Watch the New Video from The Teskey Brothers, “Louisa”

The Teskey Brothers
Image Courtesy of The Teskey Brothers

Melbourne soul revivalists The Teskey Brothers have just released the latest video from their amazing album Half Mile Harvest, the catchy southern soul track “Louisa”

The video features features the band in a foot chase through their hometown of Warrandyte, Victoria. Check it out here:

The Teskey Brothers have already announced a bunch of WA and festival shows over the summer and have now added headline shows in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, with Timberwolf in support, as well as a very special appearance at next year’s Melbourne Zoo Twilights and Bluesfest.

The full list of upcoming dates for The Teskey Brothers are below:

Thursday 2nd November – St John’s Anglican Church, Fremantle Arts Festival, Fremantle, WA
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
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Strawberry Fields, Tocumwal, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Thursday 30th November – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Friday 1st December – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 2nd December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December – Fairgrounds, Berry, NSW
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December – Meredith Music Festival, Meredith, VIC
Saturday 30th December to Monday 1st January – NYE On The Hill, South Gippsland, VIC
Friday 26th January – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd February – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival revealed its first six artists including Faustus, Belshazzar’s Feast, Katey Brooks, Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission, 19-Twenty and Frumious. Details here

– Folk music super group Haas Kowert Tice have added mandolin player Dominick Leslie to their lineup, changed their name to Hawktail and released their new single “Unless”. Details here

– Adelaide based electro-folk singer-songwriter Timberwolf announced his long awaited debut album Íkaros. Details here

Justin Townes Earle added two more Melbourne dates to his current Australian tour. Details here

– English nu-folk band Matthew and the Atlas released their new single “Palace”. Details here

– Swedish Americana duo First Aid Kit announced Sydney and Melbourne shows when they’re in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

José González also announced sideshows when he’s in town for Bluesfest. Details here

– The 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival lineup dropped including John Butler, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Beautiful Girls, Husky, Holy Holy, The East Pointers, The Babe Rainbow, Timberwolf, Montaigne, Mama Kin Spender, Vaudeville Smash, The Hi-Boys, Cheap Fakes, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, The Small Glories, Baker Boy, Apakatjah, Joanna Wallfisch, AMISTAT, TinPan Orange, Sampa The Great, My Bubba, Lior & Paul Grabowsky, POW Negro!, The Railsplitters, Yirrmal and the Miliyawutj, Breaking Trad, Jeff Lang, Liz Stringer, Charm of Finches and many more. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson released his new video “I Don’t Dance”. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival dropped its huge 2018 lineup including Eric Bogle, Cass Eager, The Go Set, Breaking Trad, Maggie Carty and Mairtin Staunton, Claire Anne Taylor, Devil on the Rooftop, Golden Whistler, Handsome Young Strangers, Lizzie Flynn, Paddy McHugh, Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Button Collective, The Northern Folk, The Raglins, The Royal High Jinx, The Scrims, Big Erle, Jane Aubourg, Kay Proudlove and many many more. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival added even more artists including Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Breabach, Sásta, SugaTree and Fiona Kershaw. Details here

– We premiered the new live video from Áine Tyrrell “Burn Up Those Notes”. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Terra Lightfoot released her new single “Norma Gale”. Details here

WOMADelaide announced its first round of artists for 2018 including Le Vent du Nord, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Anoushka Shankar, Dan Sultan, Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj Band and many more. Details here

– Mexican instrumental virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela added to their WOMADelaide appearance with dates in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. Details here

– Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Georgia Fields announced her chamber-folk mini-album Afloat, Adrift in collaboration with The Andromeda String Quartet. Details here

– Folk super-group I’m With Her, with bassist Paul Kowert covered Adele’s track “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”. Details here

– Roots singer-songwriter Nahko released his new video “Dragonfly”. Details here

Interviews

“We’re always trying to grow our sound, trying to find new ways to help us get a bigger sound. Tim (Chaisson) plays the fiddle and has a bit of foot percussion going on with the stomp box and tambourine. Koady (Chaisson) plays the banjo but also does a bit of pedal work with some effects, some bass stuff with his feet. I’ve mostly played guitar over the past couple of years but I play keyboard as well and we’ve been slowly bringing that into the show as well. We just try to see what we come up with”Gareth Hugh Evans chats to Jake Charron from The East Pointers. Interview here

Releases This Week

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds
The Way You LeaveBrooke Russell and The Mean Reds
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Great North
The Golden AgeGreat North
Bandcamp

Husky
Bedroom RecordingsHusky
iTunes

Jess Locke
UniverseJess Locke
iTunes

Jordan Merrick
Songs From House ArrestJordan Merrick
Bandcamp

My Name Is Bear
My Name Is BearNahko
iTunes

Pete Wild
CalmPete Wild
Bandcamp

Terra Lightfoot
New MistakesTerra Lightfoot
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Downtown Folk Festival feat. Hollow Coves, Garrett Kato, Harry Hookey, Grizzlee Train, Tullara, Luke Morris, Asha Jefferies, Nick Cunningham, Alana Wilkinson, Feelds and Darby.

Downtown Folk

The boutique Downtown Folk Festival hits Sydney this Saturday with a huge lineup including Hollow Coves, Garrett Kato, Harry Hookey, Grizzlee Train, Tullara, Luke Morris, Asha Jefferies, Nick Cunningham, Alana Wilkinson, Feelds and Darby.

Saturday 21st October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Saturday 21st October – The Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th October – Meander Valley Performing Arts Centre, Deloraine, TAS
Friday 27th October – The Founders Room Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, TAS

Ainsley Farrell
Friday 20th October – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Alex The Astronaut
Saturday 21st October – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th October – Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Alexander Biggs
Saturday 21st October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Angie McMahon w/ Ainsley Farrell
Thursday 26th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Ariela Jacobs w/ Jack the Fox
Tuesday 24th October – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 22nd October – Rustico Tapas, Rockingham, WA
Friday 27th October – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA

Belle Harvey
Thursday 26th October – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 27th October – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

Ben Salter
Friday 20th October – House Concert, Lennox Head, NSW
Saturday 21st October – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 22nd October – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 25th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 26th October – Details TBA, NSW
Friday 27th October – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Benny Walker
Sunday 22nd October – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Bernard Fanning
Friday 20th October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 26th October – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Thursday 26th October – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans
Saturday 21st October – Rock the Boat, Queenscliff, VIC

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds w/ Xani, Cookie Baker
Saturday 21st October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 20th October – Norwood Hotel, Norwood, SA
Saturday 21st October – Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mount Gambier, SA
Thursday 26th October – Pier Live Pelly Bar, Frankston, VIC
Friday 27th October – The Burvale Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 20th October – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st October – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 26th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Candice McLeod
Thursday 26 October – Night Market, Alice Springs, NT

Cass Eager
Friday 20th October – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 27th October – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Chris Pickering
Sunday 22nd October – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Claire Anne Taylor
Saturday 21st October – Delamere Music Fest, Delamere Vineyard, Pipers Brooke, TAS
Friday 27th October – Illume at Killynaught, Boat Harbour, TAS

Darcy Fox
Friday 20th October – Star Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 21st October – The Precinct Bar at Eastridge, Chirnside Park, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – The Bay, Mordialloc, VIC

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

Delamere Music Fest feat. Halfway to Forth, Thieves, Claire Anne Taylor
Saturday 21st October – Delamere Vineyard, Pipers Brooke, TAS

Devil on the Rooftop
Friday 20th October – Compass Pizza, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Diana Anaid
Sunday 22nd October – Cruelty Free Festival, Sydney, NSW

Docklands Blues Music Festival
Sunday 22nd October – Wonderland Spiegeltent Blues Garden, Melbourne, VIC

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Downtown Folk Festival feat. Hollow Coves, Garrett Kato, Harry Hookey, Grizzlee Train, Tullara, Luke Morris, Asha Jefferies, Nick Cunningham, Alana Wilkinson, Feelds and Darby
Saturday 21st October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Elbury
Friday 27th October – The Brat Cave, Brisbane, QLD

Elizabeth Hughes
Sunday 22nd October – Jam Gallery, Sydney, NSW

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

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 20th October – Wharf Hotel, Munyard, TAS
Sunday 22nd October – St Johns Craft Beer Bar, Launceston, TAS
Wednesday 25th October – Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield, TAS

Fergus Bailey and The Teeth
Friday 20th October – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW

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

Fleurieu Folk Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Willunga, SA

Foghorn Stringband
Friday 20th October – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 21st October – Metropole Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Monday 23rd October – Nerrigundah Ag Bureau, Nerrigundah, NSW
Tuesday 24th October – Leichhardt Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th October – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 26th October – House Show, Uralla, NSW
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Tullara, Maia Marsh, Cecilia Brandolini
Wednesday 25th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Franklin Folk Club feat. Matthew Dames and Anna Talbot
Saturday 21st October – Palais Theatre, Franklin, TAS

Gareth Brannigan
Friday 20th October – The Brothers Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Get Folked Punk
Thursday 26th October – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Stanley
Saturday 21st October – The Grass Is Greener Festival, Mackay, QLD

Gretta Ziller & Andrew Swift
Saturday 21st October – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – Ceres, Echuca, VIC

Hannah Matysek
Sunday 22nd October – The Lady Hampshire, Sydney, NSW

Harry Hookey
Saturday 21st October – Downtown Folk Festival, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Secret Garden Concert, Camden, NSW
Friday 27th October – House Concert, Clare Valley, SA

Hello Tut Tut
Friday 20th October – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Holly Throsby
Friday 27th October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Hush: An Evening of Quiet Music feat. East Brunswick All Girls Choir, Davey Lane, Sean Pollard, Kelso
Wednesday 25th October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

James Thomson & the Band of Free Love
Friday 20th October – Dashville, Upper Belford, NSW

Jed Rowe
Friday 20th October – The Wheatsheaf, Thebarton, SA
Saturday 21st October – Patchewollock Music Festival, Patchewollock VIC

Jeff Lang
Saturday 21st October – Baha, Rye, VIC

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 20th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 21st October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 24th October – The Tote Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th October – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, 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
Saturday 21st October – Under the Sun Cafe, Strathbogie, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – House Concert, Castlemaine, VIC

