Since releasing her first bedroom recording in 2017, Hedy Blaazer has been busy. She’s released two EP’s and a studio single, formed a duo with her good mate Marcella on the fiddle, moved away from her hometown Canberra and made a new home in Sydney, changed her name (RIP h.), and kept playing her unique brand of alternative folk, on stages big and small, from Sydney to Melbourne, to anyone who will listen. This winter she returns to her roots with the release of a self-recorded two-song cassette tape, and a mini tour to celebrate this release. Third stop of the tour will be Thirroul on the 30th of June at Franks Wild Years. Opening the night will be folk/blues duo Ghostgum followed by electronic/folk fusion from Emily Duncan.
Matthew Colin brings with him the philosophy of history’s great songwriters “a song and a friend for every mile behind”. It’ll only take listening to one or two lines to find a writer of considered craft, values nested in a time of country folk music when all that mattered was the song itself.
Melodically vivid songs, riddled with unexpected angular pop-hooks. Hengeveld's distinctively sylvan voice rides personal experience with a wry lyrical candour.
Nominated for an Age Music Victoria Award for 2014’s The Daylight Express, Tobias Hengeveld returns with his anticipated third solo release Naughts & Ones - A triumphant mirror-maze of snappy pop tunes, set in a hinterland of darker rock ballads.
The strange fruits of collaboration with producer Rohan Sforcina (Head Gap/Oh Mercy/Dune Rats), rife with experimentation and gut-instinct, brought to the fore Hengeveld’s musical stamp; formative experiences of pop music in his childhood, in particular the weirder radio hits diffused throughout the 1980’s. His often bent, jangling guitars, esoteric synths and rich sense of melody trace influences like XTC, Split Enz, Roxy Music and David Bowie to name a few.
Jess Ribeiro is a shape-shifting musical enigma. The near-untouchable quality of her recorded output is astonishingly consistent and the wait for new music is always worthwhile. Ribeiro's 2012 debut album My Little River was an award-winning folk-country masterpiece while her second album (2015’s Kill It Yourself) was a slow-burning indie-noire masterpiece which left reviewers scrambling for superlatives.
Now, with new album LOVE HATE, Ribeiro has kissed the swampy humidity of the Australian Music Prize-nominated Kill It Yourself goodbye, and embraced the precise down-strokes and valve-amp hum of a very New York lineage, from the Velvets through to Blondie and Talking Heads. Produced by Ben Edwards (Aldous Harding/Marlon Williams), it’s capped by those lethally cool vocals for which Ribeiro is revered.
Melbourne indie outfit Majak Door have announced their first tour and will be hitting up Frank's Wild Years on the 23rd of June!
As well as launching their new single 'Daisies', Majak Door will be taking their psychedelic exploration of wavy guitars, laid-back yet pulsating rhythms and dreamy choruses to Thirroul, see you there.
Jade Imagine, Melbourne’s dream-pop, synthwave art-rock band, were destined for greatness from the beginning. Jade McInally, Jade Imagine’s front-person and key songwriter, has been a stalwart of the indie scene for more than a decade. After winding her way to Melbourne from somewhere consistently sunny, McInally cut her live-performer teeth with her own electronic project Tantrums, before playing in the bands of local favourites Jess Cornelius (Teeth and Tongue) and Jess Ribeiro. Picking up a loaner guitar from Dan Kelly, McInally set about writing all of the tunes for Jade Imagine’s six-track debut EP What the Fuck Was I Thinking, which was released by Milk! Records in April 2017. Jade Imagine is signed to Milk! Records for AU/NZ and Marathon Artists for Rest of World. They have just released Jade Imagine's first new music in 2 years, single Big Old House. Big Old House has been received incredibly well internationally, having been picked up by Brooklyn Vegan (USA), and Clash Magazine and Far Out Magazine (UK).
Tuffence Meringue, the solo project of front woman of Body Type, Sophie McComish will be supporting.
