an EP in March. Details here


“Yeah, it was good. It was short, but it was good. I really had an incredible gig in Melbourne. I can’t remember the venue – it was a small, club venue – but it was a blast [Kiwanuka played at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne with Ben Howard and Tim Hart in 2012]. I remember Splendour in the Grass too, and that was a really fun gig too. My memory is fond of Australia”Michael Kiwanuka chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I play guitar, bouzouki and banjo. I play all those other bits and bobs now – it’s all about transferring what you’re doing and directing songs into a different perspective. But I definitely am foremost a violinist. The new record, Tales From The Barrel House, is where I really started to experiment with other instruments production wise and how they would fit together with a field recording. On the new record I kind of played everything really – I kept it cheap”Seth Lakeman chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here


“Dave O’Neill, former Artistic Director of the National Folk Festival and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, used to muse that he could program an entire National Folk Festival just with women singer/songwriters. His comment were not pejorative, simply a reflection on the number, and indeed the quality, of women musicians and songwriters on the Australian and, indeed, international folk/roots circuit” – Peter Logue takes a look at some of the amazing singer-songwriters at this year’s National Folk Festival. Blog piece here



“I implore you to listen to this album on a long drive into the country, or on an afternoon in the sun with a glass of pinot grigio. Whether it be the slight trills you revel in or the deep smooth vocals, the raw composition and befitting structure, Home In Your Heart is sure to be a favourite on your playlist”Janine Estoesta reviews Home In Your Heart from Miles and Simone. Review here

Releases This Week

Jordan Millar
Cold Lights On Curious MindsJordan Millar

Matt Costa
Matt CostaMatt Costa

ElectricRichard Thompson

Most Requested
Most RequestedThe Little Stevies

Timber and Steel Presents

Jungal with Tom Richardson and When in Roam
Sunday 17th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise
Little Wise
Friday 15th February – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Saturday 16th February – Mac’s Hotel Bentinck, Portland, VIC
Wednesday 20th February – Irish Murphy’s Top Shelf Night, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 21st February – Brookfield Margate, Margate, TAS
Friday 22nd February – Crossroads Wine Bar, St Helens, TAS

Gigs Next Week

Friday 15th February – The Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 16th February – Mittagong Playhouse, Mittagong, NSW
Friday 22nd February – Wollongong Conservatorium, Wollongong, NSW

Don’t Mention The Wall
Friday 15th February – River Music Folk, Nowra, NSW
Saturday 16th February – Nerrigundah Hall, NSW
Sunday 17th February – Tilba Valley Wines, Tilba Tilba, NSW
Thursday 21st February – Braidwood Folk Club, NSW
22nd to 24th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW

Donavon Frankenreiter
Friday 15th February – Woolshed Pub, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15th February – Prince Of Wales, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th February – Portsea Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th February – Westernport Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th February – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 17th February – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Friday 22nd February – Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Father John Misty
Sunday 17th February – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 19th February – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 20th February – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Jordan Millar
Friday 15th February – Upstairs Beresford, Sydney, NSW

Julia Stone with Vance Joy
Friday 15th February – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 19th February – St David’s Cathedral, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 20th February – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne VIC
Thursday 21st February – Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA
Friday 22nd February – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA

Justin Townes Earle with Robert Ellis
Saturday 16th February – Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW
Sunday 17th February – Byron Bay Community Centre, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 19th February – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Kim Churchill
Saturday 16th February – Garden of Unearthly Delights @ Paradiso Spiegeltent, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 17th February – Fringe Comes to Birdwood, Birdwood High School, Birdwood, SA

MoFo feat. Modhan and Candice McLeod
Saturday 16th February – The Gaelic Club Upstairs, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage with Sweet Jean
Thursday 21st February – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Nick and Liesl
Thursday 21st February – Bottlerocket, Nowra, NSW

Paul Kelly and Neil Finn
Saturday 16th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Ruby Boots
Friday 15 February – Perth International Arts Festival Gardens, Perth, WA

Sarah Blasko
Sunday 17th February – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 22nd February – The Front, Canberra, ACT

The April Maze
Saturday 16th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Little Stevies
Saturday 16th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd February – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC

The Wooden Music Festival feat. The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 15th February – Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Wes Carr
Friday 15th February – Wellers Restaurant, Kangaroo Grounds, VIC
Sunday 17th February – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Waltzing’s For Dreamers” – Richard Thompson

Nothing cures the sugary sweetness of Valentine’s Day quite like a song about heartbreak and what better heartbreak song than this classic from Richard Thompson. “One step for aching, and two steps for breaking, Waltzing’s for dreamers and losers in love” – classic.