Joseph Tawadros Trio
Thursday 26th October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Justin Townes Earle w/ Joshua Hedley
Friday 20th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – Peppermint Bay Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 25th October – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 26th October – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

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

Karl S Williams
Saturday 21st October – Kyneton Music Festival, Kyneton, VIC

Karin Page
Saturday 21st October – Rush Festival, Gympie, QLD

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 20th October – The Bassandean, Perth, WA
Sunday 22nd October – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 26th October – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th to Monday 30th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Ken Nicol
Friday 20th October – Albert Park Port Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st October – VRI Hall, Warragul, VIC
Friday 27th October – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 20th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 27th October – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Kristina Olsen
Sunday 22nd October – The Cheese Factory, Meadows, SA
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA

Kyneton Music Festival
Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October – Kyneton, VIC

Lambchop
Saturday 21st October – Badlands Bar, Perth, WA

LEO
Sunday 22nd October – Coledale Markets, Wollongong, NSW

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

Liam Gerner
Sunday 22nd October – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Royal Theatre, Castlemaine, VIC

Lime & Steel
Saturday 21st October – Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, NSW

Lisa Crawley w/ Herriot Row
Friday 20th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, NSW
Thursday 26th October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Sunday 22nd October – Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend, Marysville, VIC
Thursday 26th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th October – The Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, NSW

Luke Morris
Friday 20th October – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st October – Downtown Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Lyall Moloney
Thursday 26th October – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th October – The Chippo Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Marrickville Festival
Sunday 21st October – Marrickville, Sydney, NSW

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

Michael S. Galloway, Eush, Soda Eaves
Sunday 22nd October – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Mihka Chee w/ Martha Chess-Phelps, Black Iguana
Friday 27th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Mile Twelve
Friday 20th October – Patchewollock Music Festival, Patchewollock, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Sunday 22nd October – Brookfield Shed, Margate, TAS
Tuesday 24th October – Mountain Pickers Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Wednesday 25th October – Yinnar Pub, Yinnar, VIC
Thursday 26th October – Smith’s Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Mitch King
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Swagger Music Festival, Wandiligong, VIC
Thursday 26th October – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Monique Clare
Sunday 22nd October – Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October, Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Musical Response to Precipice Exhibition feat. The String Contingent
Saturday 21st October – Australian National Capital Artists, Canberra, ACT

My Nightingale
Friday 20th October – Pop-Up at ANU, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 21st October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th October – Illume at Killynaught, Boat Harbour, TAS

Mysterious Universe
Saturday 21st October – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Nick Cunningham and Luke Morris
Saturday 21st October – Downtown Folk Festival, The Factory Theatre, Marrickville, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

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

Oktoberwest
Sunday 22nd October – Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW

Old-Time Music School
Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th October – Dorrigo, NSW

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

Paddy McHugh
Friday 20th October – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Friday 27th October – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

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

Pete Wild
Friday 20th October – Candelo Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Saturday 21st October – Windsong Pavilion, Barragga Bay, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp w/ Whoa Mule
Friday 20th October – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Ralway Bell
Friday 20th October – Riverside Hotel, Northam, WA
Saturday 21st October – North Perth Town Hall, Perth, WA
Thursday 26th October – Quindanning Inne, Quindanning, WA
Friday 27th October – Harvey Dickson’s Rodeo, Boyup Brook, WA

Rock This Country Blue
Saturday 21st October – The Kuranda Billabong, Kuranda, QLD

Richard Perso
Sunday 22nd October – Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC

Rick Hart w/ The Weeping Willows
Sunday 22nd October – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Riley Pearce
Friday 20th October – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Swagger Music Festival, Wandiligong, VIC

Rowena Wise w/ Ben Whiting​, Peter Sonic
Tuesday 24th October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Monday 16th to Monday 23rd October – Rock The Boat Pacific Cruise Pacific
Friday 27th October – Lonestar Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD

Sime Nugent & The Capes
Sunday 22nd October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Slim Dusty Country Music Festival
Tuesday 16th to Sunday 22nd October – Kempsey Showground, Kempsey, NSW

Songs Inspired by Americana feat. Mitch Power, Alison Ferrier, Bill Jackson
Sunday 22nd October – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC

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

Stella Donnelly
Friday 27th October – Fremantle Festival, St John’s Church, Fremantle, WA

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

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

Sydney Social Square Dance feat. Narrownecks, Mac Traynham and Shay Garriock
Saturday 21st October – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Tablelands Folk Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Yungaburra, QLD

The Austracana Travelling Revue feat. Carpenter Caswell, Smith & Jones, The April Family
Friday 27th October – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Friday 20th October – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD
Saturday 21st October – Wynnum RSL Club, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 22nd October – Sandstone Point Hotel, Sandstone Point, QLD

The Bottlers
Saturday 21st October – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 22nd October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Bushwackers
Sunday 22nd October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th October – Gumbramorra Hall, Sydney, NSW

The Grass Is Greener Festival
Saturday 21st October – Botanic Gardens, Mackay, QLD

The Morrisons
Sunday 22nd October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Northern Folk
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Monday 23rd October – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 25th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Black Malabar, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

The Orbweavers
Sunday 22nd October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Sunday 22nd October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Snowdroppers
Saturday 21st October – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

The Stetson Family
Monday 23rd October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Village Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th – Edinburgh Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Sunday 22nd October – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Tim Guy
Sunday 22nd October – Rochester Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Sunday 22nd October – Secret Location, Sydney, NSW

TinPan Orange w/ Jess Ribeiro
Friday 20th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 21st October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Tori Forsyth
Saturday 21st October – The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Friday 27th October – Johnny Ringos, Brisbane, QLD

Traveller & The Deslondes w/ Andy Golledge Band
Friday 20th October – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Tristen Bird
Friday 20th October – Rocksteady Records, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 22nd October – 90 Mile Wines: Wharf Barrel Shed, Goolwa, SA
Thursday 26th October – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 27th October – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Tullara
Friday 20th October – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st October – Downtown Folk Festival, The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Jam Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th October – FolkSwagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Black Malabar, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th October – Cambridge Hotel, Parkes, NSW

Twin Peaks
Friday 20th October – Eat Street Markets, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st October – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 27th October – House Concert, Sawtell, NSW

Xani w/ Brooke Russell, Cookie Baker
Saturday 21st October – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Yirrmal and the Miliyawutj
Sunday 22nd October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Stay Delta
Saturday 21st October – The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Hardys Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Wednesday 25th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th October – Sound Feast @ The J, Noosa Heads, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Both Sides Now” – The Tallest Man On Earth

Woodford Folk Festival Announces 2017/18 Lineup

Woodford
Image Courtesy of Woodford Folk Festival

At long last the Woodford Folk Festival have dropped their huge 2017/18 lineup and as can be expected it’s a mixture of some of the most exciting artists in the world of folk, rock, roots, acoustic and beyond.

While the full lineup is too big to print here (you can check out the programme on their official site) the Woodford Folk Festival has called out a bunch of highlights including John Butler, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Beautiful Girls, Husky, Holy Holy, The East Pointers (CAN), The Babe Rainbow, Timberwolf, Montaigne, Mama Kin Spender, Vaudeville Smash, The Hi-Boys, Cheap Fakes, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (CAN), The Small Glories (CAN), Baker Boy, Apakatjah, Joanna Wallfisch, AMISTAT, TinPan Orange, Sampa The Great, My Bubba (SWE/ICE), Lior & Paul Grabowsky, POW Negro!, The Railsplitters (USA), Yirrmal and the Miliyawutj, Breaking Trad (IRE), Jeff Lang, Liz Stringer, Charm of Finches and many more

The Woodford Folk Festival takes place from the 27th December to the 1st January in Woodford, Queensland. For more information, including how to get your hands on earlybird tickets, check out the official site here.

Timberwolf Announces Debut Album Íkaros

Timberwolf
Image Courtesy of Timberwolf

Adelaide based, electro-folk singer-songwriter Timberwolf has announced plans to finally release his debut album Íkaros on the 27th October.

Recorded between the NSW Central Coast, L.A. and Adelaide, Íkaros has been a long time coming. Despite his prolific output and touring schedule in recent years, recent hospital trips for vocal surgeries have delayed the release. But now Timberwolf is fully recovered and the record is not far away.

Íkaros sees Timberwolf exploring his Greek heritage.

“The record follows the journey of this one character – Íkaros – (a character re-interpreted from ancient Greek mythology) – from a life of self-preservation and fear of connection, to embracing vulnerability and trust in new connections with fellow humans, especially in romance,” Timberwolf explains. “It can be a pretty dull and lonely survival if you’re living for self-preservation, and as humans we build and expand into emotional connection and company”

Listen to the title track (and latest single) “Íkaros” here:

To celebrate the release of Íkaros Timberwolf will be performing an intimate, secret listening party in Melbourne on the 19th October which will be live streamed on Facebook – check out the official Facebook event for the live stream here.

Ten Artists to Watch in the First Half of 2017

Bob Dylan

With the new year upon us it’s time to look ahead at some of the great folk, roots and acoustic music that will be coming our way in 2017. And it’s already shaping up to be an amazing year with a bunch of very exciting albums already announced (see the list at the bottom of this piece) and even more in the works. We had a stab at picking 10 artists we think you should be keeping an eye on in the coming months but as always this is far from exhaustive. We hope you enjoy and a happy 2017!

All Our Exes All Our Exes Live in Texas

A perennial for this yearly article it would seem. Somewhere in between tour commitments last year All Our Exes Live in Texas found time to get into the studio and record their debut album When We Fall. The album was produced and engineered by Wayne Connolly (Sarah Blasko, Silverchair, You Am I) and will likely hit stores around March. Expect to see a lot of All Our Exes Live in Texas in the coming months – they’re set to explode.

Davidson Brothers Davidson Brothers

Late last year Australian bluegrass duo Davidson Brothers headed to Nashville to record with Larry Marrs at Mark Thornton for an upcoming album. The Davidson Brothers released their last album Wanderlust back in 2014 so a new record is very much anticipated and if you’ve managed to catch them live yet this year you’ll know they continue to be one of the most exciting live acts in the country. Stay tuned for news of their new album soon!

