Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We premiered the new EP from Joel Barker & The Low Company, Uncharted. Details here

VIVID announced its full music lineup including Fleet Foxes, Laura Marling, Lisa Hannigan, Bill Callahan, Beth Orton, Taasha Coates, Crooked Fiddle Band, Mick Thomas, Brian Campeau, Nic Cassey, Swamp Fat Jangles, Sarah Belkner and more. Details here

– Indie-folk singer Radical Face has announced his first ever Australian tour. Details here

– Canadian folk singer Irish Mythen hits Australia this weekend for the start of her latest tour. Details here

The Button Collective announced a bunch of east coast dates to launch their new album. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn released his new video “Wandering Aengus”. Details here

– Sydney alt-country singer Katie Brianna released her new video “King”. Details here

– Award winning Americana artist Jason Isbell has announced details of his upcoming album The Nashville Sound. Details here

Releases This Week

Salutations
SalutationsConor Oberst
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Gary Clark Jr
Live North America 2016Gary Clark Jr
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Uncharted
UnchartedJoel Barker & The Low Company
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Lindi
Til The Goin’ Gets GoneLindi Ortega
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

St Patrick’s Day Weekend

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Today is St Patrick’s Day and that means this weekend is going to be full of trad and folk music goodness around the country. Rather than suggesting a single show we recommend you head out and seek out folk music wherever you can find it. Below is a list of shows and events celebrating St Patricks Day, Ireland and everything that’s good about live music

Friday 17th March
Handsome Young Strangers, Operation Ibis, Mournwillow – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Mandy Connell and Kim Wheeler – Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC
Mighty Irish Session – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Mundy – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sarah Calderwood Duo – Brunswick Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
St Patricks Day at Adelaide Oval feat. Adelaide Irish Pipe Band, Celtic & Comhaltas Traditional Musicians, Inesheer, Dogpatch Appalachian, Scoil Rince Ní Murchú, Ceol Maith, The Timbers, Folk n Spicy, Celtic Reflections, Shambolics, Blackthorn and more – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA
St Patrick’s Day at The Last Jar feat. Ewen Baker, John Hudson, Áine Tyrrell, Pat McKernan, Chris Fitz, Jim Green, The Corkman traditional Irish – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC
St Patrick’s Day MOTH feat. Áine Tyrrell and The Midnight Tide, Aoife Scott Band – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
St Patrick’s Day Festival at The Irish Club of WA feat. CraicN On, The Healy’s, Tommy O’ Brien & Co – Irish Club, Perth, WA
St Patricks Day Party: A Celebration of the Music of Ireland feat. Flangipanis, Paddy McHugh Trio, Fox n Firkin, Andy McDonell Band, Alan Boyle Band – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
The Bitter Sweethearts w/ The Bottlers, Nils Sundermann – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
The Button Collective – Finnian’s Irish Tavern, Port Macquarie, NSW
The Ramshackle Army – Loch & Key, Melbourne, VIC
The Ramshackle Army – Dan O’Connell Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
The Sweet Jelly Rolls – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 18th March
Aoife Scott – Tea Gardens Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride BE-IN feat. Paul Hayward & The Sidekicks, Sue Gee – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
The Buffalo Grass Boys – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW
The Ramshackle Army, Handsome Young Strangers, Operation Ibis, Mournwillow – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Sunday 19th March
Aoife Scott, Gallie, Áine Tyrrell – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Brisbane Irish Festival Family Day – Gaelic Park, Brisbane, QLD
Echo Deer – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW
Melbourne St Patrick’s Family Festival feat. Zeon, Paddy Fitz and friends, Comhaltas, Borderline Kaylee – Edinburgh Gardens, Melbourne, VIC
Mighty Tunes Session – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
***CANCELLED***Sydney St. Patrick’s Day Green Gathering feat. feat. Áine Tyrell, The Bottlers, Chaika, Gallie, Ecopella, UTS Ukulele Orchestra, Mark Oats & Cara Kavanagh feat. Ciaran Gribbin, Cross Rhythm Dancers, Knievel, Sydney Session Players, Aoife Scott – Prince Alfred Park, Sydney, NSW***CANCELLED***
The Ramshackle Army, Handsome Young Strangers, Operation Ibis, Mournwillow – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Aireys Inlet Open Mic Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 18th March – Aireys Inlet, VIC

