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Month: April 2017

Theatre Program

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Not just a great music festival, but a great festival of theatre!

The festival is committed to developing a rich and broad arts festival, where the performing and literary arts feel right at home within our festival program.

“The inclusion of a theatre strand within a festival program over the last few years, I guess was a bit of risk, as it goes against the expectation of music concerts and the like. But I can confidently say now that the National Celtic Festival is not just a great festival of music, but also a great festival of theatre! We have been true to our commitment of deeply engaging with Celtic culture through an exploration of language, literature, poetry and theatre. What has emerged is a real thirst for such a program, attracting interest from a broad spectrum of audiences, and artists of such high caliber from Australia and overseas.”

—Jim Lawson, Vessel Theatre Company.

Adam Sutherland + Marc Clement ( Scotland )

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Adam Sutherland (Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9 and Marc Clement (Session A9, Gordon Gunn Band) join forces for a night of tunes, songs and great highland craic. As well as Marc’s gorgeous interpretations of well known songs, the pair will be playing tunes from Adam’s newly released book ‘The Errogie Collection’ and his solo album ‘Squall’.

Fiona Ross & Tony McManus (Scotland)

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The National Celtic Festival is delighted to formally launch Clyde’s Water – the stunning new album from renowned Scottish traditional singer Fiona Ross, with master of Celtic guitar, Tony McManus. A superb example of the traditional style, this album brings together Fiona’s evocative vocals and Tony’s unrivalled guitar-playing to showcase the richness and diversity of the Scots song canon. The album also features acclaimed Scottish fiddler and multi-instrumentalist John McCusker

Feis Rois ( Scotland )

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Feis Rois provide exciting opportunities for young people to participate in traditional music, song, dance and drama and with all forms of culture celebrated through and connected with the Gaelic language. Through a cultural exchange opportunity, Feis Rois will bring four young and emerging artists from the highlands Scotland. Joining us this year will be:

Robbie Mackenzie (fiddle)

Rory Matheson (accordion and piano)

Ailis Sutherland (pipes, whistles and vocals)

Kaitlin Ross (guitar and vocals)

The BordererS

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Scottish / Irish / Australian group, The BordererS ,are a Celtic / Rock / Roots band who formed in 1994 and are well known performers at the Byron Bay Blues & Roots, Woodford, Edinburgh and Womad Festivals in Australia.The band have also both recorded and played with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and have performed for the Australian Prime Minister on two separate occasions.

You’ve got so much energy!” are the words most commonly used to describe the band’s live stage show and what sets the BordererS apart from other bands is their ability to get the whole audience involved and to appeal to all age groups.

Cill-Airne

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From the timeless emerald fields of Ireland and the rugged windswept southern coast of Victoria come Cill-Airne.  Steeped in a tradition of session playing, Cill-Airne captures the irrepressible Celtic spirit of traditional dances and smokey sessions as lively jigs and driving reels flow around beautiful songs.  With tunes led by button accordion, bodhran and banjo, Irish bouzouki, mandolin guitar and fiddle, let Cill-Airne take you back to a peat fire long ago.

Claddagh

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Making an audience feel special and inclusive is one of the strengths of the Claddagh performance.  This is what has Claddagh returning to repeat appearances at festivals and shows on a regular basis.  They have been regular feature at the National Celtic Festival for ten years.  No better place for a rousing singalong!

Claymore

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Claymore is a Celtic multi instrumental powerhouse. A highly energetic band with their own troupe of Highland Dancers, their shows are always high energy and exciting to watch! If audience participation, great music, dance and laughs are what you’re after, Claymore are the band for you at this year’s festival.

The Drowsy Maggies

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Award winners of the 2016 Gill Rees Memorial Award at The National Folk Festival, The Drowsy Maggies are a four-piece all female folk band who are not to be missed. Releasing their self-titled debut album in December 2016, these girls are one of the finest and most versatile new acts on the Australian folk scene. Playing their original harmony-filled songs and fiery fiddle tunes, The Drowsy Maggies will have you dancing one moment and your heart melting the next.

Duck Duck Goose

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Melbourne-based duo Duck Duck Goose blends the haunting timbres of oboe and Scottish smallpipes, evoking an earthy and rustic sound world that is startlingly unique. At home amongst the reeds, Sarah Wade (pipes, concertina) and Jessica Foot (oboe, fiddle) explore moods and modes of the far north – melodies from the highlands and borders of Scotland, the Celtic region of France and Viking shores of Scandinavia. Their music is sensitive, sincere and spirited; completely transcendental.