Fleet Foxes

While there’s been no official announcement of a new Fleet Foxes album this year, their first since 2011’s Helplessness Blues, all signs are pointing toward a release very soon. Frontman Robin Pecknold has been hinting at a new Fleet Foxes long player (plus a solo album) over the last couple of months and the band also reassured fans via social media that they wouldn’t have to fly to an announced show in Ireland in July because “we’ll be doing a full world tour in 2017-18 so no need to spend a lot on travel”. Watch this space for more information when it’s announced!

Husky Husky

Don’t be surprised if Husky’s 2016 single “Late Night Store” makes an appearance in this year’s triple j Hottest 100 – the national youth broadcaster has been hammering it of late. The track is the first taster from the Melbourne indie-folk duo’s third album which is due for release at “some point” in 2017. That’s all the information we have now but expect some more news to drop soon.

Jordan Jordan Ireland

The ex-member of The Middle East announced plans to release his new album Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra on the 20th January. The first track from the album “East Coaster” is a lot more acoustically driven than Ireland’s previous project Stolen Violin, but that’s not to say the rest of Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra will follow suit. We’ll have to wait and see what the album brings but I have a feeling it’s going to be something special.

Laura marling Laura Marling

A new album from Laura Marling in 2017 – Semper Femina due on the 10th March – is in itself not a surprise. The prolific singer-songwriter has released five albums over the last nine years with Semper Femina marking her sixth long player. But on hearing the first single “Soothing” it’s clear that Marling is experimenting with her sound and Semper Femina may not be as “folk” as we’re used to from her. The album will apparently focus heavily on female characters and creativity, a theme Laura Marling explored in her excellent 2016 podcast Reversal of the Muse which we highly recommend you download.

Punch Brothers Punch Brothers Side Projects

While things are pretty quiet on the Punch Brothers front the various members are keeping themselves very very busy. As well as hosting the new season of A Prairie Home Companion mandolinist and singer Chris Thile will release his album with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, on the 27th January. Banjo player Noam Pikelny’s new solo album Universal Favorite is due for release in March this year and was produced by Punch Brothers fiddle player Gabe Witcher. Witcher has also produced a solo album for guitarist Chris “Critter” Eldridge which will hopefully come out this year. Bassist Paul Kowert is prepping a new album as well with his trio Haas Kowert Tice (featuring Brittany Haas and Jordan Tice). All in all this might be the biggest year ever for fans of Punch Brothers.


Rhiannon Giddens Rhiannon Giddens

With her new album Freedom Highway due on the 24th February and an Australian tour this April (including an appearance at Bluesfest), 2017 could well be the year Rhiannon Giddens solidifies her Australian fanbase. Freedom Highway delves deep into black American history with songs based on slave narratives of the 19th century through to the civil rights movements of the 1960s. This may be Giddens’s most powerful work to date.

The Morrisons The Morrisons

There was a time when you couldn’t move in Sydney without bumping into a gig from The Morrisons. But over the last 18 months or so The Morrisons have become a little more scarce as the members focus on their side projects, although they continue to shine with their Paul Kelly and O Brother Where Art Thou? theme shows. In recent months the band have started posting photos from the studio and as we write this it looks like The Morrisons are on the verge of announcing the release of their debut album and a bunch of tour dates – 2017 is going to be the year The Morrisons come back in a big bad way.

Timberwolf Timberwolf

Adelaide based indie-folk singer-songwriter Timberwolf has been quietly plugging away at the scene for a while now and I feel as though 2017 will be his year. Having already garnered attention from triple j for his new single “Washed Out” Timberwolf is about to release his debut album and has a bunch of tour dates through the end of January and the start of February. Once the album is announced expect to see Timberwolf through 2017.

2017 Album Release Schedule

6th January: 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory – Dropkick Murphys
13th January: Gentlewoman, Ruby Man – Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White
13th January: Laws of Gravity – The Infamous Stringdusters
13th January: Endless – The McClymonts
20th January: Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra – Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra
20th January: Dragonfly – Kasey Chambers
27th January: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
27th January: Seven Long Years – Musketeer
27th January: Stitch of the World – Tift Merritt
3rd February: Big Machine – Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band
10th February: Memories Are Now – Jesca Hoop
10th February: Best Of – Old Crow Medicine Show
17th February: Windy City – Alison Krauss
17th February: Postcards From The Shell House – Busby Marou
17th February: Life Will See You Now – Jens Lekman
17th February: Highway Queen – Nikki Lane
17th February: Prisoner – Ryan Adams
24th February: Freedom Highway – Rhiannon Giddens
27th February: Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood – Sun Kil Moon
March – Universal Favorite – Noam Pikelny
3rd March: When We Fall – All Our Exes Live In Texas
3rd March: Ironbark – The Waifs
10th March: Semper Femina – Laura Marling
16th March: The Order of Time – Valerie June
31st March: Life Love Flesh Blood – Imelda May

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2016

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You’ve heard what we think the top albums of 2016 were, but lets be honest this is the piece you’ve really been waiting for.

Every year we reach out to the community of folk and acoustic musicians in Australia and around the world to ask them to pick their favourite album or EP of the year, and this year they came through in spades.

So without further waffle may we present to you this year’s Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2016.

Bill ChambersEagle & The Wolf
Bill ChambersCold Trail
What a record. Bill just turns up when he feels like it and shows us all how it’s done. The title track is one of the best driving songs ever written and we’ve done A LOT of driving this year! This record has been with us on every trip and inspires us as artists of the alt. country genre to dig deep and keep being real, in life and in music. He’s the baddest and the best.

James KenyonAnna Cordell
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
This album takes me into such a beautiful space, it is so beautifully written and produced, I find myself smiling every time I listen to it – I’m entranced and inspired.

Joe MungovanImogen Clark
Joe MungovanWay Down South
Joe totally embodies the Joni Mitchell quote about songwriting, “The closer you get to your heart is the closer you get to everyone else’s”. This EP is an evolution for him, the production is so sparse and spacey, almost Bon Iver-ish, and very different from the folky style of his first EP. But what remains is Joe’s amazing ability to capture so perfectly the melancholy of the human condition with his beautiful melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics. A big 5 stars from me. Love ya, Joe!

Piers FacciniSam Lee
Piers FacciniI Dreamed An Island
This album only came out a couple of weeks ago but I think needs mentioning in this years crop. Piers is one of the finest male singers and his musicianship is exquisite. It’s an album of great sensitivity with deep thought and poetry inside. The songs are so well formed, he has a knack at creation of timeless soundings orgs.

DD DumboDan Flynn
D.D DumboUtopia Defeated
Oliver has really found his own unique sound while incorporating some diverse influences including folk, electronic and world music. I was really impressed with his songwriting and his ability to draw you in to his strange little world. I also love the production with all those sonic layers that reveal themselves over repeated listens. Amazing debut.

Michael KiwanukaSkyscraper Stan
Michael KiwanukaLove and Hate
I got hooked on this album while touring around New Zealand. The songwriting is melodic, the dynamics are masterful and the closing track, “Final Frame”, kicks me in the guts.

William CrightonJosh Rennie-Hynes
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
I first heard William at Nannup at the start of this year and loved it. He’s a great performer and his songs are top notch. This album captures all of that perfectly. The production is spot on and is a testament to the benefits of what a more DIY approach to recording can achieve.

Bon IverTanya Batt (BATTS)
Bon Iver22, A Million
There have been a lot of amazing releases this year, Canary, Braille Face and Hayden Calnin were three I wanted to choose too. However, it had to be Bon Iver. The most highly anticipated album in my life, it did not disappoint. This album means so much to me, It’s an extremely innovative album within soundscapes and also so raw, filled with emotion. Many tears were shed when I first listened.

MoulettesClaude Hay
MoulettesPreternatural
Moulettes new album Preternatural really grabed me from the first second, Distorted Cello, Oboe, guitar bass drums and they all sing insane harmonies perfectly live….Audio candy

Bill HuntLiam Gale (Liam Gale & the Ponytails)
Bill HuntUpwey
Conversational, melodic, witty and hooky songwriting flood through the beautiful ebb and flow of Upwey, Hunt’s first of many offerings. The songs are hued by a consistent arrangement of drums, bass, violin and Hunt’s subtle and precise guitar style. But they don’t rely on these arrangements; each song a story, assisted by the swell of instrumentation to convey the tales that swing from the near Latin grooves of “Odalik” to the slow sexy grind of “Sea of Love”. At six tracks long, it leaves you wanting more. Perfect.

Childish GambinoSahara Beck
Childish GambinoAwaken, My Love!
Listening to this album is like switching off the real world and stepping into an original and new world. I find it very inspiring.

Oh PepThe Little Stevies
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
I think the songwriting on Stadium Cake is really interesting. The songs take me to a place that I’m not expecting both lyrically and musically when I begin listening to them and they keep me guessing, which I absolutely love. The arrangements and production are also super cool, and I’m simply just a big fan of talented women and female partnerships doing great things in the arts.

Side PonyFanny Lumsden
Lake Street DiveSide Pony
It seriously makes me the most joy filled human ever. Side Pony is possibly my biggest songwriting envy of late and they just really nail that motown meets pop retro good times.

Nick CaveMiles O’Neil (Miles and Simone)
Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
I was scared to listen to this album due to the tragic circumstances surrounding it. Finally
mustering the courage one bright morning I listened to it through while walking beside the sea.
I stopped many times during that walk to sit and, floored, marvel at the breathtakingly
sadness and beauty captured in what is, to me and I’m sure many others, a masterpiece.

Hayden CalninForest Falls
Hayden CalninCut Love Pt 1/2
Hayden is an absolute stayer of the Melbourne music scene, but it’s for good reason. This record is world-class. Sparse, rich, cinematic, and desperate in its feel, it holds on to you long after the first listen.

Button CollectiveThe Bottlers
The Button CollectiveThe Lonesome Sea
As a softly lilting mandolin emerges from the silence of the opening track, Brodie’s haunting lyrical ballad begins to unravel the story of the heartbreak of a man, torn between travelling the lonesome sea and those who he has left behind. This beautiful yet bittersweet combination of well-travelled wordsmithing and an instrumental palate carrying a nostalgically truthful warmth, could be heard in any far-flung tavern in the dead of night, as tired candles flicker. Finishing with a raucous fling titled “Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy”, the Button Collective’s release concludes on a stirring high, twisting your arm to crave another ale. The EP’s recording, mixing and mastering add a special flair, as you hear the charismatic live-elements that give you a heart-swelling, beer-swilling singalong that you can partake in at any time. Well done fellas!

