Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2017 including releases from All Our Exes Live in Texas, BATTS, Billy Bragg, Charlie Fink, David Rawlings, Emily Barker, Fanny Lumsden, Gretta Ziller, Husky, Johnny Flynn, Kasey Chambers, Lankum, Laura Marling, Lisa Mitchell, Nick Mulvey, Offa Rex, Old Crow Medicine Show, Packwood, Paul Kelly, Stu Larsen, The Ahern Brothers, The East Pointers, The Morrisons, Timothy James Bowen and Willie Watson. Details here

– We reached out to the Timber and Steel community to get them to pick their top albums of the year. The results are wonderful with well over 100 artists contributing. Details here

– Our Editor In Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2016 including songs from All Our Exes Live in Texas, BATTS, Billy Bragg, Charlie Fink, David Rawlings, Diamond Duck, Emma Davis, Fanny Lumsden, Gretta Ziller, I’m With Her, Johnny Flynn, Julia Johnson, Laura Marling, Nick Mulvey, Offa Rex, Paul Kelly, Stella Donnelly, Stu Larsen, Taryn La Fauci, The Ahern Brothers, The East Pointers, The Morrisons feat. Georgia Mooney, The Northern Folk, The Young’uns, and Willie Watson. Details here

– We review The Beautiful Girls in Sydney. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift

Gretta Ziller

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift kick off their summer holiday tour of caravan parks around the nation. Will they stumble across your holiday park?

Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Celtic Christmas feat. Damien Leith, Claymore
Saturday 23rd December – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC

A Country Christmas Revue feat. Raised By Eagles, Lost Ragas, The Ahern Brothers, Sarah Carroll
Friday 22nd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

A Very Country Christmas feat. James Ellis, Cold Heart, Roz Girvan, Bakersfield Glee Club
Saturday 23rd December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

A Xmas Happening Love In! feat. Zoùkeys, Hippy Trippy Trio, Jewels’ Blues Explosion
Friday 22nd December – The Bank, Melbourne, VIC

Alex The Astronaut
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Lost Paradise, Glenworth Valley, NSW

Andrew Swift
Saturday 23rd December – King Island Club, Currie, TAS
Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Andy Baylor
Friday 22nd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Benjamin Roberts w/ Daniel J. Townsend
Thursday 27th December – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Breaking Trad
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Cat Canteri and Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 23rd December – The Bridge, Castlemaine, VIC

Craig Woodward
Sunday 24th December – Loretta’s, Melbourne, VIC

Dane Blacklock, Velvajayne
Saturday 23rd December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Friday 22nd December –
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – The Old Museum
, Brisbane, QLD

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

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 29th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Falls Festival
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Marion Bay, TAS

Fleet Foxes
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

Get Folked Punk Xmas Blowout feat. Vetty Vials & The Sandpit Turtles, Whispering Jackie, Jonno Read, Billy Demos, Billy Puntton, Uke-paley, Jethro Morris, Ess-em, Sooze
Friday 22nd December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Good Option
Friday 22nd December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift
Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Handsome Young Strangers, Steph Miller and Jim Mongrel’s Anti-Christmas Bash
Saturday 23rd December – MoshPit, Sydney, NSW

Helen Townsend
Friday 22nd December – Amble Inn, Corindi, NSW
Saturday 23rd December – The Naked Bean, South Grafton, NSW

Honey
Monday 25th December – Parklands Resort, Mudgee, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 22nd December – Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort, Avoca Beach, NSW
Saturday 23rd December – The Lounge Room, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 24th December – Town Green Inn Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 29th December – Sacred Tree Markets, Nelson Bay, NSW

Jess Locke
Saturday 23rd December – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

John Butler
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Julia Jacklin
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 22nd December – The Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – The Bridge, Castlemaine, VIC

Kallidad
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

Lost Paradise
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Glenworth Valley, NSW

Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission
Friday 22nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th December – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC

Microwave Jenny
Sunday 24th December – Bombini, Avoca Beach, NSW

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

One Hot Night feat. Busby Marou, Amy Shark, Timberwolf, Pandamic
Friday 29th December – Rockhampton Showgrounds, Rockhampton, QLD

Pam Hata
Sunday 24th December – The Duck on Clarence, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 28th December – Oasis by the River, North Haven, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 29th December – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC

Rita B
Saturday 23rd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sleepy Dreamers, Arbes, Sean Watson
Friday 22nd December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

That Red Head
Saturday 23rd December – Wayward Brewing Company, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Thursday 28th December – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Bluegrass Playgirls with GlenyRae & JennyShimmin, Robbie Long & Smithy
Saturday 23rd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Demon Drink
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Drunken Poachers
Saturday 23rd December – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Heggarties and Matt J Ward
Friday 22nd December – Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Railsplitters
Friday 29th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

This Way North
Saturday 23rd December – Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet, VIC
Friday 29th December – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Woodford Folk Festival
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford, QLDFriday Folk Flashback

“How to Make Gravy” – Paul Kelly

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017

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The final of our traditional end of year lists sees Timber and Steel Editor-in-Chief Gareth Hugh Evans sifts through all of the amazing music that was produced this year and pick his top 25 tracks. As always he’s tried to only pick one track per artist, although as you’ll see there’s some exceptions with different artists collaborating on different projects through 2017.

But enough of our jabbering – it’s time to get to the music. Without further ado we present Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017.

1. Emma Davis – “Danger in Me”
Emma Davis just has a way of writing a song which draws you in and never lets go. With just a finger picked guitar, understated rhythm section, muted organ and reverbed vocals, Davis has created a piece of music that I genuinely put on repeat. The fact that there’s a very relevant social message underpinning “Danger in Me” just adds a depth to my appreciation of it. Thank you Emma Davis for producing one of the most beautiful three and a half minutes of 2017.

2. The East Pointers – “82 Fires”
For a band I almost exclusively associated with fiddle tunes, The East Pointers have delivered one of the best songs of the year with “82 Fires”. Co-written with our very own Liz Stringer about fires in Tasmania, “82 Fires” may be the most Australian song written by a trio of Canadians. There’s an epic feel to the song that shouldn’t be possible from three guys playing (mostly) acoustic instruments – but I’ve seen this song live and they get pretty close to reproducing the recording on stage. Try to listen to “82 Fires” on not have it stir something inside.

3. Willie Watson – “Gallows Pole”
No one interprets traditional American music quite like Willie Watson. Here he’s managed to take the Leadbelly classic “Gallows Pole” and turn it into a thoroughly modern, haunting piece of music which is a definite standout on his latest album, Folksinger Vol. 2.

4. The Morrisons feat. Georgia Mooney – “Long Time Travelling”
It seems odd to choose an a cappella song from a band that features some of the best bluegrass musicians in the country. But I just can’t get passed how delightful it is hear James Morrison singing over the combined voices of The Morrisons plus Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas). The harmonies, the dynamic variations, the passion – “Long Time Travelling” is pure joy.

5. Offa Rex – “Sheepcrook and Black Dog”
As you probably know by now we have A LOT of love for the 2017 Offa Rex album The Queen of Hearts. The collaboration between The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney is full of highlights and to be honest songs like “The Old Churchyard”, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Willie o’ Winsbury” are more likely to hit this year’s best of lists. But for me “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” captures the nostalgia of the late-60s/early-70s British folk revival better than any other track on The Queen of Hearts with its Steeleye Span style arrangement, crunchy Black Sabbath style guitars and Sandy Denny style vocal performance. “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” is vintage folk-rock for the modern era.

