Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th June

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Bryan Estepa, Emma Russack, Greta Stanley, Passenger, Sarah Humphreys, The Avett Brothers, The Teskey Brothers, Tully John & Liza-Jane, Wallis Bird and Winterbourne. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Emma Beau
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Tunng
This Is Tunng … Magpie Bites and Other CutsTunng
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Walkerthon – A Benefit For Jason Walker feat. Shane Nicholson, Kevin Bennett, Jenny Queen, Jeremy Edwards, Ben Leece, Peta Caswell, Mark Lucas, Mindy Sotiri, Sam Shinazzi, Peter V Fenton, Abby Dobson

Walkerthon

Friday 28th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Taste of Ireland
Thursday 4th July – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW

AltFest feat. Dallas Frasca, Z-Star Trinity, Sahara Beck, Marz, Filip With An F
Saturday 29th June – Woodville Town Hall, Adelaide, SA

Amber Lawrence
Saturday 29th June – Sale Botanical Gardens, Sale, VIC

Andrew Swift, Harmony James
Friday 5th July – The Bridport Hotel, Bridport, TAS

Angharad Drake
Saturday 29th June – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Currumbin Waters, QLD

Anna Smyrk
Sunday 30th June – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC

Archer
Saturday 29th July – Happy Yess, Darwin, NT
Friday 5th July – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW

Archie Roach
Friday 5th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

BATTS
Friday 28th June – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans
Thursday 4th July – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Bobby Alu
Friday 28th June – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 30th June – Festival Of Voices, Apslawn, TAS

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 29th June – Sydney Brewery, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 4th July – Rock Lily At The Star, Sydney, NSW

Bush Dance
Saturday 29th June – Teralba Community Hall, Teralba, NSW

Chaika
Friday 28th June – Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 29th June – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 30th June – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Cigány Weaver
Friday 28th June – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Daniel Champagne
Friday 28th June – Palace Hotel, York, WA
Saturday 29th June – White Star, Albany, WA
Sunday 30th June – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Wednesday 3rd July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 4th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th July – Mount Nimmel Hall, Gold Coast, QLD

David Bridie
Friday 28th June – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 29th June – Charlton Footy Club, Charlton, VIC

Emily Rigz, Big Sky Mountain
Friday 5th July – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Ess-Em
Saturday 29th June – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Family’s Fifth Party feat. Evan Buckley, Teri Young, Brianna Thomas, Cj Shaw, Bec Taylor
Sunday 30th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Folk In The Frost feat. Claude Hay, Kane Dennelly, Wolf Gordon, Kay Proudlove, The Black Moon Band, The Water Runners, Kenny Bartley, Leo
Saturday 29th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Rita B, Mish Mash Radio Ensemble, John Mason
Wednesday 3rd July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Smith & Jones, Andy Nelson, The Safety of Life at Sea
Saturday 29th June – 107, Sydney, NSW

Front Yard Sessions: Blues, Roots & Beyond feat. Karin Page, Julius Lutero
Wednesday 3rd July – Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA

Georgia State Line
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Great Aunt
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Greta Stanley
Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th June – Neck Of The Woods Music Festival, Townsville, QLD

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 28th June – Queenscliff Town Hall, Queenscliff, VIC

Honey
Sunday 30th June – Camel Rock Brewery, Wallaga Lake, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 4th July – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

JD and The Hunger Men
Thursday 4th July – Sly Fox, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Thursday 4th July – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 5th July – Sounds Delicious, Huskisson, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Wednesday 3rd July – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

John Flanagan
Friday 28th June – Yackandandah Public Hall, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 29th June – Milton Theatre, Milton NSW

Jordan Merrick
Friday 5th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Joseph Tawadros
Sunday 30th June – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 4th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th July – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Karl S Williams
Friday 28th June – Dust Temple, Currumbin, QLD
Sunday 30th June – Festival Of Voices, Apslawn, TAS

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 28th June – The Manly Fig, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 30th June – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Friday 5th July – Marty’s, Cabarita Beach, NSW

