Ports are a four piece Indie Folk band from Northern Ireland. They consist of Steven McCool (Bass and Vocals), Mark O’Doherty (Drums), Ryan Griffiths (Guitar) and Conor Mason (Piano). After the release of their first demo ‘I’d Let You Win’, The band received a flood of fantastic reviews including; ‘Flavour of the Month’ and ‘Ones to Watch’ from BBC Introducing which resulted in extensive airplay from BBC Radio 1, RTE and countless others. Australian writer and wit Kathy Lette declared Ports “a wild and wonderful band” who she predicts “will be the next U2”. We welcome Ports on their first tour in Australia.
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
Charm of Finches are a teen sister “dream folk” duo from Melbourne. Their dreamy harmonies and compelling song writing are transporting. Winners of the coveted Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award in 2015, they released their debut album, “Staring at the Starry Ceiling” in 2016. Praised by Paul Gough of Radio National’s Inside Sleeve as “stunning new folk”, these sisters play music to watch the stars by. Folk Alliance Australia award winners 2017.
Theresa makes simple and sincere Australiana folk music – songs about people, communities, death, love and all things honest. She plays a cittern guitar and sings, telling the stories of Tasmanian people and places, and collecting and sharing songs from Celtic, American and Australian traditions. She was winner of the 2016 Folk Federation of Tasmania’s Song of the Year and People’s Choice Award for ‘Melton Mowbray’; and the 2016 Cygnet Folk Festival Youth Blackboard Prize.
The Village Stage is open for all! A free venue offering a ‘taste of the festival’ featuring many aspects of the main program. Around lunchtime you will also be able to enjoy a glass of local wine in the venue. Everyone is welcome and if don’t have a festival ticket just drop a gold coin in the bucket and wander in.
A large, concert style venue, featuring some truly great performances across the weekend. Parks Hall is a venue that lets you settle in and be completely absorbed by the music. Across the weekend there will be feature concerts and on Sunday the floor will be cleared for the Festival Ceilidh Dance.