Aoife Scott
Friday 17th March – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 18th March – Tea Gardens Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st March – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 22nd March – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 23rd March – The Yacht Club, Mooloolaba, QLD
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Belle Harvey
Friday 17th March – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW
Saturday 18th March – Peppertown Cafe, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 19th March – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Boy & Bear
Saturday 18th March – Party in the Park, Narrabeen, NSW

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Katoomba, NSW

Brisbane Irish Festival Family Day
Sunday 19th March – Gaelic Park, Brisbane, QLD

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 5th to Sunday 19th March – Melbourne, VIC

Courtyard Sessions Presents Goldheist
Friday 17th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions presents Skyscraper Stan
Saturday 18th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Darby
Friday 17th March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Devil on the Rooftop, Belle Jar
Monday 20th March – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Domini Forster
Thursday 23rd March – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Don Henley w/ Jewel
Saturday 18th March – A Day On The Green, Mt Duneed Estate, Surf Coast, VIC

Echo Deer
Sunday 19th March – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

Eddi Reader
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
Tuesday 21st March – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd March – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Friday 24th March – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Elwood Myre
Friday 17th March – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 18th March – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 19th March – The Fox Den, Gloucester, NSW

Folk Uke
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Colin Jones and The Delta Revue, MoSoul
Wednesday 22nd March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Frank Sultana and The Sinister Kids
Friday 24th March – Southern Comfort Carnival, Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

Fromseier-Hockings w/ Dan & Paddy
Monday 20th March – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Girl Friday & Mandy Connell
Sunday 19th March – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 17th March – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th March – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 19th March – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions present Amber Rae Slade and Chris Porter
Sunday 19th March – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Hinterlandt
Thursday 23rd March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th March – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW

Holly Throsby
Saturday 18th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 19th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Illawarra Folk Club Concert feat. The East Pointers, Meridian
Wednesday 22nd March – Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW

Irish Mythen
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 23rd March – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 24th March – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 17th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th March – Canvas Coffee & Providore, Barham, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride BE-IN feat. Paul Hayward & The Sidekicks, Sue Gee
Saturday 18th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Joel Barker & The Low Company
Friday 17th March – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 18th March – Green Door Wines, Ferguson Valley, WA
Sunday 19th March – Bridgetown Pottery Restuarant, Bridgetown, WA

Jordie Lane w/ Sam Buckingham, Benjamin James Caldwell
Saturday 18th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Saturday 18th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd March – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday, 17th March – Geelong Workers Club, Geelong VIC
Saturday 18th March – Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th March – Golden Vine, Bendigo, VIC

Jemma Nicole w/ Tom Dockray
Saturday 18th March – The B.East, Melbourne, VIC

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 24th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Mandy Connell and Kim Wheeler
Friday 17th March – Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC

Martha Tilston
Friday 17th March – Saints & Sailors, Port Arlington, VIC
Saturday 18th March – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th March – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 24th March – Newham Hall, Newham, VIC

Martha Wainwright
Saturday 18th March – Lismore City Hall, Lismore, NSW
Sunday 19th March – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 22nd March – Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 23rd March – Devonport Entertainment Centre, Devonport, TAS
Friday 24th March – Capital Theatre, Bendigo, VIC

Melbourne St Patrick’s Family Festival feat. Zeon, Paddy Fitz and friends, Comhaltas, Borderline Kaylee
Sunday 19th March – Edinburgh Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Mighty Irish Session
Friday 17th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mighty Tunes Session w/ Aoife Scott, Gallie, Áine Tyrrell
Sunday 19th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Monsieur Camembert
Saturday 18th March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mundy
Friday 17th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 17th March – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

My Bubba
Friday 17th March – Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, NSW
Tuesday 21st March – Newtown Social Club, Newtown, NSW
Wednesday 22nd March – Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
Thursday 23rd March – Castlemaine State Festival, Castlemaine, VIC

Ramblin’ Nights Presents Chris Pickering & Jason Walker
Friday 17th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Roo Panes
Saturday 18th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Sarah Calderwood Duo
Friday 17th March – Brunswick Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

Sean McMahon and the MoonMen
Friday 17th March – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 18th March – Marickville Bowlo, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th March – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats
Friday 17th March – Southern Comfort Carnival, Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Southern Comfort Carnival
Wednesday 15th to Saturday 25th March – Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

St Patricks Day at Adelaide Oval feat. Adelaide Irish Pipe Band, Celtic & Comhaltas Traditional Musicians, Inesheer, Dogpatch Appalachian, Scoil Rince Ní Murchú, Ceol Maith, The Timbers, Folk n Spicy, Celtic Reflections, Shambolics, Blackthorn and more
Friday 17th March – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA

St Patrick’s Day at The Last Jar feat. Ewen Baker, John Hudson, Áine Tyrrell, Pat McKernan, Chris Fitz, Jim Green, The Corkman traditional Irish
Friday 17th March – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

St Patrick’s Day MOTH feat. Áine Tyrrell and The Midnight Tide, Aoife Scott Band
Friday 17th March – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

St Patrick’s Day Festival at The Irish Club of WA feat. CraicN On, The Healy’s, Tommy O’ Brien & Co
Friday 17th March – Irish Club, Perth, WA

St Patricks Day Party: A Celebration of the Music of Ireland feat. Flangipanis, Paddy McHugh Trio, Fox n Firkin, Andy McDonell Band, Alan Boyle Band
Friday 17th March – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Steampacket Sessions Irish Music Weekend
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Steampacket Hotel, Nelligan, NSW

***CANCELLED***Sydney St. Patrick’s Day Green Gathering feat. feat. Áine Tyrell, The Bottlers, Chaika, Gallie, Ecopella, UTS Ukulele Orchestra, Mark Oats & Cara Kavanagh feat. Ciaran Gribbin, Cross Rhythm Dancers, Knievel, Sydney Session Players, Aoife Scott
Sunday 19th March – Prince Alfred Park, Sydney, NSW***CANCELLED***

The Basin Music Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – The Basin Triangle Park, The Basin, VIC

The Bitter Sweethearts w/ The Bottlers, Nils Sundermann
Friday 17th March – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

The Bottlers, Bourgeois Robbery, Operation Ibis
Wednesday 22nd March – Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Buffalo Grass Boys
Saturday 18th March – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 17th March – Finnian’s Irish Tavern, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 18th March – The Rappville Pub, Rappville, NSW
Friday 24th March – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW

The East Pointers
Wednesday 22nd March – Thirroul Railway Heritage Centre, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 23rd March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th March – Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW

The Green Gathering Offical After Party
Sunday 19th March – Jacksons on George, Sydney, NSW

The McClymonts
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – CMC Rocks 2017, Ipswich, QLD

The Morrisons
Saturday 18th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th March – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

The Ramshackle Army
Friday 17th March – Loch & Key, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th March – Dan O’Connell Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th March – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 19th March – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Séamus Begley Trio
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th March – The Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 24th March – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Friday 17th March – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th March – Southern Comfort Carnival, Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

The Waifs
Saturday 18th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 19th March – Anitas Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

The Young Folk
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – The Hills Are Alive, South Gippsland, VIC

TinPan Orange
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, VIC

Violent Femmes
Friday 17th March – Costa Hall Deakin University, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 18th March – All Saints Winery, Rutherglen, VIC
Monday 20th March – Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd March – NEX at Wests City, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 23rd March – Panthers, Penrith, NSW
Friday 24th March – Waves, Wollongong, NSW

Warrandyte Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Warrandyte, VIC

Willie Watson
Friday 17th March – Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 21st March – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 22nd March – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Bucks of Oranmore” – Matt Molloy & Dónal Lunny

Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone!

Laura Marling, Lisa Hannigan, Beth Orton, Bill Callahan and More Added to VIVID Sydney

Laura Marling
Image Courtesy of Laura Marling

The full music lineup for this year’s VIVID event in Sydney was just announced and it’s one of the most Timber and Steel friendly line ups to date.

Joining the previously announced Fleet Foxes this year will be a raft of international acts including indie-folk goddess Laura Marling, Irish favourite Lisa Hannigan, celebrated singer-songwriter Bill Callahan, folktronica pioneer Beth Orton and many more.

The local lineup is equally as impressive including Taasha Coates, Crooked Fiddle Band, Mick Thomas, Brian Campeau, Nic Cassey, Swamp Fat Jangles, Sarah Belkner and more.

VIVID takes place around Sydney, with the VIVID LIVE events at the Sydney Opera House, from the 26th May to the 10th June. Below is a list of the the folk-leaning shows – check out the official site for a full list of artists and dates.