Kristen Lee Morris
Saturday 29th June – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 30th June – Hardys Bay Community Club, Hardys Bay, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival, Darwin, NT

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. Nathan Cavaleri, Carly Mozsny
Sunday 30th June – House Concert, Leumeah, NSW

Luke O’Shea and Lyn Bowtell
Saturday 29th June – Tilligerry RSL, Tanilba Bay, NSW

M.E. Baird
Friday 28th June – Dust Temple, Currumbin, QLD
Thursday 4th July – Sly Fox, Sydney, NSW

Magpie Diaries
Thursday 4th July – Gunnedah Hotel, Gunnedah, NSW
Friday 5th July – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Maizy Coombes
Friday 5th July – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Cox Country Club, Darwin, NT

Nathan Seeckts
Saturday 29th June – The Lost Ones, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 29th June – Entrée Music Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 30th June – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 5th July – The Wharf Barrel Shed, Goolwa, SA

Newport Folk Festival
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport, VIC

Ramblin’ Nights feat. JD and The Hunger Men, M.E.Baird
Thursday 4th July – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Richard Perso
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Sally Balfour
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival, Darwin, NT

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 3rd July – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon and The Owls
Thursday 4th July – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Shantily Clad
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Wednesday 3rd July – The Red Room, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 4th July – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tessa Devine
Saturday 29th June – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Sunday 30th June – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

The April Family
Sunday 30th June – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The BordererS
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

The Hillbilly Goats
Saturday 29th June – Casino RSM Club, Casino, NSW
Friday 5th July – Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Friday 28th June – The Bassendean Hotel, Bassendean, WA
Thursday 4th July – Ningaloo Reef Resort, Coral Bay, WA
Friday 5th July – Whalebone Brewing Company, Exmouth, WA

The Maes
Friday 28th June – Yackandandah Public Hall, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 29th June – Milton Theatre, Milton NSW
Sunday 30th June – Candelo Arts, Candelo, NSW
Friday 5th July – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

The Slipdixies
Sunday 30th June – Clayton RSL, Kingston, VIC

The Thin White Ukes
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival, Darwin, NT
Sunday 30th June – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Tracy McNeil and Dan Parsons
Saturday 29th June – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tully John & Liza-Jane
Wednesday 3rd July – House Concert, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 4th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Gold Coast, QLD

Walkerthon – A Benefit For Jason Walker feat. Shane Nicholson, Kevin Bennett, Jenny Queen, Jeremy Edwards, Ben Leece, Peta Caswell, Mark Lucas, Mindy Sotiri, Sam Shinazzi, Peter V Fenton, Abby Dobson
Friday 28th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Winter Hootenanny feat. Ben Leece, Neptune’s Tide Machine, James Thomson and the Strange Pilgrims, Matt Scullion, The High Andies, Nat Henry, Robbie Long, Gleny Rae Virus
Saturday 29th June – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Boulder to Birmingham” – Emmylou Harris

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th June

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Big Sky Mountain, Freya Josephine Hollick, Saint Sister, Sufjan Stevens and Tunng. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Kelly Brouhaha
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iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Top Half Folk Festival

Pete Tichener

Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June – Glen Helen, NT

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 14th June – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT

99 Stories Singer/Songwriter Showcase feat. Rayn McDonald, Zoe Hormovas, Jonah Vogelman, Hanna Matysek, Billy Green, M’leigh, Matt Gold, Dani Erassi, Gabe Levin, Elizabeth Fader, Ollie Thorpe
Saturday 8th June – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Thursday 13th June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th June – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Alpha Box & Porch feat. Milan Ring, Didier Kumalo, Jordan Ruru
Saturday 8th June – AB&D Cellar Door, McLaren Vale, SA

Amber Lawrence
Thursday 13th June – Robertson Public House, Robertson, NSW
Friday 14th June – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT

Anna Smyrk, STAV
Friday 14th June – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW
Friday 14th June – Milton Theatre, Milton, VIC

