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.
The Gathering Tide is the new project of Zeptepi frontman Phil Dean. With a little more influence on the folk and a little less on the rock, the debut album was released in late 2016, and has earned comparisons with Paul Kelly. Phil is joined by veteran fiddle player Peter O’Shea (Golden Fiddle award winner, formerly of The Celts and The Preachers), together, this experienced band create an atmospheric and powerful live performance.
Originally from Belfast and now living in Geelong, Gerry was brought up in a musical family where the sharing of music & song was highly valued. He has a unique take on the traditional songs of Ireland and has performed at the National Celtic Festival and the Blackwood Festival.
Georgia and Garry Rose are a father / daughter duo that will capture your hearts. Nineteen-year-old fiddle prodigy, Georgia, displays her dexterity with scintillating Celtic tunes and dances, accompanied by her singer / songwriter Dad’s eclectic range of songs, the duo will have you laughing, crying and singing along. Georgia won the U-25 Golden fiddle when 17 and was a standout act at Top Act concert at the Melbourne Recital centre. Garry is a 35 year veteran of the folk scene.
History meets art in the exquisite sounds of The Good Girl Song Project. This year, Penny Larkins and Helen Begley are proud to launch their new CD. The work is a powerful account of the journeys that brave young women voluntarily took to Australia in the 1830’s. With new songs by Helen and spoken word devised from eyewitness accounts, Penny shines as the voice of these ancestral female emigrants.
Kathryn returns to our festival with her new CD and show “ Erin Gra Mo Chroi” (Ireland of my heart): this show is a beautiful collection of songs Kathryn gathered on her recent tour of Ireland. This is a show in which Kathryn’s haunting voice and stories are interwoven amongst the beauty of Traditional Irish music and song.
Kathryn will create an intimate show which invites the audience to share a journey which transports them to the very heart of Ireland.
Maria Forde offers a variety of themed concerts for the Celtic Festival 2017,including, ‘Maria sings Mary‘ – a concert paying tribute to the songs of Mary Black. As a young performer Maria gained popularity for her renditions of Mary Black songs before embarking on a career as a singer songwriter.
Maria will also deliver a themed listening concert telling the story of immigration to Australia from Ireland- it promises laughter, tears and much entertainment.
McBlues is best described as jazzed up, bluesy, traditional Celtic music. These six multi-instrumentalists play a highly entertaining mix of ballads, jigs and reels on bagpipes, saxophone, mandolin, fiddles, harp, harmonica, guitar and double bass. A truly unique band, playing the tartan blues like you’ve never heard them before!
Saoirse’s aim is to bring beautiful Celtic music to a wider audience, promoting and organising performances at festivals all over Australia as well as some of Australia’s finest music venues. A Saoirse performance will delight the audience with a little bit of everything Celtic including heartfelt ballads, lively tunes and original songs.
The Shamrock Sheilas are a Sydney based Irish band with traditional roots. The band was formed in 2010 with the traditional Irish musicians spreading their musical talents in Australia. They have a strong fiddle influence and the combination of styles from Limerick, Laois and Mayo is a combination to be reckoned with. This year’s lineup includes Louise Phelan, Mary McEvilly-Butler, Susan Miller and Ben Stephenson. Their foot-tapping, energetic music shows their years of experience, various styles, and above all, friendship, enjoyment and love of music.