The National Celtic Festival

The National Celtic Festival

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Author: Riley McDonald

Damien Lieth

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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”.

Eric Bogle

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Eric Bogle (Scottish born and raised) and his long term partner in crime, John Munro, have been taking Eric’s original songs around the world for the last 37 years. They have toured Canada, the USA and the UK a number of times, as well as Europe, Bermuda and New Zealand.

Geelong Scottish Dance

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Geelong Scottish Dance has been a proud supporter and participant of the National Celtic Festival for many years.

Dancers will entertain you with a blend of traditional and contemporary dance with an upbeat tempo.  The performance displays various skill levels by children and young adults.

Kevin Crawford, Patrick Doocey and Colin Farrell (Ireland / US)

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Kevin Crawford – Flute

A virtuoso flute player, Kevin Crawford’s life has been one long journey into Irish music. He was a founding member of Moving Cloud, the Clare-based band who recorded such critically-acclaimed albums as Moving Cloud and Foxglove. He now tours the world with Ireland’s cutting-edge traditional band, Lúnasa.


Patrick Doocey – Guitar

An All-Ireland winning multi-instrumentalist, Patrick is quickly becoming one of the most in demand accompanists on the Irish music scene today. Predominately self taught on guitar, Patrick’s exciting style on both nylon and steel string guitar combines influences from many genres. His talents have brought him all over Europe, Asia, America and Africa.  His musical journey so far has seen him perform with artists such as Sharon Shannon, Liz Carroll, Lunasa, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Teada, Buille, Cathal Hayden, Karan Casey, Sean Keane.


Colin Farrell – Fiddle

Colin Farrell has made a name for himself performing and recording with an array of great musicians in Europe and the US, including such performers and groups as Flook, Grada, John Doyle, Tim O’Brien, Lúnasa, Karen Casey, the Elders, Project West, the Michael McGoldrick Band. Colin is also a composer whose tunes have been played and recorded by numerous bands and musicians.


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Lantunda is a community arts project featuring shadow puppets, story and music that will center on retelling, renewing and creating stories of place and belonging from the community. The project will explore local stories, old and new, and their connections to the history of the land and cultures of peoples of this place. This will include highlighting the story of the Celts and their cultural traditions in Australia. Presented with in partnership with Made in Natimuk.

Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club

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The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club explores the lively sounds of Scottish music with repertoire that both acknowledges and reinvents traditional roots, drawing enthusiastic and loyal crowds. Regularly collaborating with some of the world’s best traditional musicians, the Club puts on a charming and exhilarating show and is guaranteed to get your feet stomping!

Niki na Meadhra

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Much loved, Melbourne-based storyteller, Niki na Meadhra, transports her audiences to Ireland, past and present. Breathing into the voices of her ancestors, she weaves words into vivid imaginings for listeners of all ages. She works passionately as an oral storyteller and engages adults and children alike with this rich tradition.

O’Shea-Ryan Irish Dance Group

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The O’Shea-Ryan Irish Dance Group has been in existence for over 60 years.

They are beautifully attired in colourful costumes with Celtic designs, and their lively energetic dances are performed to the ‘toe-tapping’ music of traditional Irish Jigs and Reels, both lively and entertaining, and have always been greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all.  

Many of these performers are experienced International Dancers, having presented their Irish Culture throughout Europe and Asia.

Paul McKenna (Scotland)

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“Paul McKenna is a gifted song writer” Folk Radio UK

“Paul’s vehement vocal is strikingly distinctive and intense” fRoots Magazine

“Highly expressive and readily identifiable voice..McKenna delivers perfectly” Folk Words

Front man for the Paul McKenna Band, Paul is touring solo with his contemporary approach to songs, showcasing fresh and innovative arrangements while not straying too far from his Scottish roots.

The Paul McKenna Band have gone from strength to strength touring extensively throughout USA, Canada and Europe. The exciting sound of The Paul McKenna Band is created through Paul’s outstanding vocals and driving guitar, combined with intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion.