Adam Sutherland (Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9 and Marc Clement (Session A9, Gordon Gunn Band) join forces for a night of tunes, songs and great highland craic. As well as Marc’s gorgeous interpretations of well known songs, the pair will be playing tunes from Adam’s newly released book ‘The Errogie Collection’ and his solo album ‘Squall’.
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!
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.
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.
“Paul McKenna is a gifted song writer” Folk Radio UK
“Paul’s vehement vocal is strikingly distinctive and intense” fRoots Magazine
“Highly expressive and readily identiﬁable voice..McKenna delivers perfectly” Folk Words
Front man for the Paul McKenna Band, Paul is touring solo with his contemporary approach to songs, showcasing fresh and innovative arrangements while not straying too far from his Scottish roots.
The Paul McKenna Band have gone from strength to strength touring extensively throughout USA, Canada and Europe. The exciting sound of The Paul McKenna Band is created through Paul’s outstanding vocals and driving guitar, combined with intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion.
The National Celtic Festival is delighted to formally launch Clyde’s Water – the stunning new album from renowned Scottish traditional singer Fiona Ross, with master of Celtic guitar, Tony McManus. A superb example of the traditional style, this album brings together Fiona’s evocative vocals and Tony’s unrivalled guitar-playing to showcase the richness and diversity of the Scots song canon. The album also features acclaimed Scottish fiddler and multi-instrumentalist John McCusker
Feis Rois provide exciting opportunities for young people to participate in traditional music, song, dance and drama and with all forms of culture celebrated through and connected with the Gaelic language. Through a cultural exchange opportunity, Feis Rois will bring four young and emerging artists from the highlands Scotland. Joining us this year will be:
Robbie Mackenzie (fiddle)
Rory Matheson (accordion and piano)
Ailis Sutherland (pipes, whistles and vocals)
Kaitlin Ross (guitar and vocals)
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.