Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th December

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– Our Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans released his traditional top 25 songs of the year including tracks from Aldous Harding, Bear’s Den, Big Sky Mountain, Bon Iver, Chaika, Charm of Finches, Falls, Fanny Lumsden, Garrett Kato, George Jackson, Joe Pug, John Smith, Julia Jacklin, Luke Plumb & Kate Burke, Mandolin Orange, Matthew And The Atlas, Michael Waugh, Passenger, Seeker Lover Keeper, Stella Donnelly, The East Pointers, The Maes, The Teskey Brothers, Tia Gostelow and Vetiver. Check it out here

– Our annual Chritsmas Eve list of the best folky Christmas and Holiday songs of the year dropped on Tuesday with tracks from Al Parkinson, Anais Mitchell w/ Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett, Arielle Silver, Bear’s Den, Ben Sollee, Courteous Thief, Fanny Lumsden, Good Lovelies, Jackie Marshall and Emma Bosworth, Jesse Blake Rundle, Joe Pug, Lady Maisery w/ Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith, Judy Collins & Jonas Fjeld, Lana Winterhalt, Noah, Mitch, & Kate, Phoebe Bridgers w/ Fiona Apple and Matt Berninger (The National), Richard Walters, Skinner & T’witch, Sophie Jones (Smith and Jones), Stella Donnelly, The Lone Bellow and The Shut-ins. Check out the list here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Andrew Swift and Gretta Ziller

Caravan Park

Friday 27th December – Amberlee Holiday Park, Rosebud, VIC
Saturday 28th December – Inverloch Foreshore Camping Reserve, Inverloch, VIC
Sunday 29th December – Seaspray Caravan Park, Seaspray, VIC
Monday 30th December – Eagle Point Caravan Park, Eagle Point, VIC
Tuesday 31st December – Marlo Ocean Views, Marlo, VIC
Wednesday 1st January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Mallacoota, VIC
Thursday 2nd January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Friday 3rd January – Tathra Beachside, Tathra, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Alana Wilkinson
Saturday 28th December – Inverloch Sounds of Summer, Inverloch, VIC

Alice Skye
Monday 30th December to Wednesday 1st January – NYE on the Hill, Loch, VIC

Amanda Palmer
Monday 30th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Andrew Swift and Gretta Ziller
Friday 27th December – Amberlee Holiday Park, Rosebud, VIC
Saturday 28th December – Inverloch Foreshore Camping Reserve, Inverloch, VIC
Sunday 29th December – Seaspray Caravan Park, Seaspray, VIC
Monday 30th December – Eagle Point Caravan Park, Eagle Point, VIC
Tuesday 31st December – Marlo Ocean Views, Marlo, VIC
Wednesday 1st January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Mallacoota, VIC
Thursday 2nd January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Friday 3rd January – Tathra Beachside, Tathra, NSW

Archie Roach
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Austral
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Barleyshakes
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Ben Mastwyk
Tuesday 31st December – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Blair Dunlop
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Bluegrass and Boilermakers
Thursday 2nd January – Rio Bar, Sydney, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 27th December – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th December – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW

Brooke Russell & the Canyon Callers
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Cat & Clint
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Charlie Collins
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Cigány Weaver
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Cloudstreet
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Colin Lillie
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Dave Wright & The Midnight Ramblers
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Dope Lemon
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Elephant Sessions
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 2nd January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 3rd January – The Bellingen Brewery Co, Bellingen, NSW

Emily Barker
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Falls Festival
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December – Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Marion Bay, TAS
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January – Byron Bay, NSW

Fiona Ross and Shane O’Mara
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Fred Smith
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Freya Josephine Hollick
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gareth Leach
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Georgia State Line
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Great Aunt
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Ray
Monday 30th December to Wednesday 1st January – NYE on the Hill, Loch, VIC

Gulgong Folk Festival
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Gulgong, NSW

Harry James Angus
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Inverloch Sounds of Summer
Saturday 28th December – Thompson Reserve, Inverloch, VIC

Jack Carty
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

James Ellis & the Jealous Guys
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