The Dreaming RoomPhia
Laura MvulaThe Dreaming Room
Her lyrics explore feminism, faith, self-worth, race, and her harmonies, arrangements and production are deep and multi-hued. One of the most exciting songwriters around, unafraid to experiment with multi-genre collaborations, like the London Symphony Orchestra and Nile Rodgers.

JoyGordon Wallace (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
The Peep TempelJoy
This is a great third album by the Melbourne based three piece that has initial flavours of 90s Aussie pub punk/bloke rock (like Cosmic Psychos) but that is just the beginning – the album is musically quite varied, with intelligent, dark, caustically humorous and often political lyrics with moments of honest beauty.

Wartime SweetheartsJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Wartime SweetheartsSo Long Sparta
It’s always great when a local artist drops something as fully formed and self-assured as Louise Nutting’s second album under the Wartime Sweethearts moniker. Experimental without forgetting the songcraft, it deserves its rightful place amongst the St Vincents, Dirty Projectors and My Brightest Diamonds of the art pop world. Props to local label Art As Catharsis, whose releases in October alone spanned from Wartime Sweethearts to Hashashin’s eastern mathrock and No Haven’s dark hardcore. Eclecticism rules the day!

BeyonceTaryn La Fauci
BeyoncéLemonade
To create and release a piece of work that is so intricately linked and ordered, one you must listen to from start to finish to understand the whole was really refreshing! The film that accompanied the album was also richly interesting, deep and powerful. To address themes such as infidelity and race and then to weave them powerfully into a full album, which on release caused so much controversy and started a conversation world wide, I thought was really great.

Melody PoolKevin Mitchell (Bob Evans)
Melody PoolDeep Dark Savage Heart
Another beautiful record from the most under-rated songwriter in Australia. “Love, She Loves Me” gives me goose bumps every time.

Winter WheatFrank Turner
John K SamsonWinter Wheat
I am a long term partisan of John’s work, so it’s not surprising that I liked this record. But god-DAMN, the man just keeps delivering. This record had me in tears three times on my first listen through, and it gets better with age.

David BowieWilliam Crighton
David BowieBlackstar
My favourite album from 2016 is Blackstar from David Bowie. There were a lot of great albums but I listened to it the most.

TigallerroSteven Barnard (Arbori, Jon Cotton)
Phonte and Eric RobersonTigallerro
Smooth grooves, dope rhymes, sweet melodies. You’d be hard pressed to find another 2016 record his year that has this flow, though Anderson Paaks’ Malibu is a close second. It rolls effortlessly from track to track and the inevitable ass shaking comes with a no “slutty table top twerking” guarantee. It’s rare that a hip hop record explores what it means to be a man of sexual fidelity, a family man, and even man of faith in higher power. Getting hype or turning down, my morning wake up or my party starter, this record has been a solid find.

Julia JacklinJesse Lubitz (TinPan Orange)
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
This album is a gem. The more I listen to this record, the more the songs shimmer and shine with a beautiful honesty. Jacklin’s songwriting is earnest and her voice perfect – it feels like an important voice which dances delicately on a wire between mundanity and profundity.

Bon IverOliver’s Army
Bon Iver22, A Million
Although becoming more and more electronic heavy, Justin Vernon’s signature haunting melodies and dynamic vocals remain consistently endearing. I found the production to be quite bold and experimental, and I love that they’re continuing to explore their sound and push it in new directions. Sonically, it’s spacious and beautiful.

RadioheadKim Churchill
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
My top album of 2016 has probably got to go to A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead. It really hit me at the perfect moment. I was deep in the studio and sometimes getting a bit overly flustered by how complex the process of recording can be. I think Radiohead have done something incredible in the way this album is so relaxed, so subtle, but so powerful. There is this beautiful calm confidence that I am completely in awe of. To be alive whilst their legacy is still being added to is a real treat!

Conor OberstThomas Busby (Busby Marou)
Conor OberstRuminations
Brave, personal and heart achingly real. It feels like you’re in the room with him as he’s pouring his heart out.

Iggy PopEm George
Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
It would be a total lie for me to say that I have been patiently and politely waiting for a new Iggy Pop record because I’ve been extremely impatient and downright rude, mouthing off to my vinyl copy of Lust for Life, begging to the Iggy Pop gods for a new release and then Post Pop Depression hit in March this year. Produced by Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), the entire album is gritty and dark, sharp and tight with that small hint of sadness that lies just under the surface of Iggy Pop’s music. However in true Iggy fashion, the melodies and heavy drums lift the album into something that is hard to define, taking you to another place. My pick for 2016!

KaleoGerrit Gmel (Citizen of the World)
KaleoA/B
I came across these guys on Spotify a few months ago as they were our number one associated artist then. I had never heard of them before but their album has been on repeat ever since. Their album is incredibly varied, with high-energy songs like “Way Down We Go” and soft ballads like “Save Yourself”. An emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.

Gregory PorterJoe Glover (Shelley’s Murder Boys, Backsliders)
Gregory PorterTake me to the Alley
I watched a YouTube clip of Gregory Porter performing on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and watched it several times over, absolutely mesmerised. The album is just as mesmerising; full of soul, jazz and RnB, beautiful arrangements and Porter’s effortless delivery; just enough grit and soul to keep the jazz interesting! I listen to this album when I want something that will absolutely zone me out of where I am and what I am doing, Porter’s soothing voice is like being wrapped up in blanket and given a cup of hot cocoa.

Bruce MolskyShell Eves (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
Bruce MolskyCan’t Stay Here This a-Way
Bruce Molsky always manages to bring such a rich, unique sound to the old-time classics. His latest album is no exception. His fiddle-singin’ gives me warm fuzzies akin to sitting by a campfire under a starry sky.

David BowieJimmy Murray (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
David BowieBlackstar
It was hot, humid January afternoon driving through a sun-shower when I first listened to David Bowie’s Blackstar album. Released just 2 days after his death aged 69 this is an amazing final piece of work from this incredible artist. The hauntingly beautiful voice and instrumentation echos with songs about finality and death. Listening to this I was filled pure joy, sadness and reflection of this artist’s inspirational legacy.

Black Mountain String bandThe Plough
Black Mountain String BandTime Traveller
This year The Plough discovered the Canberra based Black Mountain String Band and can’t get enough of them. The exuberance and variety they bring to a live show is showcased beautifully in their recording. Their mix of traditional and original songs and instrumentals take the listener back in time through a landscape of high energy Old Time, Western Swing, triangle pumping Cajun and plucky Fiddle polkas. This CD’s been on high rotation in the Lancer’s CD stacker ever since it was launched in the bush capital on a chilly winters night.

TyrannamenFraser A Gorman
TyrannamenTyrannamen
A brilliant, gruff mixture of Memphis Garage-soul blended deep in a gravel filled, VB bottle of Australian 70’s pub rock. Eight tracks long, all killer no filler.

Margo PriceNick Payne (Dear Orphans)
Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
Margo is one of the first of a new breed of Americana artists to come out of the new epicentre of country music in East Nashville. Alongside Cale Tyson, Michaela Anne, Erin Rae, et al., these guys are playing authentic honky-tonk reminiscent of 1970s outlaw country, yet with their own fresh take. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter reminds me of the edgiest tracks from Dolly Parton, and the fact she is the first country act signed to Jack White’s Third Man Records is a testament to the quality of this album.

Oh PepJames Kenyon
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
Stadium Cake is a brilliant album – brave arrangements, tight pop writing, great lyrics and Liv’s voice is a pleasure. I love the ambition of the album, and the assuredness the result. It’s an inspiring record

Julia JacklinAinsley Farrell
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
I’ve had the chance to see Julia perform these songs over the past couple years so I’ve been very excited for her album. She has an incredible songwriting talent topped by this powerful yet vulnerable voice that’ll break your heart and put it back together again all in one go. If you get the chance to see her and her band live I wouldn’t miss it.

Liz StringerMel Parsons
Liz StringerAll The Bridges
I have been a fan of Liz for a good few years now, I’m completely smitten with her voice – all husk, beauty and pain. I had high expectations for her new album, and All The Bridges delivers and then some, it’s been on repeat in my house since it arrived.

CanaryKathleen Mary Lee
CanaryI Am Lion
I like this because it is a celebration of very big, very beautiful feelings that I reckon have no other way of being celebrated other than through this kind of emotionally epic music. The lyrics are attempts at honesty and the music is always their non verbal emotional equivalent, making the album a very cathartic experience. If you want it to be. A bit of a masterpiece

Eagle and the WolfSam Buckingham
Eagle & The WolfEagle & The Wolf
Sarah brings out Kris’s sweetness and Kris brings out Sarah’s no bullshit strength – making this album the perfect balance of heart and “fuck you”. It just sounds like two musicians being real and having a ball. Awesome songwriting, perfect harmonies – it’s golden.

Sian EvansTori Forsyth
Sian EvansHow Time Has Treated Thee
This EP has only swept across my table recently but it is hands down a stand out. It makes me feel happy, sad and inspired all in one hit!

Songs From DanLucie Thorne
Dan TuffySongs From Dan
Aussie expat (now Dutch resident) and legend Dan Tuffy (Big Low, Wild Pumpkins at Midnight) has made one of my favourite albums not just of 2016 but of all time (seriously!). Co-produced by Melbourne’s Matt Walker, and recorded partly here in Melbourne, and partly in Holland, this album is an extraordinary collection from a true poet who sings straight to the heart of it all. Check it out folks!

Sian EvansHusky Gawenda (Husky)
Damien JuradoVisions Of Us On The Land
While this is Damien Jurado’s twelth album, it is the first I heard of him. Visions is a psychedelic, mystical odyssey, one that takes place within and without. The internal wanderings, the struggles and revelations, mirror an external landscape that is both beautiful and haunting. Each listen draws you further into these mirror worlds and all the while Jurado’s songs and sounds are immediately and undeniably striking.