New Tim Hart Video, “Cover Of Your Code”

Tim Hart
Image Courtesy of Tim Hart

So the first thing you have to do is go out and buy Milling The Wind, the awesome 2012 solo album from Boy & Bear drummer Tim Hart. Done that? Good, because now you can watch the video for the track “Cover Of Your Code”, complete with Tim on a ride on mower, playing the banjo. Now that’s folk! Check it out below:

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2012


I thought as editor in chief and founder of this fine blog I would take the opportunity to give you one more list before the year is through. We’ve had the top five albums of the year from all of our contributors, we’ve had the top albums from some of our favourite artists, and now I want to give you my favourite songs of 2012.

It was originally going to be a list of 10 songs. But I couldn’t settle on just 10. So the list grew. And grew and grew. But after my hacking and slashing (and limiting myself to one song per artist) I managed to settle on a top 25 and I think I’ve got a pretty nice mix here – lots of local music, some notable international artists, a few surprises and a number one song that may not have been mentioned on Timber and Steel at all.

I hope you enjoy my choices – here’s to a lot more amazing music in 2012!

1. Anaïs Mitchell – “Shepherd”
It may seem odd that my top track of 2012 is a song we haven’t really covered on Timber and Steel but the truth is I hadn’t been exposed to Anaïs Mitchell’s Young Man in America until months after it had been released. I have to thank Mitchell’s interview on NPR Music’s World Cafe for turning me onto the album and the beautiful track “Shepherd”. Based on a short story by Anaïs Mitchell’s, “Shepherd” feels like a traditional folk song and breaks my heart every single time I hear it.

2. Old Crow Medicine Show – “Carry Me Back To Virginia”
When Old Crow Medicine Show guitarist and lead vocalist Willie Watson left the band in 2011 a lot of people were telling me that their next release (if they ever released anything again) would never be the same. So when Carry Me Back hit stands in July I was taken aback by how cohesive it was, and how reminiscent of the rest of the band’s catalogue it was. The epitome of Carry Me Back, the track that really sums up the album, is the also the album’s opener “Carry Me Back To Virginia” – a wonderful piece of string band music announcing Old Crow Medicine Show’s return to the world stage.

3. The Chieftains & The Low Anthem – “School Days Over”
If I was to give away a producer of the year award in 2012 it would have to go to T Bone Burnett for his work on the Hunger Games Soundtrack and The Chieftains’ 50th anniversary album Voice of Ages, among others. Both albums saw Burnett’s dedication to the new wave of indie-folk artists with the latter seeing the likes of Punch Brothers, The Civil Wars, The Decemberists, Carolina Chocolate Drops and many more joining the Irish music legends. The Chieftains’ collaboration with with The Low Anthem on the classic “School Days Over” is a highlight amongst highlights and was made even more special by the two bands appearing together top perform the track on The Late Show with David Letterman.

4. Jack Carty – “She’s Got A Boyfriend”
I asked Jack Carty earlier this year why his 2012 album Break Your Own Heart was so much more introspective than his debut One Thousand Origami Birds. His answer? He finally had something personal to say. As the album title would suggest Break Your Own Heart is a break up album, a heart break album, an album about a man whose world has come crashing down and is attempting to build it back up again. “She’s Got A Boyfriend” is the catchiest, most upbeat track on Break Your Own Heart and is ironically also one of the saddest if only because of the desperation in Carty’s lyrics. And you can’t really go past the Jefferton James directed super-hero themed video.

5. Passenger – “Let Her Go”
It was during his sold out, 1000-capacity show at Sydney’s Hi-Fi this year that I suddenly realised that Passenger was bigger than I ever thought he could be. And maybe that’s down to his fantastic 2012 album All The Little Lights or maybe it’s just that Mike Rosenberg has been building his audience from the ground up for years now and it’s finally starting to pay off. “Let Her Go” is possibly the best track on All The Little Lights (although it’s so hard to choose) and definitely a favourite live the last couple of times I’ve seen Passenger.