Barunga Festival
Friday 7th June to Sunday 9th June – Barunga, NT

BATTS
Friday 7th June – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 11th June – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Mastwyk
Sunday 9th June – Daintonfest, Dainton Beer, Carrum Downs, VIC

Big Sky Mountain
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 7th June – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 14th June – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Bobby Alu
Friday 7th to Saturday 8th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD
Sunday 9th June – The Loft, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 14th June – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Bush Gothic
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Cigány Weaver
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Clare Bowditch
Friday 7th June – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Claude Hay
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Clio
Sunday 9th June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Colin Jones
Tuesday 11th June – In The Round, The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th June – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Colin Lillie
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Crawfish Po’Boys
Thursday 13th June – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 7th June – Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June – Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW
Wednesday 12th June – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 13th June – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 14th June – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Dave Wells
Friday 14th June – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

David Bridie
Friday 7th June · Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Friday 14th June · Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Didirri
Saturday 8th June – Sea N Sound Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Ella Belfanti
Tuesday 11th June – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Ess-Em
Saturday 8th June – The Captain Cook Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Famous Will
Saturday 8th June – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Fiona Ross and Shane O’Mara
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Flying Seamen
Sunday 9th June – Jimmy’s Bar and Restaurant, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Colin Jones & The Delta Revue, Naked Strangers
Wednesday 12th June – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Frozen Water Trade w/ Mark Lucas
Sunday 9th June – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 7th June – Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy, QLD
Sunday 9th June – The Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge, Brisbane, QLD

Hannah Blackburn
Sunday 9th June – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 13th June – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Saturday 8th June – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Lizzie Benne, Stringline, CJ Shaw
Friday 7th June – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

In The Round feat. Colin Jones, Spookyland, Maia Marsh, Sasha March
Tuesday 11th June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

JD And The Hunger Men w/ Demi Mitchell
Friday 7th June – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Jordan Merrick
Friday 7th June – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Joseph Tawadros
Saturday 8th June – Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Woodend, VIC
Friday 14th June – Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood, NSW

Julian James
Friday 7th June – Snack Shack, Tin Pan Bay, QLD
Saturday 8th June – Arkarra Gardens Cafe Restaurant, Dundowran Beach, QLD
Saturday 8th June – Rick’s Garage, Palmwoods, QLD
Sunday 9th June – Dusty Attic, Lismore NSW
Tuesday 11th June – New Brighton Farmers’ Markets, New Brighton, NSW
Friday 14th June – Red Rock Bowlo, Red Rock, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Saturday 8th June – Low 302, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th June – Chateau Apollo, Adelaide, SA

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 7th June – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA
Saturday 8th June – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 12th June – Pistol Pete’s, Geelong, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 7th June – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th June – Wooly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD

Korumburra Southern Lights Festival feat. Aleyce Simmonds, The Weeping Willows, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Streeton Court Big Band, Mik Maks
Sunday 9th June – Korumburra Showgrounds, Korumburra, VIC

Lee Coulter & Dixie Maxwell
Friday 7th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 9th June – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th June – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 7th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th June – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW
Friday 14th June – House Concert, Duranbah, NSW

Lucy Rose
Saturday 8th June – Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA

M.E. Baird
Thursday 13th June – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS

Maggie Carty and Mairtin Staunton
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Mark Lucas
Friday 7th June – Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 9th June – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Miriam Lieberman
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Mustard Courage
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

National Celtic Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Portarlington, VIC

Nerds & Music
Friday 14th June – Bush Music Club, Addison Road Centre, Sydney, NSW

Palm Creek Folk Festival
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Mountain View Lake Holiday Park, Mount Surround, QLD

Perisher Peak Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher, NSW

Peta Caswell and The Lost Cause w/ Bryan Estepa, Eddie Lawlor
Thursday 13th June – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Porchlight Sessions feat. King Curly
Thursday 13th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rezza House Concerts feat. The Junes, John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special
Friday 7th June – House Concery, Melbourne, VIC

