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’.
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)
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.