Tracy McNeilLeah Flanagan
Tracy McNeil and the Good LifeThieves
Thieves is such an enjoyable record to listen to. It’s poppy and catchy yet underneath the veneer of fun singalong good times the songs themselves incredibly well crafted and arranged. Tracey writes a damn good song and if you’re lucky enough to see her band live, you’ll see them play those songs damn well too.

Adora EyeMusketeer
Adora EyeIf You Need A King, I’ve Been Prepared All My Life
This is probably the most raw and enduring folk album I have listened to all year. I am sure that this Swedish singer-songwriter was up all night writing this album in a smokey boat in the Stockholm harbour somewhere. You can almost see him clutching that ink pen with a red right hand, as his pet raven swings in a cage above his head eating dead beetles.

Hiss Golden MessengerDave Powys (The Paper Kites)
Hiss Golden MessengerHeart Like A Levee
I heard this album playing in a record store in London, and as I flicked through racks of vinyl I was drawn into the melodies and depth of his song writing. Every now and then you come across an artist who really moves you, or scratches an itch you never knew you had – this album has done both for me.

The Kill Devil HillsCatherine Traicos
The Kill Devil HillsIn On Under Near Water
This album encapsulates all that I love about the The Kill Devil Hills. A mad racket of noise, it pulses with life and is as ripe with heartfelt ballads as it is with sexy, sinister, badass, guitar driven numbers. Enjoy with whiskey.

Robert Ellis10 String Symphony
Robert EllisRobert Ellis
His first self-produced effort combines thoughtfully crafted songs with unique and interesting arrangements, expertly performed by him and his killer band. It’s the full package real deal and we love it so much.

The Dead MaggiesThe Dead Maggies
The Cloves and The TobaccoAcross The Horizon
TCATT are one of many celt-punk bands making great music in Java, and this album is a standout. It’s straight up driving celtic punk, with big powerful singalong choruses that tug the heartstrings. Good arrangements and musicianship help make this album great. We played with them in their hometown of JogJakarta, in the attic of a vegetarian cafe. The power cut out just before the gig, so the bands went ahead and played unplugged, it was a great moment of sweaty singalongs.

Howe GelbMark Moldre
Howe GelbFuture Standards
Late night meanderings. Laid back, whisky infused jazz piano. Wordplay and lyrical twists that stand alongside the wit of Ira Gershwin and Hoagy Carmichael with the quiet phrasing of Chet Baker. Gelb continues to walk to his own beat – confounding expectations whilst smashing and recreating genres. His history has always hinted towards a love of jazz and occasionally detoured into Monk style musings – here Gelb embraces it wholeheartedly.

TullaraSian Evans
TullaraBetter Hold On
Earthy folk and roots with a dash of dirty grunge, Tullara presents her debut EP Better Hold On. Featuring her superb guitar slinging and percussive finger tapping wizardry, genius pop-roots arrangements and powdery vocals; it’s as if an Aussie Taylor Swift, John Butler and Andy Mckee were entrapped in a love triangle and spawned gold threads of wild honesty weaving together this admirable little Roots record. It’ll jerk a tear and invoke a bit of primal badass equally.

TaliskJake Pember (The Button Collective)
TaliskAbyss
Ever since first hearing Mohsen Amini’s amazing concertina playing earlier this year I have been a little bit obsessed with this band. They have the perfect blend of traditional and modern styles, and each member has such command of their instruments that every track feels as natural and flowing as a conversation.

Max SavageKaurna Cronin
Max SavageTrue Believers
Max has a brilliant ability to invite his audiences into the narrative of his works. With brilliant imagery and musicianship True Believers captures a great snapshot of true Australian culture, while also creating a great sense of nostalgia by grasping that 80’s Australian rock sound perfectly. The perfect soundtrack for an Australian road trip or any suburban household.

Nick CaveAlex L’Estrange
Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
Amongst all the huge artists that dropped albums in 2016, and the loads of Australian artists that arguably dropped career highlights (Ball Park Music, These Guy, D.D Dumbo), there was one album that I found myself frequently listening to, uninterrupted, alone on the hi-fi, and that was Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. It’s not necessarily my favourite, I think it’s an impossible task to name a favourite, but it was the first album that came to mind for this list, and that means more than anything. Hearing it coupled with the film One More Time With Feeling was challenging, given its subject matter. But its atmosphere was expertly executed; dynamic, fluid, smooth and heartbreaking. The rooms of Air, La Frette and Retreat studios are beautifully on display in songs like “Girl in Amber”, where the wispy backing vocals of The Bad Seeds hauntingly resonate across the walls. These contrast the desperate and almost maddening mantras of “I Need You”. What makes it a truly extraordinary album, is that it isn’t just doom and gloom. ‘Skeleton Tree’ doesn’t dwell on tragedy, it addresses it as part of the human condition, and there is an underlying beauty in that.

William CrightonClaire Ann Taylor
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
The storytelling and the whole atmosphere created by Crighton on this album is incredible. His dark, brooding voice and emotive style of delivery, commanded my attention from the first moment I heard it.

Andy ShaufWilliam Fitzsimmons
Andy ShaufThe Party
This was my favorite album of the year for one simple reason: MELODY!!! Andy is everything that’s right about classic “pop” music; never playing a note without a damn good reason for doing so, and songwriting that makes you feel something deep in your gut. He’s the worthy musical son of Harry Nilsson that we’ve longingly been waiting for.

LuciusRuby Boots
LuciusGood Grief
I have to choose this album because I’m still, since its release, pulling away the layers on it. Although it’s a predominantly pop record, the lyrical content and melodic arrangements are so intelligent and accessible all at once – a fine line that is hard to walk. The girls’ voices are otherworldly and tend to make me forget where I am and what I’m doing every time I put this album on. I still can’t get enough of it.

WetLacey Cole (Lazy Colts)
WetDon’t You
If you have a soft spot for B-grade pop ballads/R&B this Brooklyn-based three piece may just have written the soundtrack of your 90s-nostalgia drenched dreams. Their latest album Don’t You is a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine. Helmed by the stunning front-woman Kelly Zutrau, her unusual vocal inflections and impassioned delivery suggest an emotional complexity in what may otherwise be confused as banal sentiments (one song is called “Baby, You’re The Best”). Once combined with the lush production and rhythms of the band – assigned with the noble task of turning tears into toe-tappers – these songs are wonderfully earnest, rarely overwrought and exactly what you need right now.

James KenyonJoe Murphy (The Timbers)
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
I have been lucky enough to see James play a couple of times. His beautifully crafted songs are reminiscent of great songwriters like Paul Kelly. The album is a stunning representation of his work.

JRHMabel Windred-Wornes (Charm of Finches)
Josh Rennie-HynesFurthermore
I love this album. It’s got so much warmth, it’s spacious. I listen to it late at night doing my homework and it’s so calming. It’s like the energy he captured recording it in the hills of Woodford transmits. We met him at Bendigo Blues and Roots Fest this year and felt we’d discovered a rare gem. He’s an amazing songwriter.

Tom BrosseauMatt Bauer
Tom BrosseauNorth Dakota Impressions
Beautiful storytelling, vivid imagery, and an incredible sense of place. I’ve always loved Tom’s records and he’s at the top of his game here writing about his native North Dakota.

Jim JamesTimberwolf
Jim JamesEternally Even
It’s a pretty passionate political plea and America needed a timely voice. He even released it the day before election day. I think his voice is very much from another world, so that’s an important “third person” kind of perspective. It’s a well sequenced collection of songs, and I really love the warm psych and soul inspired production/composition. Maybe I’m just biased because I know that Jim James and Blake Mills would make up my sonic dream-team.

Nigel WearneJustin Bernasconi (The Stillsons)
Nigel WearneDrawing Circles
Nigel has really forged his own fingerpicking techniques on both the banjo and guitar on this album, and his voice tenderly delivers every song with intense concern and passion. Just check out the live version of the title track.

The Kill Devil HillsMark ‘Looch’ Lewis – (Wifey/Handsome Young Strangers)
The Kill Devil HillsIn On Under Near Water
I have always loved this band. In all their incarnations and styles whether that is folk, country, gospel, rock or what I call the “WA dirge” (Kim Salmon, Drones type bass driven tunes). Hard to believe it is now 12 years since the release of their debut Heathen Songs when that “Drinkin’ Too Much” song first got my attention. And while it has been 7 years since the last studio album Man You Should Explode, the good news is that I reckon this is the most cohesive album yet. Cracking harmonies, great playing and strong tunes. Tracks like “The Nets”, “Chinese Burns” and notably “The Kid” are 3 of the best tunes they have released. Let’s hope there is more output and touring to come.

Austin LucasMatt Golotta (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Austin LucasBetween the Moon & the Midwest
I spend a fair bit of time on the road traveling to see my partner and this record became the perfect traveling companion for me. Took a few listens to get into and also realise it’s a concept album which draws from Lucas’ own past experiences. Without spoiling the outcome, it follows the luckless musician Richard, his partner Kristie Rae and his best friend William. It features killer song writing with pedal steel, twangy tele, country influences with punk rock subtlety, numerous guest vocals from the likes of John Moreland and Corey Brannan, and a cracker duet with Lydia Loveless “Wrong Side of the Dream”, dealing with the struggles and plights that many musicians face. My song of the record is “William”, the solo acoustic number at the end that makes you feel like you’ve just been kicked in the guts. Songwriting at its finest.

Cody JinksAndrew Cavalieri (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Cody JinksI’m Not the Devil
Raw, honest and heartache. That is this album! The first track really sets the mood for the rest of the album, but is broken up by “Chase This Song” which is a damn banger of a driving song! The outlaw vibe flowing from Junks’ music really prepares you for some hard times and disappointment in life. Bloody hell I love this album! Honorable mentions: Murlocs – Young Blindness, Jonny Fritz – Sweet Creep and Mudcrutch – 2.