6. The Falls – “Girl That I Love”
Sydney duo The Falls have had a huge 2012 with the release of their EP Hollywood, triple j airplay, a string of high profile support slots and the runaway success of their regular folk night Folk Club. “Home” was the only official single from Hollywood this year but it’s the Lennon-esque “Girl That I Love” that really captured my attention and is the one you’ll find me singing along to every time I see The Falls live.

7. Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars – “Safe & Sound”
It feels a little weird including Taylor Swift, arguably the biggest pop-country artist in the world, on a blog that celebrates artists who “fall through the cracks”. But if you consider Swift’s album Red is her poppiest (and most popular) so far, her two tracks on the T Bone Burnett produced Hunger Games Soundtrack, “Eyes Open” and “Safe & Sound”, both definitely on the country end of the spectrum, have been somewhat overlooked. The latter, a collaboration with the now-on-hiatus Civil Wars is just stunning, mainly down to the harmonies, and was enough to convert me to exploring the rest of Taylor Swift’s catalogue – who would have known?

8. The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
Some good friends of mine gave my wife and I The Lumineers’ self titled album as a wedding present in March, long before it was officially released in this country. While the entire album is amazing it was “Ho Hey” that caught my attention on first listen and I wasn’t surprised when it was released as a single. I was surprised, however, with just how popular The Lumineers have become – but good on them, they deserve it!

9. Sam Lee – “The Ballad of George Collins”
Sam Lee first came to my attention via the Podcast – a show that piqued my interest so much I just had to find out more. Having spent the last six years collecting traditional music from all over the British Isles Sam Lee has since released the Mercury Prize nominated Ground Of Its Own which brings this music into the twenty-first century. “The Ballad of George Collins” is a well known traditional song but Lee’s version is like no other version – both reverent and thoroughly modern. Listen to this song and then seek out Ground Of Its Own, you’re in for a treat.

10. Jerry Douglas feat. Mumford & Sons and Paul Simon – “The Boxer”
When you listen to this version of “The Boxer” you think it was written for the dobro. That’s the power of Jerry Douglas. First relased on Douglas’ collaborative album Traveler and then later on the special edition of Mumford & Sons’ Babel, “The Boxer” is not only the best cover of the year but the perfect example of the power of collaboration – Jerry Douglas reinventing the song for his instrument, Marcus Mumford adding his distinctive voice (along with the full input of Mumford & Sons) and Paul Simon’s gentle addition as the song’s original writer, sprinkling his magic without ever being overbearing. Perfect.

11. Faith Lee – “Golden Girl”
I fell in love with Faith Lee this year. Actually that’s a lie – I’ve always been in love with Faith Lee. But this year Lee released Damascus and my love of her music was solidified. “Life Long Friend” is my favourite track on Damascus but the truth is that it was released as a single in 2011. But it’s testament to just how good this EP is that the 2012 single “Golden Girl” still makes this list – I just love how playful this track is. And what a voice!

12. Arbori feat. The Falls and ILUKA – “In the Places You Fold”
I’ve been following Arbori’s career pretty much from the moment I started Timber and Steel but I have to admit that “In the Places You Fold” took my by surprise. The day this song arrived in my inbox was the day Arbori rose in my estimation from nice-little-indie-band to amazing songwriters and performers. Just take a moment to listen to this song – something about it penetrates you, something just fills you up. I know how rare it is that the band can get together, in whatever form they take, but I do hope Arbori produce a lot more music like “In the Places You Fold”.

13. Dan Mangan – “About As Helpful As You Can Be Without Being Any Help At All”
I think it’s the video for “About As Helpful…” that sold me on the song. The way that it seems to spin almost out of control, the way Mangan seems to control the camera – I love it. And once the video had firmly implanted itself in my head the song took on a life of its own. If you’ve recieved a mix tape from me this year “About As Helpful…” is almost definitely on it.

14. Patrick James – “All About To Change”
Why Patrick James hasn’t got a higher profile I’ll never understand. His music is just as good, if not better, than a lot of the indie folk played on national radio and his songwriting is second to none. James released two singles this year from an EP that’s due at some point in 2013 and “All About to Change” is easily my favourite so far. Can’t wait to hear what 2013 has in store for Patrick James – big things I hope.

15. Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”
If you’ve been a constant reader of Timber and Steel this year you’ll have picked up that Mumford & Sons’ sophomore album Babel was pretty much our most anticipated of 2012. And with good reason – the fortunes of Mumford & Sons are so intertwined with the beginnings of this blog. The first single from Babel, the rollicking “I Will Wait”, announced the album in the perfect way – reassuring fans that what we were in store for was more of what made Sigh No More so great. Mumford & Sons didn’t break any new boundaries this year and one might argue that they didn’t grow or evolve (although it’s my opinion that they’ve really sharpened themselves in terms of their songwriting and composition) but they did deliver us with 12 tracks that are Mumford & Sons through and through.

16. The Tallest Man On Earth – “1904”
With There’s No Leaving Now Kristian Matsson (AKA The Tallest Man On Earth) has finally shaken off the Boy Dylan comparisons and proven himself a singer-songwriter in his own right. I’m constantly astounded that Matsson can write such powerful songs in what is essentially his second language. “1904” may harken back to a lot of The Tallest Man On Earth’s back catalogue but it’s still my favourite song on the album and the first song I turn to when introducing his music to someone new.

17. The Maple Trail – “The Dinosaur Hunters”
2012’s Cable Mount Warning may be the last time we hear from Aidan Roberts’ The Maple Trail project with the Sydney/Blue Mountains based singer-songwriter already dedicated to a number of other endeavors in 2013. But what a record to leave us with! “The Dinosaur Hunters”, the album’s third track, just sounds so timeless – part traditional Australian folk, part Mark Knopfler, part American country music. I’ve managed to catch The Maple Trail live a couple of times this year and have been taken aback at each and every performance. Aidan Roberts is a true Australian talent.

18. Packwood – “Bats”
Packwood seemed to explode out of no where in late 2011 with a sound unlike anything I had ever heard – simple banjo licks over a full orchestra all pulled together with Bayden Hine’s distintive old-timey voice. In March 2012 Packwood released his self titled EP and quickly became one of the must-see acts on the Sydney folk scene. My favourite track from Packwood has always been “Bats”, not because of the lyrics (“Bats are better than birds” is not going to win any songwriting awards) but for the way the banjo and the orchestral arrangement weave together to create this wonderful folk landscape.

19. Missy Higgins – “Everyone’s Waiting”
The return of Missy Higgins this year, after a self-imposed hiatus, was a blessing. She is arguably one of the best songwriters in the country and to hear her distinctive voice again has been very special. “Everyone’s Waiting” is Missy Higgins at her finest – raw, emotional, brutal and honest – and the perfect example of what The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle holds in store for listeners. The Natasha Pincus clip is the icing on the cake for this track. I’m so glad you’re back Missy!

20. Husky – “Tidal Wave”
I don’t need to tell you Husky have had a big 2012 – the fact that the Melbourne four-piece are everywhere are testament to just how popular they have become. “Tidal Wave” from the band’s Forever So album was released as a single this and perfectly showcases Husky Gawenda’s songwriting and voice. The perfect song to lose yourself in.

21. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – “Man On Fire”
I was lucky enough to catch Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros for the first time this year when they toured with Mumford & Sons and I have to say they were amazing live. So much energy! 2012’s Here feels a lot more cohesive than the group’s debut album Up from Below, it really takes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ country music and 60s influences and runs with it. I love the way “Man On Fire” builds from a single guitar and voice into a full-blown spiritual. And live it’s bags and bags of fun.

22. TinPan Orange – “Flowers”
TinPan Orange are another band that have come a long way in 2012. The release of their album Over the Sun saw the band released from the folky shackles of their earlier work to become fully realised as proponents of intelligent pop music. “Flowers” has been in the band’s repertoire for a while now and I’ve loved watching it evolve live. Alex Burkoy’s orchestral closing of the song is really what makes this for me.

23. Tigertown – “Morning Has Finally Come”
I’ve been predicting Tigertown’s rise for so long now and I think with “Morning Has Finally Come” (and the entire Before the Morning EP) they’re finally realising their potential. “Morning Has Finally Come” is three and a half minutes of perfect folk-soaked indie music jammed with the kind of harmonies only Tigertown. I’ve been hearing this track all over the radio and it’s so nice to see these guys get national exposure. 2013’s going to be an even bigger year for Tigertown, I can tell!

