The Celtic Piping Club is the hub for Australia’s Celtic piping community. They provide a network for people who play or are interested in the various types of Celtic pipes including uilleann pipes, Scottish smallpipes, Northumbrian pipes, Border pipes and other bellows-blown or mouth-blown pipes.
Brewed in Ireland and distilled in Australia, the Barleyshakes are perhaps the only Irish band in Australia today who truly combine the old with the new. Their Celtic world music style combines intense energy, beautiful harmony and driving dance rhythms. Known throughout Australia and beyond for their “bent” Irish sound, they are winners of the Queensland Music Award for World Music.
The Bushwackers, now in their 45thyear, have created 24 Studio albums and won three prestigious Golden Guitar Awards. Well-known for their energetic live shows that have thousands of fans dancing in the aisles, they have performed at a number of celebrated festivals, including Tamworth Country Music Festival .
The Bushwackers perform their exciting brand of Australian music featuring fiddles, guitars, bass and drums. The music is all-Australian, with all the stories, humour and sense of history that has helped to forge this nation.
Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.
They blast their way through some of the old favourite reels, jigs and hornpipes with fast paced and uplifting arrangements before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs.
Following the release of their debut album, ‘Bling’ in 2008, which attracted four star responses from the critics, the five-piece have been playing to big audiences and rave reviews at concerts and festivals around Britain and Europe, including the coveted Cambridge Festival, Celtic Connections, Glasgow, Shrewsbury Folk Festival; Moseley Folk Festival; Derby Folk Festival; Bromyard Folk Festival, Whitby Folk Festival, a concert tour of Italy, Austria and Belgium along with a number of performances at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Brittany, where they’ve received the award for the best group.
The group, who’ve raised some eyebrows with a deliberate policy of eye-catching clothes and presentation, despite the ancient roots of their music, see themselves as a new generation of ambassadors, striving to take their new sound to new audiences, while raising the profile of Welsh traditional music on an international level.
With their unique instrumental blend of accordion, fiddle, guitar, Welsh pipes, Welsh harp and the percussive sound of the Welsh clogs, Calan have certainly found their musical niche and their plan is to continue to delight audiences far and wide!
Cathie’s Celtic Dance is an energetic group of dancers from Albury-Wodonga and Beechworth. Opening in 2005 with a few students, Cathie’s Celtic Dance has grown into a large group of performers of all ages that regularly perform throughout Victoria and New South Wales. The group performs to both traditional and modern music, with both traditional and original choreography which includes, soft shoe, hard shoe, ceili and group dances.
Dáire Mulhern hails from the west of Ireland, the home of traditional music. Having toured extensively, Dáire is also a dedicated teacher of traditional button-accordion music and a skilled composer. The award winning musician will now bring his spirited accordion music to Australian audiences.
This year Damien Leith brings his full 6 piece band to perform a number of different shows. Leith’s shows will include a new cabaret play called ‘A Scotsman and an Irishman Walk into a Bar’ and ‘Anthems of Ireland’, showcasing his favourite Irish songs. Damien Leith will launch his exciting new folk album ‘Lost and Found”.