John Thompson
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Jordie Lane
Tuesday 31st December – Secret Show, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Kay Proudlove
Sunday 29th December – Red Dog on the Green, Figtree, NSW

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Lachlan Bryan & the Wildes
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Lior
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Little Wise
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mal Webb
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Martin Pearson
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Matt Joe Gow
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission
Wednesday 1st January – The Archies Creek Hotel, Archies Creek, VIC

Milky Chance
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Nariel Creel Folk Festival
Tuesday 31st December to Wednesday 1st January – Nariel Creek, VIC

Narrownecks
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Nathan Seeckts
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Niq Reefman
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

NYE on the Hill
Monday 30th December to Wednesday 1st January – Loch, VIC

Of Monsters and Men
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Monday 30th December to Wednesday 1st January – NYE on the Hill, Loch, VIC

Raised By Eagles
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

RAPT
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Gulgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

Rick Hart Trio
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Rose Zita Falko
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Round Mountain Girls
Tuesday 31st December – Seagulls Club, Tweed Heads, NSW

Russell Morris
Thursday 2nd December – Malt Shovel Taphouse, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 3rd December – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Sahara Beck
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Sean McMahon
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Stag 2020 NYE feat. Magpie Diaries, Johnston City, James Thomson, Lyle Dennis Express, Dashville Progress Society
Tuesday 31st December – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Stu Tyrrell
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Gulgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Saturday 28th December – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 29th December – Wonderland Spiegeltent, Barwon Heads, VIC
Thursday 2nd January – The Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 3rd January – Ballina RSL Club, Ballina, NSW

The BordererS
Tuesday 31st December – Para Hills Community Club, Adelaide, SA

The Brother Brothers
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Friday 3rd December – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

The Bushwackers
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Gulgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

The East Pointers w/ Laura Hyde
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Friday 3rd January – The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Saturday 28th December – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 29th December – Margaret River Brewhouse, Margaret River, WA

The New Graces
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Swamp Stompers
Friday 3rd December – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Thelma Plumb
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

This Way North
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Tia Gostelow
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Tin Star
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Western Weekender
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Woodford Folk Festival
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Z-Star Trinity
Saturday 28th December – Mansfield Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Tuesday 31st December – Riley, Cairns, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Woodfordia” – The East Pointers

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2019

2019

It’s been a very quiet year on the blogging front from Timber and Steel but I couldn’t let the season go past with at least on of my traditional best of lists.

Here’s 25 of the tracks I’ve been digging this year from across the folk spectrum – everything from trad to bluegrass, singer-songwriter to Americana. Hopefully you’ll agree that 2019 was a bumper year for the music we love.

Without further ado we present Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2019.

1. The Maes – “Treat You Better”

2. Aldous Harding – “The Barrel”

3. John Smith – “Hummingbird”

4. Joe Pug – “The Flood in Color”

5. Bon Iver – “Hey, Ma”

6. The East Pointers – “Wintergreen”

7. Bear’s Den – “Crow”

8. Luke Plumb & Kate Burke – “Billy Boy”

9. Julia Jacklin – “Pressure to Party”

10. Seeker Lover Keeper – “Let It Out”

11. Garrett Kato – “River Mouth”

12. The Teskey Brothers – “Hold Me”

13. Tia Gostelow – “Get To It”

14. Mandolin Orange – “Time We Made Time”

15. Fanny Lumsden – “These Days”

16. Vetiver – “To Who Knows Where”

17. Falls – “On Attack”

18. Chaika – “Arrow”

19. George Jackson – “Dorrigo”

20. Big Sky Mountain – “Cover My Tracks”

21. Charm of Finches – “Lies”

22. Stella Donnelly – “Die”

23. Passenger – “Rosie”

24. Michael Waugh – “Big Things”

25. Matthew and the Atlas – “Calling Long Distance”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th September

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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 Ainsley Farrell, Bobby Alu, Catherine Traicos, Falls, Mark Moldre, Michael Waugh, Montgomery Church, Nathan Power, Robert Cini, Sam Buckingham, The East Pointers, The Teskey Brothers and Vetiver. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Darren Cross
Ecstatic RacquetD.C Cross
Bandcamp