24. Tim Hart – “Architects”
Tim Hart may not have the greatest voice in the indie-folk scene but his songwriting and expert guitar playing more than make up for it. “Architects” feels like it should be showcased in a 1960s New York coffee house somewhere. There’s a Paul Simon element to the lyrics and you can definitely feel Paul Kelly coming through as well. No, Tim Hart may not have the greatest voice in the indie-folk scene, but I could listen to his music all day.

25. Sarah Humphreys – “Like A House Needs A Door”
Sometimes you just want to put a song on that puts a smile on your face. “Like A House Needs A Door”, the nursery rhyme-esque folk-pop gem from Sarah Humphreys does just that – and with one of the cutest clips of the year you can’t help but feel happy whenever this song comes on. And what I love most about “Like A House Needs A Door” is just how much it captures Sarah Humphreys’ personality – playful, cheeky and ever so fun.

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2012

Folk Record Store

What an amazing year 2012 has been for music. Australian artists are dominating international charts, fan favourites have released long awaited new albums and the wealth of new talent on the folky side of the musical fence is growing almost every day. At Timber and Steel we’ve seen our biggest year to date in 2012, both in terms of site traffic and our reach, and we know it’s only going to get bigger and better in 2013.

As always rather than give you a definitive “Best of 2012” list we asked each of our contributors to give us their own top five albums that fall into the genres we love here at Timber and Steel – folk, acoustic, alt-country, bluegrass, Americana, trad, singer-songwriter and everything else in between. And as always our contributors have each given us a unique insight into the music they’ve loved in 2012.

So without further ado we bring you Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2012:

Bill QuinnMermaid Avenue

1. Billy Bragg and WilcoMermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions
Any contender for my #1 album this year was going to have to do well to beat this one. (In fairness to the competition, we’re talking three CDs plus a documentary DVD here.) But albums that can span time and evoke memories always attract me. And this collection covers not just the 13 years or so of the collection, but also evokes and brings alive images of the Oklahoma dustbowl and 50s New York, and times and places foreign to me. And they’re imagined and realised by someone who also came from right outside Woody Guthrie’s traditions and era. That’s a skill. It probably helped to be there (twice!) as Bragg explained and truly did bring to life the stories behind the collection live.
2. Craig and SimoneWhere Cedars Grew
3. Beth OrtonSugaring Season
4. John ThompsonAn Australian Folk Song a Day
5. No HausfrauNo Hausfrau

Catherine MayBreak Your Own Heart

1. Jack CartyBreak Your Own Heart
Considering I only discovered Carty’s music a few months into this year, he’s had a huge impact on my most played list. Break Your Own Heart combines everything music should be: heartaching, honest lyrics, soothing guitar playing and a catchiness that doesn’t wear thin on you. It took a lot to top my all time favourite Missy, but somehow he’s done it. I might be late to the party, but Jack Carty quickly became the soundtrack to my six months in Australia and every time I hear his familiar melodies, I can’t help but recollect fond memories of the best six months of my life.
2. Missy HigginsThe Ol’ Razzle Dazzle
3. Kate Miller-HeidkeNightflight
4. Joshua RadinUnderwater
5. Tom CopsonWoven

Gareth Hugh EvansCarry Me Back

1. Old Crow Medicine ShowCarry Me Back
In picking my favourite album of 2012 I had to think long and hard about which records I had revisited most throughout the year – and which records I listen to the whole way through without hitting the skip or Genius buttons on my iPod. And with stakes like that the clear winner has to be the latest album from Nashville stringband Old Crow Medicine Show. Vibrant, exciting, challenging and familiar, Carry Me Back is OCMS at their best – making music in the traditional American style about traditional American subjects (war, poverty, bootlegging, tobacco farming) without ever sounding contrived or derivative. In a year where I have really embraced bluegrass, old timey and Americana music, moreso than ever before (although you wouldn’t know it from the rest of my list), this has been without a doubt the standout and will continue to be on high rotation for some time to come.
2. The ChieftainsVoice of Ages
3. Jack CartyBreak Your Own Heart
4. PassengerAll The Little Lights
5. The FallsHollywood

