Bluesfest Announces First Round of Artists for 2017

Image Courtesy of The Lumineers

It may only be August but that doesn’t mean it isn’t time to start thinking about the 2017 festival season. This morning Bluesfest launched their first round of artists for next years festival and it’s huge.

This morning’s announcement includes Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, The Lumineers (above), Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Billy Bragg, Jethro Tull, Trombone Shorty, Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Beth Hart, Laura Mvula, Roy Ayers, Booker T Jones Presents The Stax Records Revue, Andrew Bird, Rickie Lee Jones, Joan Osborne, Turin Brakes, The Strumbellas, Jake Shimabukuro, Dumpstaphunk, Nikki Hill and Irish Mythen with more to be announced.

Bluesfest takes place over the Easter long weekend for the 13th to 17th April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th May


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Aoife O’Donovan has released the video for her new single “Porch Light”. Details here

– Celebrated singer-songwriter Liz Stringer released her new single “Anyone”. Details here

– New alt-country singer Raechel Whitchurch released her new video “Kerobokan Blues”. Details here

Mumford & Sons will collaborate with The Very Best, Baaba Maal and Beatenberg on a brand new EP Johannesburg. Details here

– NZ singer-songwriter Tiny Ruins released her new single “Dream Wave”. Details here

– English four piece Turin Brakes released their new video “Save You”. Details here

Paul Kelly released videos for his tracks “Sonnet 73” and “My True Love Hath My Heart”. Details here


“The truth is that Timber and Steel didn’t start life as a blog. The first incarnation of Timber and Steel was a band playing covers of artists that we’d discovered through Laura Marling and the burgeoning UK nu-folk scene” – Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans reflects on Timber and Steel‘s sixth birthday. Read the blog here

Releases This Week

Wayside Ballads Vol 2Bill Jackson

Blair Dunlop
GildedBlair Dunlop

Love & Lovely LiesImogen Clark

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Old Man Luedecke

Old Man

Canadian folk singer and banjo plucker Old Man Luedecke returns to Australia for a series of shows which this week take in Tasmania and New South Wales

Friday 6th May – Mountain Mumma Restaurant, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 7th May – Brookfield Winery, Margate, TAS
Tuesday 10th May – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 11th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th May – Illawara Folk Club, Bulli, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Man Walks Into A Bar feat. Sam Newton
Friday 6th May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 7th May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW

Andy Golledge w/ Direwolf
Thursday 12th May – Union Hotel, Sydney NSW

Thursday 12th May – Sutherland Acoustic, Gymea, NSW
Friday 13th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Claude Hay
Friday 6th May – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 7th May – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th May – Towradgi Beach Hotel, Towradgi, NSW
Thursday 12th May – The Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 13th May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sunday 8th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Sunday 8th May – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

FolkSwagon feat. Tate Sheridan, Colin Jones & The Delta Revue
Wednesday 11th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Henry Wagons
Friday 6th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 7th May – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 8th May – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Thursday 12th May – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 13th May – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Callum Wylie
Sunday 8th May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Saturday 7th May – Front Bar and Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 8th May – The Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 13th May – Billyroy’s Blues Bar Bendigo, Bendigo, VIC

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 6th May – TBA, ACT
Saturday 7th May- The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th May- Shady Pines, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 6th May – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 7th May – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 12th May – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 13th May – Max Watts, Melbourne, VIC

Luke Watt and Nigel Wearne
Sunday 8th May – The Red Hill Hotel, Chewton, VIC

Mark Lucas & the Dead Setters w/ Brielle Davis
Thursday 12th May – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Thursday 12th May – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 13th May – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Melody Pool
Friday 13th May – Shadow Electric, Melbourne, VIC

Miriam Lieberman Trio
Friday 13th May – House Concert, Katoomba, NSW

Mountains Gothic feat. Lime & Steel
Saturday 7th May – Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW

Old Man Luedecke
Friday 6th May – Mountain Mumma Restaurant, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 7th May – Brookfield Winery, Margate, TAS
Tuesday 10th May – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 11th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th May – Illawara Folk Club, Bulli, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. Lucie Thorne, Suzannah Espie, Colin Jones
Thursday 12th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Sahara Beck
Thursday 12th May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th May – Sooki Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel and John Flanagan
Friday 6th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Speakeasy feat. The Squeezebox Trio
Saturday 7th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Tara Carragher
Friday 6th May – The Guildford, Guilford, NSW
Saturday 7th May – The Reverence, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th May – Bridge Rd Brewers, Beechworth, VIC
Wednesday 11th May – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 12th May – East Street Markets, Wollongong, NSW