6. Laura Marling – “Next Time”
Laura Marling goes full Nick Drake on “Next Time”. The orchestral arrangement over the top of Marling’s inventive guitar tunings and finger-picking, along with her hushed but powerful vocal performance is so reminiscent of the late English singer-songwriter it can’t not have been inspired by his work. This is definitely the highlight of Semper Femina for me and it even comes with a video directed by Laura Marling herself.

7. The Young’uns – “Be the Man”
“Be The Man” was inspired by the story of Matthew Ogston, founder of the Naz and Matt Foundation which tackles religious and cultural homophobia, following the tragic death of his fiancé (you can read the full story here). The Young’uns have written a song which is not only powerful in its message, and deeply respectful to its subject matter, but also a wonderful compliment to the rest of their harmony-driven catalogue. Check out the video featuring Matthew Ogston himself.

8. Billy Bragg – “Why We Build the Wall”
When Anaïs Mitchell wrote “Why We Build the Wall” for her 2010 folk-opera Hadestown I doubt she knew how precient it was considering the build-the-wall platform Donald Trump ran on during his 2016 presidential campaign. Billy Bragg has been singing “Why We Build the Wall” for a few years now but it’s taken until this year for him to officially release it as a single. The political singer-songwriter has purposefully politicised the track and filled it with a jarring, electric guitar to great effect. Could this be the folk anthem for the Trump era?

9. David Rawlings – “Cumberland Gap”
The genius of David Rawlings and Gillian Welch is their ability to write songs that sound like they’ve existed forever and then produce those songs in such a way that makes it sound like they’re being “modernised”. “Cumberland Gap” is the perfect example of this – the track sounds so timeless yet so fresh at exactly the same time. That’s probably why it’s been getting so many comparisons to Neil Young.

10. Stu Larsen – “Chicago Song”
“Chicago Song” is exactly the kind of song you want from a singer-songwriter like Stu Larsen. Simple, catchy and foot-tappingly joyful, “Chicago Song” captures a little piece of magic.

11. The Ahern Brothers – “Comb That River”
Whoever decided to pair singer-songwriters Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady as The Ahern Brothers deserves all of my adulation. Their self titled debut album is an homage to the close harmony singing of The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel, with “Comb That River” exemplifying their sound. Listen to this track and be transported back to another time.

12. Charlie Fink – “Firecracker”
I’m sure I’ve printed this elsewhere on Timber and Steel but for the reader’s benefit: Noah and The Whale’s 2009 album The First Days of Spring is one of my favourite albums of all time. So when ex-Noah and The Whale lead singer Charlie Fink releases a single like “Firecracker” that sounds like it’s been ripped directly from The First Days of Spring there’s no way this song wasn’t going to make my best of 2017 list.

13. All Our Exes Live in Texas – “Boundary Road”
“What if I want to be the one to fall apart once in a while?” has somehow become one of my favourite chorus lines of 2017. All Our Exes Live in Texas have taken on the lyrical challenge of the line, as well as the fight songwriter Katie Wighton had with her mum that inspired the line, and crafted one of the best songs from one of the best albums of the year. There is All Our Exes Live in Texas magic all over this song – with a simple “ooh” and “ahh” the quartet can elevate every song they touch. Lovely stuff.

14. Nick Mulvey – “Mountain To Move”
I’m going to make a prediction: “Mountain To Move” is the song most likely to appear on the soundtrack of sweet and quirky rom coms over the 12 months. Nick Mulvey continues to impress me with the way he crafts a song over a repeating melody line or guitar rhythm, building the simplicity into something more.

15. Julia Johnson – “Melissa”
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the new direction that Julia Johnson has taken with her songwriting in 2017. Moving beyond her work with Julia and The Deep Sea Sirens and working with producer Sarah Belkner, Johnson is producing some of the most interesting music of her career. I have a feeling “Melissa” is only the tip of the iceberg for what’s coming next from Julia Johnson and I can’t wait.

16. The Northern Folk – “Get On”
Despite the wealth of shows they’ve done this year I only managed to catch Melbourne folk 10 piece The Northern Folk live for the first time really recently. They manage to combine the indie folk sound of bands like The Middle East with the distinct groove that comes with having a saxophone heavy horn section. “Get On” epitomises The Northern Folk’s unique sound for me and was one of those songs that made me hit the repeat button again and again the first time I heard it.

17. Fanny Lumsden – “Roll On”
Want to know what it’s like to be an Australian artist on an endless tour of our country? Listen to the lyrics of “Roll On”. What I love about this track is its authenticity. This isn’t the Americanised version of the Australian outback full of dust kicking cowboys and pickup trucks. And this isn’t the romanticised nostalgic version of Australia either with its drovers and men-of-the-land. Instead “Roll On” is a song about about what its like to hit the road in 2017 complete with speeding fines, Gaytimes, roadtrains and small town bowlos. Keep writing songs like this Fanny Lumsden.

18. Paul Kelly – “Firewood and Candles”
After a few years of genre and experimental albums Paul Kelly announced his return to the classic Paul Kelly with the killer track “Firewood and Candles”. That rocking riff with Kelly’s vocals (ably supported by Vikka and Linda Bull) is just so damn catchy. If you wonder why everyone’s making such a fuss over Paul Kelly at the moment, why he’s winning awards and being praised at every turn, just listen to the songs on his 2017 album Life Is Fine, starting with “Firewood and Candles”.

19. Gretta Ziller – “Slaughterhouse Blues”
If someone asks you for the best voice in Australian Americana music then just show them Gretta Ziller. There may be some artists earlier in this list who you could squeeze into the genre, but as far as pure Americana music goes you can’t get much better than Ziller’s “Slaughterhouse Blues”. This is a modern track with its feet firmly in roots music. And that production! Perfection! More of this please Gretta Ziller.

20. I’m With Her – “Little Lies”
Before the release of “Little Lies” the American super-goup I’m With Her were really known for interpreting traditional music or covers of contemporary songs. But then this track comes along and solidifies the (probabaly assumed) fact that I’m With Her are a band to watch. Aoife O’Donovan has one of the best voices in Americana music, and it’s all the sweeter combined with the voices of Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. And Watkins’ fiddle playing on this track is some of my favourite instrumental work in 2017.

21. BATTS – “Little White Lies”
I’ve been a fan of Tanya Batt’s music for some time, but it’s been her transformation into BATTS and the lo-fi, shoe-gaze, lyric driven songwriting that has come with it that has really caught my attention in 2017. “Little White Lies” is the second single released under the BATTS moniker and it’s by far my favourite, with its etherial production and confessional lyrics. I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot more from BATTS in the coming months and I can’t wait.

22. Taryn La Fauci – “Winter”
When her EP Cycling came out I messaged Taryn La Fauci and told her “Just wanted to tell you that I’m in love with your track “Winter”.” Above every other song on the EP “Winter” struck me, most likely because this year I lost my cat as well and the lyrics just resonated. This song was on repeat for a lot of this year – thank you for sharing it with me Taryn La Fauci.