HazThe Lumineers

1. The LumineersThe Lumineers
I spent much of 2012 catching up on albums that I had missed out on in 2011, so there is a lot of music that I couldn’t include in my Top 5, including recent releases by My Morning Jacket, Paul Simon, and Iron and Wine. There was also those that didn’t quite fit the folky mold, including Of Monsters and Men, and Alt-J. I made an exception with Band of Horses, as to me ‘Mirage Rock’ is a tribute to the classic Americana of the late 20th Century that would contribute to what would become Alt- Country. JUST beating Band of Horses to #1 is The Lumineers’ self titled album, which at the time was just a chance online find. A collection of stories put to song, which encompasses the folk tradition, following the journeys of the band’s leader through the trials and triumphs of love, lies, war, and belief. Nostalgic and relevant, reminiscent and remorseful. A fun yet emotional collection of songs, delivered with a wry smile, a knowing glance, and a familiar nod. Descriptions aside, this has been my most frequent roadtrip album of choice, to sing along to, and accompany the landscapes along the way. An album with a great life span that will get me through to their Aus tour in early 2013, and beyond.
2. Band of HorsesMirage Rock
3. The Avett BrothersThe Carpenter
4. Mumford and SonsBabel
5. CalexicoAlgiers

JDXThere's No Leaving Noe

1. The Tallest Man on EarthThere’s No Leaving Now
“I was more than just a coward. I was handsome too”. One of the best opening lyrics I’ve ever heard. I was in a doctors’ waiting room; the venue for many of my musical discoveries. Kristian Matsson’s intricate chords, his sweeping melodies, his metaphors, sharp, yet brittle, stole me from the moment, as my favourite folk music always does. Matsson said There’s No Leaving Now was about wanting to deal with your own weaknesses. I felt weak. This album made me feel stronger. I could write reams about imagery, or interpretation, about how “Bright Lanterns” is the world’s best post-colonial protest song, about how this isn’t The Wild Hunt and whether that matters. But then I’d be saying too much.
2. Father John MistyFear Fun
3. Paul KellySpring and Fall
4. Tim HartMilling the Wind
5. Willy MasonCarry On

Jules StentonFive Lights

1. Nick HugginsFive Lights
When I first heard Five Lights my brain did a little backflip. “What IS this music?”, it asked. “I dunno,” I replied, “But let’s listen to it again and again until we figure this shit out”. The album stops at all stations. Half-spoken vocals make the songs tricky to sing along to. The out-of-tune, repetitive plinking of an old piano is both corrugated and comforting. The lyrics are beguiling and at times, just plain weird. If I had to compare Five Lights to a physical thing – it’d be a state of Australia – with city and country and birds and house parties and trains and ordinary folk falling in love. Nick Huggins clearly has a giant musical brain, and his brain took my brain on holiday to the aforementioned state and showed it a thing or two (a trip preferable to the guided Contiki tour of singalongability, I think).
2. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
3. David Byrne & St. VincentLove This Giant
4. Grizzly BearShields
5. The Green Mohair SuitsThe Green Mohair Suits

KT BellDetail of Distance

1. Kim ChurchillDetail of Distance
I had been eagerly anticipating the next installment from Kim, and in such circumstances, sometimes hopes can get too high. Happily Kim has delivered a solid album which has been an anthem of my recent travels through Europe. Building on his strengths, Kim has delivered an album full of rhythmic tracks and enigmatic tales that move you enchant you throughout your day. This album never fails to make me smile.
2. Jack CartyBreak Your Own Heart
3. Mumford and SonsBabel
4. The LumineersThe Lumineers
5. The April MazeTwo

Serena SkyeFear Fun

1. Father John MistyFear Fun
The richness of this album for me lies in all of its differences, a gleaming tapestry of songs, Tillman’s voice the golden thread holding them all together. While each piece is vastly different from the last, in instrumentation and production, they fit together seamlessly, each laced with the same sharp wit, dry observation, acerbic humour and intense imagery that Tillman presents. Lyrically, one might be forgiven for thinking Fear Fun was going to be a harsh listening experience; However, perhaps the most enchanting and surprising part of this record, amid tales of waste and questionable activities, is the sublime vocal lines and sweeping melodies. Such vast emotion and beauty is poured into each fragment of song, with harmonies that slip over one another, cloaking the brutality, creating an experience that is both thought- provoking and moving.
2. Tim HartMilling The Wind
3. Paul KellySpring and Fall
4. The Tallest Man On EarthThere’s No Leaving Now
5. Xavier RuddSpirit Bird

