8,9,10 Folk Federation

Newcastle based singer-songwriter James Thomson has just released his latest album ‘Cold Moon’ which The Music is calling “one of the finest local Americana albums of recent years.”

Audiences and reviewers rightly single out the influence of Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan on James’ music, but his part traditionalist, part renegade approach see’s these influences fit naturally alongside diverse and less obvious ones. The depth and quality of the song writing, the intimately dusty vocals and the subtle sophistication of James’ guitar and harmonica playing, led The Sydney Morning Herald to call his debut album ‘something special’.

Joshua Seymour is a troubadour, an interpreter and a storyteller. Born by a river in northern New South Wales and raised in rural Victoria, at the age of 13 he bought a guitar for $35 at a junk shop and started writing songs. His early influences were deep and eclectic. Tom Waits, Billie Holiday and Leadbelly, an obvious foundation for Joshua’s distinctive vocal style and unique take on finger picking.
May of 2014 he flew to Texas and spent three weeks in the studio recording his debut solo release, Rope Tied Hope.
Seymour is a traditionalist who has immersed himself in the old-timey standards of dust-bowl era American folk and blues recordings. Truly of the earth, One that is of the Australian dirt and is uniquely his own.

De’May is an enchanting soul-folk songstress from the dreamy coastal town of Newcastle.

She has been playing guitar since her early teens after she fell in love with her father’s record collection and decided to learn her favourite Neil Young songs. Since then, she has weaved her way through an array of styles and created a sound to call her own. Her blend of English folk (inspired by Nick Drake and John Martyn) along with seventies rock influences (J.J. Cale, Gene Clark) has charmed audiences along the east coast of Australia for the past 3 years.