Rich Davies and the Low Road
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Rosie Burgess Trio
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Russell Morris
Friday 7th June – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 8th June – Princess Theatre, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 13th June – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 14th June – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Ryan Oliver w/ Tessa Devine
Thursday 13th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Sasta
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Sea N Sound feat. Busby Marou, Didirri, Kyle Lionhart
Saturday 8th June – The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 12th June – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Señor Cabrales
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Sharon Van Etten
Friday 7th June – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 9th June – Dark Mofo, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 11th June – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Slim Dime, Blue Limit
Friday 7th June – South Coast Brewing Co., Willunga, SA
Saturday 8th June – Auburn Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn, SA
Sunday 9th June – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Smith & Jones
Friday 14th June – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

STAV.
Saturday 8th June – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th June – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Stu Tyrrell
Thursday 13th June – James Craig Music Club, Sydney, NSW

The BUg – Brisbane Unplugged Folk/Acoustic Music Night feat. Watling & Bates, Pine Mountain Cartel
Tuesday 11th June – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

The Grubby Urchins
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD
Wednesday 12th June – The Brothers Public House, Melbourne, VIC

The Maes
Friday 7th June – Music on the Hill, Red Hill Pavilion, Red Hill, VIC
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC
Thursday 13th June – The Mildura Club, Mildura, VIC
Friday 14th June – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA

The Slipdixies
Sunday 9th June – Castlemaine Jazz Festival, Castlemaine, VIC

The Water Runners
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

The Young Folk
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC
Wednesday 12th June – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT

This Way North
Friday 14th June – Stay Gold, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Scanlan Trio
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Tobias Hengeveld
Sunday 9th June – The Gaso Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Top Half Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June – Glen Helen, NT

Vaudeville Smash
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD
Friday 14th June – The Retro Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Tom Paines Bones” – The Young’uns

New Music Monday – 3rd June

Big Sky Mountain
Image Courtesy of Big Sky Mountain

Big Sky Mountain – “Homeland”

Sydney alt-country seven piece Big Sky Mountain released their first single “Homeland”, which is taken from their upcoming debut album All Our Minutes. “Homeland” is a wonderful song – expansive but not overcrowded, modern while still paying tribute to the traditions that have come before. Their harmonies remind me of The Little Stevies in places, while the songwriting is reminiscent of The Waifs.

Big Sky Mountain will be appearing at the Perisher Peak festival this weekend as well as a bunch of other gigs and festivals on the east coast:

Thursday 6th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW
Friday 5th July – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 6th July – Bundanoon Winterfest, Bundanoon, NSW
Fridat 26th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th August – Club Willoughby, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Crack ‘N’ Jack Spring Music Festival, Port Stephens, NSW
Saturday 19th Octover – Fusion Multicultural Street Festival, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick – “Jesus Hates It When You Smoke”

Alt-country crooner Freya Josephine Hollick is channelling David Lynch with her new video and single “Jesus Hates It When You Smoke”. The slightly twisted aesthetic of the video fits really well with the track, which feels just slightly left of a typical country song – probably mostly down to the shimmering guitars and Hollick’s unique voice.

Freya Josephine Hollick will be playing the Gasometer in Melbourne on Saturday 15th June.

Saint Sister – “Is It Too Early? (Kilmainham)”

Irish duo Saint Sister have just dropped their amazing new single “Is It Too Early? (Kilmainham)”. The beautiful layered vocals are amplified by hip hop beats and subtle synths courtesy of producers Diffusion Lab and the result is something that breaks through any genre constraints.

“We were very open going into Diffusion Lab, we went into the studio willing to go somewhere with the song that we possibly wouldn’t have gone had we worked on it by ourselves,” Gemma Doherty from the band explained. “They suggested sounds outside of our instincts. In the end, I think the song perfectly represents the best of both worlds and our respective musical sensibilities.”