The Beards
Wednesday 11th May – Gladstone Events Centre, Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 12th May – Lionleigh Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Friday 13th May – Magnum’s, Airlie Beach, QLD

The Wayward Henrys
Friday 6th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 6th May – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 8th May – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, SA

TinPan Orange
Saturday 7th May – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th May – Rattlers Hotel, Wallan, VIC

Vorn Doolette and Julia Johnson
Sunday 8th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

William Crighton
Friday 6th May – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 7th May – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Why We Build The Wall” – Billy Bragg

Given the likelihood that Donal Trump will become the Republican presidential candidate I thought it was about time to revisit Billy Bragg’s version of the prophetic Anais Mitchell track “Why We Build The Wall”.

Watch the New Turin Brakes Video “Save You”

Turin Brakes
Image Courtesy of Turin Brakes

English indie four piece Turin Brakes have just released the video for their gospel-tinged track “Save You”. The track is taken from their most recent album Lost Property which was released back in January.

Check out the video for “Save You” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th February


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Passenger revealed his latest new track, “Staring at the Sky”, in a live video featuring Stu Larsen and the legendary Ruby Turner. Details here

Wes Carr (or Buffalo Tales as he calls himself these days) hit the road this week for a tour of Victoria, Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Details here

– Sydney duo The Falls need your help to get to North America in March for Canadian Music Week and SXSW. Details here

– Some more details on the upcoming album from American folk-rock band Dawes have been revealed. Details here

– Award winning singer-songwriter Melody Pool will be launching her brand new album The Hurting Scene this month. Details here

– The new video from Woodpigeon, “Edinburgh”, from their upcoming album Thumbtacks and Glue hot the internet this week. Details here

– Singer-songwriters Jack Carty and Jordan Millar are hitting the road together for a massive national tour this March, April and May. Details here

– The shortlist for this year’s Australian Music Prize has been announced with acoustic/folk entries from Jess Ribeiro, Liz Stringer and Grand Salvo. Details here

The Tiger and Me have released “Made it to the Harbour”, the latest single from their album The Drifters Dawn. Details here

– A couple of tracks from the upcoming Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer album Child Ballads have found their way online. Details here

Noah and the Whale have announced plans to release their forth studio album, titled Heart of Nowhere, this May. Details here

Jordie Lane is rolling a bunch of support slots, festival appearances and headline shows into a massive tour starting this March. Details here

FrogFest, Sydney’s mini-festival of progressive folk and roots music, has announced its 2013 lineup including The Barons of Tang, Takadimi, GrandMasterMonk and Dave Bova Band: Divina Commedia. Details here

– Swedish trio Junip have revealed a bunch of details about their upcoming self titled album including the album art, track list and a teaser video. Details here

Sally Seltmann will be performing shows in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney this March to road test material for a new album. Details here

Turin Brakes have announced a single Sydney sideshow when they’re in the country for Gum Ball. Details here

The Lumineers have changed the venue of their sold out Sydney show to The Enmore and released more tickets. The Falls have been named in the support slot for the entire tour. Details here

Brighter Later have released their new video “Come and Go” featuring footage from 1970s wildlife documentaries. Details here

– Former Charlie Mayfair front man Dave Di Marco has just released the second single, “Unfold”, from his upcoming debut solo EP Deep and Down These Walls and announced an east coast tour in March. Details here


“Three of us are kind of the core band – that’s myself, Arlene Fletcher who plays double and electric bass and Megan Bernard on electric guitar. And then we’ve just gotten a drummer join us as well and he’s coming on all the legs of the tour except for South Australia – his name is Jordan Lockett. We’ve kind of evolved a little bit. I used to play as a solo, then it was a duo, then back to a solo. I recorded the album just myself with lots of guests – then for the launch I put together the full band and we played together for about eight months as a five piece. Then we’ve just had a bit of a lineup change in the last couple of months. I think it’s kind of found its natural settling of people who can be on the road a bit more” – Sophie Klein from Little Wise chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here



“Those afraid of a post-greatest-hits-lull will be disappointed, as this collaboration with master harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite carves out new sonic territory for Harper and contains some great songs to boot”Mackajay reviews Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite’s new album Get Up!. Review here

Releases This Week

Eli Wolfe
Perfect MomentEli Wolfe

Timber and Steel Presents

Little Wise
Little Wise
Friday 8th February – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 9th February – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 10th February – The Old Mount Cambier Gaol, Mount Gambier, SA
Thursday 14th February – The Retreat, Brunswick, VIC
Friday 15th February – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Nick and Liesl
Nick & Liesl w/ Evan & Mischa and Lucy Wise
Sunday 10th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Brett Winterford
Saturday 9th February – Upfront Club, Maleny, QLD