Ma
MaDevendra Banhart
iTunes

Hayden Calnin
A Life You Would ChooseHayden Calnin
iTunes

Want It All
Want it AllLittle Wise
Bandcamp
iTunes

Trucker Caps
Trucker Caps And Heart AttacksMat Black
iTunes

Shelley's Murder Boys
Above is a RawShelley’s Murder Boys
Bandcamp
iTunes

III
IIIThe Lumineers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Irish & Celtic Music Festival

Yass

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Yass, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alana and Alicia
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW
Friday 20th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

An Otherwise Quiet Room feat. Teresa Dixon
Thursday 19th September – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Salter
Friday 13th September – The Gunners Arms Tavern, Launceston, TAS

Black Mountain String Band
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 20th September – Music at Street Market, Sydney, NSW

Broads
Saturday 14th September – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Cat Canteri & Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 14th September – House Concert, Eltham, VIC

Charlie Finn
Friday 13th September – Kelly’s On King, Sydney, NSW

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Danika Smith
Saturday 14th September – Geddes Lane Ballroom, Melbourne, VIC

Desert Song Festival
Friday 6th to Sunday 15th September – Alice Springs, NT

Don Walker
Thursday 19th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Emily-Rose & The Wild Things, Vendulka
Friday 20th September – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Emma Russack
Friday 13th September – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC
Sunday 15th September – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Thursday 19th September – Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns, QLD
Friday 20th September – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 16th September – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Victor Cripes, Hannah Matysek, Jesse Squire
Wednesday 18th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 13th September – Cygnet Town Hall, Cygnet, TAS
Saturday 14th September – Kunanyi Folk Club, Fern Tree, TAS
Sunday 15th September – Dennes Point, TAS

Greta Stanley
Friday 13th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 19th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 20th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Sunday 15th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

Harvey Russell
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 14th September – The Press, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 15th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 19th September – Lazybones, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 12th September – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Thursday 19th September – Hotel Ravesis, Sydney, NSW

Irish & Celtic Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Yass, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 20th September – The Victoria, Bathurst, NSW

Joe Man Murphy
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – The GAS Goats Acoustic Sessions, Brooweena, QLD
Sunday 15th September – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 19th September – Foxy on Coolum, Coolum, QLD
Friday 20th September – Little Boat, Marcoola, QLD

Joe Mungovan
Friday 13th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th September – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Justin Townes Earle
Friday 13th September – Tank Arts Center, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 14th September – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Kasey Chambers w/ Charlie Collins
Friday 13th September – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Costa Hall GPAC, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 15th September – Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta, VIC
Thursday 19th September – Lismore City Hall, Lismore, NSW
Friday 20th September – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, VIC

Kris Kristofferson
Tuesday 17th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 19th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – Riverlinks, Shepparton, VIC

Leah Flanagan
Friday 20th September – Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, NSW

Lisa Caruso
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Lou Bradley
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Lucie Thorne
Friday 13th September – The Corridors Project, Cowra, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 15th September – The Town Hall, Candelo, NSW

Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Sunday 15th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mat Black w/ Gretta Ziller, Mr Alford
Sunday 15th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Medusa’s Wake
Saturday 14th September – The Chippo Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Michael Waugh
Saturday 14th September – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Montgomery Church
Saturday 14th September – Winter Breaker Country Party, Steampacket Hotel, Nelligen, NSW
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

Narrownecks
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Natalie Henry
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Nathan Power
Friday 13th September – Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, NSW

Neil Murray
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Thursday 19th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Neurum, QLD

Nimbin Roots Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin, NSW

Obscura Hail
Friday 13th September – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Paul Dempsey
Tuesday 17th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Rosie McDonald and Nigel Lever
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Friday 13th September – Southport Sharks, Southport, QLD

Ruby Gilbert
Saturday 14th September – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 18th September – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Seanchas
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Seeker Lover Keeper
Friday 13th September – Narrabeen RSL, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Shane Nicholson w/ Michael Waugh
Saturday 14th September – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Shanty Club
Friday 13th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 15th September – Club Millthorpe, Millthorpe, NSW