Sufjan Stevens – “Love Yourself”

To celebrate Pride Month Sufjan Stevens has released two new songs on the topic of love – “Love Yourself” and “With My Whole Heart”. The first of those two tracks, “Love Yourself”, is based on a sketch Stevens wrote 20 years ago and definitely has him flexing his electro and synth muscles rather than the softer folk he’s been returning to lately. It’s still a cracking song though and has everything you’ve come to love from new Sufjan Stevens music.

Tunng – “Bank Holiday”

Folktronica pioneers Tunng will be releasing an album of b-sides and obscurities spanning their entire career on the 28th June titled This Is Tunng … Magpie Bites and Other Cuts. The band have revealed a couple of tracks from the album already, one of which is the decidedly chunky “Bank Holiday”.

The track is full of weird samples, big drums and bass and Tunng’s signature melding of folk instrumentation with electronica elements. Strange and lots of fun.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th October

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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.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th June

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Paul Kelly has announced a mammoth national tour with dates all through July and August. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Grizzly Jim Lawrie is two weeks into his June residency at The Old Bar on Wednesday nights. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter John Flanagan is hitting the road with Begin Agains fiddle player Jane Patterson for a series of dates through NSW in July. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Matt Walters is about to head back into the studio but before he does he’s got three very special shows planned. Details here

Neko Case has revealed details of her new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You including the first single “Man” featuring M. Ward. Details here

The Civil Wars have revealed the first single from their forthcoming self titled album, “The One That Got Away”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Fraser A Gorman has released his new video “Dark Eyes” and has a residency planned at The Spotted Mallard in July. Details here

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros have dusted off some awesome 80s break dancing footage for their new video “Better Days”. Details here

– Country Roads in Sydney have announced a really exciting June lineup – The Morrisons, The Rusty Spring Syncopators and All Our Exes Live in Texas. Details here

Timber and Steel are presenting the national tour for Mark Wilkinson this August and September. Details here

Isaac Graham is hitting the road in July and August to tour his upcoming album Glorious Momentum. Details here

– Folktronica six-piece Tunng have released their new video “The Village”. Details here

– Check out the new video from Castlecomer for “Forrest”. Details here

Interviews

“Country music and the melodies just really resonate to me” – Darren Cross from Jep and Dep chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Fossils
FossilsAoife O’Donovan
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Buffalo Tales
Buffalo Tales
Friday 21st June – The Bucket List, Sydney, NSW
The Bucket List

The Teskey Brothers
The Teskey Brothers with The Scrimshaw Four, Super Deluxe
Sunday 16th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC (afternoon)
Tickets on The Door

Captain Apples
Captain Apples with Pepperjack, Beloved Elk
Sunday 16th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC (evening)
Tickets on The Door

Gigs Next Week

Country Roads feat. The Morrisons, The Rusty Spring Syncopators, All Our Exes Live In Texas
Thursday 20th June – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Eleanor McEvoy
Saturday 15th June – The Polish Club, Hobart, TAS

Evan and the Brave
Friday 14th June – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Grizzly Jim Lawrie w/ Brave Face, Kashmere Club, Venice Music, New Gods DJs
Wednesday 19th June – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark
Sunday 16th June – The Toxteth Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Martha Wainwright
Friday 14th June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 15th June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC
Sunday 16th June – Memorial Hall, Leongatha VIC

Matt Walters
Thursday 20th June – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

MoFo feat. Karl Christoph, Jacky Wotton
Friday 14th – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Saturday 15th June – Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna, QLD
Saturday 15th June – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 16th June – Nimbin Hotel, Nimbin, NSW

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Saturday 15th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Texture Like Sun, Ella Hooper, Krista Polvere
Tuesday 18th June – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The BordererS
Saturday 15th June – Wollongong City Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW

The Stillsons
Friday 21st June – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Tigertown
Friday 14th June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 15th June – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th June – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st June – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Wagons
Saturday 15th June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“City of New Orleans” – Steve Goodman

This week the “Top Half Times” – the newsletter from the annual Top Half Folk Festival – found its way into my inbox and part of the content was a list of 10 essential folk songs. Among the usual Guthrie’s, Dylan’s and Seeger’s I came across “City of New Orleans” and just had to revisit. Good morning America, how are you?

