Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Reclusive singer-songwriter Keaton Henson has released his brand new video “You”. Details here

The Crooked Fiddle Band will be heading out on tour this month to support their brand new album Moving Pieces of the Sea. Details here

– The new video from The Civil Wars, “Dust to Dust”, shows the duo back when they were talking to each other in 2011. Details here

– The legendary Sally Seltmann will be releasing a new album next year and has given fans a taster with the unofficial single “Needle In The Hay”. Details here

The Timbers have released the awesome new video for their single “Gallantry”. Details here

– Just as they touch down in Australia for a national tour Bear’s Den have released a brand new track “Writing On The Wall”. Details here

The Lumineers have released a really nice animated video for their single “Submarines”. Details here

Laura Veirs has released a controversial new video for her track “America”. Details here

– Could the hammered dulcimer be the next trendy folk instrument? We spied one in the new video from Stornoway, “Farewell Appalachia”. Details here

– A new track from the upcoming Radical Face album The Family Tree: The Branches has been released online and it’s a beauty. Details here

– Portland, Oregon old time band The Foghorn Stringband are heading to Australia at the end of this month for an east coast tour. Details here

The Paper Kites have released a dizzying new video for their track “Youth”. Details here

Blog

“With a collection of musos like that this show is not to be missed”Gareth Hugh Evans introduces some of the lesser known bands on the JamGrass lineup this weekend. Blog here

Reviews

Track by Track

“Writing this song was the first step towards the bigger production you can hear on the album. Before the lyrics or melody took shape, I had already come up with horn lines and arrangement ideas for the song. The first demo of this one was a lot heavier, with a strong rock beat and distorted guitars, when we came to record the album we decided a more delicate approach would suit the overall vibe a lot more”Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides take us through their latest album Graceful Mistake. Track By Track here

Timber and Steel Presents

Arbori
Arbori
Friday 11th October – Triple Menace Studio, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Brackets and Jame, Lake Mumorrah, NSW
Thursday 17th October – 505, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th October – The Loft, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Bear’s Den
Saturday 12th October – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Saturday 12th October – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD

Foy Vance
Saturday 12th October – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC (w/ The Handsome Family)
Sunday 13th October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

JamGrass Music Festival
Friday 11th October to Sunday 13th October – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Loren Kate
Friday 11th October – Nanga Music Festival, Dwellingup, WA
Sataturday 12th October – Denmark Civic Centre, Denmark, WA
Sunday 13th October – Albany Boatshed Markets, Albany, WA
Friday 18th October – Tingrith Meeting House, Margaret River, WA

Mark Moldre and Sarah Humphreys
Friday 11th October – Shellharbour Workers Club, Shellharbour, NSW
Saturday 12th October – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Sunday 13th October – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW

Matt Corby with Bear’s Den
Friday 11th October – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 15th October – Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th October – City Hall, Hobart, TAS
Friday 18th October – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Rose Wintergreen with Rosie Catalano
Saturday 12th October – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th October – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Some Folk In Spring feat. Little May, Ali Barter, Timberwolf
Sunday 13th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tanya Batt
Friday 18th October – The Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

The Bon Scotts
Friday 11th October – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 12th October – FBI Social, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th October – The Rails, Byron, NSW
Thursday 17th October – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Friday 18th October – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD

Whitley
Friday 11th October – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 12th October – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 17th October – Caravan, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 18th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Down In The Valley” – The Head and The Heart

I reckon my Genius on my iPod knows that The Head and The Heart have a new album due at the end of this month because “Down In The Valley” keeps popping up on my playlists. Love this song!

Track By Track: Graceful Mistake, Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides

Graceful Mistake
Image Courtesy of Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides

Melbourne six-piece indie-folk band Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides recently released their brand new album Graceful Mistake. Lead singer and songwriter Tomas Strode has taken the time to take us through the album for a very special Track by Track.

“Graceful Mistake” – The title track was one of those songs that pretty much wrote itself. During the pre-production phase of recording process I sat down to write a song that outlined all the themes on the album, and this song was what came out. The song focuses on the constant motion of time, the need to always reflect on the past and the lessons learnt with growing up. I think it introduces a more mature sound for the band.

“Bella” – This song came together while experimenting with open tunings on the guitar. It’s a pretty common story about a girl and the end of a relationship. The production on this song was a lot of fun, the choice to use handclaps and beat-boxing for the percussion really landed this song in a great space!