107 Presents For Folk Sake feat. Brian Campeau, Nic Cassey & Friends, Swamp Fat Jangles, Sarah Belkner
Saturday 10th June – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

Beth Orton
Tuesday 13th June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Bill Callahan: Smog to Dream River
Friday 2nd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 26th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 9th June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Fleet Foxes
Friday 26th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Laura Marling
Monday 12th June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Lisa Hannigan
Tuesday 30th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Mick Thomas
Friday 2nd June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Taasha Coates
Friday 16th June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Fleet Foxes Announced As First Artist for VIVID Live 2017

Fleet Foxes
Image Courtesy of Fleet Foxes

Last week Sydney’s VIVID LIVE Festival dropped its first artist for 2017 and it’s time to get excited. After an almost 5 year hiatus indie folk band Fleet Foxes return to Australia for a series of shows at the Sydney Opera House from the 26th to 29th May.

Fleet Foxes will be playing material from their third album which is expected later this year.

“We are unbelievably excited to perform songs from our new album, and to revisit songs from across our catalogue, at the Sydney Opera House in May,” Fleet Foxes vocalist, Robin Pecknold said. “In this time, when all action towards unity is vital, our means of engendering union is through music, collective communal performance, on any stage that will have us, and there is no better stage in the world than the Opera House. We really hope to see you there.”

A ticket ballot for Fleet Foxes at VIVID LIVE went live over the weekend but has since ended. If any mor Australian dates are announced for Fleet Foxes we’ll let you know!

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Singer songwriter William Crighton released his new single “Priest” from his brand new, self titled album. Details here

– St Patrick’s Day may have been yesterday but The Gaelic Club in Sydney is still celebrating with a session tonight, The Button Collective tomorrow night and a film on Sunday. Details here

– Canadian songstress Ann Vriend is currently touring Australia. Details here

– Sydney band Bears With Guns released their new single “Let Go”. Details here

– Newcastle based alt-country duo The Wayward Henrys released their new video “Early Grave”. Details here

– Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Colin Lillie released his new video “Give Thanks”. Details here

Radical Face released “The Ship In Port” ahead of his album release next week. Details here

– Sydney bluegrassers The Buffalo Grass Boys released their new video “Lonely Nights”. Details here

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros released their new video “No Love Like Yours”. Details here

– Canadian prog-folk band Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything have announced Australian tour dates. Details here

Daniel Champagne has announced a massive Australian tour through March and April. Details here

– Brisbane based singer-songwriter Sian Evans released her new single “Cold Feet”. Details here

Bon Iver announce that they’re returning to Australia as part of Vivid Sydney this year. Details here

Passenger, All Our Exes Live In Texas and Luke Thompson shared a live version of “Caravan”. Details here

Interviews

“We’ve just recorded our third album of thirteen original tracks, some of which you’d call bluegrass and some of which I don’t know what you’d call it. But it’s all great music and we’ve pulled it off – it’s a really fun band in that respect” – George Jackson from The Company chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We started playing music together as friends and then came across the Bluegrass and Old Time Society and started going there a lot. We’d learn three songs to play at that gig – every month we’d learn three more songs. And we slowly built up a set and we ended up having enough to do a gig on our own. It was pretty slow but also really nice” – John Healy and Francis Duffy from The Plough chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“For the 1979 National Festival, which was in Melbourne, one of the reasons Bloodwood got together in the first place was to promote the 1980 festival which was to be held in Alice Springs. We went down there and had a fabulous reception. We had terrific posters and terrific t-shirts and all that stuff designed by a lady in Alice Springs. It was a knock out design and the strange thing is we were actually asked to stop promoting the 1980 festival by the Melbourne organisers because no one was buying their t-shirts. That is deadset true!” – Bob Barford from Bloodwood chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I have a deep relationship with Scottish music, as I spent one year of my life in Glasgow, to absorb the music from its source. The music can be really gentle and smooth, when it comes to ballads but also really ferocious and rythmically driving in strathspeys or reels – I really like the broad spectrum of expression and energy when it comes to Scottish Music” – Paul Dangl from Black Market Tune chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

William Crighton
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
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Way Down South
Way Down SouthJoe Mungovan
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Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Bloodwood

Bloodwood

Seminal Australian bush band Bloodwood have reformed for The National Folk Festival next week and are performing two shows in their hometown of Alice Springs in preparation. If you’re in either of Australia’s Territories this week these are gigs not to be missed.