Wartime SweetheartsLaura Bishop (Chaika)
Wartime SweetheartsSo Long Sparta
A killer voice, some super awesome writing skills, and an obsession with bodybuilders (hello Ms Olympia!) make this my favourite album of 2016. Wartime Sweethearts, aka singer-keyboardist-loop artist-songwriter Louise Nutting, signed to Art As Catharsis Records this year and released an album full of all the beats and electric piano and vocal harmony sounds that I like to hear (and I wish I could make) – and my favourite track “Figure It In, Figure It Out” has all the unexpected twistings and turnings of chord progressions that I wish I could write. One day Chaika will make sounds like this! One day…

Neil YoungTristan Goodall (The Audreys)
Neil YoungPeace Trail
Well with everyone saying we should just put 2016 behind us (although to be honest we should probably be approaching 2017 with a little trepidation too) I’ve decided not to dig too deeply into the past when thinking of my favorite record release of the year. I’ve loved many, but my recent love is the just-released 37th album by Neil Young. Peace Trail is short, musically experimental within its tight three piece band approach, and lyrically angry and poignant. I love it for the drummer’s drummer Jim Keltner and the way his delicate touch chases Neil’s quirky phrasing around the songs. I love it because it captures another freeze frame moment from a restless and undaunted songwriter, and I love it, of course, for those mighty guitar tones.

Davey CraddockLachlan Bryan
Davey CraddockCity West
2016 was a great year for my friends releasing good music. Melody Pool comes to mind, as do The Weeping Willows, Henry Wagons, Ange Boxall and Bill Jackson. It’s actually really hard to contribute to a “best of” list when you’re close to many of the artists – it’s hard to be objective – even after I rule out the records I was actually involved in making. Actually – it’s always hard to be objective, whether you know the artists or not. Furthermore, judging a whole body of work is hard – and for me, more than ever, 2016 was the year of the song (as opposed to the album or EP). And as songs go, the one that’s really stuck with me this year is the song “Number 9” by Davey Craddock. I love the cricket references. I asked Davey if he was a diehard cricket fan like me. He’s not. I was bitterly disappointed.

The Stray BirdsThe Mae Trio
The Stray BirdsMagic Fire
The Stray Birds made our fave album of 2014 and they’ve done it again in spectacular style with Magic Fire. It’s everything about this album and this band, the playing, the three part harmony and songs that are unabashed, true and unadorned. Magic Fire is a reminder of the things that matter, it’s definitely a fire and maybe a little bit magic.

Tori ForsythAndrew Swift
Tori ForsythBlack Bird
This EP is right up there as one of my favourite releases of 2016. From the moment I heard the opening title track, “Black Bird”, I knew that I was in for a treat. The diversity on display within the 5 tracks of Tori Forsyth’s debut release excites me. The songs are so well crafted and presented with such a mature sound, especially for someone so young. I’m eagerly awaiting the next release from one of Australia’s most promising young songwriters.

Hayden CalninRoscoe James Irwin
Hayden CalninCut Love Pt 1
A beautiful album from Melbourne artist Hayden Calnin. Drenched in melancholy and ambient awesomeness, this album had me at hello. (One of my favourite live shows of 2016 as well).

Jordie LaneNadine Budge (The Stetson Family)
Jordie Lane & The SleepersGLASSELLLAND
Have to say I’ve been particularly digging Jordie Lane’s GLASSELLLAND this last couple of months – with mighty input from the multi-talented Clare Reynolds. Let’s face it, Jordie’s a bit of an all-round talented guy!

Melody PoolDavey Craddock
Melody PoolDeep Dark Savage Heart
One of my fave local album’s of the year was Melody Pool’s Deep Dark Savage Heart. I’m a sucker for strings and a massive chorus and I love the way the songs build from really intimate, delicate and ornate passages into full-blown, wailing-on-a-mountain top with Stevie Nicks, 100 soaring bats and a thunderstorm moments. I saw her launch it at the Abbotsford Convent earlier this year and it was a really powerful and affecting show for me.

Methyl EthylTim Guy
Methyl Ethel – “No.28”
I know it’s not an album, but I’ve listened to this song more than any other this year, and it only came out a little while back. It has a lot going for it – great rhythm behind a smart piece of songwriting and then the whole thing is bathed in a deep silver mercury type thing. An Australian classic I swear.

DocksThe Staves
Amanda BergmanDocks
Our favourite album of 2016 is Docks by Amanda Bergman. Her voice is utterly sublime. You want to listen to every word she says. The music is dreamy, deep, soft, moody with melodies that whirr deliciously around your mind for days and weeks on end.

Katie BriannaRaechel Whitchurch
Katie BriannaVictim or the Heroine
I picked this album up when Katie and I did a songwriters showcase together. Sitting beside her listening to her songs was so magical – her voice is one of the most enchanting I have ever heard and her lyrics hit you right in the feels every time. Reminds me of a young Lucinda!

James KenyonMandy Connell (Stray Hens)
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
James’ lyrics have that magic of time and place usually associated with voices like Paul Kelly or Bruce Springsteen. You can practically smell his scenes. You’re there. This album captures the voice but better than that, like a Tim Winton book, its a record that makes you present in Kenyon’s stories.

Jordie LaneLiz Stringer
Jordie Lane & The SleepersGLASSELLLAND
It’s no secret that Jordie Lane and I are good mates. We grew up together, musically speaking, and I am more familiar with his work than with most other artist’s. His new album, his first full-length release in five years, is called GLASSELLLAND, recorded by Jordie himself in various make-shift recording spaces in North Los Angeles and co-produced by his fiercely talented partner, Clare Reynolds, who also co-wrote half of the songs and sings and plays a heap of instruments on the record. Jordie’s songwriting and musicianship continue to evolve and stretch out with the years and these songs, and the way they’re recorded, ache with longing while driving forward with a swagger and a playful showmanship, melodically rich and hooky as fuck. I always become a bit weepy listening to Jordie sing. And, now, the combination of him and Clare ruins me every time. Beautiful.

David BowieColin Jones (Colin Jones & The Delta Review)
David BowieBlackstar
An exceptional reflection on final days and the unknown. Every note by Bowie, McCaslin and the band emphasize the chaos and fragility of life. There is no better swansong for an artist.

A Moon Shaped PoolEmma Anglesey
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
A Moon Shaped Pool completely surrenders to simple truths that both lie in plain sight and in the messy tangled, kicking and screaming realities of life. The epic levels of angst in the opening track “Burn the Witch” are like an exorcism – Jonny Greenwood’s sharp string arrangement take you right to the edge – and then from there it’s like Alice falling through the rabbit hole of raw emotion and you go deeper and deeper.

DawesTim Hart (Boy & Bear)
DawesWe’re All Gonna Die
Some of the best lyric writing welded on to some pretty simple, but catchy, pop songs. Produced by Blake Mills (Alabama shakes, Laura Marling), this is a great record start to finish if you can forgive some slightly John Mayer sounding guitars that pop their head up from time to time. This I the record I keep coming back to this year

Oh PepRebecca Bastoli
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
I don’t think I have ever been so entranced, excited or exhausted by the journey of listening to an album start to finish.

Bon IverDustin Tebbutt
Bon Iver22, A Million
Bon Iver has once again exceeded expectations on this release. It’s both familiar and foreign, delicately coloured, softly focused yet angular and stark. It’s brave, honest and all the things that I loved about Justin’s earlier works, without coming close to formulaic. It’s colloquial and conversational, yet inherently profound. Incredible stuff both musically and sonically.

Margo PriceJosie Rothwell (Peasant Moon)
Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
There’s something comforting about Margo Price’s debut album, almost like I’d listened to it before, but not in an overly familiar sort of way. Perhaps there’s something in her glorious voice that reminds me of my parent’s Dolly Parton records. She’s a great story teller, and I want to know more about her heartaches and headaches, particularly when accompanied by her crack band. I’m also proud to say my 4 year daughter keeps calling for “Hurtin’ (on the Bottle)” when we’re in the car – and I can’t think of anything else I’d want her to be listening to right now.

BJ BarthamHarvey Russell (Peasant Moon)
BJ BarhamRockingham
It pains me to say this but BJ Barham’s new-found sobriety has coincided with a serious coming of age as a songwriter. Taking a (very) short break from American Aquarium duties, BJ’s solo release (a genuine side-project) is seriously hard-hitting stuff. It rivals Aquarium’s 2012 release Burn. Flicker. Die. for intensity, but of a completely different nature. With sparse arrangements (often acoustic) Barham, as storyteller, gives you an uncensored and unashamed glimpse into how rural America has been left behind. Not for the faint hearted.

William CrightonSam Newton
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
I’d caught Crighton perform a bunch of times at local venues around Sydney and really dug his tune (and especially the music video) “Woman Like You” prior to this album’s release. So I was anticipating this release. Really excited for it. I was stoked when I heard that he and producer Matt Sherrod came through with the goods. Big time. Highlights for me are “Riverina Kid”, “Priest” and “2000 Clicks”. In my mind, this one is about as strong as debut albums get.

Chaim TannenbaumEliza Carthy
Chaim TannenbaumChaim Tannenbaum
The album that I have most enjoyed and most visited this year is the debut of the kind, quiet genius Chaim Tannenbaum (Storysound Records). I’ve had the privilege of working with Chaim over the years but it was only recently I realised that I have lived with his distinctive voice and gorgeous humility since I first began to love music. It’s his voice that forms the third harmony in “Complainte pour St Catherine” on the first McGarrigle sisters’ album, a song I played over and over as a child until you could almost see through the record, and he has been quiet companion and producer to theirs and their extended family’s work ever since. It’s somewhat typical of his humility that he has waited this long to make an album, produced by his dear longtime friend and collaborator Loudon Wainwright III. It’s a collection of avuncular stories told in his gorgeously expressive voice with beautiful, minimal production. Some trad, some conversational originals covering everything from the fate of the baseball stadium Ebbets Field to living in a depressing grey London in the endless rain in the 1960s. An album to listen to with your eyes closed by the fire. Again and again, and again.

PinegroveQuinton Trembath
PinegroveCardinal
The lyrics on this album read like the private diary of a well spoken (and well read) guy filled with both anxiety and excitement for life. The musicianship and dynamics complement this introspectiveness well, making it perfectly suited for intense solo listening as well as for being cranked on road trips with friends.