New Tunng Video “The Village”

Tunng
Image Courtesy of Tunng

UK folktronica act Tunng release their brand new album Turbines next week and to celebrate they’ve released a brand new video. The video is for the track “The Village” – check it out below:

Turbines will be released on the 17th June. The other track floating around the web from it is “So Far From Here” which you can listen to below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th May

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne’s John Flanagan & The Begin Agains have released their brand new video for the track “Autumn Song”. Details here

Achoo! Bless You have managed to find the time during their current east coast tour to release their new video “No Way Of Knowing”. Details here

Thelma Plum has announced plans for a national tour this July. Details here

– The first lineup announcement for the 2013 JamGrass Music Festival reads like a who’s who of Timber and Steel favourites – Patt and Possum (USA), The Company, The Steamgrass Boys, The Green Mohair Suits, Papa Pilko & The Binrats, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Hardrive Bluegrass Band, Strzelecki Stringbusters, James Kenyon and John Flanagan & The Begin Agains. Details here

Communion Melbourne have revealed the lineup for their May show this Sunday including Five Mile Town, Garrett Kato, Miles and Simone, Sean O’Neill and Zack Buchanan. Details here

– UK troubadour Johnny Flynn is making a welcome return to the musical stage after a couple of years concentrating on his acting career – and he’s got an brand new song to share. Details here

– Tom Busby’s (Busby Marou) Americana side-project Good Oak has a new video for “The Bear Song”. Details here

Tom West plays in Adelaide folk band Traveller and Fortune but has a solo project as well – and he’s just released his new single “Jonathan’s Farm” with a tour to go along with it. Details here

Laura Marling has announced a Heavenly Sounds tour as her Splendour in the Grass sideshows. Details here

– Speaking of Laura Marling, there’s a lovely video of her and Eddie Berman covering Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” online at the moment. Details here

– Experimental folk six piece Tunng have revealed plans to release a new album as well as sharing the first single. Details here

– Next weekend monthly Sydney folk night Little Features turns one and they’re celebrating with an amazing lineup – Mark Bulmer, Colin Jones, Arbori, Charlie Gradon, Bec Sandridge and Yetis. Details here

– After attributing the wrong video to Emily Barker last week (so embarrassing) we’re making up for it by posting her new video “Dear River”. Details here

Interviews

“It’s almost like we’re getting used to playing in the duo form again. It’s almost as though we have to simplify everything. We’re so used to playing with a band now because we’ve been doing so for the last six months – and it’s been so fun playing with those guys – at the same time it’s really cool to challenge ourselves as a duo”Patrick James chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Finding an opportunity to bail Jeff up in the green room (ie the grass behind the tent), Bill whipped out the all-terrain microphone and quizzed Jeff on the sound matter, among others”Jeff Lang chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“The tour has been amazing so far. Kicking off in Sydney in front of our buddies was so rad. It was a real high point for us as a band. It’s so easy when your touring with good mates and sick bands. We have just been losing our shit to each others each night, too fun”The Mountains chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I think it has something to do with our longing for a more simplistic life, something to do with a bunch of the younger city kids actually coming from rural areas, and something to do with the music just being honest, tuneful, and great to dance and drink to”Lucky Luke chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Spotlight On

Winter Mountain

“It’s been a while since we’ve seen a solid male duo on the scene. With boots to fill of the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, these two manage to blend their voices in delicious harmonies, complementing their emotive melodies quite simply but effectively, while still retaining their young and contemporary vibe. It’s kind of like Indie-folk without actually stepping into the indie realm”KTBell profiles Winter Mountain. Spotlight here

Blog

“Suddenly, there seem to be people everywhere crowd-funding. I’ve just become one of those people. But we’re all still learning about it. I’m half-way through a 30 day crowd-funding campaign for my new record, and even though they’ve helped multitudes of people raise over $10 million in crowd-funding, even the directors of Pozible, an Australian crowd-funding platform, can’t be sure whether my campaign will succeed”Rose Wintergreen talks Crowd Funding in the first of a four part series. Blog here

