The National Celtic Festival

The National Celtic Festival

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Feis Rois ( Scotland )

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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)

The BordererS

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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.

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.

Saoirse

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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.

 

 

Victorian Welsh Male Choir

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The Welsh express much of their rich musical tradition through choral singing.

Choirs- male, female and mixed – are an integral part of musical life in Wales and many small villages have their own choir. Victoria Welsh Male Choir, with its Welsh-born conductor Faleiry Koczkar OAM, is from this tradition, and maintains the Welsh musical heritage in Australia. Singing in beautiful four-part harmony, they perform throughout Victoria and interstate, and regularly tour Wales to reconnect with their roots.