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.
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.
Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.
They blast their way through some of the old favourite reels, jigs and hornpipes with fast paced and uplifting arrangements before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs.
Following the release of their debut album, ‘Bling’ in 2008, which attracted four star responses from the critics, the five-piece have been playing to big audiences and rave reviews at concerts and festivals around Britain and Europe, including the coveted Cambridge Festival, Celtic Connections, Glasgow, Shrewsbury Folk Festival; Moseley Folk Festival; Derby Folk Festival; Bromyard Folk Festival, Whitby Folk Festival, a concert tour of Italy, Austria and Belgium along with a number of performances at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Brittany, where they’ve received the award for the best group.
The group, who’ve raised some eyebrows with a deliberate policy of eye-catching clothes and presentation, despite the ancient roots of their music, see themselves as a new generation of ambassadors, striving to take their new sound to new audiences, while raising the profile of Welsh traditional music on an international level.
With their unique instrumental blend of accordion, fiddle, guitar, Welsh pipes, Welsh harp and the percussive sound of the Welsh clogs, Calan have certainly found their musical niche and their plan is to continue to delight audiences far and wide!
Dáire Mulhern hails from the west of Ireland, the home of traditional music. Having toured extensively, Dáire is also a dedicated teacher of traditional button-accordion music and a skilled composer. The award winning musician will now bring his spirited accordion music to Australian audiences.
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 (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.
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.
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!