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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 - The Wild Colonial Boy     Folk, Country, Acoustic, Alternative Country 14/05/2019
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.
The popular bushranging ballad about someone with the initials JD : Jack Donahue, Jack Doolan, Jack Duggan, etc. Since singing songs about Donahue was banned for a time in the colony of New South Wales, I think this ballad was originally about Donahue, and perhaps went through later changes to include such persons as Judge MacEvoy. Cello by Lillian Penner

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Velvet Bloom - Capture     Folk, Soul, Easy Listening, Acoustic 14/05/2019
Velvet Bloom is a Melbourne based music project. Maddy is a story teller who uses her jazz/ balled style vocals and soul/pop sound to bring her emotive lyrics to life.
Capture is track no.1 on Velvet Bloom's Bitter Sweet EP. This song has a constant build, angelic harmonies and feels happy.

Other tracks by Velvet Bloom:  Bitter Sweet  -  Melt
Andy Nelson - Man on The Mountain     Folk, Alternative Country, Acoustic, Country 13/05/2019
Andy has a rare knack of being able to read an audience and engage with them through his music, with his passion for the songs being infectious..
Man on the Mountain is the title track and first single from Andy's Debut album - produced by award winning producer Syd Green. The word 'goosebumps' is often thrown around when talking about this track, with it's beautiful soundscape and strings arrangement, once again you are bound to get lost in Andy's highly visual narrative.

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Leonie Kingdom - Rhubarb     Folk, Roots, Acoustic, Pop 13/05/2019
Leonie Kingdom is an emerging Indie-folk artist from Queensland. Nkechi Anele (triple j RootsNAll) described Leonie's voice as ‘Sweet like honey, yet dark and mysterious in all the right ways.
Rhubarb grows in the darkest places and this song is a metaphor that sometimes we grow in the darkest places. Feeling as though you are alone and lost doesn’t have to mean darkness, it can mean growth to. I wrote Rhubarb during one of my darkest times. From this dark time, I grew.

Lily Duval - The Last Goodbye     Folk 13/05/2019
Based in Sydney, Lily Duval has been performing in blues and folk clubs for many years and has recently recorded two new tracks for 2019.
Full bodied acoustic guitar is the hallmark of this terrific new original single from Lily Duval. The classic sound of this song has its own time and place and transports you somewhere else.

Other tracks by Lily Duval:  Full Moon
Phil & Tilley - New Day     Folk, Acoustic, Experimental, Atmospheric 13/05/2019
Phil & Tilley play a unique style of alternative folk, using traditional instruments and modern effects to create a sound that is often mistaken for a full band.
New Day is an ambient ode to not waiting around for someone to dictate your life, moving forward with a new day. It's filled haunting double bass bow and Folk guitar rhythms.

Cathy Diver - Watertight     Folk, Alternative Country, Acoustic, Roots 10/05/2019
Cathy Diver is a new Canberran artist who's songs are steeped in British and American folk traditions, but best washed down with a sun-kissed cup of Australiana for good measure.
'Watertight' is the debut release from Canberra based artist, Cathy Diver. The track was recorded over with three days at Infidel Studios, Queanbeyan (NSW), with producer Louis Montgomery (SAFIA, Slow Turismo). Other musicians on the track include; Tim Douglass (lead guitar, bass), Joel Davy (cello, hammond), Hayley Manwaring (of Moaning Lisa, on backing vocals), Dan Hirst (piano) and Jono Warren.

Colie - Sunday News     Folk, Rock, Roots 10/05/2019
Colie fills hearts with warm assurance through sincere songwriting drawn from personal experience. Her debut EP "Bug on a lamplight" will be released in May 2019.
Sunday News is Colie's love song. The first track from "Bug on a lamplight" was written at the beginning of a new relationship, that feeling of excitement and adventure, constantly learning new things about each other and having first experiences together. "It's a fully realised folk tinged indie sound with an intimate feel” (Dave Ruby Howe - Triple J Unearthed).

Other tracks by Colie:  Her Hands  -  Ordinary
Dana Gehrman - Hands Tied     Folk, Rock 10/05/2019
Dana Gehrman is a Brisbane based guitar-slinger and singer. She has shared the studio and toured nationally with Tim Rogers with her 70s 'west coast' inspired aesthetic.
‘Hands Tied’ follows on from its well-received title track of last year, and trades the no-fills charm of its predecessor for full blown boogie complete with Hammond solos and Fender bending like never before. To celebrate the release, Dana will play two special single launch shows at Brisbane’s The Grand on Stanley and Lulie’s Tavern, Melbourne this May.

Duncan Saige - Music Sounds Better with You     Folk, Acoustic, Roots, Pop 10/05/2019
Thriving in a solo setting when not fronting his four-piece band, WA's Duncan Saige concocts an infectious blend of alt-indie-folk in the vein of Crowded House and Ball Park Music.
Featuring a Tommy Emmanuel-like guitar solo and a ukulele to emulate the big octave guitar chugs in the original song, Duncan says of Music Sounds Better with You, “I’ve always loved this song. One day I sat down and tried to learn it and discovered that despite being a dance track, a solo singer-songwriter could possibly arrange and play it."