“A Thousand Voices” – This would definitely be one of my favourite songs on the album. When I listen to it I hear everything I wanted the album to be. The mood of this one, set by Melbourne ladies Aluka, builds slowly to a big sound in the final section. The song itself is quite an old one of mine, a reflection of love lost…

“Don’t Be Offended” – Writing this song was the first step towards the bigger production you can hear on the album. Before the lyrics or melody took shape, I had already come up with horn lines and arrangement ideas for the song. The first demo of this one was a lot heavier, with a strong rock beat and distorted guitars, when we came to record the album we decided a more delicate approach would suit the overall vibe a lot more.

“Loaded Gun” – I wrote this song as a duet for myself and fellow Melbourne singer-songwriter/bandmate Amy Alex. It’s a classic boy/girl duet really, and maybe as close to pop song as I’ll ever get! In production it didn’t seem like it was going to be a highlight, but I think once we had finished the album it had become a stand out.

“The Sword” – This track was the lead single off our album and the first taste of what was a new sound for The Tour Guides. It was written around the idea of blame and how certain events can’t ever be the responsibility of just one person. The horns in this one really add to the upbeat 70’s style production, even though it’s probably one the of darkest themed songs on the album.

“Bible Learned” – As the title might suggest, this songs tackles the idea of religion. I wrote this song quite a while ago, so when we got to the the pre-production stage it was really nice to work this onto the album. We let the arrangement for this song write itself. While in the studio we recorded a number of different takes of everything then pieced it together while mixing it. It was a real pleasure to watch it grow over the six months of recording.

“Broken Road” – This song surprised me, being the favourite of nearly every person I spoke to. I didn’t start off liking this song a whole heap, but it started to grow on me once the band pushed it for the follow up single. It was such a pleasure having the Aluka girls feature on this album, I think they really made this song special … We also have a cool little video clip for this one, you should check it out!

“Saved By The Bellé” – When it came to recording, we decided we would reinvent this song and feature it as part of the album, even though it was on our original EP The Cat & The Fiddle. It was one of the first songs I wrote as a songwriter and because of that it has stuck with me. Simply put, it’s about growing up.

“Too Busy Digging” – This one almost didn’t make it onto the album, it was problematic right from the start, I don’t think any of us had really settled on a solid idea. After piecing it together in the studio, we decided it would be a nice way to finish the album. I’ve always had a bit of a love/ hate relationship with the lyrics of this track, I think maybe because I never saw myself writing politically themed songs. It turns out, in fact, that people really love this song.

Graceful Mistake is available now via Bandcamp or iTunes.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Nick Mulvey debuted his brand new video for the track “Nitrous”. Details here

– The new video from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, “Life Is Hard”, shows the band doing what they do best – playing live. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs, who will be in the country next year for Laneway, has released his new single “Brighter” featuring Karen Black on vocals. Details here

– To celebrate the release of his new album Country Mile this week Johnny Flynn has released the title track as his new video. Details here

– Two of Timber and Steel’s favourites, Sam Buckingham and Buffalo Tales, are heading out on tour together. Details here

– Melbourne’s Kate Martin has released her new single “Awaken” and will be touring this November. Details here

Arbori have released their new single “Flannelette and Feather Beds” ahead of their tour for Timber and Steel. Details here

Mark Moldre has a new video, “Four Winds”, and a free NSW south coast tour with Sarah Humphreys. Details here

Tomas Strode and The Tour Guides are streaming their new album Graceful Mistake online before the official launch in Melbourne this Wednesday. Details here

Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher are teaming up to tour as Dyson Stringer Cloher this October, November and December and are streaming a stunning tour EP to get you in the mood. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival revealed the first artists for 2014 including Andy Irvine, The Beez, Dom Flemons, Whitetop Mountaineers, The Miss Chiefs, The Timbers and many many more. Details here

– This month’s MoFo at The Gaelic in Sydney will feature All Our Exes Live in Texas and Oh Pep! Details here

– We exclusively debuted “Feet In The Sand”, the new video from Rose Wintergreen. Details here

– The new single from The Head and the Heart, “Another Story”, is just stunning. Details here

– Two of the Falls Festival’s more folky acts, James Vincent McMorrow and Tom Odell, have announced sideshows. Details here

