Folk Festival season is upon us and I thought it was time to get a bit down and folky with some of the artists that are coming to or already upon our fine shores.
Now some of you might think, “Hey, folk ain’t cool..”, well I am here to change your mind. There is some really cool stuff out there, and there is no better folk music than LIVE folk music.
I am going to give you a taste of a few different artists that touch on the blurred lines of folk (and not in a Robin Thicke kinda way..) that are appearing at the Port Fairy Folk Festival (PFFF) and the Brunswick Music Festival (BMF).
Let’s kick it off with a FAVOURITE of mine at the moment.. I know I kinda say that about everyone – hate to play favourites but these guys are really something.
Tom Thum is a beat boxer from Brisbane. Now I hear you saying, how is beat boxing folk music. I know. BUT if you add the talent of Jamie MacDowell’s guitar playing and vocals – BAM! Instant on the cusp folk music.
Check this out…
I like this video, it’s kinda romantic with the two of them in the candlelight together.
You can check out Jamie and Tom at the BMF.
Next another home-grown gem – Mama Kin.. I have seen Mama Kin perform live a few times now and each and every time I do, I walk away feeling like I had just hung out with an old friend. She is charming and witty in her banter, speaking candidly about her life, her love and her family, you almost forget you are there to hear her sing. And then when she does – goose bumps – every time. Her latest album, Magician’s Daughter, released last year is an entire album of amazing, but if I had to pick one, Rescue would be it.
Mama Kin is performing at both the BMF and PFFF.
OK, I did say I was going to talk about artists visiting us from abroad, so I better stop going on about Australian talent and show you something a little different and exciting.
And Tiger Lillies from the UK are certainly something different and exciting.
Their music has been quoted as being “a mixture of pre-war Berlin cabaret, anarchic opera and gypsy music, echoing the voices of Bertolt Brecht and Jacques Brel” and is sure as heck going to open your eyes and ears up to something you may have never even knew existed. Check out this live clip of them performing on Jules Holland.. The Tiger Lillies are a definite must see this festival season.
Tiger Lillies are performing at BMF.
I am so happy to see this next gent coming all the way from the States to Australia for the first time. I am a HUGE fan of the soul, blues, ragtime sound and this guy brings it in bathtub (gin) loads. Pokey LaFarge (his mum giving him the nickname Pokey because he was never in a hurry to get anywhere – how CUTE!) has pretty much released an album a year since he started making music back in 2006. I am so excited to catch him when he is in town as live is the only way to see this kind of music. Just to give you a taste, here is Pokey LaFarge with La La Blues.
Pokey is performing at PFFF.
Time to wrap things up with a young man who tours so much he doesn’t have a fixed address (well this was true the last time he passed through my town). Daniel Champagne is a pure genius with the guitar, again something you have to see to believe. He is a sweet young man who loves to tell a story between songs and by the end of the set, you are guaranteed to have developed a little crush. He is happy to come to your home and play for a meal and a roof over his head, and if you get the opportunity – I would suggest you jump at it. Here is Daniel and an acoustic track Same Enemy – just listen to the sounds he gets out of that guitar. *swoon*
You can see Daniel at PFFF
Until next time…