If you’re in Sydney you might have been starting to get excited about a great day out in Western Sydney today at the Out On The Weekend festival. Of course that isn’t going to happen now that the festival sadly got cancelled earlier this week. It’s a sad state of affairs that a city this size can’t support one genre-specific festival. Especially given the number of people that must travel to Bluesfest and attend varous folk festivals. Dashville Skyline happening a few weeks prior probably didn’t help but in all honesty that wouldn’t have been the deal breaker. The line-up was a tad underwhelming given that a few of the artists have been recent visitors and for my mind there lacked a larger name headliner. It shouldn’t, but maybe Sydney needs a festival that is local i.e. inner west. A day/night festival at the Factory Theatre or somewhere similar. Multi-stages with indoors and outdoors, food trucks etc. It’s a real shame that it didn’t happen here this year, here’s hoping that we haven’t blown our chance at having such a festival in some form next year. The sideshows associated with OOTW are always excellent, celebratory affairs but it would be nice to get the local Americana music community together in one place to meet up and share our love of this kind of music. Hats off to BT and his team for planning the event and for knowing when to call it off and avoid logistical and financial problems.
Sunday features the last of the Out On The Weekend sideshows with Sam Outlaw, Jonny Fritz, Shelly Colvin and friends. Im guessing this will be a wind-up party of sorts for the event and tour so get along for some great sets and no doubt some loose jams.
Coming up at the next Heartbreaker Sessions at Freda’s on Sunday Nov 1st we have Dan Parsons and Jason Walker.
Looking much further ahead there are some great tours on the horizon with Lucinda Williams, Ron Sexsmith, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Steve Earle, Blackberry Smoke and others all heading our way soon. You can see our gig listings over HERE. Let us know if there are any we’ve missed that you are planning to attend or play.
On a brighter note, we’ve posted a few new reviews up on the website lately. Hit the links and you can read our take on new albums from Keith Richards, Patty Griffin, Papa Pilko & The Binrats, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies and our full length appraisal of Fanny Lumsden‘s debut album.
In terms of new music we’ve been loving the first single (and album as we have a copy) from Lo Carmen. Maiden Radio have a new album out and you can stream it HERE. For fans of Anna & Elizabeth and Gillian Welch.
We’ve also been tipped off to an artist we’ve never heard of – Torgeir Waldemar – from Oslo.