23. Diamond Duck – “Marry Me By The Sea”
Another collaboration (this time between The Morrisons’ Jimmy Daley and Canadian-Australian singer-songwriter Brian Campeau) that evokes the close harmony singing of The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel, Diamond Duck have made quite an impression with their first single “Marry Me By The Sea”. What makes this stand out for me is the way the Diamond Duck boys explore unusual, almost twisted chords in their accompaniment while maintaining a sweetness in their vocal delivery. Listen to the piano “solo” in the middle of the song and you’ll see what I mean – there’s something a little off kilter in the track and it’s absolutely delicious.

24. Stella Donnelly – “Boys Will Be Boys”
In the wake of the #metoo movement and everything that’s been coming out in the media over the last few months I think Australia needed a song like “Boys Will Be Boys”. Stella Donnelly has made quite a splash this year and with her amazing voice and lyrical chops I can imagine there’s big things on the horizon for the singer-songwriter.

25. Johnny Flynn – “Wandering Aengus”
The return of Johnny Flynn to music this year was heralded by this really quirky track and promised much from his new album Sillion. All the elements of what makes a classic Johnny Flynn song are here – his amazing voice, jangly guitar and subtle horn accompaniment – but there’s also something a little twisted about the structure of this track that I really really like. Definitely up there with my favourite Johnny Flynn songs.

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2017

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It’s difficult to find an overriding theme in our picks for this year’s top albums. There’s a bit of trad in there, a lot of singer-songwriter and a decent amount Americana and country music. Overall 2017 has been another amazing year for folk music and we couldn’t be happier.

As always we have more “best of” lists coming this week so please stay tuned for them. But in the meantime check out Timber and Steel’s top albums of

Offa Rex
1. Offa RexThe Queen of Hearts
When you get nostalgia right the result can be pure gold. As someone who was brought up on late-60s/early-70s English folk-rock (think Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Pentangle, etc) The Queen of Hearts feels like home and, as my friends and family can attest, the album has truly been on constant rotation since its release in July.

Offa Rex is the coming together of Portland nu-folk heroes The Decemberists and English folk-singer Olivia Chaney, inspired by the second-wave folk revival of the British isles. Somehow they’ve managed to capture this very distinct period of music, staying true to the instrumentation, production values and aesthetic of the time without descending into kitsch or parody (as many of the bands from the time ended up doing themselves in the 70s and 80s). Rigid rock rhythm sections over murder ballads, harpsichords and reverb-heavy electric guitars, ethereal vocals – The Queen of Hearts feels more like a rediscovered gem than an album recorded and released in 2017.

And let’s make one thing clear – it’s Olivia Chaney who makes this record. While The Decemberists are obviously the driving force behind The Queen of Hearts it is Chaney’s vocals that pull you right back into the early 70s. She somehow channels the likes of Maddy Prior, Sandy Denny, Anne Briggs, et al, while still bringing her own unique sound to the vocals. The tracks where Colin Meloy takes the lead (such as “Black Leg Minor”) or the instrumental “Constant Billy (Oddington) / I’ll Go Enlist (Sherborne)”, while still amazing in their own right, just don’t have the same impact as “The Queen of Hearts”, “Flash Company”, “The Old Churchyard” or any of the other amazing songs with Olivia Chaney front and centre.

Picking favourite songs from an album of standouts is very very hard. I love the nods to early Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on “Sheepcrook and Black Dog”, probably the most epic of all the songs on the album. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” is a beautiful tribute to Anne Briggs, with Chaney’s voice just resonating over the drone of a harmonium. And Offa Rex’s version of “Willie o’ Winsbury” may be my favourite of all time.

Even if you only have a passing interest in British folk music, in the second wave folk revival or in The Decemberists’ ongoing evolution as one of the most interesting folk bands in the world, give The Queen of Hearts a listen and see exactly why this is our album of the year for 2017.

The East Pointers
2. The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
Canadian trio The East Pointers up the production ante with their new album What We Leave Behind, expanding their sound with new instrumentation, increasing their song-to-tune ratio and generally producing one of the most interesting folk albums of the year. And the best part about it is there’s still a focus on ensuring that every bit of the album can be reproduced live with just the three of them – something I can confirm is the case having caught them in Melbourne recently. What We Leave Behind sees The East Pointers grow as a band, deftly straddling the worlds of traditional and modern fold music.

The Ahern Brothers
3. The Ahern BrothersThe Ahern Brothers
Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady are two voices that seem destined to be together. The Ahern Brothers are the latest in collection of modern artists taking inspiration from close harmony singing in the vein of The Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel and the result is really something special. Their self-titled debut album is a pure delight and elevates everything we’ve heard from Rennie-Hynes and Grady individually to date. There’s a reason these guys are selling out shows and taking the country by storm.

Fanny Lumsden
4. Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
Fanny Lumsden continues her domination of Australian country music with the 2017 release of Real Class Act. The album is very strongly informed by Lumsden’s decision to live her life on the road with husband Dan Stanley Freeman rather than opting for the relative comfort of a major Australian city (where, let’s be honest, the vast majority of Australia’s country music is produced), and you can really hear the expanse of our wide brown land all over the album. With each release Fanny Lumsden’s songwriting just gets better and better, adding a modern sensibility to a genre that all to often falls into cliche or nostalgia. Real Class Act is what Australian country music should be about.

The Morrisons
5. The MorrisonsThe Morrisons
Australia’s premiere bluegrass and alt-country band The Morrisons released their long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album this year and it has fast become one of my favourite album’s of ever. No one quite takes such a quintessentially American genre like bluegrass and passes it through the Australian lens in the way The Morrisons do. And it doesn’t hurt that individually each of The Morrisons is a master of their respective instrument making the album as technically brilliant as it is artistically brilliant.

Willie Watson
6. Willie WatsonFolksinger Vol. 2
Willie Watson’s exploration of America’s rich vein of traditional folk music continues with the second volume in his Folksinger series. Somehow he finds a way to take traditional and vintage folk and blues songs and modernise them without losing what makes them great songs to begin with. Watson treats this material with respect and reverance, almost taking a step back and letting each song speak for itself. When Willie Watson left Old Crow Medicine Show he expressed a desire to find a softer side of the folk genre, and that’s something he’s truly captured with Folksinger Vol. 2.

All Our Exes Live In Texas
7. All Our Exes Live In TexasWhen We Fall
Taking out this year’s ARIA for Best Blues and Roots Album was just the icing on the cake for what has been a massive year for All Our Exes Live In Texas. When We Fall is an album of fine songwriting, pitch perfect production and a true celebration of the four part harmony. Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney each bring a unique set of influences and musical styles to All Our Exes Live In Texas which somehow all blend together into something sublime. With the momentum on When We Fall expect All Our Exes Live In Texas to continue crushing it into 2018 and beyond

Laura Marling
8. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
Laura Marling goes deep on her exploration of the feminine and what it means to be a female artist. It’s amazing to watch Marling grow with every album she releases while never really losing track of what drew us all to her in the first place – beautifully written songs and masterful guitar work. Laura Marling truly is one of the greatest artists of our generation.

