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The Wolfe & Thorn Podcast
CC Thornley & Emily Wolfe
CC Thornley (banjo) and Emily Wolfe (fiddle) play and talk about tunes from the rich history of Tasmanian folk music. Stories, songs and quite often sheer nonsense. Guaranteed 5 songs per podcast!
Jul 27, 2022
The Wolfe & Thorn Podcast S3E5: Bonus Special! Live at Huon MidWinter Fest!
A bonus special episode for you tonight folks! Emily and CC managed to get a bootleg recording of their concert at the Huon Valley Midwinter Festival, held at Willie Smith's in Huonville. Unlike our regular podcasts that are around 80% talking bulldust and 20% music, this podcast has over 80% music and less than 20% bulldust! Big thanks to Willie Smiths for inviting us to open the festival and to the sound guy who let me stick a spare cable in his hole to get this recording. See you soon with S3E6!
1 hr 1 min
Jul 10, 2022
The Wolfe & Thorn Podcast S3E4: The Bird is the Word
In this episode we lose our guest due to COVID. (Before the show, not during.) We play 4 new tunes and review and old Steve Gadd tune. We also talk a whole lotta nonsense, musiuc theory, song forms, technique and about how Emily can talk to the animals. Mainly birds, who apparently "give her messages." And we discuss upcoming gigs. It's a ripper! Tunes were: 1. Whipsnake in the pocket 2. Old Barge/Joys of Piping 3. Louisa's Air 4. One Way Ticket/Raw Rosin 5. Araber Tanz
1 hr 8 min
May 23, 2022
The Wolfe & Thorn Podcast S3E3: Side Questing with Jalen Sutcliffe & Paul Sharp
Our special guests in the studio are Mr Paul Sharp (due to problems with his mic you might notice some odd things about his voice. We apologize!) and the legendary Mighty Murri Man Jalen Sutcliffe, lead singer of the Mentolists, star of the ABC's Black Comedy and Rosehaven. We take a detour today and share with you some of the material we play in our other alter-egos, the Mentolists and the Black Swans of Trespass. We put the trad Tassie stuff and the new album on hold while we play some of our favorite reggae tunes. Yes, on banjo and fiddle. Get over it. Get ready from some hefty YouTube copyright lightning strikes as we plunder material that isn't ours, and may or may not be public domain. Keep an eye - sorry, ear out, for the return of the Gadbot 3000 as we roll out our toys to impress (and confuse) our guests! One love! Irie!!
1 hr 16 min
Apr 26, 2022
The Wolfe & Thorn Podcast Season 3 Ep2: Squeezing Boxes, Breaking Hearts
The mission to create the second Wolfe & Thorn album continues, despite rocketing property prices, CC being ravaged by the COVID plague, and gross generalizations as the entire Music Industry PTY LTD in Tasmania collapses. Randall Muir, who played on our last album, joins us today to accept the brief of playing accordion on the new project. R.G.Muir is well known in Tasmania for his work in music, teaching at the Conservatorium, running Rektango, (Hobart's most treasured gig,) and in bands such as Stitch. Also, Emily and CC were there, too, as well. Here's the songs: King Pippin's Polka, Moscow Jig, Fedora's Dilemma, Uncle Affie's Tap, Minor Swing
1 hr 11 min
Mar 26, 2022
The Wolfe & Thorn Podcast Season 3 Ep1: Studio Tan
Hello listeners and welcome back to the Wolfe & Thorn podcast, Season 3 Episode 1! We have been going through ch-ch-ch-ch changes!! Emily has had a baby and is now allowed back out in public (under supervision, of course,) and CC has a job and has joined society, begrudgingly. Yes, it's been a while, and everything is different. We're now dropping the podcast once a month, and we have a new focus. You still will get 5 songs every podcast! You still will get Tasmanian tunes! However, this season will document our journey as we put together not one, but THREE new recording projects that include: A new Wolfe & Thorn album of traditional heritage Tassie music, CC's solo project AND Emily's solo project! And we will fill you in on a few other adventures with the Black Swans of Trespass. This video features The Rokeby Amateur Motorcyclists and Crystal Meth Enthusiasts club, every single resident of Rokeby deciding to mow their F#%*#!G lawns when we try to record, emotional roller coaster rides, severe self flagellation and detailed observations of us watching each other play with ourselves. Wait....that...er...came out weird....sorry. Songs we play are: The Cape Barren Jig Down Longford Way The Contemporary Proletariat's Adventures in Neo-Fuedalism Glen Huon Waltz King Pippin's Polka Enjoy! or not. Do what you like. It's up to you.
