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Folk

Telling stories, mastering instruments and keeping traditions alive, Amrap keeps you up to date with new Australian folk music.

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Hannah Blackburn - Did You Always Know     Folk, Rock, Pop, Alternative Country 24/05/2019
Hannah Blackburn is a Melbourne based musician, specialising in lyrically-charged folk/soft rock - straightforward and earnest.
Did You Always Know was written in the wake of a breakup. It harnesses the immediate feelings of nostalgia, and captures the inevitable denial which allows us heartbroken suckers to throw reality out the window and forget all bad. As the song goes on, it structurally steps through the acceptance process, however always returns to question 'Did You Always Know'?

Nancie Schipper - When You Get Home     Folk 24/05/2019
A recent finalist in triple j’s Unearthed High Competition, Nancie Schipper is gaining momentum for her folk-pop melodic hooks and striking songwriting.
Recorded and produced by John Castle (Vance Joy, Thelma Plum, Angie McMahon), 'When You Get Home' is the first single to follow 'Long Fall'.

On the single, Nancie says, "This song is about checking in on all your friends and not letting them deal with things alone"

Floyd Thursby - Only Rivers Understand (I Need You)     Folk, Acoustic 23/05/2019
"Floyd Thursby has a fascinating voice. But of course, all that would be insignificant without great songs as vehicles for that voice. Thursby has armfuls of them." (Rhythms magazine)
The first single from Floyd’s upcoming album ‘To those in flames’ produced by ARIA award-winning producer Marty Brown (Art of Fighting, Clare Bowditch) is a powerful exploration of loss and longing featuring finger-style acoustic guitar, vibraphone and double-bass.

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Jordan Merrick - Low Country     Folk, Soul, Rock, Alternative Country 23/05/2019
This Brisbane-based folk singer-songwriter and poet, Jordan Merrick, is starting the next phase of his career with a new single featuring Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire) on Keys.
This is one of Merrick's most ambitious tracks featuring Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire) on keys and the golden touch of ARIA winning producer Steven Schramm (Paul Kelly, Bob Evans).

Bestrewn with layers of 60's pop-rock tremolo riffs on the electric guitar, piano and an old school organ, Merrick comes out of the shadows with a slow, poetic croon.

The Little Lord Street Band - Frankie's Back In Town     Folk, Rock, Country, Alternative Country 23/05/2019
The multi-award winning, beloved indie/ folk/ country/ feels-good outfit, The Little Lord Street Band, are back with their new single 'Frankie's Back In Town'.
A joyous Springsteen-esque moment of reflection and celebration as a small town welcomes home a favourite daughter.

Evan Lock - Queen of Sydney     Folk, Alternative Country, Blues, Easy Listening 22/05/2019
Sydney guitarist/singer-songwriter Evan Lock shares new single ‘Queen of Sydney’, just ahead of his debut album Kaleidoscopic, out Friday 24 May via Broken Stone Records/Remote Control Records.
‘Queen of Sydney’ is the country portrait of a woman who never really existed. Strummed guitars, harmonicas, harmonies & pedal steels are her siren songs, calling you to her cliffs. Lock collects myriad genres and styles from country, folk, progressive rock, blues, latin and raga into a picturesque cluster of evocative and honest scenes.

Little Green - Raw     Folk, Acoustic, Pop, Pop 22/05/2019
Little Green is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Sydney. Through her unique blend of folk, indie, jazz and pop, she shares a childlike appreciation of the world.
What is the opposite of a war?
This indie-folk track is a quirky, reflective piece of work.

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Tayah Carroll - Vermont     Folk 22/05/2019
Taylah Carroll shares unashamed and frank tales of her own coming of age and reflections of what it is to be human, set against a dreamy and nostalgic soundscape.
“Cold people bore me, but whist you ignore me, I’m begging you to stay,
Guess it doesn’t matter, you were just a distraction anyway,
Dangle your tenderness, I’ll hide my eagerness, anger and dismay,
I’ll wait little bystander, awkward and cute, ‘till it rains on your heyday”
- Taylah Carroll

Brian Raynor - They Way Things Are     Folk, Acoustic 21/05/2019
Brian Raynor is an Adelaide-based singer/songwriter musician and entertainer.
This song is autobiographical and in a condensation of my personal journey as a singer/songwriter.

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Caleb James - Tell Me Why     Folk 21/05/2019
Caleb James is a songwriter, producer, mixer who has created and curated music for many artists locally and internationally. He is now releasing music under his own name.
A song about a deep love that is falling apart. An ode to friends and family who have been through failed relationships that mattered.

Charles Jenkins - Do Not Disturb     Folk, Pop, Alternative Country 21/05/2019
Charles Jenkins is a Melbourne songwriter/musician, producer and performer with more than 30 years’ experience in the Australian music industry, both solo and most recently with his band The Zhivagos.
Charles Jenkins has released an acoustic album - solo, on a nylon string guitar, in a stripped-back style which highlights his exemplary lyricism.

