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.
Georgia and Garry Rose are a father / daughter duo that will capture your hearts. Nineteen-year-old fiddle prodigy, Georgia, displays her dexterity with scintillating Celtic tunes and dances, accompanied by her singer / songwriter Dad’s eclectic range of songs, the duo will have you laughing, crying and singing along. Georgia won the U-25 Golden fiddle when 17 and was a standout act at Top Act concert at the Melbourne Recital centre. Garry is a 35 year veteran of the folk scene.
History meets art in the exquisite sounds of The Good Girl Song Project. This year, Penny Larkins and Helen Begley are proud to launch their new CD. The work is a powerful account of the journeys that brave young women voluntarily took to Australia in the 1830’s. With new songs by Helen and spoken word devised from eyewitness accounts, Penny shines as the voice of these ancestral female emigrants.
Kathryn returns to our festival with her new CD and show “ Erin Gra Mo Chroi” (Ireland of my heart): this show is a beautiful collection of songs Kathryn gathered on her recent tour of Ireland. This is a show in which Kathryn’s haunting voice and stories are interwoven amongst the beauty of Traditional Irish music and song.
Kathryn will create an intimate show which invites the audience to share a journey which transports them to the very heart of Ireland.
An exciting and multi-disciplinary project will be presented at this year’s festival in the historic Portarlington Rotunda! In partnership with Regional Arts Victoria and Made in Natimuk, the show will bring to life a giant glowing lantern from which images will dance and play to create a world of colour, shadow and light to tell the story of the Celtic Sea God Mannanon!
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.
Lantunda will melt into The Gathering, a genre-bending procession and performance which will begin with the ritualistic lighting of the hearth-fire. Join us in this enchanting and exciting procession, and release your hopes into the night air with us!
Maria Forde offers a variety of themed concerts for the Celtic Festival 2017,including, ‘Maria sings Mary‘ – a concert paying tribute to the songs of Mary Black. As a young performer Maria gained popularity for her renditions of Mary Black songs before embarking on a career as a singer songwriter.
Maria will also deliver a themed listening concert telling the story of immigration to Australia from Ireland- it promises laughter, tears and much entertainment.
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!
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.