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


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The Queensland Tiger - My Old Black Billy (Edward Harrington)     Folk, Acoustic, Country, World 05/04/2019
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.
Poem written by Edward (Ted) Harrington (1895-1966). Music by Roy Jeffries( (1893-1969). Harrington had a tough life : he grew up on a farm near Shepparton, Victoria, and saw front line service in WW1. Known as the last of the bush balladists, My Old Black Billy was featured in the 1950s (folk revival) musical, "Reedy River"
Viola by Mikhail Bugaev

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Dan Horne - Luck of the draw     Folk, Roots, Pop, Blues 05/04/2019
Dan Horne is a foot stomping Australian folk/blues/roots multi instrumentalist and singers songwriter.
Luck of the draw is a catchy folk infused feel good song, with lyrics inspired by the urge to live life to the fullest.

Gordon Holland - Melbourne Bitter     Folk, Alternative Country, Britpop, Acoustic 05/04/2019
Gordon Holland is a singer-songwriter whose music is at once confessional, nostalgic and humorous. Sounding like Paul Kelly playing Oasis.
Melbourne Bitter is his debut single. Recorded in L.A. with Luke Tierney (Silver Jet, Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants) mastered by Tom Beard (Deluxe Mastering) and with lead played on a guitar owned by Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) 'Melbourne Bitter' is a country-tinged song about self- confidence, disappointment and living away from family.

Murry Rhodes - Grandad was an ANZAC     Documentary, Country, Folk, Atmospheric 05/04/2019
Murry Rhodes is a rough-cut diamond self taught performer and producer. Turning an unskilled labourer into a piano man and proving it's never too late to learn new tricks. :D
I was about 2 years old when Grandad's account of World War ONE was recorded on tape. He passed not long after. I was too young to know him but a little research and the transcripts of his accounts were resounding. This song is part 1 of his story.

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Nicole McKinney - Honey be good     Folk, Pop, Roots, Acoustic 05/04/2019
21yr old Nicole McKinney is a Sunshine Coast folk singer/songwriter who is quickly developing a distinctive sound in the Brisbane music scene with her unique voice and timeless catchy melodies.
Honey be good is a uplifting mid-tempo song. It's about losing oneself and the fear of not living up to ones full potential . It's about family, Love and the idea that everything falls into place if you are true to yourself. Accompanied by a full band, Honey be good is and brought to centre stage.

Teresa Duffy-Richards - Mama's Song     Folk, Alternative Country, Country, Roots 05/04/2019
Teresa Duffy-Richards writes lyrical songs steeped in the vast traditions of Folk and Country music accompanied by acoustic guitars, dobro, lapsteel and her banjo to back a distinctly beautiful voice
Mama's Song is the debut single of singer songwriter Teresa Duffy-Richards. It is a song about homesickness and an ode to family, featuring distinctly Australian imagery and sounding like a melting pot of 20th century folk troubadours, traditional celtic melody and the sprawling full band Folk Country sounds of Fairport Convention. Released in 2018 from Teresa Duffy-Richard's Debut album.

Other tracks by Teresa Duffy-Richards:  This City  -  Any Soul
The Maes - Treat You Better     Folk, Pop, Acoustic, Easy Listening 05/04/2019
Since 2014, The Maes have been full time touring in Australia and overseas, winning over audiences with their striking songwriting, intricate instrumental arrangements and stunning vocal harmonies.
The brainchild of sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby and co-written with singer-songwriter John Flanagan, the new track is a poignant promise to encourage mutual respect in a relationship, delivered with gorgeous Australian-accent driven a cappella harmonies and banjo plucking.

The Queensland Tiger - Andy's Gone with Cattle (Henry Lawson)     Folk, Acoustic, Alternative Country, World 05/04/2019
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.
Complete poem (1888) by Henry Lawson (1867 - 1922), one of Lawson's earliest published works . This is, I believe, the original poem .... Tune by Hugh McDonald (1954 – 2016)........ For more traditional Australian folk songs go to The Queensland Tiger's website

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The Water Runners - Lay That Burden Down     Folk, Alternative Country 05/04/2019
Tight harmonies, strong musicianship and great sense of fun combine to deliver a high-energy blend of bluegrass infused original music. Songs of love, loss, legends and South Coast tales
A lot of fun with a Hillbilly gospel feel.It features some wicked banjo and fiddle playing, not to mention some great harmonies.

Other tracks by The Water Runners:  Kate Kelly's Dream
Josh Alexander - Closing     Folk, Rock, Atmospheric 01/04/2019
Josh Alexander is a musician from the Northern Beaches of Sydney. His talent for multi-instrumentalism blends multiple styles to result in a beautifully honest look into his world.
‘Closing’ is a heart breaking exposition into the beauty and pain of long distance love. The struggles with time zones, distance, intimacy and simple connection are expressed, but then countered with the butterfly-inducing moments of reunion, and the memories that are a made in such a circumstance.