Sean McMahonAlison Ferrier
Sean McMahon and the MoonMenShiner
Sean McMahon’s laid back yet somehow intense vocal brings this fantastic collection of songs to life in my living room. Shiner’s ragged elegance is full of the sort of raunchy country rock I can’t get enough of. Stand out tracks for me: “Shiner” and “Here Comes the Night Again”.

WhitneyEddie Boyd
WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
This album just grew and grew on me since my first listen. Simple, catchy tunes that make me wanna dance or go driving for a long time. I think Whitney nailed everything about this album – the instrumentation, the production, obviously the songs. Also, they’re heaps good live.

Secret PathThe Once
Gord DownieSecret Path
The Tragically HipMan Machine Poem
This year was a hard year in Canadian Music. We have a fella here by the name of Gord Downie. He is a legend. He has helped raise Canadians to be more real with his music. He is the frontman for the band The Tragically Hip. There are not many people in Canada who don’t know who The Hip are. Their music has become part of our DNA. Gord, this year, made a statement saying he has terminal brain cancer so he obviously fighting for the men and women of the north. The folks that have needed a voice for far too long. He is being that voice. He is showing us how to be Canadian and that we can’t be without acknowledging the needs of all of our people, without respecting all of our people. This year, instead of succumbing to his illness, he put out two albums. One with The Hip and one solo. Here they are. They are magic and will go down in history in our great nation. It’s amazing to watch one man build his second legacy.

Cash SavageJessica Cassar (Jep and Dep)
Cash Savage & The Last DrinksOne Of Us
This has everything you want from a record. It’s dirty and beautiful, and dark as hell. Cash sings with a thunderous anguish that cracks, rumbles and echoes so perfectly any sorrow you might have ever had. And like any good storm, the album’s darkness reveals a little light, one that roars some sort of painful end, or much needed beginning. I love this record!

Tracy McNeilGretta Ziller
Tracy McNeil & The GoodlifeThieves
I’ll be the first to admit I’m late to the game when it comes to Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife. I caught their set at Out on the Weekend and was captivated! Their 2016 album Thieves is just so dang easy to listen to, I will confess it is turning into a “chilling on the deck summer favourite” of mine! Please, if you haven’t already, pick up or download a copy of this album and chill!!

Bill JacksonRosie McDonald (RAPT, Trippy Hippy Band, Seanchas)
Bill JacksonThe Wayside Ballads Vol. 2
Bills’ reputation had preceded him before I heard him at Fairlight folk with Ruth Hazelton and Pete Fiddler. I grabbed the opportunity to contribute to his The Wayside Ballads Vol. 2 crowd funding campaign to get Bill and Pete over to Nashville to record with some very fine session players. Bill kept me updated with postcards and messages so I felt like a sideline cheerer in this whole project. Then the CD arrived! Magnificent songs, co-written with Bills’ brother Ross. Bills’ time worn voice, rich and mellow, rootsy, Americana-ish but very very homegrown, local accent, stories big and small, tender and big hearted. Pete’s playing shines in amongst the session guys, a great listen. Music for travel, the cabin, the verandah, anywhere.

Kate Burke and Pete WildMelanie Horsnell
Kate Burke and Pete WildLive at St Peters
In my small town we have the most marvellous artists touring through, but I also love our sweet locals, and I adore this live record by Kate Burke and Pete Wild. Pete Wild’s “Mars 1” is a love song about a person who goes on the Mars mission leaving his forever love behind, the Martin-Martin song is an old village favourite and the last love song between Doris and Arthur makes me giggle and lament at the same time. And I adore playing Kate Burkes version of Frozen Man on repeat when everything in life gets a bit much.

MontaigneGretta Ray
MontaigneGlorious Heights
My favourite record that was released in 2016 is without a doubt, Montaigne’s Glorious Heights. What impresses me most about this record is the fact that it is rather evident that the artist went into this project with the intention of experimenting with her sound and taking risks, drawing inspiration from a range of her influences and assuring that each song conveyed a slightly different emotion from the previous track. I believe it was this approach of 20-year-old Jess Sero’s (Montainge) that resulted in the production of what I perceive to be a very imaginative and bold debut album. This record showcases the fact that Jess has, unquestionably, one of the strongest and most commanding voices in the Australian music industry, this being exemplified through the outstanding production and arrangements of the songs that make up Glorious Heights. As well as this, each song is demonstrative of Jess’ incredibly clever and unique songwriting, which I cannot wait to hear more of in years to come; the simplicity yet complexity and quirkiness of a lyric such as “when you touch my skin, I think ‘this isn’t boring'” makes one ponder on such a line, as Jess’ way of writing is different, daring and something that never fails to make me smile. Glorious Heights made me so very excited about how extravagant pop music is becoming in this day and age, and on the whole made me very proud to be a young woman in the Australian music scene.

WhitneyTreetop Flyers
WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
I first started hearing about this band online, so was waiting for the album with anticipation. When it dropped I must have played it back to back straight away, which rarely happens. They are hard to put in a genre, which is really great. No Woman is one of our faves of the year. They are great live and do a version’s of NRBQ’s Magnet, so happy campers over here.

Drive By TruckersShane Nicholson
Drive-By TruckersAmerican Band
In a year of many great records, this stands tall above the crowd. It’s everything I love about the Truckers: gutsy and raw, clever and thoughtful, sometimes irreverent and full of attitude, and sometimes tender and restrained. Imagine a bastard-child born to Son Volt, Matthew Ryan and Uncle Tupelo, but all dressed up in those well-worn and unmistakable Drive-By Truckers clothes. How could that not make for the coolest kid on the block this year?

Conor OberstJack Carty
Conor OberstRuminations
It’s bloody beautiful in its simplicity. Gorgeous songs performed honestly. It seems like every track is a complete performance and any imperfections only enhance the sincerity of it all for me. Such an incredibly good songwriter.

Hayes CarllThe Weeping Willows
Hayes CarllLovers and Leavers
Lovers and Leavers is Hayes Carll’s most personal, introspective and “exposed” album to date, both in terms of the intimate, confessional songwriting and the stripped back arrangements, reminiscent of Heartbreaker era Ryan Adams, never saying too much – or too little. This intimacy draws you in, while Carll’s vulnerability captures you and takes you on a journey through heartache and reflection. Hayes was always in good hands with dynamic duo Joe Henry (producer) and Ryan Freeland (engineer) at the wheel, steering gently towards a common, graceful goal. Henry’s arrangements are characteristically unique yet elegant and tasteful, while Freeland brings his trademark clarity and warmth. Check it out if you’re fans of the late, great Guy Clark and/or Townes Van Zandt or fellow Texans, Steve Earle and Kevin Welch. Stand out tracks: “Sake of The Song”, “The Magic Kid” and “Drive”.

Iggy PopKelly Day (Broads)
Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
Sometimes you’ll find a record that makes you feel high from the moment it begins. Iggy’s new album, channelled through the hooky sounds of Josh Homme and given a Bowie-esque lean, made me grin like a mad person. And then immediately take it for another spin.

Robert EllisMegan Cooper
Robert EllisRobert Ellis
I was waiting to go on air for an interview. While we were pfaffing around getting ready “The High Road” came on. I pretended I knew who Robert Ellis was when I was advised who the artist was that had pretty much hypnotised me in 30 seconds flat. I went out and paid cash money for the album the next day. Every song got me on first listen. Cinematic moments. Super personal bits. Non-standard approaches. Aspirational.

PassengerSam Brittain
PassengerYoung As The Morning, Old As The Sea
Mike has always had a wonderful way of crafting simple and memorable melodies. Combine this with his always captivating lyrics and you have a master songwriter who’s tunes that sneak their way into your day. Songs that sooner or later without realising you find yourself humming whilst waiting in line for your morning coffee. Although often his storytelling veers on on the darker side of heartbreak and loss this latest album has a lighter touch, proving Passenger is and a yard stick for the aspiring modern folk troubadour. A dynamic artist who’s albums have been true to his own brand since day one. Additionally his band on this record are also fantastic live. I recently caught his show to a sold out Vicar Street in Dublin, it was one I won’t soon forget.

Bon IverAde Vincent (The Tiger and Me)
Bon Iver22, A Million
Another great record from Bon Iver – I have loved all three so far. I like how it also pushes into some new and interesting territory with the production. The auto-tuned a cappella of “715 – CR∑∑KS” is a particular highlight

Margaret GlaspyMaia Marsh
Margaret GlaspyEmotions and Math
It makes me feel really empowered whenever I listen to it, as a woman myself playing music. The songs are strong, guitar tone is great and her voice has this amazing growl that cuts through a sincere sensitivy at the same time.

BlondDirewolf
Frank OceanBlond
My hat is profusely off to an artist who can seamlessly bridge so many facets of musical integrity. What I mean by that nonsensical shit is that the entire record is some kind of highly strung soundboard (literally) which either sends you flying high just to get high, or high because you’re just too fucking upset. “Skyline To” and “Seigfried” are perfect examples. The whole collective arrangement kills me too, it’s like listening to recent Bon Iver whilst playing Sega in a radio store – the musicality is superb. I could say a lot more, but I’ll safely surrender by saying it definitely influenced the direction of my mind in doing another record.

Bon IverWildwood Kin
Bon Iver22, A Million
Easily. We’ve never heard anything quite like it. It’s just genius.

Tattletale SaintsGeorge Jackson (The Company, Buffalo Nickel, One Up, Two Down)
Tattletale SaintsTattletale Saints
Nashville based, New Zealand duo Tattletale Saints released their self-titled, second album this year, and it’s beautiful. Cy Winstanley (Guitars, Vocals) can pen songs with the best of them, his offerings on this album range from self-reflective and insightful, to sometimes cynical and cutting but always with a masterful craftsmanship. Vanessa McGown (Double Bass, Vocals) provides both solid and virtuosic Double Bass playing and vintage tinged country vocals. The new album is definitely a departure from their earlier acoustic recordings – but for a new fan, like me coming along, this is a bold and engaging listen complete with a production dripping in vintage tones and depth. Listen, and enjoy!

Genni KaneBill Jackson
Genni KaneSelfies
Ex-member of seminal Australian band, The Flying Emus, Genni Kane has a voice that can’t be denied. This long awaited record shows she is also a very gifted songwriter and the opening track “Little White Dog” is the beginning of a beautiful journey that deserves your attention.