Thom Owen MilesHome Again

1. Michael KiwanukaHome Again
Michael Kiwanuka’s debut album Home Again stands out as 2012’s highlight for me because I suppose I’ve never heard a record quite like it. Soul, folk and jazz influences all combine spectacularly in a soothing collection of songs. Unlike other albums in my top 5, and most of the “folk” albums in my collection, Home Again is not the musing of a troubled artist. It’s far from poetic or philosophical, which I suspect is the reason it hasn’t been met with the critical acclaim it deserves. What it does bring to the table is a timeless and stylistically vast listening experience that bridges sounds as distant as Tracey Chapman from King Crimson or Bill Withers from Paul Simon, and does so without ever overreaching.
2. Beth OrtonSugaring Season
3. Punch BrothersWho’s Feeling Young Now?
4. The Tallest Man on EarthThere’s No Leaving Now
5. Jack CartyBreak Your Own Heart

Woodford Announces Over 400 Artists for 2012/13 Lineup

Woodford Folk Festival
Image Courtesy of Woodford Folk Festival

With such a busy night of music to be had all around the country this Saturday just gone you’d be forgiven for having missed the lineup announcement for the 2012/13 Woodford Folk Festival. Arguably Australia’s best known folk festival Woodford has this year well over 400 acts.

Woodford will be held over the New Year period from the 27th November to the 1st January in Woodford, Queensland. Constantly stretching the definition of “folk music” (even further than we do) this year’s festival includes acts from a multitude of genres including blues, roots, jazz, rock, pop, soul, hip hop and more. Headliners at Woodford this year include Andrew Clermont, Angus Stone, Ben Sollee, Flap!, Folk Uke, Julia Stone, Mal Webb, Mikelangelo and the Tin Star, Penelope Swales, Shane Howard, Tim Hart, Wagons and more.

Pre-festival early-bird tickets are still available from now until the 24th December.

The full lineup is too big to print here (you’ll have to head to the official site for that) but we though we’d treat you our extensive highlights from the program:

Andrew Clermont
Angus Stone
Archie Roach
Ben Sollee
Emma Louise
Eric Bogle
Evan & Mischa
Folk Uke
George Kamikawa & Noriko Tadano
Hat Fitz and Cara
John Butler Trio
Julia Stone
Kate Miller-Heidke
Luke Escombe
Mal Webb
Mama Kin
Martin Pearson
Mic Conway with Robbie Long
Microwave Jenny
Mikelangelo and the Tin Star
Mr Fibby
Mustered Courage
Nicky Bomba’s BUSTAMENTO
Penelope Swales
Ray Beadle
Rhiannon and Monique
Rory McLeod
Shane Howard
Sharon Shannon
Stiff Gins
The Company
The Good Ship
The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Thelma Plum
Tim Hart
Women in Docs

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Busby Marou will wrap up the tour-cycle of their debut album with their first annual Bring It Home tour of regional Queensland. Joining the duo will be melodic four piece masters Slip on Stereo. Details here.

– Brother/sister duo Dan and Hannah Acfield have gifted Timber and Steel with an exclusive free download of their new singles “After You” and “Sorry I’ve Taken So Long to Love”. Details here

First Aid Kit have revealed the next single from their acclaimed album The Lion’s Roar – the track titled “Wolf”. The single will be released in September along with a reissue of the album. Details here

– Alice Springs native Sally Balfour, the daughter of folk legend Scotty Balfour (Bloodwood), has just started producing some beautiful acoustic music, releasing demos online. Details here

– Sydney folkie Wyatt Moss-Wellington has announced a brand new bluegrass project titled The Lunch Mothers and will be playing a gig at The Green Room in Enmore next week. Details here.