Fred Smith - Scots of the Riverina     Folk, Country, Alternative Country, Cover Version 10/05/2019
Fred Smith is Australia's singing diplomat and is much loved for his gentle wit, gift for story and melody, and sublime collaborations with Liz Frencham and The Spooky Men's Chorale.
This is John Schumann’s setting of Henry Lawson’s poem. A struggle between father and son, a difficult marriage, the thin consolations of the Scottish Presbyterian Church, the impact of a distant war on a rural community, then some grim redemption - all in two minutes of verse. Lawson was surely the master.

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Garrett Kato - Where the Vampires Hide     Folk 10/05/2019
Canadian-born, Australia-based - Garrett Kato showed up in Byron Bay 9 years ago with nothing but a bag of clothes, a backpack, and a guitar and now is making waves.
Canadian born but now Byron based local - Garrett Kato, is back with another smooth single that adopts strong percussion, beautiful guitar work and his warm voice to create a captivating and easy to connect to track filled with genuine emotion. Where the Vampires Hide, is the final single before the release of his Album - Distant land in June.

Kay Proudlove - May The Fourth     Folk, Pop, Comedy 10/05/2019
Engagingly witty, Kay is an indie-folk singer-songwriter with a remarkably agile voice and a dry sense of humour. Her songs are truly stories set to melody; relatable, humorous and heartbreaking.
A song about dating someone who really likes Star Wars, May The Fourth is an anthem written by Kay Proudlove for those who are still trying to work out what order the episodes go in. Jangly guitars, a gliding vocal and clever, pop-cultured lyrics deliver a witty and relatable love song for this galaxy and those beyond.

Mark Lang - Pictou Landing     Folk, Pop, Acoustic, Easy Listening 10/05/2019
A renowned lyricist and storyteller, Mark Lang has written three critically acclaimed albums making many album of the year lists as the singer-songwriter of Australian indie band Skipping Girl Vinegar.
In the 1960s, The First Nations People were promised their traditional land and lifestyle would not be effected by the set-up of a pulp-waste discharge treatment facility, but within days of operation all aquatic life was dead. 'Pictou Landing' conjures up images of water birds weeping for their decimated dwelling and the smell of sweet grass replaced by smog.

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Maynard Heap - Reflection     Folk, Blues, Roots 10/05/2019
Maynard Heap is a versatile, solo, harmonica, guitar playing, singer-songwriter. His distinctive, self-taught style featuring elements of folk, country, blues and rock, has evolved with his musical journey throughout Queensland.
This original, folkie, solo delivers personal perspective of the human value, reflection. It is insightful, uplifting, virtuous and inspiring. Maynard’s arpeggio picked and strummed, open slide, provides a solid foundation for his resounding vocals and bluesy cross-harmonica to weave its spell. Recorded and mixed by Michael Josephson at Josephson Records, Yeronga, and mastered by Steve Smart at 301 Studio, Sydney.

Mount Trout - I Have Everything     Folk, Experimental, Psychedelic, Downbeat 10/05/2019
Rough Skies is delighted to release ‘I Have Everything’, the first single from ‘Shelter Belt’, the new album from free-noise folk Mount Trout, released digitally and cassette in May 2019.
Noisy free-wheeling folky guitar skronk

Sachi Rae - Good Morning Sunshine     Folk, Acoustic, Chill 10/05/2019
Sachi is a 23 year old female singer/singwriter and guitarist from, Queensland, Brisbane.
Good Morning Sunshine is a song about being honest with yourself when it can be especially hard.

Simon Imrei - Stand Still     Folk, Acoustic, Easy Listening, Pop 10/05/2019
Folk/Americana sensability, 4-part harmonies, honest relatable storytelling, live loops & 70s grooves, layered guitars with blues riffs & solos
Stand Still is a melancholy Americana daydream about heading down the coast with someone, living out of an old suitcase and sharing the quiet in amongst the craziness of life's day to day. It's a subtle acoustic folk-pop tune, tinged with vintage tape tones and the deft finishing touches of guitarist/pedal-steel gun for hire Matt Dixon (Emilee South, James Kenyon).

The Humbuckin' Pickups - Long time gone     Folk, Alternative Country, Acoustic, Roots 10/05/2019
The four-piece Humbuckin' Pickups bring the songs of front man Ewan Cloonan to life. They love a raucous sing-along but are equally at home with a heart-breaking ballad.
‘Long time gone’ is the song that speaks to our heart while simultaneously kicking us in the butt. It reminds us that if we want to marry the love of our life, write that book or travel those seas, then we have to ‘do it while we can – we’re a long time gone’.

Other tracks by The Humbuckin' Pickups:  The Well  -  The Dancing Gate
The Queensland Tiger - Jim Jones at Botany Bay     Folk, Acoustic, Country, Alternative Country 10/05/2019
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.
Between 1788 and about 1850, a new colony and overflowing jails in England meant convicts were transported half way across the world for 7, 14 years or life. A dangerous journey, conditions on arrival were harsh. Jim Jones has never been identified. Tarantino’s recent film “The Hateful Eight” obviously borrowed this song and made some changes. Violin by Mikhail Bugaev.

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