Charlie Fink
9. Charlie FinkCover My Tracks
My love for Cover My Tracks one hundred per cent stems from my nostalgia for Noah and The Whale’s 2009 concept album The First Days of Spring. Charlie Fink revisits the style and feeling from The First Days of Spring throughout his 2017 solo outing and it’s a welcome return to form for a songwriter that had definitely strayed a little far from his strengths towards the end of Noah and The Whale’s time, prefering a Springsteen-light pop sound to substantial, heart-on-his-sleeve songwriting. The album is raw, emotional, beautiful and heartbreaking – everything I want from a Charlie Fink record.

Packwood
10. PackwoodVertumnus
The culmination four seasonally focused EPs from the last couple of years, Vertumnus is a beautiful opus to the natural world. Packwood’s unique brand of chamber folk has reached its pinnacle with this record, filled with lush compositions and stunning musicianship. Bayden Hyne, along with his arrangers Tilman Robinson (orchestral) and Miriam Crellin (choral) have pefectly crafted each track on Vertumnus making the most of choirs, strings, pianos, finger-picked guitars and banjos and more to compliment Packwood’s trademark fragile vocal style. Taking this work out of the studio and onto the stage is an expensive undertaking but I still hold out hope that we’ll see Vertumnus live before too long.

Kasey Chambers
11. Kasey ChambersDragonfly
Kasey Chambers mixes things up on her latest double album working with two different producers – Paul Kelly and Nash Chambers – and collaborating with a diverse range of artists from multiple genres, resulting in one of her most interesting releases in recent years.

David Rawlings
12. David RawlingsPoor David’s Almanack
David Rawlings and Gillian Welch find a way to write original Americana songs that sound like traditional songs that have been re-discovered and updated for a modern audience – and why can’t I get “Money is the Meat in the Coconut” out of my head?

Billy Bragg
13. Billy BraggBridges Not Walls
Billy Bragg returns to his activist roots on this EP with his electric guitar turned up and his wit as sharp as ever.

Lisa Mitchell
14. Lisa MitchellWhen They Play That Song
Out of no where Australia’s queen of indie-folk delivers the sweetest covers EP of the year, with quirky takes on 90s favourites from Phantom Planet, Spice Girls, Placebo, Letters To Cleo and The Cardigans

Timothy James Bowen
15. Timothy James BowenBloom
Bloom bookends a couple of years of massive upheaval in Timothy James Bowen’s life, while capturing an artist at the peak of his powers as a singer and songwriter.

Husky
16. HuskyPunchbuzz
Husky continue to push the boundaries of their indie-folk sound with an album that borrows as much from eighties pop as it does from lyric-driven singer-songwriter music.

BATTS
17. BATTS62 Moons
Moving away from her electro-folk roots toward a stripped back sound has proven a success for BATTS who’s delivered an EP of really stunning songs.

Gretta Ziller
18. Gretta ZillerQueen of Boomtown
Gretta Ziller has delivered one of the best Americana albums of the year that deserves all the nominations, awards and accolades it will no doubt continue to receive over the coming months

Paul Kelly
19. Paul KellyLife Is Fine
After a couple of genre projects Paul Kelly returns with his most Paul Kelly album in recent memory, further cementing him as Australia’s greatest living songwriter.

Nick Mulvey
20. Nick MulveyWake Up Now
The English singer-songwriter continues to produce interesting, acoustic driven indie music full of weird guitar tunings, multi-tracked vocals and songs just waiting to hit a Hollywood soundtrack.

Emily Barker
21. Emily BarkerSweet Kind of Blue
Emily Barker deftly combines country, blues and folk styles, harkening back to a tradition while still producing a sound that is fresh and engaging.

Stu Larsen
22. Stu LarsenResolute
Australia’s favourite troubadour produces another album of straight up singer-songwriter gems documenting his travels around the world.

Lankum
23. LankumBetween The Earth & Sky
Lankum, the band formally known as Lynched, are producing some of the most raw traditional Irish music going around, complete with the thickest Dublin accent you’re likely to hear this year.

Old Crow Medicine Show
24. Old Crow Medicine Show50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde
Old Crow Medicine Show pay homage to Dylan with this live stringband version of the classic Blonde On Blonde

Johnny Flynn
25. Johnny FlynnSillion
An absolute gem of an album that sees Johnny Flynn’s distinctive voice and resonator front and centre, but a willingness to play with production a bit more than previous releases, adding more texture and nuance to each of the tracks.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Perth alt-country band Ralway Bell kick off their national tour tonight. Details here

– Indie-folk singer-songwriter Dean Lewis released his new video “Lose My Mind”. Details here

Out On The Weekend added Lillie Mae and James Ellis and the Jealous Guys to its lineup. Details here

– The Americana Music Association of Australia announced details of their birthday bash this November featuring Anne Kirkpatrick, Gretta Ziller, Small Town Romance, The Ahern Brothers, Andrew Swift, Georgia State Line, Hana and Jessie-Lee and The April Family. Details here

– The Morrison Hotel in Brisbane announced the lineup for Welcome To Morrisonville Americana Festival including Shane Nicholson, Henry Wagons & The Only Children, Tracy McNeil & The Good Life, Gretta Ziller and Jen Mize. Details here

Willie Watson released the video for his trad track “Gallows Pole”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard announced a new solo album Between Two Shores to be released in January. Details here

– Canadian celtic-folk trio The East Pointers announced a full Australian national tour. Details here

– Americana duo Carpenter Caswell released their new video “Want That Back Again” featuring Felicity Urquhart. Details here

– Sydney Americana singer-songwriter Katie Brianna released her new video “Thorn In Your Side”. Details here

Reviews

Gigs

“The best way to not let the bastards win? Keep going to live music. Keep going to festivals. Show your support, be part of the community of amazing people who keep this music alive, and enjoy every minute of it”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the first annual Australian Americana Music Honours night. Review here

Releases This Week

Alex The Astronaut
See You SoonAlex The Astronaut
iTunes

Ariela Jacobs
Dare You To RunAriela Jacobs
Bandcamp

Afterglow
AfterglowJon Boden
iTunes

Dear Friends
Dear FriendsRalway Bell
Bandcamp

Richard Thompson
Acoustic RaritiesRichard Thompson
Proper Music

The Weather Station
The Weather StationThe Weather Station
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Stringmania Finale feat. Alasdair Fraser, Chris Stone, Adam Sutherland, Shane Lestideau, Paddy Montgomery

Stringmania

The finale of the Stringmania Music Camp featuring some of the finest traditional musicians in Australia and beyond

Saturday 7th October – Warburton East Public Hall, Warburton East, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell w/ Maggie Carty
Sunday 7th October – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

AJJ
Friday 6th October – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 7th October – The Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th October – Wrangler Studios, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Alexander Biggs
Saturday 7th October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Anita George
Sunday 8th October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Salter
Thursday 12th October – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 13th October – The Barn, Aldgate, SA

Benny Walker
Friday 6th October – Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 7th October – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 8th October – Turtles Bend, Teesdale, Geelong, VIC
Friday 13th October – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Bernard Fanning
Friday 6th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 7th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 11th October – Rosemount, Perth, WA
Friday 13th October – Rosemount, Perth, WA