Friday 8th February – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 9th February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15th February – The Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT

Deer Tick with Two Gallants
Friday 8th February – The Annandale, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 12th February – International Arts Festival, Perth, WA

Don’t Mention The Wall
Friday 8th February – Gunnedah, NSW
Saturday 9th February – Uralla Arts, NSW
Sunday 10th February – Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 14th February – Congo, NSW (house concert)
Friday 15th February – River Music Folk, Nowra, NSW

Donavon Frankenreiter
Friday 8th February – Caves House Hotel, Yallingup, WA
Saturday 9th February – The Ocean Beach Hotel, Perth, WA
Saturday 9th February – Breakwater Hotel, Perth WA
Saturday 9th February – Ocean One Bar, Perth, WA
Sunday 10th February – Whistling Kite, Perth, WA
Friday 15th February – Woolshed Pub, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15th February – Prince Of Wales, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Stone with Vance Joy
Thursday 14th February – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th February – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD

Justin Townes Earle with Robert Ellis
Friday 8th February – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 9th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Sunday 10th February – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 13th February – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 15th February – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Mustered Courage with Bill Jackson & Pete Fidler
Thursday 14th February – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Nick and Liesl
Saturday 9th February – Pure Pop Recordsm, St Kilda, VIC
Sunday 10th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Rory McLeod
Friday 8th February – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, Vic
Saturday 9th February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, Vic

Ruby Boots
Friday 8th February – Baha Taco, Rye, VIC
Saturday 9th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15 February – Perth International Arts Festival Gardens, Perth, WA

Sarah Blasko
Saturday 9th February – Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 14th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

The April Maze
Saturday 9th February – Kuranda Ampitheatre, Kuranda, QLD
Thursday 14th February – Townsville Folk Club, Townsville, QLD

The Wooden Music Festival feat. The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 8th February – Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 9th February -The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 10th February – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoombe, NSW
Friday 15th February – Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Wes Carr
Friday 8th February – The Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 9th February – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 13th February – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th February – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC
Friday 15th February – Wellers Restaurant, Kangaroo Grounds, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sunshower” – The Little Stevies

Next week The Little Stevies will be launching their live album Most Requested at The Workers Club, featuring their new lineup (sans Robin). We thought this was as good a reason as any to post the song that made us fall in love with the band in the first place.

Turin Brakes Announce Sydney Gum Ball Sideshow

Turin Brakes
Image Courtesy of Turin Brakes

Having announced as part of this year’s Gum Ball lineup, UK indie-folk band Turin Brakes have added a single Sydney sideshow to their Australian visit. Turin Brakes, a duo made up of Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian along with long time band members Rob Allum (drums), and Eddie Myer (bass), will be performing a set that covers their career to date plus a few new songs just for Australian audiences.

The single Sydney sideshow is set to take place on Thursday the 25th April at the Oxford Arts Factory. Tickets are on sale now. For more information on the Gum Ball including the full lineup check out the official site.

The Gum Ball Announces First Round of Artists for 2013

Turin Brakes
Image Courtesy of Turin Brakes

The Gum Ball is back again in 2013 and its first round of artists is very exciting indeed. Held on a farm in the Hunter Valley region of NSW, Gum Ball has recently been rebuilding its reputation as one of the most chilled out events on the busy festival calendar. The festival will take place next year from the 25th to 27th April (tickets on sale now) and as always is BYO, family friendly and supports and fundraises for The Black Dog Institute.

The first round lineup for the Gum Ball next year includes Turin Brakes (above), Mia Dyson, The Beards, Jordie Lane, Little Bastard and many many more – the second round of artists is due in January. For more information on Gum Ball head to the official web site. The full list of artists announced so far is below:

Turin Brakes (UK)
Mia Dyson
The Beards
The Preatures
Eugene Hideaway Bridges (USA)
Jordie Lane
Mojo Juju
Steve Smyth
Little Bastard
King of the North

For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas 2012

For Folk's Sake It's Christmas 2012
Image Courtesy of For Folk’s Sake

For the last few years the wonderful guys and girls at UK blog For Folk’s Sake have put together one of the best Christmas compilations around and 2012 is no different.

This year’s For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas compilation is due for digital release on the 3rd of December and includes tracks from Olly Knights (Turin Brakes), Feldspar, Admiral Fallow and many many more. All profits from the album go to the Evelina Children’s Hospital.

To get your hands on For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas head to For Folk’s Sake’s Bandcamp here and take a listen to a stream of the album below:

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