Liam Gale is a writer, musician and collaborator from Sydney. While his music vaguely fits the mould of country, blues and roots he borrows heavily from less traditional mediums: namely rnb, Motown, 70's prog and psych. The Ponytails are a collective that layer and arrange his work, currently featuring tenor sax and bass clarinet of Cameron Barnett (aka Charcoal); the magnetic harmonies of Anja Leszinsky and Rosie Jackson; and the electric guitars of Jack Perry, all bound together by the drums and bass of Neel Shukla and Jimmy Moore.
2019 will see the release of the Desire Lines, a concept album inspired by countless journeys between urban and rural New South Wales. From this collection two singles have been released: the jazz blues of 'It's Alright, Speak Nice' and the country chug of 'Mountain Man, Lake Lady.' Other works in progress include the Flood and Fire, Liam Gale's solo album, and another as of yet untitled Ponytails album.
Sali Bracewell is a Welsh/Australian singer-songwriter-pianist. Currently based in Byron Bay, she performs regularly throughout Australia and performs in the UK. She has shared the lineup at festivals and conferences with the likes of The Dalai Lama, Tash Sultana, Eileen Jewell, Julien Baker, Olympia and Lior.
Her debut album, Kismet, is set for release in November 2018. For this, she has been working alongside Melbourne based producer, Greg O’Shae. Amongst his many successes are his productions of platinum-selling Albums Joyful Rebellion (2004) and Atlantis: Hymns for Disco (2006) by k-os.
Happy Axe is multi-instrumentalist and musical polymath Emma Kelly. Happy Axe weaves layers of vocals, violin and musical saw into a vibrant fever dream of ambient pop music. Watching a performance by Happy Axe is a hypnotic experience. Deft melodies and atmospheric loops cascade and fold themselves around you. Entrancing patterns form and then dissolve.
Inspired equally by the organic sonic landscapes of artists like Björk and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and the brooding string-laden film scores of David Lynch and Hollywood noir, Happy Axe builds sound-worlds filled with both light and shadow.
"You're an alternate reality Happy Axe. The strings consume this with drama, it'll leave you feeling unsettled and wanting more to explore. This is next level." - Claire Mooney, Triple J
"...she crafts an experimental electronic soundscape that feels intangible in its pristine, strange beauty, similar to a Paul Thomas Anderson film or BJÖRK’s work on Homogenic." - Kyle Fensom, Purple Sneakers
Julia Johnson plays the same menagerie of traditional folk instruments she has played since she was a child. But the past few years have seen her explode her usual approach to making music and then sew it back together with threads of sonic experimentation. Her voice has been compared to Florence Welch, Joni Mitchell and even a 'treacherous mountain river'. Julia is a TripleJ Unearthed awarded songwriter who has supported iconic Australian artists including Courtney Barnett, Tim Rogers, Jen Cloher, Bob Evans, and Pete Murray as well as performing at folk and contemporary music festivals such as National Folk Festival and Groovin The Moo.
“Love the playful guitar plucking and that lilt of Julia’s voice” – Zan Rowe, DoubleJ
“This confidently straddles the lines between slightly folk-tinged, rustic sounds and a bright-eyed pop sensibility, with good lyrics to boot.” Al Newstead, TripleJ
A mainstay of the Canberra scene through his work in Cracked Actor, Burrows and Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens, Sebastian Field joins Julia Johnson and Happy Axe to launch his second single 'Liberty Bell' with an intimate show at the Petersham Bowlo.
Ruminating on romantic disillusionment, 'Liberty Bell' is a stunning showcase of Field's delicate songwriting and remarkable falsetto, beautifully complimented by acclaimed musician Luke Sweeting on piano.
Sebastian Field will take the stage with a set of songs and renditions that cover his past and look forward to his upcoming album 'Picture Stone' as he continues his journey from one time band leader to captivating solo singer-songwriter.
