Headliner for Bluesfest 2017 Announced

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Eilen Jewell’s Australian Tour 2016

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Love Police Touring has announced that superb singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell and her band will return to Australia in November 2016.

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Out On The Weekend 2016 – Headline Shows


Announce Australian Headline Shows

Feat. Robert Ellis and The Perfect Strangers,
Lindi Ortega, Joshua Hedley, Joe Pug,

The Cactus Blossoms and more.
October 2016

Out On The Weekend and Love Police Touring have announced headline shows for Robert Ellis and The Perfect Strangers, Lindi Ortega, Joshua Hedley, Joe Pug and The Cactus Blossoms. All acts will play the already announced Americana festival Out On The Weekend on October 15 2016 at Seaworks in Melbourne. Continue reading

Punch Brothers -Australian Tour 2016

Punch Brothers – photo Jim Jacob

It was my favourite live performance of last year. In Fayetteville Arkansas.  Punch Brothers are brilliant individually and, as a collective, unfathomably good.  They love to mix genres up and spit them out.  Their musicianship is audacious.  They cast a spell that night that had the crowd mesmerized.  Standing ovations.  I was stunned by its brilliance. Continue reading

Willie Watson & Josh Hedley Australian Tour 2016


Love Police Touring has announced that Willie Watson and Josh Hedley will be touring together along Australia’s East Coast in July 2016.

Willie Watson is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and banjo player who hails from Watkins Glen in upstate New York.  He was a founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show and released his highly regarded, traditional, debut solo album Folk Singer Vol. 1 (Acony Records/Redeye Worldwide) in 2014, which was produced by Dave Rawlings.  He was on these shores not that long ago as part of the esteemed Dave Rawlings Machine tour that is turning to legendary status – he also played on last year’s DRM album Nashville Obsolete. 

Josh Hedley, born and raised in Naples Florida, has established himself over eleven years as a go-to Nashville musician, playing with the likes of Jack White, Dan Auerbach and Nikki Lane.  He is no stranger to Australia, having toured here with Justin Townes Earle and Jonny Fritz and as part of the Out on the Weekend Festival house band last year.

It looks like being a series of tantalising shows down the Eastern seaboard.  I’ve just booked my tickets for the Caravan Club show Melbourne on 15 July 2016.

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The Young’Uns Stand Their Ground



 The Young’Uns Head To Australia for a Folk Festival Tour

New Release – Another Man’s Ground

The Young’uns are from the north east of England and have become a much sought-after folk act.   In 2013 the band members (Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes) gave up their day jobs and took to the road to share their infectious love for harmony singing, loaded with plenty of laughter and serious observations about the world around them.

Since then they have performed alongside Billy Bragg at Glastonbury, opened the main stage at Cambridge Folk Festival, won an English folk award and appeared at over forty festivals at home and abroad.

The Young’uns’ new album Another Man’s Ground is their fourth release and it is as captivating as it is unpretentious, with eight tracks featuring just vocals.  It is an approach they prefer as it guarantees purity and simplicity – voices as instruments with no embellishments.  The other songs have an occasional accordion, guitar or piano accompaniment for tasteful adornment.  The album celebrates working class heroes of the past and present and the excellent liner notes contain a synopses of the genesis of each song.


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“You Won’t Find Me On Benefits Street” was inspired by the actions of a group of residents who objected to the misleading message being created by a film crew.  There is a great pared version of Bragg’s “Between The Wars” and “Streets of Lahore” is an immensely powerful song, inspired by an ‘honour killing’ in Pakistan caused solely (and incredibly) by a marriage against other peoples wishes.

Here’s a clip of “Streets of Lahore”:


From all reports, The Young’uns are a riveting and energetic force on stage, with displays of passion, humour, political commentary and, above all, harmony singing.

The tour of Australia will be a wonderful opportunity to experience the band first hand.



Young’uns Australian Tour Dates 2016

March 11th – 14th Port Fairy Folk Festival

March 16th – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne

March 18th  20th Blue Mountains Folk Festival

22nd March Cat & Fiddle, Balmain Sydney

24th-28th March National Folk Festival, Canberra



Ryan Bingham – Australian Tour 2016

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Oscar-winning musician Ryan Bingham is heading toward Australia and New Zealand this April.

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