Oct 29, 2021
FRIENDS of the WOLFE & THORN #3: Teresa Dixon & Hannah Morrell
This episode we catch up with Teresa Dixon and Hannah Morrell, both of the Dead Maggies and also solo artists in their own right, with Teresa about to release her second album of original songs. We were scheduled to make this a live one but alas, did not sell enough tickets to justify opening up the Providence Cafe, so we gave Danning the owner a break. Although she said it was not about the money, I couldn't justify her losing money on the night. So we elected to have the podcast in sunny Rokeby, with a wonderful view of the Rokeby Burnt Car Reserve. We hope you enjoy these Tassie artists.
Oct 1, 2021
FRIENDS of the WOLFE & THORN #2: Montz Matsumoto & Luke Plumb
This month we have a chat to two Tassie icons. The Japanese-Taswegian banjo player Montz Matsumoto and the mighty Luke Plumb. Lots of banjo and mandolin as Montz takes us through some of his favorites and originals. Hosted by the Providence Cafe, 42 Newdegate St, North Hobart, TASAMANIA.
1 hr 4 min
Aug 27, 2021
FRIENDS of the WOLFE & THORN #1: Matthew Dames & Anna Talbot
REGULAR EPISODES OF THE WOLFE & THORN PODCAST WILL RESUME IN 2022. In the meantime, CC Thornley introduces our dear listeners to some of the friends of the Wolfe & Thorn that make up part of the rich Tasmanian folk landscape in this special series of live podcast concerts recorded at the Providence Cafe, North Hobart, Tasmania. The first of these concerts introduces MATTHEW DAMES & ANNA TALBOT chatting with CC, playing and discussing some of their music.
1 hr 2 min
Jul 14, 2021
S2E10: Hoorooo, Kangaroo
Well it's come to that time. We say goodbye for another season, CC ventures off to some other podcast projects and Emily retires to her nest to have a baby. In this last episode we look back at ten of our favorite tunes that we've encountered during the season. So many tangents, so much disinformation, but plenty of good, proper folkie banjo & fiddle music. We hope you get some tunes and tips out of this season and meet some new friends! We'll see you again in 2022.... Songs we play are: Miss officer’s waltz; Spanish Waltz; The Jasmine; Leo's Prince Of Wales Schottische; Cape Barren Washerwoman; The Patchwork Reel; Kieth & Georgie’s Fancy; Gran McCoy’s Schottische; The shotgun; Waterloo
1 hr 6 min
Jul 6, 2021
S2E9: Modernity Leave
A quiet night in once our guests finally leave. We look back on some of the new additions and contributors to the Tasmanian folk heritage. From the complex chords of the Harrison-Day sister's patchwork to some good old fun time tunes of Paddy Riley, all these tunes (except for one guy) are all 21st Century tunes. CC discovers where Emily keeps her plumbis. Many tangential rabbit holes are explored. Also, a bonus tune is hidden somewhere in here, about the subject of *ahem* gardening... The songs are: The Patchwork Reel; Bush Ravioli; Sirkieci; The Unforgettable; Bush Caprice
Jun 30, 2021
S2E8: C'mon You White Mark Boys!
In our final special for Season 2 we are joined by veteran folkie Fred Pribac. He regales us with stories of sweary dance callers, FIFO politicians, and his many experiences in the folk scene around Australia, Tasmania and Cape Barren. He also brings with us two packets of biscuits that we kept, and also 5 songs! Correction - make that 2 songs, and 3 tunes. Yes, the tunes have words in them thus making them songs. Or so I'm told. I dunno, I wasn't really paying attention. Will this be on the test? Songs were: Home Sweet Home; A Ringtail Possum & A Kangaroo; Mark Walters Set Tune; The Shotgun; C'mon You White Mark Boys
Jun 23, 2021
S2E7: The Genuine Article!
The real McCoy and the actual Steve Gadd (not the robot!) Welcome to our Eileen McCoy special! Steve & Marjorie Gadd have a special connection with Eileen McCoy who stayed with them shortly before she passed away in her late 80's. Steve & Marjorie tell us many stories of her and her tunes, reminisce about the beloved Dawson family, and also give Emily and CC their report cards. (Basically - "could do better had they applied themselves.") Also in this episode, while Emily and Marjorie play harmonies together, Steve gets on the banjo (and some other instruments,) and CC discovers the Cello Banjo! Songs we played together: 1,2,3,4; Captain Jig; Grab McCoy's Schottische; The Railway Porter/ Frog Puddles; Black Velvet Waltz
Jun 16, 2021
S2E6: Wobbly Boots
In this episode Emily gets her pizz on, and CC plays every chord available to the banjo except the right one. We play something old, something new, something borrowed, but mostly major keys and not a huge amount of blues. Special disappointing guest appearance from Trevor the bogan and his V8 ute from down the road. An episode packed with fiddle & banjo tips. Songs played are: Mrs G.S. Laing's Hornpipe; Kieth & Georgie's Fancy; Ms William Downie's Hornpipe; Waterloo; Back & Bootless
Jun 10, 2021
S2E5: All Aboard the Cape Barren Special!