Soweto Gospel Choir
Saturday 14th September – Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT

The GAS Goats Acoustic Sessions feat. Lily & King, Gypsy Rumble, Hillbilly Goats, Flower & Trengove, The Tuck Shop Ladies, Chris Matthews, Tim Griffin, Tim Woodz, Joe Man Murphy, Rosie Burgess, JC & The Tree, Sean the Noosa Magician
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – The GAS, Brooweena, QLD

The Great Australian Caravan Park Country Music Showcase feat. Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller, Kevin Bennett, Lyn Bowtell, Montgomery Church
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

The Middle East
Friday 13th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 20th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

The Strzelecki Stringbusters
Tuesday 17th September – Mountain Pickers Association, Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC

The Water Runners
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Thelma Plum
Monday 16th September – HBF Stadium, Perth, WA
Wednesday 18th September – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 20th September – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

Tia Gostelow
Saturday 14th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Traditional Graffiti
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Ukulele Death Squad
Friday 13th September – SunPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th September – SunPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 15th September – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Wagons
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

We Mavericks
Saturday 14th September – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

Whoa Mule & Grace Barr
Saturday 14th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Winter Breaker Country Party feat. Catherine Britt, Hurricane Fall, Montgomery Church, Chalkie White, Corey Legge, Lara Duncan Music, Sam Fletcher, Marshall Karaitiana, St Peter’s Anglican College Broulee
Saturday 14th September – Steampacket Hotel, Nelligen, NSW

Witches Leap
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 13th September – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 14th September – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 15th September – Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 20th September – Maryborough Sports Club, Maryborough, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Needle of Death” – Bert Jansch

New Music Monday – 9th September

Falls
Image Courtesy of Falls

Ainsley Farrell – “Dark Spell”

“Dark Spell” is the new single from Sydney based singer-songwriter Ainsley Farrell. The track captures Farrell’s vulnerability as a songwriter and couples her unique vocal style with electric guitar and a driving rhythm section.

“I wrote “Dark Spell” about losing yourself in a relationship and becoming someone you’re not to appease the other person,” Ainsley Farrell explained. “It’s about taking on the heartbreak of two people.”

Ainsley Farrell self directed the video for “Dark Spell”.

“The idea for the video was to do all these mundane tasks like laundry and showering with different faces, and have the faces take over and consume me,” she said. “The magazine cut out of faces are meant to represent the part of you that’s lost I guess – it ended up being a lot creepier than I imagined.”

Ainsley Farrell will be supporting Asha Jefferies at Low 302 in Sydney on the 21st September.

Bobby Alu – “Fire”

Roots singer-songwriter Bobby Alu recently debuted his new single “Fire”. The sunny track sees Alu pulling from numerous influences, including reggae and soul, to create a sound that’s bound to put a smile on your face.

“”Fire” is about good flow,” Bobby Alu explained. “Searching inside yourself to find the courage to push your energy into things you love. Instead of finding discomfort and fear, you find power and fire. I love these moments and when I started writing this song I was searching for that fire in myself again. This made me realise when this type of feeling comes by, it’s time to strike and make most of the goodness.”

“Fire” taken from Bobby Alu’s newly announced album Flow which hits stands on the 18th October. He’ll also be heading out on tour with Busby Marou in October and November:

Friday 25th October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 26th October – Venue 114, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 27th October – Home of Arts, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 31st October – Lions Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA
Friday 1st November – The Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 2nd November – The River, Margaret River, WA
Friday 8th November – Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Saturday 9th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th November – The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 15th November – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge, NSW
Friday 22nd November – The Jack, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 23rd November – Kirwan Tavern, Townsville, QLD

Catherine Traicos – “And I Ran”

Celebrated folk singer Catherine Traicos has just released her brand new single “And I Ran”, the first taste of her upcoming album Nobody Could Hear Us to be released on the 25th October. The song’s slightly unconventional chord progression melds wonderfully with Traicos’ sweet if somewhat haunting voice.

