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!
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!
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.
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.
With a poet’s heart and rocker’s soul, Rich Davies & The Low Road deliver a ‘foot-stomping contemporary folk attack'(Mick Thomas). Davies spent his formative years in Scottish folk clubs steeped in the ethos of the genre, and his second album, Ghosts, has seen him reconnect with that world, placing song craft front and centre, heart-wrung voice leading the charge. Hailed as ‘The Pogues meets Springsteen, glorious, visceral folk music with a dark undercurrent’ (Post To Wire), The Low Road are renowned for their raucous show and heart-stopping harmonies, traversing tender ballads to upbeat folk tunes.
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.
The SJC Celtic group was started 2 years ago by music teacher Amy Young and a small group of students who enjoyed playing in regular informal Celtic sessions at lunchtimes. This group has continued to grow, with students enjoying playing together and discovering the many complexities of rhythms and melodies across their broad Celtic repertoire. They have performed at many school events over the past couple of years and have become a staple group in the expanding music program at St Joseph’s.
Trioc is a recently formed collective of young Victorian instrumentalists comprising of Cameron Hibbs (fiddle), Matthew Horsley (uilleann pipes) and Allan Evans (harp and whistles), performing Irish traditional music. Their repertoire includes traditional Irish jigs, reels, hornpipes and slow airs in inventive and sensitive arrangements. Trioc’s sound is at once earthy and ethereal, reflecting the band members’ respect for the torchbearers of the Irish musical tradition as well as their own unique musical vision.