– The wait is finally over – UK trio The Staves have announced the details of their much anticipated debut album. Details here

– Folk duo Laneway have announced a string of dates around the country to launch their new album Turn Your Love Up including a Timber and Steel presented Sunday Matinee show at The Workers Club. Details here

Jens Lekman has released the video for his single “I Know What Love Isn’t”, the title track from his upcoming album. Details here

– New videos from Feist are always very exciting so we were chuffed when we discovered the release of “Anti-Pioneer”. Details here

Daniel Champagne released his first ever music video for the track “Nightingale”. The video features a single shot and was set-up, rehearsed and filmed in under five hours. Details here

– UK trio Daughter have revealed a stream of their new single “Smother” which will be released on vinyl on the 1st October. Details here

Fanny Lumsden is offering her new single “Apricot Sunday” as a free download. Details here


“The idea is that there’s a stack of really fabulous and scary, horrific traditional songs of ours in Australia. But usually when people play them – if they play them at all – it’s very jolly … And for me, that didn’t ring true at all. So we were looking at what the intention behind the lyrics are. And the true anxiety and fear. So we reflected that in the music that we’ve put to it”Jenny M Thomas chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here.

“The albums that I grew up listening to were Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, early Dylan and Nick Drake. For me, regardless of how intricate those albums were, they were always about songs, they were always about great song writing and I guess that’s the tradition I wanted to follow in. I don’t profess to be a great songwriter at all, I’m still just learning my craft, but that was my benchmark, what I was aiming for, the whole idea of it being raw.”Tim Hart chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here.


Track by Track

“The title of our EP Little Father Time, and our track “Sweet Sue” are references to a book by Thomas Hardy, called Jude The Obscure. I was making my way through his collection of novels last year when I was particularly struck by the writing and the story of this book. It was easily the gloomiest story I have ever read, but was written so beautifully that I was captivated by it”We Are The Birdcage, Little Father Time. Track By Track here


Our Shining Skin is a formidable and wide-spanning resume from Sam Brittain and it will be very interesting to see how his writing solidifies as his career continues, as this record proves he has far more options for direction than most”Sam Brittain, Our Shining Skin. Review here


“This was not sing-around-a-microphone bluegrass – this was bluegrass played with a rock and roll attitude and Thile was our rock star”Punch Brothers, The Basement, Sydney. Review here

“I’m always a little wary that I have seen these guys so often and I have become a complacent listener – but seeing them in this situation, with a full band and performing to a crowd of their nearest and dearest, I was once again in awe of their music.”The Falls, The Hellen Rose Schauersberger LabOratorium, Sydney. Review here

“What followed was an absolutely wonderful set from an artist I have become infatuated with over the last little while. Her music – the affected, country influenced vocals, the complex lyrical structure, the melodies overlaid with banjo, mandolin and more – is just captivating.”Faith Lee, The Vanguard, Sydney. Review here

Releases This Week

Tim Hart
Milling the WindTim Hart
Katie Noonan
Songs of the Southern SkiesKatie Noonan and Karin Schaupp

Gigs Next Week

Communion Melbourne feat. Fraser A. Gorman, Castlecomer, Roller One, Elle Graham
Sunday 19th August – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Darwin Festival
9th to 26th August – Darwin, NT

Jenny M Thomas and the System
Friday 17 August – Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 19 August – Yours and Owls, Wollongong

Jinja Safari
Friday 17th August – Metro, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th August – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD

Lanie Lane
Friday 17th August – The Lighthouse, Darwin Festival, NT
Friday 24th August – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns Festival, QLD

Little Bastard (with Lacey Cole and Achoo! Bless You)
Thursday 23rd August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Nick and Liesl
Friday 17th August – The Albion, Albury, NSW

Friday 17th August – The Hi-Fi, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd August – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Thursday 23rd August – Fowlers, Adelaide, SA
Friday 24th August – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC

Roland K Smith & The Sinners with Terry Serio’s Ministry of Truth and CJ Shaw & The Blow Ins
Wednesday 22nd August – Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 17th August – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 18th August – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 22nd August – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 23rd August – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Friday 24th August – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Lunch Mothers and The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Thursday 23rd August – The Green Room, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sorry The Day I Was Married” – Tim Hart and Maddy Prior

With Boy & Bear’s Tim Hart releasing his solo album today we thought we’d remind you of the first famous folk singer with that name, the late, great Tim Hart from Steeleye Span. Here he performs with Maddy Prior at Cecil Sharp House in London a year before he passed away.

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