“When I wrote this song it was just the music and that unconventional structure that presented itself in about three minutes in someone’s living room, on a borrowed guitar that hadn’t been played in so long the tuning had gone down a tone,” Catherine Traicos explained. “I sat with the song for ages, trying out different lyrics and structures but nothing felt quite right. And then I put it away for almost a year!

“Then there was a definite point of change in my life where I was able to sit back and be angry and that is when most of the songs came together. I feel that often when things are bad you are just engulfed by them and often they can be so bad that you bypass and can’t process emotion. So when I finally wrote the song I was in the post bypass state of utter fury at events, at certain people and mostly at myself. But the piece just couldn’t work as an angry song no matter how much I tried to push it in that direction. I latched onto the amazing bliss that was also concurrently present in my life (go reality!) and wrote about that instead.”

Falls – “On Attack”

There’s a long history between LA based Sydney duo Falls and Timber and Steel. Last Friday they released their new single “On Attack”, their first in far too long. The track features Falls’ trademark harmonies intertwined through a driving, rhythmic melody that had me up and dancing.

“When the idea of home is illusive and you feel like you’ve lost your grounding, you sometimes find yourself clinging to people like life rafts,” Melinda Kirwin explained. “This song is about that moment when you realize that you’re not drowning, you can touch the ocean floor with your feet, and you can save yourself.”

There’s so much nostalgia on this track, I love it. “On Attack” is the first taster of Falls’ upcoming EP Bodega Rose, due in October.

Mark Moldre – “Josephine”

Americana singer-songwriter Mark Moldre has just released his new single and video “Josephine”. Taken from his 2019 album Fever Dreams, “Josephine” is a hypnotic, melancholic, dream-like track and the accompanying video plays up to this tone with strange, somewhat surreal visuals. This is very much modern, Australian Americana – more of this and less of everything else.

Michael Waugh – “Big Things”

No one is capturing the Australian experience at the moment quite like Michael Waugh. His storytelling songwriting style taps into something nostalgic but also delivers an emotional wallop. “Big Things” is not just about the “fibre glass fruit” that dots Australia’s highways, but instead anchors a primal story of growing up in the bush with the familiar archetypes of the Australian road trip.

“Big Things is about family – and the making of this video was a real family affair,” Michael Waugh explained. “My good friend Miguel Rios shot and directed – assisted by his partner, Meredith O’Shea. Though, the real stars are Meredith and Miguel’s kids. My favourite moment in the shoot was when Meredith gave them the direction to ‘look sad like an orphan for mummy’. I was rolling around on the ground laughing too much for the kids to adopt the required look of abandonment.

“The concept was about these kids recreating the family car trip to see the big things of Australia. They use whatever is at hand – coat hangers become the harbour bridge, the fruit bowl raided to create the big banana, teddies duct taped onto the couch to be back seat passengers. Like the goldfish, temporarily displaced so the bowl can be used as an astronaut helmet, two little kids swim around the house – playing out the memory of that family trip. Because in another part of the house there are other big things happening.”

Michael Waugh is currently out on tour – his upcoming dates are below:

Saturday 14th September – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Saturday 21st September – Sandy Point Music Club. Sandy Point, VIC
Friday 4th October – Oodies Café, Bundaberg, QLD
Saturday 12th to Saturday 19th October – Cruisin Country 2019
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC
Saturday 16th November – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th November – Illawarra Folk Club show, Kiama, NSW
Saturday 23rd November – Burke and Wills Winery, Heathcote, VIC
Saturday 30th November – By the Banks Festival, Albury, VIC
Wednesday 11th December – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Montgomery Church – “I Was Young When I Left Home”

Folk and Americana duo Montgomery Church have delivered a stunning cover of Bob Dylan’s “I Was Young When I Left Home” for their latest single. Stripped back to just voice, guitar and dobro Montgomery Church make the song their own. I particularly love the moments of vocal harmony punctuated by James Church’s slide playing – really beautiful stuff.

