Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Folktronica artist Quintessential Doll have released their new video “Take Your Medication” featuring Fox & Fowl. Details here

Lisa Mitchell has announced three intimate acoustic shows next March. Details here

– We now have details of the upcoming Punch Brothers album The Phosphorescent Blues. Details here

– Another new song from The Decemberists has hit the web this week and it’s really really good. Details here

– Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert will release his soundtrack for the movie A Most Violent Year today. Details here

– Listen to the new Dan Mangan + Blacksmith single “Kitsch”. Details here

– The latest video from Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is “New South Africa”. Details here

Father John Misty released his new track “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”. Details here

The National Folk Festival added a bunch of artists to it’s 2015 lineup including London Klezmer Quartet, Nuala Kennedy, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, Lucie Thorne, Mustered Courage, Oh Pep!, Spooky Men’s Chorale, Mike McClellan, Jan Preston’s Boogie Circus, Christine Wheeler and Friends, Andrew Hull, Helen Webby and Davy Stuart and Pekka Mikkola. Details here

The Davidson Brothers released their new video “Take Me To The Mountains”. Details here


“Yeshe is inculcated in the instruments and rhythms of Africa, and in a raw interview using a couple of cans and a piece of hemp string stretched from Liverpool to the far north coast of NSW, Yeshe explained a bit about what’s going in his musical world, and what Sydney audiences can expect on Wednesday 17 December at 505 in Surry Hill”Yeshe Reiners chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

A Most Violent Year
A Most Violent YearAlex Ebert

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Jack Carty

Jack Carty

Jack Carty wraps up his mammoth national tour this weekend with shows in Parramatta, Sydney and Bulli. It’s been a big year for the singer-songwriter with the release of his album Esk and a pretty relentless tour schedule and these shows are bound to be as much celebration as they are performance.

Friday 12th December – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th December – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 12th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 16th December – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Betty & Oswald
Saturday 13th December – Peregian Originals, Peregian Beach, QLD
Sunday 14th December – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s
Wednesday 17th December – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 12th December – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 13th December – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 14th December – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 19th December – The Great North Trading Post, Laguna, NSW

Finders Keepers Markets Sydney feat. Kay Proudlove, Direwolf, Peasant Moon, Bonnie Stewart, Laura Zarb, The Maple Trail, Maia Jelavic
Friday 12th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 13th December – Studio Theatre, Darwin, NT

Jack Carty
Friday 12th December – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th December – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 12th December – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Josh Pyke
Friday 12th December – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW

MoFo feat. Catgut, The Button Collective
Friday 12th December – Nauti Studios, Sydney, NSW

Steve Smyth
Saturday 13th December – Festival of the Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW

Friday 12th December – Festival Of The Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 19th December – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Yeshe Reiners
Wednesday 17th December – 505, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Dives and Lazarus” – Martin Simpson

Our Christmas themed flashback continues with the Child Ballad and Christmas Carol “Dives and Lazarus”. There are so many amazing versions of this song out there (and the melody is shared with a number of other folk songs including “The Star of the County Down”) but I decided to go with this Simpson’s stripped back and slowed down take on the track.


Interview: Yeshe Reiners — 505, Surry Hills (Sydney), Wed 17 December 2014

Image Courtesy of Yeshe Reiners

Interview originally published on Overheard Productions

Yeshe Reiners makes Byron Bay his home, but tours extensively from NSW to Europe, the North Americas, and back again.

Yeshe is inculcated in the instruments and rhythms of Africa, and in a raw interview using a couple of cans and a piece of hemp string stretched from Liverpool to the far north coast of NSW, Yeshe explained a bit about what’s going in his musical world, and what Sydney audiences can expect on Wednesday 17 December at 505 in Surry Hills.

For Facebookers, the event is here.

When I play this clip, I just close my eyes and I’m back at the Budawang at the National Folk Festival in 2012. Bliss.

Interview: Harry Manx on Tour in Australia

Harry Manx
Photos and Interview by Bill Quinn

Harry Manx, the ‘Mysticssippi’ blues man from Canada, a seamless blender of the East and West, has returned to Australia and is wending away around the country performing to audiences with great support from Yeshe Reiners.
Having interviewed him briefly at the National Folk Festival in Canberra in April (audio link at the end of this article), Bill Quinn managed to track Harry down on a rest break in Darwin.

