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.
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.
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.
Cathie’s Celtic Dance is an energetic group of dancers from Albury-Wodonga and Beechworth. 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, incorporating both traditional and original choreography of soft shoe, hard shoe, ceili and group dances.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.