Friday 18th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Saturday 19th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Gigs Next Week

Adam Young w/ Den Hanrahan, Not Good With Horses
Saturday 19th March – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Ann Vriend
Tuesday 22nd March – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th March – The Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

April Maze
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Black Market Tune
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yacandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Monday 21st – Kedron State High School Auditorium, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Blind Boys of Alabama
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Bloodwood
Friday 18th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Saturday 19th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Katoomba, NSW

Blue Mts Festival Hillbilly Fringe
Saturday 19th March – Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Bluesfest
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Byron Bay, NSW

Bob Barford
Sunday 20th March – Ooraminna Supper Club, Ooraminna, NT

Broadie Bunker Benefit
Wednesday 23rd March – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

Brunswick Music Festival
Tuesday 15th to Sunday 20th March – Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 18th March – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 19th March – The Royal Oak Hotel – Boat Shed, LauncestonTAS
Sunday 20th March – Marakoopa Cafe, Mayberry, TAS

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 19th March – Terang Country Music Festival, VIC

Emily Barker
Friday 18th March – Margaret River Cultural Centre, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 20th March – The Bakehouse, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 21st March – Sun Theatre, Yarraville, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vishtèn, The Little Stevies, Rob Longstaff
Friday 18th March – Willaura Memorial Hall, Willaura, VIC
Saturday 19th March – Dalgety Hall, Dalgety, NSW
Sunday 20th March – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Folkswagon feat. Leroy Lee, The Delta Revue, Carlos Arango
Wednesday 23rd March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gaelic Club Session
Friday 18th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Goin’ Back – Moreland’s History in Song feat. Jeff Lang, Alison Ferrier, Tracy McNeil, Luke Sinclair, Van Walker, Gretta Ray, Mandy Connell
Friday 18th March – Metanoia Theatre at The Mechanic’s Institute, Melbourne, VIC

Gordie Tentrees
Friday 18th to Monday 21st March – Yachandandah Folk Festival, Yachandandah VIC
Wednesday 23rd March – Murrah Hall, Murrah NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Whiskey Jeff
Thursday 24th March – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Holler & Haul’s Backyard Picnic feat. The Button Collective, Rebecca Bastoli, Grace Turner
Sunday 20th March – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Echo Deer
Sunday 20th March – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Saturday 19th March – Nukara Festival, WA
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Imogen Clark
Thursday 24th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Irish Mythen
Wednesday 23rd March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Irish Trad Workshops
Friday 18th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney

James Thomson w/ Ruby Boots
Friday 18th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 22nd March – Araluen Gold Concert Series, Araluen, NSW
Wednesday 23rd March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 24th March – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Isbell
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW

Jimi Beavis
Friday 18th March – Pistol Pete’s Food ‘n’ Blues, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 19th March – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jordie Lane
Friday 18th March – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Saturday 19th March – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Liam Gerner
Friday 18th March – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 20th March – Leftys Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Luke Morris
Saturday 19th March – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Friday 18th March – The Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Mary Black
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, NSW

Moxie
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
Wednesday 23rd March – Cat & Fiddle Hotel, Balmain, NSW
Friday 25th March – Fly By Night Club, Fremantle, WA

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 18th March – Pirie & Co Social Club, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 19th March – Jimmy’s Den, Perth WA

Pocket Fox
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Ruby Boots
Friday 18th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Sahara Beck
Sunday 20th March – Bleach Festival, Brisbane, QLD

Sian Evans
Friday 18th March – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 19th March – Peregian Hotel, Peregian Beach, QLD
Saturday 19th March – The Porch Project, Yandina Creek, QLD
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Steve Earle & The Dukes w/ The Mastersons
Friday 18th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Mackay QLD
Thursday 24th March – Tanks, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Sturgill Simpson
Tuesday 22nd March – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW **CANCELLED**
Wednesday 23rd March – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC **CANCELLED**

The Button Collective
Saturday 19th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Decemberists
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 23rd March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The Little Stevies
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Warrandyte Festival, Warrandyte, VIC
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The National Anti-Folk Festival
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The National Folk Festival
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – Canberra, ACT

The Once
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW

The Peninsula Picnic
Sunday 20th March – Mornington Racecourse, Mornington, VIC

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
Saturday 19th March – Courthouse Café, Camperdown, VIC
Sunday 20th March – Burke & Wills Winery, Mia Mia, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – TBA, Upwey, VIC
Wednesday 23rd March – Valencia Creek Hall, Valencia Creek, VIC
Friday 25th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The Rambling Boys
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, ACT