Bill Quinn: Welcome back to Australia. It hasn’t been that long that you were here last. It was a surgical strike in April for Bluesfest and The National Folk Festival. Does it feel like you’ve been away for long?

Harry Manx: Well, I’m starting to really get used to Australia at this point, and feeling pretty much at home. And I’ve had some wonderful journeys on this trip.

BQ: What are some of the highlights of what you’ve done since you’ve been in the country this time?

HM: Well, I just came through Broome and Darwin for the first time. It’s very interesting to play to crowds who have never seen me before, and that went really good. The land up there is very spectacular. Before that I was in Perth, and Perth and Fremantle – that whole area – has always been good to me. We had a great crowd out at the Fly By Night there, so we’ve been having some fun.

BQ: When you go to the new areas, do you find that people are drawn to the idea of, “Here’s this Canadian blues guy coming to town”, or do they know more about you and the “East meets West”? What is it, do you think, that really sparks them?

HM: I guess there’s some people at these shows that have done some research and found out a little bit about me. It’s so easy to do that these days! It’s good, you can feel like you know the artist already by the time you get to the show. So they were pretty much into it and they were asking for songs, and I think that was a great thing that they had done some homework and knew who I was.

Harry Manx

BQ: I’ve looked at the rest of your tour schedule and it looks like a bit of a drunk wandering around the country; you’re doing a few loops, aren’t you?

HM: Yes, well, that would be my agent would be the drunk, then! He books them! People ask me where I’m playing and I say, “Well, I don’t know. I do pretty much what I’m told!”. Except when it comes to playing the guitar.

BQ: And you’re up there in Darwin taking a few days off. Are you getting to see a bit of the country?

HM: You know, when we have a day off, we don’t usually get out much and do things. It’s more like not doing much of anything and trying to catch up.
I’m working on some music for the Montreal Jazz Festival coming up in July and I’m putting together a show called ‘World Affairs’. So I have to work on music like that, and days off and beautiful places like this, they’re a real joy, so I’ve spent the day working on some of that stuff.

BQ: Now you’re up there with Yeshe [Reiners]; is he doing the full tour around Australia with you?

HM: He is, yeah, he’s been getting around the country with me and people have been enjoying him. He’s got a lovely record out, ‘Roots and Wings’, and he’s playing songs from that. But he joins me on stage and sits in for a few tunes and I like that combination of him and I; we have a lot of similarities.

BQ: I believe the next stop off for you is far northern Queensland; is that a place you’ve been to before?

Yeah, I think I’ve played in Cairns at the Tanks Art Centre maybe half a dozen times over the years, and it’s always been wonderful. I’m always fortunate to get to Cairns; it’s a lovely town. A nice bit of the tropics.

BQ: And I will ask you about Canberra where you’re coming back to; it’s a place you’ve played a few times, haven’t you?

HM: Yeah, and you know for many years I’ve played there and it seems like every time I’ve played there I’ve played a different place. I’m not sure why that is! The last occasion was great when I got to play at the National Folk Festival. That seems like a very wonderful event. And I think I’ve got a few good friends and fans around Canberra now, and I’m looking forward to getting back there.

BQ: They’ll look after you for sure at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, so we’ll look forward to seeing you there. Harry, thanks very much for your time.

HM: You too, I appreciate you doin’ this.

Harry’s remaining tour dates in Australia:
Friday 8 June – Tanks Art Centre, Cairns
Saturday 9 June – Riverway Arts Centre, Thuringowa
Tuesday 12 June – Notes, Newtown
Wednesday 13 June – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla
Thursday 14 June – Lizottes, Dee Why
Saturday 16 June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli
Sunday 17 June – Club Sapphire, Merimbula
Wednesday 20 June – Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden (ACT)
Saturday 23 June – The Palais, Hepburn Springs
Monday 25 June – Wellington Entertainment Centre, Sale
Tuesday 26 June – West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul
Wednesday 27 June –Ruby’s Lounge, Belgrave
Thursday 28 June – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh
Friday 29 June – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast
Saturday 30 June – Star Court Theatre, Lismore

Full details at

Audio from interview in April at the National Folk Festival:

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