Reviews

Gigs

“As soon as this a capella vocal trio started to sing, the room was reduced to complete silence. Unaccompanied, these three talented young women use their voices as diverse instruments, using harmonies, percussive sounds, ooo’s, ahh’s and combined with hand percussion create a sweet, full sound”Hannah Acfield reviews the album launch from Aluka. Review here

Releases This Week

Bright Sunny South
Bright Sunny SouthSam Amidon
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

The Stillsons
The Stillsons with Little Wise, Victoriana Gaye
Sunday 19th May – The Worker’s Club, Fitzroy, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains
Friday 17th May – Woody’s Surf Shack, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 22nd May – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 17th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Communion Melbourne feat. Five Mile Town, Garrett Kato, Miles and Simone, Sean O’Neill, Zack Buchanan
Sunday 19th May – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Good Oak
Thursday 23rd May – Gov’s Espresso, Mermaid Beach, QLD
Friday 24th May – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW

Matt Corby with Grace Woodroofe
Thursday 23rd May – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

MoFo Speakeasy feat. The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Hayfever
Saturday 18th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 17th May – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Saturday 18th May – Karuah Music Festival, Karuah, NSW
Sunday 19th May – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 24th May – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT

Sarah Humphreys
Saturday 18th May – Lizotte’s Kincumber, Kincumber, NSW

The Starry Field (solo)
Friday 17th May – Jet Black Cat Records, West End, QLD
Saturday 18th May – Pure Pop Records, St Kilda, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Newsagency, Sydney NSW

The Stillsons
Saturday 18th May – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Worker’s Club, Fitzroy, VIC

Tom West
Sunday 19th May – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“As I Roved Out” – Planxty (Christy Moore’s version)

I love how songs, both contemporary and traditional, evolve and change in the world of folk music. I’ve been listening to Sam Amidon’s new album Bright Sunny South and his version of “As I Roved Out” which led me back to the version I know best from Christy Moore and Planxty. They’re so different from each other they could be completely different songs. And they’re both amazing – great stuff!

Tunng Announce New Album and Single

Tunng
Image Courtesy of Tunng

UK based experimental folk-tronic (now that’s a genre) six-piece Tunng recently announced plans to release their fifth album this June. Titled Turbines the album will hit stores on the 17th June and that’s the mind-bending artwork above.

The first single from Turbines is “The Village” and has already hit the web – take a listen below:

Review: Tunng at The Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Tunng

Tunng supported by Fergus Brown
19th February 2011, The Oxford Art Factory
Sydney

I have to admit that I’m a relative newcomer to UK folk-tronic act Tunng. Despite the fact that they are five years and four albums into their career it wasn’t until their track “Hustle” went into high rotation of Folk Radio UK that I sat up and took notice. So when I saw that they had been added to this year’s Playground Weekender lineup I scoured the interwebs for news of a Sydney sideshow and then snapped up tickets as soon as they were confirmed for the Oxford Art Factory.

In the Tunng support slot was acclaimed Sydney singer songwriter Fergus Brown. Brown plays the kind of indie-pop that is instantly recognisable and likable, mixing elements of Augie March, Ben Lee and Josh Pyke with great results. I was most impressed with Holly Austin’s keyword and looping pedal work, adding a depth and humour Fergus Brown’s songs and improvising between song banter while the guitarists tuned. I did find Brown’s songs a little generic, with each song decidedly to the last one, but this was probably due to fact that a) I was hearing him for the first time so everything was unfamiliar and b) it’s not really the type of music I normally listen to. But I can definitely see why Fergus Brown is gaining the praise and accolades of critics around the country – he has a wonderfully versatile indie-pop voice and is an accomplished songwriter. I’d recommend peaking at his MySpace or Unearthed to make up your own mind.