The Sydney String Band Hootenanny feat. Devil on the Rooftop, Dear Orphans, Squeeze Box Trio, Burnt Creek Deviation
Sunday 20th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The Weeping Willows
Friday 18th March – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th March – The Basin Music Festival, The Basin, VIC
Friday 25th March – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

The Young’uns
Friday 18th to Friday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 22nd March – The Cat and Fiddle, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Tim Guy
Friday 18th March – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 19th March – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 20th March – Melbourne Folk Club, Bakehouse, Melbourne, VIC

Tweedy
Sunday 20th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Monday 21st March – Recital Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Solsbury Hill” – Peter Gabriel

Bon Iver Presents Cercle Announced for Vivid Festival 2016

Bon Iver
Image Courtesy of Bon Iver

After months of speculation it’s finally been confirmed that Bon Iver are returning to Australia for this year’s Vivid festival in Sydney.

Vivid will see the world premiere of Bon Iver presents Cercle, an intimate retrospective of the bands work presented in the round. This is also the only Australian appearance announced for Bon Iver so far – and knowing Vivid’s track record of scoring artists exclusively there’s unlikely going to be a national tour off the back of this.

The full dates for Bon Iver presents Cercle are below with tickets on sale on the 23rd March – check out the official Vivid site for more details:

Friday 27th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 30th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th March

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Staves revealed three new tracks from their forthcoming record via live videos. Details here

– American singer-songwriter Pieta Brown released her new video “Flowers of Love” featuring Justin Vernon on backing vocals. Details here

Mumford and Sons released their new video “Believe” and I provided my thoughts. Details here

Owen Pallett has been in Australia this week. Details here

Pepa Knight just released his new video “Coyote Choir”. Details here

– Sydney pickers The Morrisons will be taking on the bluegrass albums of Paul Kelly in a very special show. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Fraser A. Gorman released his new video “Broken Hands”. Details here

– The latest single from The Pigs is a bluegrass version of the Powderfinger classic “My Happiness”. Details here

Sufjan Stevens released his new track “Should Have Known Better”. Details here

– And while we’re on Sufjan Stevens, he’s been announced for this year’s Vivid Live. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk duo Winterbourne released the video for their single “Steady My Bones”. Details here

– Singer-songwriters Laura Jean and Aldous Harding have announced joint tour dates this April. Details here

Laura Marling revealed another new track, “Strange”. Details here

– UK trad group Sam Lee & Friends released their new video “Blackbird”. Details here

– Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men have announced plans to release a new album this June. Details here

Ben Howard has rescheduled this month’s Australian tour dates until May and June. Details here

– The new Mark Knopfler album Tracker is out today and we have the video for the first single “Beryl”. Details here

– Blue Mountains band Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars kick off their EP launch tour at Bluesfest. Details here

Releases This Week

Declaration
DeclarationKate Burke & Ruth Hazelton
Bandcamp

Tracker
TrackerMark Knopfler
iTunes

The Staves
If I WasThe Staves
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Sun Kil Moon

Sun Kil Moon

Sun Kil Moon hit Australia this week for a series of highly anticipated shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The band’s 2014 album Benji was amongst the best last year so you can guarantee these are going to be pretty special shows.

Saturday 21st March – Atheneum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 22nd March – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 23rd March – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th March – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Wednesday 25th March – The Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th March – Spiegeltent, Hobart, TAS

Andrew Swift
Friday 20th March – Crown + Anchor, Adelaide, SA

Brad Butcher
Friday 27th March – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Darren Hanlon
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, VIC
Tuesday 24th March – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 25th March – Gallipoli Legions Club, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 26th March – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Saturday 21st March – Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA

Elwood Myre
Friday 20th March – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st March – Kincumber Hotel, Kincumber, NSW
Sunday 22nd March – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th March – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Siskin River
Friday 20th March – Girgarre Town Hall, Girgarre, VIC
Saturday 21st March – Moyston Hall, Moyston, VIC
Wednesday 25th March – Adelonia Theatre, Adelong, NSW
Thursday 26th March – Bonegilla Migrant Experience, Bonegilla, VIC

Heartstring Quartet
Saturday 21st March – Deloraine String Festival, Deloraine, TAS
Wednesday 25th March – Nicholas Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Friday 27th March – Southern Folk Club, Adelaide, SA

Jack Carty
Thursday 26th March – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW

Joel Barker
Saturday 21st March – St Paul’s Church, Bridgetown, WA
Sunday 22nd March – Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, WA