Merinda Jane joins us to teach us some NEW TUNES! From Cape Barren! We talk about the history of the tunes and and her experiences growing up and learning them. we also speak to Palawa man Cody Summers about his experiences with Cape Barren music and growing up indigenous during a very racist time in Tasmania's modern culture. Cape Barren tunes hold a very special place in the Tassie folk canon, being tunes developed by the indigenous communities up on the island and have a flavor all of their own that's fun, rollicking and invite participation. Songs we play in this episode are: The Black Cat Piddled in the White Cat's Eye; Little Burnt Potato (The Cape Barren Jig); The Cape Barren Washerwoman; The Muttonbirders' Jig; Uncle Affie's Tap; Old Clog.
1 hr 5 min
Jun 2, 2021
S2E4: Let the Kids Dance!
We go dancing with David Wanless at the annual Steampunk ball, and talk about what a dance is like from the musician's perspective. Includes actual samples of the actual dances being actualized, acoustically! Songs include: The Chess Set; The Ireland Quadrille; The Cuckoo's Next & Growling Old Man and Cackling Old Woman; Soldier's Joy; The Spanish Waltz.
May 26, 2021
S2E3: Milkshakes of the Yard
We look at a few very recent editions to Tasmanian folk music given to us from friends in China, Scotland, and Ireland. Emily's cat causes issues with its wants and needs. Some irrelevant but brief pop cultural references regarding the Journey to the West by Wu Cheng En. We discuss what makes a folk songs folk without reaching any real or useful conclusions. Also, Emily reveals her teen fan idolization of the Scottish band Fiddler's Bid. Songs include: The Jasmine; Michael's Mazurka; Hamnataing; The Ortaba Waltz; Inisheer.
May 21, 2021
S2E2: The Curse of The Gumnuts
Despite numerous setbacks, our heroes triumphantly get Episode 2 done. They say there are no coincidences...This episode we take a quick look backstage at the podcast with some analytics and discover how the reptilian overlords that run Youtube use copyright to destroy human civilization. We play quite a few Schottishces, and some polkas. Songs include: Leo's Prince of Wales Schottische; The Pretty Lips (or "Lollypop) Schottische; School Polkas 1 & 2; The Sorrell Windmill; and the Gumnut Schottische.
May 13, 2021
S2E1: LIVE! @ The Providence Cafe!
SEASON 2 commences with a special event, LIVE at the PROVIDENCE CAFE! (42 Newdegate St, North Hobart, special thanks to Danning and all the wonderful staff! MMMmmmmthat pulled pork sandwich!) We kick off with a live audience whose heckling is now preserved on the internet FOREVER. Songs include: The Opera Reel, Miss Officer's Waltz, Eileen McCoy's Varsoviennas #1&2, Slow Stream, The On Board Waltz, and then, we play some EXTRA tunes! The tnago classic Para Una Cabeza, CC and Emily play their winning entries to the FFT Song & tune comp, respectively: Doin' Stuff and Baked Spud/Toppings, and we finish with a bit of a curve ball, the Jamaican folk classic, Sly Mongoose.
Jan 27, 2021
Episode #10: Goodbye, Farewell and By Crikey
Well folks, that's the end of the line. All change. This ride is terminating. For our final episode, we're playing a song from each episode, and one of our favorites. Yes, you get TEN songs this podcast!! Thanks for joining us and sharing a little slice of our musical world. If you want any info about these tunes, about music in Tasmania or you just wanted to get some "dots" so you can play the tunes yourself, drop us a line and we will oblige you. The songs were: Cape Barren Jig The Joys of Piping Glen Huon Waltz Whip Snake In My Pocket The Irish Cakewalk Miss Mary Stirling's Hornpipe Mazeltov Dingo's Breakfast Hemiolas on Holiday King Pippin's Polka/Uncle Affie's Tap Take care now!! See you in Season 2! xx oo
1 hr 9 min
Jan 20, 2021
Episode #9: The Science is WRONG
In this, the penultimate episode of season 1, Emily travels to the far east to record at CC's house for a change in Rokeby, on the other side of Hobart. Violins prove science is WRONG! We play tunes by the convict Laing, also a song from 2009 about a bouncy cat, as well as have a crack at two of Marjorie Gadd's tunes. We also play CC's tune entry for the Folk Federation Comp. It might not have been the best the podcast we'd done that day, but it was still pretty good. Songs are: Betsy Blinkworth at Newtown Van Diemans Land Norah's Waltz A Cat Called May Hemiolas on Holiday Queenstown Rains
Jan 13, 2021
Episode #8: Raspberry Poodles
We return from the break with songs from Tasmanian Dark Sith Lords. CC insists the episode is in fact #7, claiming events in #8 were not canon. Some poodles get the deluxe spa treatment and we cross the streams of Scruggs and Frailing in a Ross Smithard tune. Also tunes from Ol' Man Laing and Paddy Riley. Tunes were: 1. The Spanish Waltz 2. The Swedish Waltz 3. The Girl in the Turquoise Dress 4. Mrs Downie's hornpipe 5. Dingo's Breakfast
Dec 23, 2020
Episode #7: Obligatory Xmas Special!