Nancy KerrRuth Hazleton (http://www.billjacksonmusic.com/, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton)
Nancy KerrInstar
A heady mix of poetry, politics and social commentary, Nancy Kerr’s Instar is an achingly beautiful collection of original songs framed within the landscape of traditional folk music. Beautifully performed and produced, Instar is, without doubt, one of the masterpieces of folk from 2016 and a work that will inform the tradition for a long time to come.

Fanny LumsdenThe Pigs
Fanny LumsdenSmall Town Big Shot
This album is full of great songs written from Fanny’s heart. She’s the real McCoy. Whenever we see her play live her songs get stuck in our head for weeks after. “Bravest Of Hearts”, “Soapbox” and “Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down” are just a few of the crackers on this rekid. This is a breath of fresh air for Australian Country Music. We love Fanny! More… More…

Side PonyHannah Acfield (The Acfields)
Lake Street DiveSide Pony
Give me a bit of 60’s sounding soul any day of the week! The songs are catchy, nice melodies and make you wanna move. I’m a sucker for a sterling vocalist. This was fav album for me.

Julia JacklinWillowy
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
An album about the little things in life that somehow manages to sum up the bigger things as well, cutting right through the mess to the heart of it all. Beautifully written and perfectly executed. It’s lovely to see an artist from the Sydney folk music family reaching great heights with an exceptional debut album.

John FlanaganSal Kimber (Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel)
John FlanaganThere’s Another Way To Where You’re Going

Bill ChambersRicky Pann (The Willing Ponies)
Bill ChambersCold Trail
Jen MizeWarnings and Wisdom
Sam BushStoryman
Bill Chambers is an Australian Journeyman troubadour. Songwriter, producer, sideman and front man, Bills live shows have influenced many and earned him a legion of devoted fans. Cold trail is Bills first studio album in four years and reminds the rock pop acts infiltrating modern country of where the heart of country lies. Cold Trail is a collection of honky-tonk “life lived” country that is the real deal. Produced by Bill and Recorded at his son Nash Chambers foggy mountain studios, Cold Trail is a world class record that draws on many influences to deliver country authenticity with Aussie perspective. A cracker record.
It’s a long way from Jen Mize roots in the Appliacian mountains of Georgia and North Carolina as a decedent of Lumbee Tribe of native Americans to the Sunshine coast of Queensland. Jen Mize is the real deal in every respect. An American songwriter with an incredible voice delivering an album packed with dynamic, well-crafted songs that’s all killer no filler. Shane Nicholson’s earthy production, arrangments and playing provide a tastefully rich sonic pallet that does this fine singer justice. The album glides from old-timey to traditional country and honky tonk, setting a very high bar of authenticity. An absolute stand out record.
Sixty-four-year-old Sam Bush has many stories to tell as a musician, innovator, writer and singer. One of my favourite musicians on the planet, Sam is a bluegrass master and the father of newgrass music spawned from his groundbreaking band the New Grass Revival. Sam is arguably one of the most influential mandolin players in history having played with just about everyone from Bill Monroe to Leon Russell. This record is a collection of finely crafted songs with a crack band featuring vocals from Emmylou Harris and Alison Kraus. A masterful record.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Adelaide’s Timberwolf released his new single “Washed Out”. Details here

The National Folk Festival added 33 more acts including Harpeth Rising, Bortier Okoe, The Changing Room, SVER, Apodimi Compania, Gilly Darbey and Vikki Clayton, The Sauerkrauts, Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante, Trouble in the Kitchen, Greshka, Ben Whiting, Mal Webb with Kyle Morrigan, GhostNoises, Fred Smith, Señor Cabrales, Siobhan Owen, The NEO, Old Empire Band, Wedderburn Charming Emus, Direwolf, Saoirse, Martin Doherty & Leigh Birkett, The Rhymer from Ryde and many many more. Details here

TinPan Orange released their new single “See You In The Water”. Details here

Old Crow Medicine Show announce Best Of album for February including two unreleased tracks. Details here

Releases This Week

The Crane Wife
The Crane Wife 10th Anniversary EditionThe Decemberists
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Amerrycana Christmas feat. Catherine Britt, Gregory Page, Katie Brianna, Adam Young, Brielle Davis, Arna Georgia

Katie Brianna

The best and brightest of the Sydney Americana scene come together for a couple of Christmas shows around the city.

Thursday 22nd December – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 23rd December – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Wednesday 21st December – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Amerrycana Christmas feat. Catherine Britt, Gregory Page, Katie Brianna, Adam Young, Brielle Davis, Arna Georgia
Thursday 22nd December – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 23rd December – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Chicks with Picks XMAS Party feat. Hey Lady!, SCABZ, The Last Exposure
Sunday 18th December – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd
Friday 23rd December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Ellie Jane with Mudshadows, Olivia Ruth & Sian Evans
Friday 16th December – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Elwood Myre and Maia Marsh
Thursday 22nd December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Georgia Fair
Saturday 17th December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Guitar Town 3: The Songs Of Steve Earle feat. The Buck Loner Revue, Adam Young & The Haints, The Michael Carpenter Two, Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes, The Willing Ponies, Handasyd Williams, Shawn Lidster, Matthew James Lyons
Sunday 18th December – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Hardcore Troubadour Xmas 2016 w/ Adam Young and Sam Shinazzi
Thursday 22nd December – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark
Saturday 17th December – Hawkesbury Hotel, Windsor, NSW

James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims w/ Magpie Diaries
Friday 23rd December – Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Joseph Tawadros
Friday 16th December – Candelo Town Hall, Candelo, NSW

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans
Friday 16th December – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Jacklin
Friday 16th December – The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 16th December – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 17th December – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 18th December – The Star, Yackandandah, VIC

Kaurna Cronin and Myles Mayo
Friday 16th December – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Leah Flanagan
Sunday 18th December – Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Lime & Steel w/ Chalk & Honey
Saturday 17th December – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Liz Stringer
Friday 16th December – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 18th December – Fremantle Arts Centre – Sunday Music, Fremantle, WA

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen
Friday 16th December – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Phantastic Ferniture Christmas Extravaganza w/ Big White, Flowertruck, Betty & Oswald, Emma Russack, Morning TV, Georgia Mulligan
Thursday 22nd December – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp, Whoa Mule, Golden Whistler
Friday 16th December – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Robyn Hitchcock w/ Emma Swift
Friday 16th December – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 18th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Steve Poltz
Friday 16th December – The Bunker, Coogee, NSW
Saturday 17th December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th December – Riversdale, Illaroo, NSW
Thursday 22nd December – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 23rd December – The Govenor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA

Stillhouse Union
Saturday 17th December – FogHorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW

That Red Head
Friday 16th December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

The Phantastic Ferniture Christmas Extravaganza feat. Phantastic Ferniture, Big White, Flowertruck, Betty & Oswald, Emma Russack, Morning TV and Georgia Mulligan
Thursday 22nd December – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The Ramshackle Army
Friday 16th December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Wallis Bird
Friday 16th December – The Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 17th December – Wauchope Arts Concert, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 18th December – The Metropole, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 21th December – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT

Friday Folk Flashback

“Lullaby of London” – June Tabor and The Oyster Band

Check out the New Timberwolf Track “Washed Out”

Timberwolf
Image Courtesy of Timberwolf

Adelaide based singer-songwriter Timberwolf just debuted his amazing new single “Washed Out”. Co-written with Jonathan Boulet, the track is the first taste of Timberwolf’s highly anticipated debut album.

“I wrote the lyrics after an intoxicated revelation during a 3am skinny dip at Bondi,” Christopher Panousakis, AKA Timberwolf, explains. “I remember feeling blind in the ocean, and it was an invigorating reminder of how beautiful it feels to be truly present. The ocean and the sky had formed one shade of charcoal, and I couldn’t even see the waves until they had already washed over me. That’s where I came up with the expression “Washed Out”. I couldn’t help but reflect on the loss of colour in the sky, how it reminds me of death, and a sad fall-out I had with a close-friend of mine in my mid-teens that I’ve always regretted.”

Check out the video for “Washed Out” here:

Timberwolf has a handful of dates coming coming up in 2017 – check them out here:

Saturday 7th January – Here’s To Now, McLaren Vale, SA
Friday 24th February – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 25th February – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – The Hills Are Alive, South Gippsland, VIC

Details of The Peninsula Picnic 2016

Missy Higgins
Image Courtesy of Missy Higgins

After a massive, sold out event in 2015 The Peninsula Picnic is returning this year and bringing with it some amazing music. Held at the Mornington Racecourse on the Mornington Peninsula, The Penisula Picnic is billed as one of Victoria’s most extensive food, wine and music gatherings.

The lineup for The Peninsula Picnic this year is stuff full of amazing artists and Timber and Steel favourites including Missy Higgins (above), Kim Churchill, Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Timberwolf and Ruby Whiting – how’s that for a lineup?

The Peninsula Picnic takes place on the 20th March – for more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Full Lineup Announced for the 2015/16 Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford
Image Courtesy of Woodford Folk Festival

Over the weekend the Woodford Folk Festival revealed their 2015/16 lineup and it’s time to get excited. As usual the Woodford Folk Festival have delivered a lineup of artists taken from the best of folk, roots, rock and world music that’s bound to satisfy any music lover.

If you head to Woodford over the New Year period you’ll get a chance to see the likes of Dougie Maclean, Michael Franti, Harry Manx, The East Pointers, Irish Mythen, Marlon Williams, Kim Churchill, Lanie Lane, Josh Pyke, Katie Noonan, The Paper Kites, Tinpan Orange, Timberwolf, Jacinta Price, Tolka, Starboard Cannons, Davidson Brothers, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Hat Fitz & Cara, Broads, Andrew Clermont, Catgut, Lime and Steel, One Up, Two Down, Kaurna Cronin, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Loren Kate, Totally Gourdgeous, The Little Stevies, Daniel Champagne and many more.

The Woodford Folk Festival takes place near Woodford, Queensland from the 27th December to 1st January. Check out the official website for the full lineup and more information.

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