Nathan Power – “Sparrow Song”

I really like this live version of Nathan Power’s new single “Sparrow Song” courtesy of the Shoelace Sessions. The Bluegrass-folk instrumentation of guitar, bass, fiddle and mandolin perfectly accompanies the song which makes some really interesting chordal twists and turns which still staying very true to the genre.

Nathan Power is currently touring the new single – see the upcoming dates below:

Friday 13th September – Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Tumut River Brewing, Tumut, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Old Bus Depot, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 22nd September – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Foghorn Brewhouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th September – Charlies Last Stand, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 28th September – 63 First, Sawtell, NSW
Sunday 29th September – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Wednesday 2nd October – Lomond Acoustic, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd November – Blue Bean Love, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November – Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

Robert Cini – “Different Road”

Far North Queensland roots singer-songwriter Robert Cini has released the very summery sounding “Different Road”. The track is toe-tappingly catchy but also has a really personal message around what it feels like to be “different” from the mainstream.

“Anyone that feels a little different and out of place, or has life a bit tougher than normal, I think will relate to this song,” Robert Cini explains.

“Different Road” is taken from Cini’s brand new debut album Imaginary Fun which was released last week.

Sam Buckingham – “Real Life”

Singer-songwriter and Timber and Steel favourite Sam Buckingham returns with her gorgeous new song “Real Life”. Buckingham has a knack for writing beautiful acoustic folk songs with catchy choruses and deep lyrics, and “Real Life” is yet another example of her skill.

“This song feels like the fruits of a long inner journey,” Sam Buckingham explains. “I’m kind of just reporting back on some big things that I’ve felt and learnt over the years.”

Sam Buckingham is heading out on tour this October – full dates are below:

Friday 4th October – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, QLD
Saturday 5th October – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW
Friday 11th October – Low 302, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 25th October – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers – “Wintergreen”

“Wintergreen” is the gorgeous new song and video from Canadian folk trio The East Pointers. The song combines the group’s trad-inspired instrumental style with an expansive indie-folk songwriting approach they began to dabble in with their 2017 album What We Leave Behind. The video for “Wintergreen” elevates the song with a stunning AUSLAN dance performance from Emma Watkins.

The East Pointers have announced their new album Yours To Break, which will feature “Wintergreen”, will be released on the 25th October.

The Teskey Brothers – “Paint My Heart”

I feel like we feature The Teskey Brothers every week, but I reckon that’s because they’re releasing some amazing music at the moment, especially since the release of their new album Run Home Slow. “Paint My Heart” is The Teskey Brothers in epic soul mode, from the With-A-Little-Help-From-My-Friends like opening, the slow build towards the double time jam long, right up to the drawn out vocal finish. This is not music for the Spotify generation where you avoid the slow burn or extended instrumental to stop the audience from skipping – this is music that revels in itself and its influences. Delightful.

Vetiver – “To Who Knows Where”

Nu-folk stalwarts Vetiver released their amazing new single “To Who Knows Where”, taken from their upcoming album Up On High which is due on the 1st November. The Nick Drake-esque track is a lush, dreamy song which very much draws you in and wraps you up in warm blanket of folky goodness.

Download The Best Of American Songwriter Sessions

American Songwriter Sessions
Image Courtesy of American Songwriter

I was listening to Emma Swift’s wonderful radio show In The Pines the other day (via FBi on Demand) and she mentioned a review of a Gillian Welch on the online version of American Songwriter Magazine. Being a studious folk lover I promptly went to the American Songwriter web site, found the review, read it, then read another and another and another until I was hooked. I have no idea how I’ve managed to survive this long having never read an article from the magazine before but I can tell you now I will be a regular reader hereon in. Thanks Emma!

One thing I stumbled across while I was trawling the site was a free download of The Best Of American Songwriter Sessions, an album featuring live tracks from 13 artists recorded by American Songwriter. The “Sessions” appear regularly on the site with The Best Of American Songwriter Sessions the perfect jumping on point for new fans – artists include Ron Sexsmith, Justin Townes Earle, Vetiver, Johnny Flynn and The White Buffalo.