In this *very special* episode of the Wolfe & Thorn podcast, we take a brief excursion into songs that are traditional heritage tunes for people in Tasmania and around the world - Carols! Much maligned, CC and Emily give a Giuliani-style defense of these much maligned folk tunes, AND!!! just for you, because it's xmas, we play one extra tune as well! (Hint - it ain't a xmas song!) Enjoy, be safe, have a very merry season and above all - destroy capitalism. Love to you and your family wherever you may find them, CC & Emily! (PS we'll take a couple of weeks and be back with the final 2 episodes of this season in Early January.)
Dec 16, 2020
Episode #6: Embetterment through Sufferance
In this episode Emily tries to escape Steve Gadd but falls right into his cunning trap. CC cusses out historical figures and shares self flagellation notes with Emily. A capo is used brazenly enabling the pair to play at least 80% of the correct notes. Songs played are: Miss Mary Stirling's Hornpipe Slow Stream The Humors of Bagdad Edie's Scones Mrs Champ's Reel
Dec 9, 2020
Episode #5: China Plate
In this episode we are informed expressly by elephant express. We play 4 very young songs in the Tasmanian repertoire and one very old one. Emily's carpet cleaning expenses sky rocket, while CC is banned (again) from facebook. Songs we play are: Delayed Flight Blake's Cascade Old Salt Wind Irish Cakewalk The Big Bad Wolfe
Dec 2, 2020
Episode #4: Simple Ben
In this episode we accidentally turn the Steve Gadd Bot 2000 to "evil" setting with spectacular results. Emily plays with bandages on BOTH hands and CC gives away even more forbidden banjo secrets further reducing his chances of ever receiving redemption from the Banjo Players Guild. Songs we play are: Mrs G.S. Meredith's Favorite The Gloriana Reel Forks In The Fire World of Beatrix Potter Whipsnake in the Pocket
Nov 25, 2020
Episode #3: Cat on the Couch
The third episode, where we begin by explaining some of our misadventures attempting a live podcast at the Clarendon Arms Hotel in Evandale, we get expert historical advice from a shiny artificial Steve Gadd machine, and I fall down an Eileen McCoy Rabbit Hole. Oh, and we play 5 songs, and they are: Take Your Shoes Off And Go To Bed Richmond Lasses Dr Moore On Parade With the Derwent Rifles The Glen Huon Waltz Down Longford Way BONUS TRACK! The Glen Huon Waltz (Studio version)
Nov 18, 2020
Episode #2: My Cabbages.
The second episode of the Wolfe & Thorn Heritage Fiddle Podcast! We start the show by reading various corrections we were forced to make for legal reasons. Then we can begin. (There is a traffic alert due to an accident involving an elephant and a cart of cabbages on the Southern Outlet. There may be delays.) Songs include: Miss Officer's Waltz The Joys of Piping The Little Varsovienna/Paddy Dawson's Varsovienna Curacao Valse Uncle Affie's Tap/King Pippin's Polka
Nov 11, 2020
Episode #1: The Pilot Episode
This is the very first Wolfe & Thorn podcast. Will it work? Will it be a success? Will angry Taswegians with pitchforks and torches show up at our (virtual) addresses and chase us out of town? Who knows. Throw a dollar at Emily's house, make a wish! Songs included are: The Tasmanian Waltz Eileen McCoy's Varsoviennas #1 & 2 The Blanchard (Tassie Fisher's Hornpipe)/Emily Lakeland's Hornpipe The Cape Barren Jig (Little Burnt Potato) Black Cat Piddled in the White Cat's Eye/Home Brew