The stage at the Oxford Art Factory was probably not built for a six piece, particularly not a six piece band with a drummer and a percussionist plus a sprawling keyboard/sampler/electronic section, but Tunng crammed on and very quickly made the space their own. Opening with the epic “Don’t Look Down Or Back”, Tunng grabbed the audience by the short and curlies and didn’t let go for the rest of their hour long set.

It’s not very often that you’ll go to a folk gig (and this was a folk gig – Mike Lindsay was wearing a t-shirt that said so) and hear the band say “Can we have more laptop in the monitors?” but that’s exactly what you get from a Tunng gig. Whatever we call it, whether it’s folk-tronica, electro-folk or experimental folk, Tunng have deftly melded acoustic instruments and folk influenced melodies with synthesizers, samplers and drum machines. As a result their music reaches across genre boundries, delighting folk, indie and electro fans alike (there are definitely elements of their songs that are not too far removed from MGMT).

Timber and Steel contributor Macka Jay and I spent much of the gig trying to pinpoint the influences to Tunng’s sound. We agreed that much of the melodic structure and arrangement harken back to 70s English folk like Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and Richard Thompson while the electronic influence is pure 90s – I think The Charlatans, Everything But the Girl and The Eels were a few of comparisons we were throwing around. The result is definitely on the geekier side of things (I’m sorry but 70s folk plus nineties electro influence is never going to equal cool) but it is a joy to listen to and definitely danceable.

The set pretty much covered everything from the Tunng’s latest album … And Then We Saw Land with not much of their back catalogue explored. Highlights included the wonderful “October” (which is too close melody-wise to “Scarborough Fair” for it not to be a coincidence) featuring a rocking electric guitar solo from Lindsay complete with star shaped sunglasses and posturing, and the aforementioned “Hustle” which has to be one of the catchiest songs of last year.

Overall a fantastic gig from Tunng. I felt it ran a little short at an hour and a quarter (especially considering the depth of the back catalogue) but there’s a good chance that I’ve been spoiled by a number of recent massive concerts I’ve been treated. Tunng wrap up their tour tomorrow at the International Arts Festival in Perth but they will no doubt be back before too long. And if they are I recommend you get out and see them.

Spotlight On: The Accidental

Image courtesy of The Accidental

The Accidental are exactly that. From the way they formed to the styles they blend; The Accidental embody the chaos and unlikeliness of chance. Tunng‘s Sam Genders and The Memory Band‘s Stephen Cracknell decided to join forces after a series of chance encounters brought them together. Hannah Caughlin of The Bicycle Thieves was then introduced to Cracknell by a mutual friend as a potential housemate, and joined the band soon after. Rounding off the four piece was acoustic-soul singer-songwriter Liam Bailey, who climbed onboard after spontaneously joining in at a gig. The result is a kooky and alternative folk collective who sound a bit like Belle & Sebastian with a dash of Imogen Heap and Adem thrown in for good measure.

A friend introduced me to The Accidental after hearing their track “Knock Knock” by chance in an episode of Chuck. “Knock Knock’ is the first track on their debut, and so far only release There Were Wolves– which came out in 2008. Being a side project of a lot of other bands, there isn’t a whole lot of news about The Accidental out there in the blogosphere, but after receiving an email from Stephen Cracknell, we can tell you for sure that the band has not played together since 2008 and have no immediate plans to release further music due to everybody being busy with their own projects. For now, the available album is a treat to listen to. “Knock Knock”, “Jaw of a Whale” and “Illuminated Red” are favourites, but there’s a lot of good tracks in amongst them.

Although The Accidental are based in The UK, it’s likely you’ll get a chance to see a quarter of the band when Tunng tour Australia in February. Follow this link for full tour dates. The Memory Band will also be releasing a new album in early February featuring all the members from The Accidental, so look out for that when it drops.

Country of Origin: England

Sounds Like: “Belle & Sebastion with a dash of Imogen Heap and Adem”

File Under: Nu-folk

Myspace: myspace.com/theaccidental

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