C.W. Stoneking
Saturday 7th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Carpenter Caswell, Smith & Jones, The April Family
Thursday 12th October – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Cass Eager
Friday 6th October – The Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Saturday 7th October – The Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 8th October – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 11th October – Muddy’s Blues Roulette, The Catfish, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 12th October – Dog’s Bar, St Kilda, VIC
Friday 13th October – The Lomond, Melbourne, VIC

Darcy Fox
Saturday 7th October – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

Darebin Music Feast
Thirsday 12th to Sunday 22nd October – Melbourne, VIC

Diana Anaid
Thursday 12th October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 13th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Domini Forster
Sunday 8th October – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 11th October – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Dusk Songs feat. Layla Fibbins, Bill Jackson, Allison Ferrier
Sunday 8th October – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC

Ella Belfanti
Saturday 7th October – Sir William Wallace Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Emily Barker
Friday 6th October – The Warehouse, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 7th October – The Bird, Perth, WA

Emma Russack
Sunday 8th October – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 10th October – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 11th October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

eüsh, Leroy Lee, Nic Cassey & Friends
Sunday 8th October – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 6th October – Rankin Springs Memorial Hall, Rankin Springs, NSW
Saturday 7th October – Hatfield Hall, Hatfield, NSW
Friday 13th October – Osbornes Flat Hall, Osbornes Flat, VIC

Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October – Kinglake, VIC

Folk Fest feat. Ellie Drennan, The Fields, Him & Her, Molly Millington
Wednesday 11th October – University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Joey Marsh, Merpire, Liv Cartledge
Wednesday 11th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fox n Firkin
Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October – HOBOFOPO, Hobart, TAS

Frankston Guitar Festival
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October – Frankston, VIC

Fred Smith
Friday 13th October – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT

Great Aunt
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October – Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Kinglake, VIC

Great Outdoors w/ Emma Russack
Sunday 8th October – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Ziller
Saturday 7th October – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Hannah Matysek
Friday 6th October – Acre Eatery, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 8th October – The Forresters, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 10th October – Different Drummer, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th October – Newtown Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Harry Hookey
Friday 13th October – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Hello Tut Tut
Saturday 8th October – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

HOBOFOPO
Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October – Hobart, TAS

Hush: An Evening Of Quiet Music feat. Emma Russack, Davey Craddock, Hachiku, Jim Lawrie
Wednesday 11th October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

In The Round at Leadbelly feat. Richard Cuthbert, Brian Campeau, Alice Terry, Richard Cartwright
Wednesday 11th October – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Jed Rowe
Friday 6th October – Wauchope Arts, Wauchope, NSW
Saturday 7th October – Uralla Arts, Uralla, NSW
Sunday 8th October – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Jess Ribeiro w/ 808s and Greatest Hits, Latreenagers
Tuesday 10th October – The Tote Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Joe Mungovan and Greta Stanley
Saturday 7th October – Bloodhound Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Jo Jo Smith w/ Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 6th October – Leagues Club, Griffith, NSW
Saturday 7th October – Town Hall, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 8th October – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Jordan Merrick
Saturday 7th October – Sea Shepherd Stand Fast Festival, Brothers Rugby Club, Brisbane, QLD

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 6th October – Selby Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC

Justin Townes Earle w/ Joshua Hedley, The Sadies
Friday 13th October – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Karl S Williams
Friday 6th October – Music On The Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Sunday 8th October – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 6th October – Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 7th October – Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS
Friday 13th October – Fremantle Arts Centre Front Lawn, Fremantle, WA

Kristina Olsen
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October – Nanga Music Festival, WA

Lazy Colts & Caitlin Harnett Band
Friday 6th October – The Botany View, Sydney, NSW

Leah Senior
Saturday 7th September – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Les Thomas
Friday 6th October – Kingsbury Bowls, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th October – Kingsbury Bowls, Melbourne, VIC

Liam Gerner
Wednesday 11th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 12th October – The Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th October – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise w/ Rosie Burgess Trio
Friday 13th October – House Concert, Geelong, VIC

Liv Cartledge
Saturday 7th October – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 11th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 12th October – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th October – Secret Show, Sydney, NSW

Lloyd Spiegel
Saturday 7th October – Frankston Guitar Festival, Frankston, VIC
Friday 13th October – The Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

Madison Violet
Friday 6th October – Geelong Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 7 October – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Maggie Carty & Friends
Saturday 7th October – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th October – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 6th October – House Concert, Wyong Creek, NSW
Saturday 7th October – House Concert, Bega, NSW

Matt Boylan-Smith
Friday 6th October – Station Bar, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 7th October – The Chippo Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell, Steph Miller, David Lane
Friday 6th October – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mitch King
Friday 6th October – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Saturday 7th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Montgomery Church
Saturday 7th September – House Concert, Lacmalac, NSW

My Country Australia Presents The Country Showcase feat. Chris Williams w/ Brad Carter, Rick Hart & The Sweet Addictions, The Weeping Willows, Jeanie
Saturday 7th October – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC

Nanga Music Festival
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October – Dwellingup, WA

Paddy McHugh
Saturday 7th October – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th October – HOBOFOPO, Hobart, TAS

Patrick Wilson w/ James Ellis & The Jealous Guys
Saturday 7th October – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Quarterhorse
Thursday 12th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Ralway Bell
Friday 6th October – Western Port Hotel, Phillip Island, VIC
Saturday 7th October – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 8th October – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 10th October – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 12th October – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 13th October – The Oriental Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Red-Eyed and Blue feat. Jason Walker, Tim Easton
Sunday 8th October – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Robbie Fulks w/ Liam Gerner
Wednesday 11th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 12th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 13th October – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Rowena Wise w/ Ariela Jacobs, FEELDS
Tuesday 10th October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Sásta
Friday 6th September – Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane, QLD

Sea Shepherd Stand Fast Festival
Saturday 7th October – Brothers Rugby Club, Brisbane, QLD

Sean McMahon
Friday 6th October – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Shaky Stills
Friday 6th October – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Friday 13th October – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Songwriters in the Round feat. Imogen Clark, Mark Lucas, Lyn Bowtell
Sunday 8th October – Wenty Leagues, Wentworthville, NSW

Stringmania Camp
Sunday 1st to Sunday 8th October – Yarra Valley, VIC

Stringmania Finale feat. Alasdair Fraser, Chris Stone, Adam Sutherland, Shane Lestideau, Paddy Montgomery
Saturday 7th October – Warburton East Public Hall, Warburton East, VIC

Swamp Fat Jangles w/ WACO
Thursday 12th October – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass and Old Time Music Monthly Get-Together
Saturday 7th October – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Acfields w/ Looking for Alaska
Friday 6th October – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Sunday 8th October – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th October – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Friday 6th October – Satellite Lounge, Wheelers Hill, VIC
Sunday 8th October – The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, VIC

The Demon Drink
Saturday 7th October – Music in the Moonlight, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 13th October – Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD

The Northern Folk
Sunday 8th October – Beer Deluxe, Albury, NSW
Tuesday 10th October – UMSU Tuesday Bands, Melbourne Uni, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 11th October – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

The Quick & the Dead
Friday 6th September – The Exodus Bar, Orange, NSW
Saturday 7th September – The Home Tavern, Wagga Wagga, NSW