To download the album follow this link. And then head over to the “Sessions” page to listen to (and in some cases watch) full American Songwriter Sessions. Here’s a taster from Johnny Flynn with “Lost and Found”:

Daytrotter Session: Vetiver

Vetiver
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Nu-folk giants Vetiver recently made their way into the Daytrotter studios to record a very special session for the live music web site titled For The Cider, The Cocoa And The Nip. We’re not sure if the title is reflected in the quality of the recording but if you’re keen to hear it download the session for free here.

Vetiver Video “Wonder Why” and Free Download

Vetiver
Image Courtesy of Vetiver

We say it every time but we should really be writing more about San Francisco based nu-folkers Vetiver. With a brand new album (The Errant Charm) due for release on the 14th June the band have just released their new single “Wonder Why”, the video of which features some awesome stop motion goodness:

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You can also download “Wonder Why” for free via Subpop’s Soundcloud here. For the full details on Vetiver’s The Errant Charm check out this article from March, complete with yet another free download.

John Martyn Tribute Album Gets Final Tracklisting, Release Date

John Martyn

The all-star tribute album to the late John Martyn that was announced in July last year has finally been given a release date and track listing. Artists as diverse as David Gray, Beck, The Swell Season, Vetiver, Snow Patrol and Bombay Bicycle Club will all make an appearance on the album titled Johnny Boy Would Love This – A Tribute To John Martyn.

The album will be released as a double CD set on 15th August. The full track listing is below:

Disc 1:
1. “Let The Good Things Come” – David Gray
2. “Glorious Fool” – Clarence Fountain and Sam Butler
3. “Small Hours” – Robert Smith
4. “Stormbringer” – Beck
5. “Over The Hill” – Ted Barnes featuring Gavin Clark
6. “I Don’t Wanna Know” – The Swell Season
7. “Bless The Weather” – The Emperors Of Wyoming
8. “Couldn’t Love You More” – Lisa Hannigan
9. “Go Easy” – Vetiver
10. “Solid Air” – Skye Edwards
11. “You Can Discover” – Cheryl Wilson
12. “The Easy Blues (Jelly RollBaker)” – Joe Bonamassa
13. “Dancing” – Sonia Dada
14. “Certain Surprise” – Sabrina Dinan
15. “One World” – Paolo Nutini

Disc 2:
1. “May You Never” – Snow Patrol
2. “Go Down Easy” – Beth Orton
3. “Fairytale Lullaby” – Bombay Bicycle Club
4. “Fine Lines” – Syd Kitchen
5. “Head And Heart” – Vashti Bunyan
6. “Run Honey Run” – Morcheeba
7. “Angeline” – Nicholas Barron
8. “Walk To The Water” – John Smith
9. “Hurt In Your Heart” – Judy Tzuke
10. “Road To Ruin” – Jim Tullio
11. “Oh My God” – John Wayne
12. “Rope Soul’d” – The Blackships
13. “Back To Stay” – Ultan Conlon
14. “Anna” – Brendan Campbell

There are some obvious artists missing from the album that were in the original announcement including Devendra Banhart and The Blind Boys Of Alabama but it remains to be seen whether their contributions turn up somewhere else.

Free Download: New Vetiver Song “Can’t You Tell” (+ New Album Details)

Image courtesy of Sub Pop

I can’t believe we hadn’t posted about this upcoming release yet, or about Vetiver at all! We should probably do an artist profile at some stage, but to give you an idea for now, Vetiver belong to that freak-folk crowd from the New Weird America movement– think Akron/Family, Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Castanets, Grizzly Bear, etc.

The Errant Charm will be their 5th studio album and will be released on the 14th of June by one of the biggest indie labels out there- Sub Pop. We’re going to have to send you to the Pitchfork article (via this link) for the free “Can’t You Tell” download because WordPress doesn’t support embedding these kind of Flash widgets. Sigh. Track listing for the album is below.

1. It’s Beyond Me
2. Worse for Wear
3. Can’t You Tell
4. Hard to Break
5. Fog Emotion
6. Right Away
7. Wonder Why
8. Ride Ride Ride
9. Faint Praise
10. Soft Glass

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