Interviews

“I do feel joy in my life. I don’t live in that place of my music all the time. Even though, it’s totally always just under the surface. It’s just here (touches chest under vest) and it can come out very easily”Scott Matthew spends an evening with Janine Estoesta. Interview here

“I stopped listening to the album a little while ago. Occasionally I’ll see it there and spin one or two tracks but I want to start again with everyone else. When it [comes out] I’ll start listening with everyone else to feel like it’s new for me as well” – Thomas Busby of Busby Marou chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“The first reason why I started to do the house concert tours is because I just wanted to be able to play more and I felt like I was exhausting all my options around the country. The size of venue that I was playing at at the time and how I was doing things meant I couldn’t necessarily go to Melbourne and play three or four gigs and actually make that work for me. I thought what if I did one gig in Melbourne and a couple of gigs in people’s homes around Melbourne so that I could spend three or four days there, I could play to more people and potentially not lose money by doing that”Sam Buckingham chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Busby Marou
Farewell FitzroyBusby Marou
iTunes

Rosie Catalano
Dreams Are Just MoviesRosie Catalano
Bandcamp

Crooked Fiddle Band
Moving Pieces of the SeaThe Crooked Fiddle Band
Bandcamp

Little Stevies
Diamonds For Your TeaThe Little Stevies
iTunes

Afterdust
AfterdustWoody Pitney
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Arbori
Arbori
Friday 4th October – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Revolt Studios, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 8th October – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th October – Triple Menace Studio, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Foy Vance
Thursday 10th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 4th October – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 5th October – The Heritage, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 6th October – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Jinja Safari
Friday 4th October – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 5th October – The Astor, Perth, WA
Sunday 6th October – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Liz Frencham
Friday 4th October – Humph Hall, Nth Sydney, NSW
Sunday 6th October – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Loren Kate
Thursday 10th October – Kidgo Arthouse, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th October – Nanga Music Festival, Dwellingup, WA

Mark Moldre and Sarah Humphreys
Thursday 10th October – Bottlerocket Bar & Cafe, Nowra, NSW
Friday 11th October – Shellharbour Workers Club, Shellharbour, NSW

Matt Corby with Bear’s Den
Wednesday 9th October – Wollongong University, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 10th October – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th October – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

Nigel Wearne
Friday 4th October – Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah, ACT
Saturday 5th October – St Leonards Vineyard, Wahgunyah, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Olivers Army
Friday 4th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Oscar Lush
Thursday 10th October – Sofar Sounds, Sydney, NSW

Potato Potato
Friday 4th October – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW

Roscoe James Irwin
Thursday 10th October – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Rose Wintergreen with Rosie Catalano
Friday 4th October – The Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 10th October – The Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Takadimi
Friday 4th October – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Ceres Markets (morning), Brunswick East, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Secret House Concert, Brunswick East, VIC
Sunday 6th October – Popup Gig, Melbourne, VIC

Tanya Batt
Saturday 5th October – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Bon Scotts
Thursday 10th October – The Front Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th October – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW

The Lamplights and Buffalo Tales
Friday 4th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 5th October – Greenslopes Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

The Stillsons
Friday 4th October – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 5th October – The Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 6th October – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides with Aluka, Amy Alex
Wednesday 9th October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Whitley
Friday 11th October – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS

Xavier Rudd, Donavon Frankenreiter and Nahko and Medicine for the People
Friday 4th October – Big Top, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 6th October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Monday 7th October – YAC Ampitheatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 8th October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“October” – Tunng

Can you believe it’s October already? My how the year flies.

Stream the New Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides Album Graceful Mistake

Tomas Strode
Image Courtesy of Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides

Last Friday Melbourne alt-folk six piece Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides released their brand new album Graceful Mistake and it’s something pretty special. The album, which features a three piece horn section as well as vocal arrangements from a cappella trio (and Timber and Steel favourites) Aluka, was produced by Myles Mumford.

Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides have made the entirety of Graceful Mistake available to stream online – and we’ve embedded it to listen to below:

To launch the album Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides will be playing a very special show at The Toff in Town on Wednesday 9th October with an expanded nine piece band and support from Aluka and Amy Alex.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd May

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney’s MoFo night have announced their lineup for May with Chris Gillespie and Nick Street performing. Details here

– And MoFo have also announced a second speakeasy themed night later in the month to help raise funds for Sydney venue The Gaelic Club. Details here

– South Australia’s Sam Brittain has released the gorgeous new video for the track “Bones”, deftly combining folk music and motor sports. Details here

Telegraph Tower have announced plans to launch their new EP Concubine in Sydney next week. Details here

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains have teamed for a massive co-headlined tour this month that kicked off last night. Details here

– The wonderful Monument Valley has just released his brand new single “When I Go Clear”. Details here

Laura Marling has revealed yet another new track, “Once”, via a live performance on Later … With Jools Holland. Details here

– Melbourne folk group Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides have just released the video for “Broken Road” featuring guest vocals from Aluka. Details here

The April Maze are one of our favourite folk acts in Australia at the moment and they’ve just released a new single “Don’t Let The Bastards Bring You Down”. Details here

The Civil Wars announced an unexpected return with a new album on the way. Details here

The Mountains have just released their brand new single “Loose Jaw”. Details here

– Sydney’s Arbori have made their latest single, “Polar Bear Swim”, available as a free download. Details here

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros announced plans to release an album (or two) in July this year. Details here

– UK based, Australian born folk singer Emily Barker has announced plans to release a new album, Dear River, this July. Details here

Reviews

Recordings

“This kind of celebration is a traditional mark of respect for great songwriters, and Drake was certainly one of those. But he hated live performance. His place was in the studio, and accordingly, his recordings have a unique and timeless quality that could never be replicated. In that knowledge, could [Joe] Boyd, who had been so close to those recordings, find a new approach to the songs themselves?”JDX reviews Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake. Review here

Releases This Week

The Mountain Moves
The Mountain MovesTreetop Flyers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

SteelBirds
SteelBirds with Into The Woods and Whitaker
Sunday 5th May – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains
Friday 10th May – The Junkyard Hotel, Maitland, NSW

Aluka
Friday 3rd May – Northcote Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Beth Orton
Monday 6th May – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA
Wednesday 8th May – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th May – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD

Bob Evans
Friday 3rd May – The Bakery, Perth, WA
Saturday 4th May – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 9th May – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 10th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Bobby Alu
Saturday 4th May – Mandala Arts Cafe, Mermaid Waters, QLD

Ella Hooper
Thursday 9th May – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Folkraiser feat. Packwood, The Falls, Kate Martin, Fanny Lumsden, Rosie Catalano, Yetis, Oscar Lush, Huckleberry Hastings
Saturday 4th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar
Friday 3rd May – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 5th May – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Jordie Lane
Saturday 4th May – Planting Festival Woodfordia, Woodford, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Coorabell Hall, Byron Bay, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 3rd May – Gertrudes Brown Couch, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th May – Southside Tea Room, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Noonan with Brian Campeau
Friday 3rd May – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Sunday 5th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

MoFo feat. Chris Gillespie and Nick Street
Friday 10th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage with The Nymphs
Friday 10th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Telegraph Tower
Thursday 9th May – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

The Bad Shepherds
Friday 3rd May – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th May – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

The Folk Informal feat. Arbori, The Ellis Collective, TJ Quinton, TFT
Wednesday 8th May – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Wide Open Space Festival feat. Rapskallion, Ginger & The Ghost, Lupine, Lucy and the Diamonds, Pin Rada, Jess Melodías, Sally Balfour, Tully Sumner, Jeanette Wormald, Erik Parker, Desert Rain, Katie Harder, More
Friday 3rd May to Sunday 5th May – Ross River, NT

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Last Thing On My Mind” – Tom Paxton

There are certain songs that have been written in the last century that have been completely and utterly assimilated into the folk tradition. “The Last Thing On My Mind” has been embraced by artists on both side of the Atlantic (and of course Australia) with everyone from The Dubliners to The Seekers to Johnny Cash to Neil Diamond offering up a version and is instantly recognisable to anyone who has spent time at folk and country music festivals the world over. We thought we might reach back and offer up a version of the song by its writer, Tom Paxton.

Watch the new Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides Video “Broken Road” feat. Aluka

Tomas Strode and the Tour Guides
Image Courtesy of Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides

Melbourne folk group Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides have just sent through the video for their latest single “Broken Road” and we think it’s really sweet. Check it out below:

In case you didn’t realise “Broken Road” features some pretty special guest vocals from fellow Melbournians Aluka. Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides are offering up “Broken Road” as a free download if you head over to their Bandcamp here.

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