Obscura Hail is the nightly routine of song writing with hast, driven by an irrational fear of memory loss, and enabled by access to a plethora of ad-hoc recording equipment. The somewhat serious themes of ontology, existentialism, love and loss are framed with sincerity by the lush, but gentle classical guitar work, and the motif of almost whispered, though richly layered vocal harmonies, giving his extensive backlog a kind of naïve optimism for the individual experience.
Conceived on NSW’s south coast in 2006, and now buried alive somewhere in Northcote, Sean is sneaking into Melbourne’s intimate spaces and filling strangers with relative truths. A commitment to the craft has culminated in numerous independent releases, some official via Sydney based label, No Safe Place records, and consistently fresh compositions, drip fed weekly via Patreon, nearing its 140th volume. The latest 3 records, ‘Loose Tooth’ (2017), ‘ALARM’ (2017), and 'Pizza' (2018) were self-produced and warmly received, with more diverse live instrumentation to reflect the ever thickening arrangement and prepare for the material in stasis; ‘Pallbearer’ (album).
(Obscura Hail) has the same brittle beauty as Sun Kil Moon, the oddball, throwback quality of The Beatles at their folkiest, and when it’s appropriate, the raw pain of Elliot Smith. Obscura Hail, to me, is endlessly absorbing – (Chris Cobcroft, 4ZZZ).
‘On the Beach’ presents: Cielle Montgomery and James Church are ‘Montgomery Church’ - a blend of acoustic folk, americana and bluegrass influences, grown and distilled in the Snowy Mountain ranges of country New South Wales. With their organic union of dobro and guitar, harmony vocals, and elegant songwriting, this captivating duo are enthralling in their dynamic intimacy and embrace all that is subtle, spacious, and sensitive.
LOOSE FIT: https://loosefit.bandcamp.com/releases / SODA EAVES: https://brierfieldfloodpress.bandcamp.com/album/murray-darling / MONNONE ALONE: https://monnonealone.bandcamp.com/album/do-it-twice-single
DJS: BABE RAINBOW / TROPICAL DEPRESSION
Food trucks, heaps of new stock, records on sale. Music from 1pm, entry by donation.
Teaming up with guitarist Benjamin Fletcher (Sarah Blasko, Marina and the Diamonds) on production in both the UK and in OZ has actualised Lisa’s desire to create music that is un-fearfully pronounced. With an utterly unique vocal, Lisa delivers songs with robust conviction, bleeding an honesty only she can tell.
Impressing audiences with brooding track ‘Shake Baby Shake’ in November last year, Lisa gained National radio play once again, also landing a sync on a popular American NBN series. Now accelerating at full speed with single number two, Lisa reveals a batty demeanour in ‘A Holiday’. Keeping a 90s garage attitude with elements of surf and 60s flair, expect to hear fuzzed out guitars, an unrelenting boisterous drum part, and layered vocals that entertain very forthright lyrics.
Zak Olsen, lead singer and guitarist of ORB, HIEROPHANTS and THE FROWNING CLOWNS, new solo record out now on Flightless Records.
Leah Senior’s second album Pretty Faces pays homage to her dark folk roots while hinting at layers of pop and psychedelic undertones. The blinds are drawn and the songs are covered in a fine layer of dust; yet there is sunlight peaking through the gaps, a silver lining to a dusky tone and a sense of humour behind the tragedy.
The songs are sparsely arranged, Leah's finger picking providing a stark canvas for her unusual lyrical wit. Her luminous folk forms are complemented with old-world piano and guitar (Jesse Williams) and dulcet sibling harmonies (Andi Senior).
Pretty Faces will sit proudly in the Flightless roster of 2017, alongside releases by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Murlocs, The Babe Rainbow and ORB. Leah’s distinctive voice also features on King Gizzard’s upcoming release Murder of The Universe, as the omnipresent female consciousness who narrates the album.
Award winning New Zealand based musicians, The Frank Burkitt Band are delighted to be performing at the intimate Frank’s Wild Years as part of their 17 date ‘Lost But Alive’ Australian Tour, fresh from being announced as winners of the NZ Music Award for Best Folk Artist 2019.