The plaintive 'Do Not Disturb' is almost a piece of modern chamber music.


Other tracks by Charles Jenkins:  When I Was On The Moon  -  Fairfield In The Rain
The Queensland Tiger - Sergeant Small     Folk, Acoustic, Country, Alternative Country 21/05/2019
The Queensland Tiger covers traditional Australian ballads mainly from the nineteenth century: e.g. Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson, Breaker Morant, Charles Thatcher, etc…. true to the original works.
From the Great Depression, this is based on Tex Morton’s song and a 1930s poem called “How I took the Bait” , (published in the Northern Miner in 1933) and put together by Brad Tate. Apparently a true story, the Tex Morton song was banned for a time because of its criticism of the police. Violin by Richard Curran.

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Celine Yap & Brendan Bonsack - Farther, Farther Sail     Folk, Roots, Acoustic, Acappella 20/05/2019
Celine Yap and Brendan Bonsack are Melbourne singers and songwriters, joining forces to produce an EP to raise funds for 3CR Refugee Radio.
"We live on an island afraid of its sea". "Farther, Farther Sail" is part lament for the fearful and brutal political realities of Australia, and part wish for a better way.

Other tracks by Celine Yap & Brendan Bonsack:  Dandelion Roots  -  A Letter from my Grandchildren
Emma Beau - Leading Me Astray     Folk, Alternative Country, Country 20/05/2019
As well as being a multi instrumentalist, Emma is an award winning singer-songwriter on the rise.
Leading Me Astray explains a relationship: the start, present, and future, and the quirks of the time spent together, particularly the notion that someone can lead you away from the life you may have imagined (and that’s a good thing). It features a stripped back, acoustic sound that’s reminiscent of Appalachian/bluegrass music.

Lisa Maps - Into the Fray     Folk 19/05/2019
Canberra-based singer-songwriter whose sound grew up among the songwriters of the 90s (early Jewel, the Waifs) taking in folk, pop and country influences.
Into the Fray is a musical pep talk that reminds us not to quit when things get hard, to remember our progress when experiencing setbacks, and to keep believing in ourselves. And it does it with video game metaphors, because I went through a period in 2018 where I was using them a lot to contextualise my own real-life struggles.

Other tracks by Lisa Maps:  Sugarcoat
Chris O - The Lamp of Welcome     Folk, World, Acoustic, Roots 17/05/2019
A singer-songwriter penning originals, who also plays old school music, mashing up folk and blues, drawing on a lifetime of encounters with people, places, and magic; echoing global grassroots. traditions.
One World, One Humanity, One Love...I wrote this song after witnessing the situation of refugees fleeing persecution in Syria; halted at borders, sleeping in the the cold and mud. I was watching on my TV, in my comfortable lounge room, in a safe and democratic country.

The quote from Rumi, written many centuries ago, references pathways to godliness and humanity.

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Dom Italiano - I Do     Folk, Acoustic, Alternative Country, Pop 17/05/2019
Born in Wales, came to Australia at 9. Wanted a skateboard but got a guitar for 12th birthday... The rest is history!
'I DO' is just as much about the writer as it is about the people I've sat across from and hidden things from. 'You say 'a lie is like a wish that was designed to not come true'... you think that I don't know this but, I do'...

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Georgie Currie - Norma Jean     Folk, Acoustic 17/05/2019
Georgie Currie is a Melbourne based artist whose songs blend the broken, intimate fears of youth with a vocal intensity beyond her years.
Norma Jean narrates the experience of immense jealousy towards somebody who embodies mainstream conventions of beauty and perfection. It leans heavily into the metaphor of Marilyn Monroe/Norma Jean as being this timeless example of unachievable female grace and allure. The layered, floaty chorus is the pin-drop moment, revealing how these expectations can amount to personal feelings of inadequacy.

Hannah Blackburn - Did You Always Know     Folk, Rock 17/05/2019
Melbourne's Hannah Blackburn specialises in earnest songwriting. Her charm and warmth will put you at ease as you feel a metaphorical pat on the back from your new storytelling companion.
Did You Always Know was written in the wake of a breakup. It harnesses the immediate feelings of nostalgia, and captures the inevitable denial which allows us heartbroken suckers to throw reality out the window and forget all bad. As the song goes on, it structurally steps through the acceptance process, however always returns to question 'Did You Always Know'?

Manning Patston - Hold On (feat. Andie     Folk, Pop 17/05/2019
In the Blue Mountains mastering his craft, Manning Patston has been perfecting his skills as a singer/songwriter for many years in and around Sydney pubs, bars, markets, pavements and bedrooms.
Hold On (feat. Andie) describes the constant uphill battle of succeeding in the music industry and doing what we love! Featuring Blue Mountains singer/songwritter Andie, here vocals contrast with Manning Patston to create an anthem like sound.

Other tracks by Manning Patston:  Come Around