Captain Fighting Machine - Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself     Folk, Alternative Country, Acoustic 29/03/2019
Captain Fighting Machine is a new project led by Conor Macdonald of the Gin Club (the Brisbane/Melbourne/Hobart/Stockholm collective that began in 2003 and remain in debt, but firm friends).
This song will delight discerning listeners. Those who have the patience to let the song wash over them again and again, will be rewarded with a deeper understanding and appreciation of every considered nuance. Fans of the work of Jason Molina, Bill Callahan and Will Oldham will love this song. This song deserves to sit beside these champions of melancholy.

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Celeste - Never Matter     Folk, Rock, Alternative Country, Roots 28/03/2019
Celeste Meincke is a Tasmanian born artist/singer-songwriter, honing an original sound that borrows from roots, soul, folk and alt rock. An earthspun songstress with provoking lyrics and emotive melodies.
A story about a woman feeling defeated by a man and metaphorically, society, running away from all that no longer serves her, to redefine her sense of self and worth as a sentient being.

Murry Rhodes - Just like the rain     Folk, Easy Listening, Blues, Alternative Country 28/03/2019
What do you get if you take an unskilled labourer, a broken back and a Piano? A self taught pianoman of Blues Jazz and more, so here's a little folk.
Life is full of falls. The story comes from the perspective of some who lend their support to those who fall. Anyone who helps others is Gold on this planet and especially when helping those who have fallen or who are falling. Musically a simple layer of piano with a warm smokey vocal. Like a good Uncle. :D

Other tracks by Murry Rhodes:  Tumbling Waters  -  Whispers in the wind
Jesse Taylor - Naeco     Folk, Acoustic, Roots, Easy Listening 23/03/2019
Jesse Taylor is an indie folk artist from East Coast Australia. Jesse’s music is inspired by coastal travels, adventures, surfing and enjoying life.
Naeco is Ocean spelt backwards. The track has been soaked in summer days and salty waves.

Gary Leonard Hammond - A Little Rain Must Fall     Folk, Instrumental, Acoustic 22/03/2019
Gary Leonard Hammond is a New Age artist combining classical and folk music traditions
An instrumental blend of folk and classical music with a touch of sixties pop.

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Other tracks by Gary Leonard Hammond:  Arabella's Prayer  -  A Country Muse
DENNIS DUIGAN - GROUNDED DOVES     Folk, Country, Roots 21/03/2019
Dennis Duigan picks and hollers heartfelt songs of broken love, hardship and sorrow. His repertoire includes original songs and a selection of Oldtime, pre-war blues and mountain folk songs.
The title track from the EP 'Grounded Doves'. A song that references the issue of depression with a metaphorical approach. Clawhammer banjo, fiddle, voice.

Greta Stanley - Kick     Folk, Rock, Pop, Electronic 21/03/2019
Far North Queensland singer/songwriter Greta Stanley was the 6th most played artist on Unearthed radio last year and the recipient of the 2018 Billy Thorpe Scholarship at QLD Music Awards.
New single “Kick” was born out of a huge emotional breakdown, which came out of the blue and left Greta crying for days. She wrote “Kick” to share her experience and tell herself and others that you will get back on your feet.

It's received 4.5 star reviews from triple J's Declan Byrne, Bridget Hustwaite and Claire Mooney.

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Juan Alban - Gold Beach     Folk 21/03/2019
Gold Beach is the new single from singer/songwriter Juan Alban, the first new music from Juan since his debut, solo album ‘Dr Pelican On Holiday!’ in 2013
A lush wash of harmonies featuring backing vocals by Yuko Nishiyama and backed by members of The Hello Morning, it evokes memories of long summer days, road trips and places you wish you could return to

Matthew Valentyne - A Windmill For Christmas     Folk, Acoustic 21/03/2019
Matthew Valentyne is a 21st Century troubadour with a swag full of songs about the human condition. He’s currently recording and performing in Tasmania.
I gave her a windmill for Christmas
A chariot ride to the heavens
She kneels in the mud by a subway wall
Paints her name in red

I gave her a windmill for Christmas
A catapult to the stars
She stands on a corner with her hands on her hips
Kicking stones at the passing cars

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Other tracks by Matthew Valentyne:  I Fly
The Queensland Tiger - Waltzing Matilda (Banjo Paterson)     Folk, Acoustic, Country, World 21/03/2019
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.
Song written by A.B. "Banjo" Paterson in 1895 at Dagworth Station near Winton, Queensland. There are several versions of the song : this is The Queensland Version, the closest to Paterson’s original poem. Accordion by Slobodan Lekic.

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