After impressing audiences on their debut Australian Tour in March 2018 which included performances at Port Fairy Folk Festival and Blue Mountains Music Festival, they are returning to Australia with a heap of new songs and a new live EP ‘Lost But Alive’.
Frank is a story teller, songwriter, singer and guitarist. In that order. His rambling anecdotes aim to give the audience more of a connection with his songs. A folk songwriter at his core, American roots music with hints of jazz, blues and swing very much shape his music.
When he relocated to Wellington from Edinburgh he formed The Frank Burkitt Band, with blues and country mandolin player Cameron Burnell and jazz double bassist James Geluk. Touring Australia as a trio with vocals, guitar, mandolin and double bass, they will perform original songs spanning a wide range of genres such as Americana, swing, blues and folk.
Frank’s songs often come with anecdotes and his rambling but entertaining introductions give audiences a back story to each song. Subject matters such as philosophy, space travel, nature, relationships, haircuts and colourful characters from Frank’s past are all delivered within expertly crafted arrangements, performed by fantastic musicians.
Raised on Kamilaroi country, Ben was writing songs before he even knew how to play. He offers up a soulful blend ofminimalistic alt country, Americana, folk and blues.
Citing influence from Sam Cooke, Jay Farrar and Lucinda Williams, Ben’s resonant voice and playing intertwine to offer up a rare honesty that commands attention. He has shared stages with Steve Smyth, Nadia Reid & William Crighton.
Dainis Lacey | Interests: Golf, Gambling, Wrestling, Maths
Ambrin Hasnain | Interests: Shots, Ballet, Turtlenecks
Nick Kearton | Interests: Walking dogs, Cricket, Showers, Communism
Jack Nichols | Interests: Parkour, Teaching, Whistling the national anthem
Steve Foulkes | Interests: Cycling, University, Being Nice
Liam Halliwell | Interests: David Feeney, Guns, Energy Drinks
Lauren Huynh | Interests: Staffys, Bass, Box Hill
Butternut Sweetheart with support from Emily Duncan.
“I’ll try not to gush too much... it’s right up my alley; dreamy melodic pop with a twist” (Dean Hanson, Ball Park Music, 2018).
Butternut Sweetheart is the music of producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Luke Moseley. After many years working in the music industry in live production (Ball Park Music, Rüfüs, Paul Kelly, Sarah Blasko), recording (Emma Davis, Lady Lyon) and performing (Cassie Davis, RW Grace, Matt McHugh), Luke has crafted a project and sound inspired by a life of travel and a seaside escape. The unique dreamy indie/pop style of Butternut Sweetheart is influenced by modern boundary pushing writers Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tuneyards and The Dirty Projectors, as well as older songwriting loves in Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles.
‘Paper Cut’ is the mesmerising debut single from Butternut Sweetheart. Produced by Greg Walker (Machine Translations, Tiny Ruins, Paul Kelly), Paper Cut is out on February 15 and is accompanied by a compliment of east coast shows in Sydney, Thirroul, Canberra and Melbourne.
Join us on this magical mystery tour of the leisure coast's most leisurely hang spots and brew dens.
This weekend the Farmer & The Owl family will be taking the kids out for a big day out & sharing in the fun, a couple of adopted second cousins for a very small taste of whats to come at the BIG March 2 bangup - Farmer & The Owl Festival 2019
So dip your toes & wet the pallet and head down to..
LOAF Kitchen | 10.30am
Earth Walker & Co General Store | 11.45am
Moore Street General | 1.00pm
Franks Wild Years | 2.15pm
Music Farmers | 4.00pm
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Tired Girl (Lizzy from TEES)
With a voice that recalls a huskier, whiskey-soaked version of Van Morrison, Claire crafts soulful folk songs that are alternatively lush and intimately earthy. Born in Tasmania's ancient Tarkine rainforest, Taylor’s music is reflective of her wild and remote upbringing.
Sunday arvo gig, 3pm, entry by donation