John Flanagan
Friday 20th March – Illawarra Folk Club, City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 21st March – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW

Jordie Lane
Thursday 26th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Josh Rennie-Hynes, Liam Gerner, Caitlin Harnett
Friday 20th March – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 25th March – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 26th March – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th March – The Jive, Adelaide, SA

Kim Richey
Wednesday 25th March – Melbourne Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lisa Mitchell
Wednesday 25th March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th March – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Nuala Kennedy
Saturday 21st March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd March – Kiama Community Hall, Kiama, NSW

Owen Pallett
Saturday 21st March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Roland Kay-Smith
Friday 20th March – Illawarra Brewery, Wollongong, NSW

Rowena Wise
Thursday 26th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Sam Buckingham
Friday 20th March – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, SA
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, VIC

Skyscraper Stan And The Commission Flats
Friday 20th March – The Illawarra Brewery, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 21st March – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Sunday 22nd March – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 27th March – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Sun Kil Moon
Saturday 21st March – Atheneum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 22nd March – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 23rd March – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th March – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Taryn La Fauci
Friday 27th March – The Bunker Room at Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

The Bottlers
Friday 20th March – The Corrimal Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 21st March – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. All Our Exes Live in Texas, Kim Richey
Wednesday 25th March – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Morrisons play Paul Kelly
Friday 27th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 27th March – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Timberwolf
Friday 20th March – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th March – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC

Vance Joy
Friday 20th March – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 21st March – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 24th March – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 27th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Winterbourne
Saturday 21st March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd March – The Lair, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th March – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Saturday 21st March – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th March – HQ Complex, Adelaide. SA

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd March – Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Irish Boy” – Mark Knopfler

Taken from the the 1984 movie Cal and featuring the talents of Paul Brady (tin whistle, mandolin) and Liam O’Flynn (uillean pipes), “Irish Boy” is among some of Knopfler’s best soundtrack work. A fitting song for a week with St Patrick’s Day and a new Mark Knopfler album.

Sufjan Stevens Announced for Vivid Live 2015

Sufjan
Image Courtesy of Sufjan Stevens

Sydney light, music and ideas festival Vivid LIVE dropped its 2015 musical lineup and in amongst the Daniel Johns and Morrissey announcements is a name that will make Timber and Steel fans very happy: Sufjan Stevens.

Sufjan Stevens last played in Sydney for the 2012 Vivid LIVE festival but this year’s inclusion on the festival lineup promises to be a much different experience. While Stevens’ 2012 performance was a spectacle of lights, colour and synths, his set at Vivid this year is promising to be more folk driven with the upcoming release of his album Carrie & Lowell, due on the 31st March.

The full dates for Sufjan Stevens in Sydney (which are his only Australian shows) are below:

Friday 22nd May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 25th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Midlake Announces Australian Tour Dates

Midlake
Image Courtesy of Midlake

Texas based six-piece Midlake were one of the rising stars of the nu-folk revival at the end of the last decade, drawing inspiration as much from 70s English folk-rock as they did from Americana and psychedelic rock. Their new album Antiphon dropped last November, their first since the departure of their original lead singer Tim Smith and the follow up to their lauded 2010 long player The Courage Of Others.

Midlake are also the latest band added to the Vivid Sydney lineup and they’ve also added a Melbourne date to their Australian visit. The full list of dates for Midlake’s Australian tour are below:

Friday 23rd May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 24th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

James Vincent McMorrow Returns to Australia for Vivid

James Vincent McMorrow
Image Courtesy of James Vincent McMorrow

After wowing Australian audiences when he was in the country over the New year period, Irish singer James Vincent McMorrow has announced plans to return this May. The centrepiece of the tour is an appearance at Sydney’s Vivid festival, but McMorrow also plans on shows in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 21st May – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Friday 23rd May – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 27th May – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

The New Traditionalists – Redefining Folk Music

Sounds of the South
Image Courtesy of Vivid

On the first weekend of June some of North America’s most exciting musicians including members of indie folk band Megafaun, jazz collective Fight the Big Bull, former Be Good Tanyas lead singer Frazey Ford and Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon will be taking to the stage of the Sydney Opera House concert hall as part of the Vivid festival. But rather than performing their own tracks these musicians will be reaching back in time into the legendary songbook of folklorist and collector Alan Lomax for Sounds of the South.