The Round Up feat. Twin Peaks, Rosie Burgess
Wednesday 11th October – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Sadies
Friday 13th October – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

The Sauerkrauts
Friday 6th October – German Austrian Australian Club, Wondonga, VIC

The Shack Presents Luke Escombe, Green Mohair Suits, Myd Lyfe Crysys
Saturday 7th October – The Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

The Showhall Series feat. Bjear
Saturday 7th October – Tooperang War Memorial Hall, Tooperang, SA

The Songwriter Sessions feat. Paul Andrew Carey, Domini Forster, Mandy Connell
Sunday 8th October – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Tall Grass
Saturday 7th October – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Turner Brown Band
Friday 6th October – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 7th October – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC
Sunday 8th October – Way Out West Club, Newport, VIC
Thursday 12th October – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 13th October – Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW

The Twoks
Friday 6th October – The B.East, Melbourne, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Saturday 7th October – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC

Tim Easton
Friday 6th October – Headland Cafe Valla Beach, Valla Beach, NSW
Sunday 8th October – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 11th October – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 12th October – Baha, Rye, VIC
Friday 14th October – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

Tori Forsyth
Friday 6th October – Flutterbies, Tyalgum, NSW

Twin Peaks
Friday 6th October – Music On The Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Sunday 8th October – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Wednesday 11th October – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 12th October – QEII Night Market, Albury, NSW
Friday 13th October – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Vardos
Friday 13th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Wingham Akoostik Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October – Wingham, NSW

Woody Guthrie: Songs of Freedom feat. Bruce Hearn, Andy Baylor, Kavisha Mazzella, Chris Pascoe, Allara Pattison, Mick Thomas
Friday 6th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Stay Delta
Friday 6th October – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 7th October – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 8th October – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Thursday 12th October – The Jade, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“End of the Line” – The Travelling Wilburys

Watch the New Willie Watson Video “Gallows Pole”

Willie Watson
Image Courtesy of Willie Watson

If you’re anything like me you’ve been listening to the new Willie Watson album Folksinger Vol. 2 on high rotation since it was released earlier in September.

So you’re also probably super excited that Watson has released the track “Gallows Pole” as a single with a brand new video.

“Francis Child called “Gallows Pole” “The Maid Freed From the Gallows”,” Willie Watson writes in the Folksinger Vol. 2 liner notes. “Lead Belly called it “Gallis Pole”, and I’ve also heard a version called “Lord Joshuay” from Bascom Lamar Lunsford. These are only a few of the countless versions of this popular ballad. Sometimes it’s a beautiful girl, sometimes a guilty son, and sometimes it’s the maiden’s father. In every case, Mom, Dad, sister and brother didn’t bring any money to buy the freedom of their condemned kin. They either think that death is deserved or they’re just too poor to afford it. Hanging on for dear life. Pleading for one last chance at buying redemption, and at last, true love proves itself. These things really happened long ago. Maybe you stole a silver cup, or maybe you slept with the wrong person. Times ain’t like they used to be.”

Check out the video for “Gallows Pole” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Billy Bragg released his new single “The Sleep of Reason”. Details here

Willie Watson has announced plans to release his second solo album Folksinger Vol. 2 in September. Details here

Vance Joy released his first new music in three years with the video “Lay It On Me”. Details here

– American super-trio I’m With Her released their new video “Little Lies”. Details here

– Melbourne indie-folk duo Charm of Finches are celebrating the one year of their debut album with a home town show tonight. Details here

– Americana festival Out On The Weekend announced their 2017 lineup including Justin Townes Earle, Son Volt, Traveller (Jonny Fritz, Robert Ellis & Cory Chisel), All Our Exes Live In Texas, The Deslondes, Robbie Fulks, Fanny Lumsden, The Sadies, Joshua Hedley, Raised by Eagles, Freya Josephine Hollick, Davidson Brothers and The Moonee Valley Drifters. Details here

– Speaking of Fanny Lumsden she just announced her massive 2017 Country Halls Tour. Details here

– Hobart folk-punk festival HOBOFOPO announced its first 12 artists including AJJ, Paddy McHugh, The Dead Maggies, This Is A Robbery, The Berkeley Hunts, Fox ‘N’ Firkin, Medusa’s Wake, Quinton Trembath, Wilson and The Castaways (NSW), The Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble, BrodyGreg and Hairyman. Details here

The Queenscliff Music Festival has added a bunch more artists to its 2017 lineup including Allysha Joy, The Bamboos, Beccy Cole, Bob Evans, Hat Fitz & Cara, Jazz Party, Little Georgia, Mia Dyson, Sammy J, The Southern River Band, Stella Donnelly and The Wilson Pickers. Details here

The Cake & Cordial Sessions comes to Brisbane today featuring Paddy McHugh, Kelly Cork, Megan Cooper and Fanny Lumsden. Details here

Blog

We pick the top ten albums and EPs you should own from the first half of 2017 including releases from All Our Exes Live in Texas, Charlie Fink, Emily Barker, Fleet Foxes, Johnny Flynn, Kasey Chambers, Laura Marling, The Ahern Brothers, The Morrisons and Timothy James Bowen. Blog here

Releases This Week

Dan Sultan
KillerDan Sultan
iTunes

Come All Ye
Come All Ye – The First 10 YearsFairport Convention

Gillian Welch
The Harrow & The Harvest LPGillian Welch
Official Site

Passenger
The Boy Who Cried WolfPassenger
iTunes

Shane
Love and BloodShane Nicholson
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Charm of Finches w/ Loren Kate

Charm of Finches

Sister duo Charm of Finches celebrate the one year anniversary of their debut album Staring at the Starry Ceiling with a home town show supported by Loren Kate

Friday 28th July – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

245T, Rick Hart’s Bare Bones, Michael Plater, Tom Redwood
Sunday 30th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

America
Friday 28th July – International Convention Centre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 29th July – The Events Centre, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 30th July – Broadbeach Country Festival, Broadbeach, QLD
Wednesday 2nd August – WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 3rd August – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Arygle Sun-Sets feat. Ackers, Dale Ostridge, Dande & The Lion
Sunday 30th July – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

BEMAC presents World Music Cafe: MZAZA & Vardos
Friday 4th July – Queensland Multicultural Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Bluestone Junction
Friday 28th July – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 29th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Broadbeach Country Music Festival
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July – Broadbeach, QLD

Cake and Cordial Sessions feat. Fanny Lumsden, Kelly Cork, Megan Cooper, Paddy McHugh
Friday 28th July – Ashgrove Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

Charm of Finches w/ Loren Kate
Friday 28th July – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Claire Patti w/ Mandy Connell, Kelly Auty
Wednesday 2nd August – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Echuca Winter Blues Festival
Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July – Echuca, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 28th July – Cake and Cordial Sessions, Ashgrove Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th July – Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Broadbeach, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Liam Gale, The Burley Griffin, Julia Johnson
Wednesday 2nd July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Forever Son
Friday 4th August – Quicksilver Bar 61, Torquay, VIC

Georgia Fields and Phia
Friday 28th July – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 30th July – Point Lonsdale, VIC
Thursday 3rd August – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Grigoryan Brothers
Wednesday 2nd August – Orbost Exhibition Centre, Orbost, VIC
Thursday 3rd August – Twyford Hall Merimbula, Canberra, ACT
Friday 4th August – St Peter’s Anglican College, Canberra, ACT

