The National Celtic Festival

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Artists

The Bushwackers

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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.

Cill-Airne

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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.

Claddagh

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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

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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.

The Drowsy Maggies

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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.

Drumworx

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Drumworx is a group of pipe band drummers of the highest order! Their members have competed at the highest level on the world’s stages and they come together to perform routines that will amaze. The skills displayed will blow your minds with the speed and accuracy of drummings hardest rudiments. Drumworx has been a crowd favourite at many festivals. They will appear on stage, pop up around the venue or even play a guest spot with other festival acts.

Duck Duck Goose

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Melbourne-based duo Duck Duck Goose blends the haunting timbres of oboe and Scottish smallpipes, evoking an earthy and rustic sound world that is startlingly unique. At home amongst the reeds, Sarah Wade (pipes, concertina) and Jessica Foot (oboe, fiddle) explore moods and modes of the far north – melodies from the highlands and borders of Scotland, the Celtic region of France and Viking shores of Scandinavia. Their music is sensitive, sincere and spirited; completely transcendental.

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. 

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The Gathering Tide

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The Gathering Tide is the new project of Zeptepi frontman Phil Dean. With a little more influence on the folk and a little less on the rock, the debut album was released in late 2016, and has earned comparisons with Paul Kelly. Phil is joined by veteran fiddle player Peter O’Shea (Golden Fiddle award winner, formerly of The Celts and The Preachers), together, this experienced band create an atmospheric and powerful live performance.

Gerry McKeague

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Originally from Belfast and now living in Geelong, Gerry was brought up in a musical family where the sharing of music & song was highly valued. He has a unique take on the traditional songs of Ireland and has performed at the National Celtic Festival and the Blackwood Festival.