That these musicians, many of whom have had the word “folk” used to describe their own original music, are tapping into traditional music and bringing it to their audiences feels as though the music is coming full circle and that the indie-folk of the modern singer-songwriter is being somewhat folded into the tradition.

While there have been artists interpreting and refining the traditional folk music canon since the first collectors ventured out in the late 19th century every now and then an artist will emerge who takes traditional music in a completely new and exciting direction – away from the simple guitar or harmonic singing (both of which are fairly recent additions to the folk tradition themselves). From bands like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span infusing a rock beat and electric instrumentation into folk songs to The Pogues punk take on the celtic tradition, there have always been musicians who are willing to shake off expectations and push the boundaries of traditional music.

We thought it was time to explore the current crop of artists who are doing new and interesting things with traditional music, who are redefining folk music. If you like your traditional music with a generous dash of the contemporary read on:

Sam Lee

Sam Lee

Having apprenticed under the late Scottish Traveller and ballad singer Stanley Robertson as well as collecting and documenting music from the Romany Gypsy and Traveller communities of the British Isles and Ireland, UK singer Sam Lee seems to be the heir to the great folklorists of the late 19th and early 20th century. But there is something ultimately modern about the way Lee has distilled this traditional music on his debut album A Ground of Its Own which ultimately earned him a Mercury Prize nomination. His music is filled with unconventional instrumentation (or conventional instrumentation presented in an unconventional way) and sounds both timeless and fresh all at exactly the same time. Sam Lee is also involved in The Nest Collective folk club which promotes inovative folk music in London and even has its own show on Folk Radio UK.

Anaïs Mitchell

Anais Mitchell

Anaïs Mitchell’s latest album with folk singer Jefferson Hamer, Child Ballads, presents seven new versions of songs found in the collection of American folklorist Francis James Child. The album is beautiful and a must for fans of traditional music, but in itself doesn’t push too many boundaries when it comes to the presentation of these folk songs. What makes Mitchell special is her indie-folk pedigree and the audience that comes with that pedigree. Her 2010 “folk opera” album Hadestown, a retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, saw Anaïs Mitchell working with some of the brightest lights in the indie folk scene including Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ani DiFranco, Ben Knox Miller (The Low Anthem) and Greg Brown. For many of those who discovered Anaïs Mitchell via Hadestown and her famous friends and subsequently followed her career from there, Child Ballads is their first introduction to this traditional music.

Sam Amidon

Sam Amidon

Sam Amidon doesn’t consider himself a conservationist when it comes to traditional music. The American-born, UK based singer is something of a folk alchemist – deconsructing traditional music to its bare bones and then rebuilding it into something completely new. Often he changes the melody of these songs, even more regularly he changes the words and in doing so the songs take on a new tone and in many cases a brand new meaning. While Amidon’s versions of familiar songs are so far from what traditionalists would be used to the process he uses to rebuild the songs is really what’s been happening in the folk tradition for hundreds of years.

Jenny M Thomas and The System

Jenny M Thomas

As a young country (at least as far as our European history is concerned) the Australian tradition is probably not as established as those of our UK and US cousins. But we do have our own canon of “bush” songs which have either been reinterpreted from old Irish and Scottish ballads, have come out of the shearing sheds and droving trails of the early pioneers or are taken from our rich history of bush poetry. Jenny M Thomas and The System have taken the existing Australian tradition and have spun it into something really dark, really contemporary and really unique on their album Bush Gothic. “here’s a stack of really fabulous and scary, horrific traditional songs of ours in Australia,” Jenny M Thomas told Timber and Steel’s Bill Quinn last year, “But usually when people play them … it’s very jolly”.

Bellowhead

Bellowhead

The influence that folk-big-band Bellowhead has had on contemporary audiences reconnecting with traditional music has been astounding. A favourite on not just the folk circuit in the UK but also at contemporary music festivals like Glastonbury, Bellowhead have taken traditional songs and given them an orchestral spin. The band is the brainchild of folk singing duo John Spiers and Jon Boden and boasts eleven members who all play an array of instruments, many of which would not be considered traditional “folk” instruments. There’s something quite soundtrack-like in the way Bellowhead arrange the traditional songs of their repertoire, as though they’ve been invited to turn folk songs into a rollicking Broadway musicial, and as such they’ve been embraced by a whole new generation of fans who may not have heard these songs otherwise.

For more information on Sounds of the South check out the official Vivid Festival site here.

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