Heath Cullen
Saturday 29th July – Majors Creek, NSW

High Tea feat. Brett Winterford
Thursday 3rd August – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Saturday 29th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Jim Lawrie
Friday 28th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Kyle Lionhart
Friday 28th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 29th July – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 4th August – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Johnson
Wednesday 2nd August – FolkSwagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 28th July – The Austral Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July – Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Broadbeach, QLD

Loren Kate
Friday 28th July – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 31st July – Rosanna Fire Station Community House, Melbourne, VIC

Lucy Wise
Friday 28th July – St Margaret’s Anglican Church, Eltham, VIC

Mick Flanagan
Sunday 30th July – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

Miles and Simone
Saturday 29th July – Balmoral, NSW
Friday 4th August – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC

Nigel Wearne
Friday 4th August – Saint Monday, Yackandandah, VIC

Not Good With Horses w/ Jason Walker
Sunday 30th July – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

O’Shea
Friday 28th July – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 29th July – Centro CBD, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 30th July – Lizotte’s Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 3rd August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Paul Reid
Sunday 30th July – Fox Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Pete Murray
Friday 28th July – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Saturday 29th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 3rd August – Nautilus Theatre, Port Lincoln, SA
Friday 4th August – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Ramblin’ Nights feat. James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims, The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Swamp Fat Jangles
Thursday 3rd August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Rich Davies & The Low Road w/ The Jaycos, Belle Harvey
Sunday 30th July – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

Shane Nicholson
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July – Broadbeach Country Music Festival, QLD
Wednesday 2nd August – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 3rd August – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th August – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Sofar Sounds Melbourne
Saturday 29th July – Melbourne, VIC

Songwriters in the Round feat. Amber Lawrence, Steve Passfield, Katie Brianna
Sunday 30th July – Wenty Leagues, Wentworthville, NSW

Steve Smyth
Wednesday 2nd August – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 4th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Stray Hens
Friday 4th July – Selby Folk Club, Selby, VIC

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 28th July – Green Door Wines, Ferguson Valley, WA
Saturday 29th July – The Church, Donnybrook, WA
Sunday 30th July – The Pottery-Restaurant, Bridgetown, WA
Thursday 3rd August – Secret Show, Mandurah, WA
Friday 4th August – Wild Vinegar, Bunbury, WA

The Bean Project
Friday 28th July – No. 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 29th July – Sun Bistro, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 1st August – The B.U.G, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 2nd August – Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 4th August – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW

The Collingwood Casanovas
Friday 28th July – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Demon Drink
Saturday 29th July – Club Hotel Motel, Lowood, QLD

The Morrisons
Friday 4th August – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 4th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Settlement
Saturday 29th July – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 3rd August – Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th August – Nightquarter, Gold Coast, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July – Echuca Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, VIC
Friday 4th August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

The Water Runners, The Lurkers
Friday 4th July – The Yo-Yo Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Tim Guy
Saturday 29th July – Rainbow Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC

Tobias
Saturday 29th July – The Old Gregory Hotel, Winton, QLD
Friday 4th August – The Grand Hotel, Clermont, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Friday 28th to Sunday 31st July – Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Broadbeach, QLD

Vinod Prasanna, John Flanagan Trio
Sunday 30th July – St Paul’s Anglican Church, Clunes, VIC

Waterloo Sunset Sessions feat. The Fibro Cowboys
Sunday 30th July – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Kettle” – Killing Heidi

Willie Watson Announces Details of Folksinger Vol. 2

Willie Watson
Image Courtesy of Willie Watson

Since Willie Watson kicked off his solo career he’s been lauded as one of the most exciting American trad folk and country artists in the world. Watson’s 2014 solo album Folksinger Vol. 1 is considered by many to be a masterpiece and the good news is there’s a Volume Two on the way featuring a bunch of folk favourites.

Produced by David Rawlings and featuring collaborations with The Fairfield Four, Gillian Welch, Morgan Jahnig (Old Crow Medicine Show) and Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), Folksinger Vol. 2 is due for release on the 15th September.

“I’m not trying to prove any point here and I’m not trying to be a purist” Willie Watson explained. “There’s so much beauty in this old music, and it affects me on a deep level. It moves me and inspires me. I heard Leadbelly singing with the Golden Gate Quartet and it sounded fantastic, and I thought, “I want to do that.” I heard the Grateful Dead doing their version of “On the Road Again”, and it sounded like a dance party in 1926, and I wanted to do that, too. That’s the whole reason I ever played music in the first place—because it looked and sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun.”

Check out the full track listing for Folksinger Vol. 2 below:

1. Samson And Delilah (feat. The Fairfield Four)
2. Gallows Pole
3. When My Baby Left Me
4. Dry Bones
5. Walking Boss
6. On The Road Again (feat. The Fairfield Four)
7. The Cuckoo Bird
8. Always Lift Him Up And Never Knock Him Down
9. John Henry
10. Leavin’ Blues
11. Take This Hammer (feat. The Fairfield Four)

David Rawlings Announces New Album Poor David’s Almanack

David Rawlings
Image Courtesy of David Rawlings

Celebrate Americana singer-songwriter David Rawlings has announced plans to release his third album Poor David’s Almanack on the 11th August.

The album is Rawlings’ first without the Dave Rawlings Machine moniker and but still features longtime compatriot Gillian Welch as well as many of the his regular collaborators including Willie Watson, Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), Brittany Haas (Crooked Still), Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show) and Taylor & Griffin Goldsmith (Dawes).

Check out the full track listing for Poor David’s Almanack here:

1. Midnight Train
2. Money Is The Meat In The Coconut
3. Cumberland Gap
4. Airplane
5. Lindsey Button
6. Come On Over My House
7. Guitar Man
8. Yup
9. Good God A Woman
10. Put ‘Em Up Solid

The Full Port Fairy Folk Festival Line Up

Port Fairy
Image Courtesy of the Port Fairy Folk Festival

The Port Fairy Folk Festival is undoubtedly one of the biggest events on the folk music calendar and once again 2017 is shaping up to be an amazing event.

The full lineup of the 2017 Port Fairy Folk Festival has been released and it features a bunch of amazing artists including Willie Watson, Melody Pool, Lior, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Afenginn, Boo Hewerdine, Charm of Finches, Eddi Reader, Folk Uke, Gretta Ray, Martha Tilston, Mel Parsons, Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, The Changing Room, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Dead Maggies, The Waifs, The Wilson Pickers, The Young Folk and many more.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place from the 10th through to the 13th March in Port Fairy, Victoria. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup is below:

8 Foot Felix, Afenginn, Aoife Scott, Backsliders, Barry Versus Kelly, Bazzookas, Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart, Big Rory & Ochie, Bikerina, Boo Hewerdine, Buckman Coe, Buried Country, Burke & Wills: The Expedition By Ashley Davies, Bush Gothic, Chaos Magnet, Charles Jenkins, Charm of Finches, Christine Collister & Michael Fix, Circular Circus – Heidi Hoops, Cookin’ On 3 Burners with Tex Perkins & Stella Angelico, Danny Spooner, Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier, Dog Trumpet, Don Walker, Dori Freeman, Dubmarine, Eddi Reader, Ewen Baker, Featherhead, Fem Belling, Folk Uke, Gawurra, Giant Seagulls, Graeme James, Gretta Ray, Hey Mammoth, Hollie Smith, Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies, JVG Guitar Method, Karma County, Krazy Koala Puppet Show, Kutcha Edwards Trio, Les Poules a Colin, Lior, Lisnacrieve, Manu Delago, MarimbaTaters, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Martha Tilston, Mel Parsons, Melody Pool, Mercan Dede, Mexrrissey, Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission, Miss Amber & Stukulele, Mr Qwirk, Mr Wizowski, Mundy, Nancie Schipper, Neil Murray, Nhatty Man & Gara, Nick Nicholas, Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner, Red the Clown, Roo Panes, Sarah Carroll & the Left Wing, Seamus Begley Trio, Sport Suzie, Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie, Suzannah Espie, Kerri Simpson, Barb Waters & Alison Ferrier, Tash Sultana, TEK TEK Ensemble, The Bean Project, The Changing Room, The Chipolatas present ‘Chipolatino’!, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Dead Maggies, The Drowsy Maggies, The Jerry Cans, The Low Down Riders, The Mik Maks, The Mission Songs Project, The New Savages, The Pinks Play The Blues, The Scrims, The Skeleton Club, The Southern Ocean Sea Band, The Waifs, The Wilson Pickers, The Young Folk, Thomas Hugh, Tim Wheatley, TimTim, Van Morrison’s “Masterpieces” Presented by Vince Jones & The Astral Orchestra, Vika & Linda, Warsaw Village Band, Willie Watson, Yirrmal

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Irish music legend Sharon Shannon announced an Australian tour this January. Details here

The Lumineers relased their new video “Sleep On The Floor”. Details here

The National Folk Festival added a bunch of artists to its lineup including Jarlath Henderson, Katey Brooks, Mel Parsons, Melisande, Andy Salvanos, Catherine Fraser Trio, David Spry, Colin Lillie, YuNiOn with Stonewave Taiko, Dubmarine, Kutcha Edwards, Zulya and the Children of the Underground, Sparrow-Folk, The Martins and 19-Twenty. Details here

– We finally posted the new Rowena Wise video “Hollow Hearts”. Details here

– Progressive folk mandolinist Chris Thile and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau have announced a duo album to be released in January. Details here

– Perth folk-rock band Joel Barker & The Low Company released their new video “Make It Good”. Details here

– The new Gillian Welch album Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg is released today. Details here

– Irish born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Gallie performs in Sydney tomorrow night. Details here

Bear’s Den released their new video “Emeralds”. Details here

– The amazing Rhiannon Giddens is returning to Australia next year. Details here

– American folk singer Willie Watson returns to Australia next year. Details here

Releases This Week

Buffalo Nickel
Buffalo NickelBuffalo Nickel
Bandcamp

Gillian
Boots No 1: The Official Revival BootlegGillian Welch
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Kay Proudlove w/ Melanie April

Kay

South Coast singer-songwriter will take to the Bulli School of Arts this weekend to record some of her new songs live to an intimate crowd

Saturday 26th November – Bulli School of Arts, Woonona, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Wednesday 30th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

BBQ & Blues feat. The Plough
Wednesday 30th November – Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Saturday 26th November – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Monday 28th November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 30th November – Kings Park, Perth, WA

Boy & Bear
Friday 25th November – Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 27th November – The Venue, Townsville, QLD
Friday 2nd December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

Crowded House
Friday 25th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Syndey, NSW

Davey Craddock
Saturday 26th November – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA

Eilen Jewell
Friday 25th November – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Fairgrounds Festival
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Berry, NSW

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers
Saturday 26th November – Spring Plains Hall, Wee Waa, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Candice McLeod, Alister Turrill, Lazy Colts
Wednesday 30th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

FRACK OFF! Concert feat. John Butler Trio, The Pigram Brothers, Mama Kin, Ten Cent Shooters w/ MC Peter Rowsthorn
Saturday 26th November – 3 Oceans Winery, Cowaramup, WA
Sunday 27th November – 3 Oceans Winery, Cowaramup, WA

Gallie w/ Seanchas
Saturday 26th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Green Mohair Suits w/ Luke Escombe
Friday 25th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 2nd December – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Haywood Billy Goats w/ The Tawny Owl Stringband, Rebecca Bastoli
Friday 25th November – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hashshashin, Vanishing Shapes, Kurushimi, Raven
Thursday 1st December – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. The Faraway Eyes
Sunday 27th November – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride feat. Night Kite, Mudlarks Choir, Christina Mimmocchi
Saturday 26th November – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans
Friday 25th November – The Pretoria, Mannum, SA
Saturday 26th November – Clandys Fishpub, Dunsborough, WA
Sunday 27th November – Live at the Orchard, Perth, WA
Friday 2nd December – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Julia Jacklin
Friday 25th November – Paradise Music Festival, VIC
Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Thursday 1st December – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd December – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 2nd December to Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, NSW

Kay Proudlove w/ Melanie April
Saturday 26th November – Bulli School of Arts, Woonona, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 2nd December – Revesby Workers’ Club, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gerner & The Sunset Pushers
Friday 25th November – Leftys, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 26th November – Drill Hall, Mullum, NSW
Thursday 1st December – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd December – Lazy Bones, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise
Friday 25th November – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC
Sunday 27th November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Matt Andersen
Friday 25th November – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Tuesday 29th November – The Front Gallery & Café, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 1st December – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 2nd December – The Music Lounge, Wollongong, NSW

Matt Joe Gow
Thursday 1st December – The Unicorn, Sydney, NSW

Mel Parsons
Saturday 26th November – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 27th – Djangos, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 30th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st December – The V Room, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 2nd December – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Music for a Warming World – Green Music benefit
Sunday 27th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Nick Payne, Matt J Ward, Peasant Moon
Thursday 1st December – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen
Tuesday 29th November – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA
Wednesday 30th November – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA

PJ Michael & The Banditas
Saturday 26th November – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Queenscliff Music Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff, VIC

Steve Poltz
Friday 25th November – Blue Mountains, Warrimoo, NSW
Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Wednesday 30th November – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 1st December – Bridgetown Hotel, Bridgetown, WA
Friday 2nd December – Ravenswood, Ravenswood, WA

Stray Hens
Friday 2nd December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Xmas Market feat. The Detonators, The Morrisons, The Cruisin’ Deuces, The Drey Rollan Band
Sunday 27th November – Manning House, Sydney, NSW

The Buck Loner Revue
Sunday 27th December – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 25th November – The Bellingen Brewery & Co., Bellingen, NSW

The Tallest Man On Earth
Wednesday 30th November – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st December – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Thursday 1st December – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 25th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Tom West
Thursday 1st December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th December – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Diamantina Drover” – Hugh McDonald with John Schumann & The Vagabond Crew

We sadly lost the great Hugh McDonald this week. Hugh very kindly let us publish his review of the Top Half Folk Festival in 2013. Here’s probably his most well known track from the 2010 Woodford Folk Festival. RIP Hugh McDonald.

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