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Headliners

Calan (Wales)

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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!

http://www.calan-band.com/

 

Kevin Crawford, Patrick Doocey and Colin Farrell – a taste of Lunasa (Ireland / US)

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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.

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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.

Paul McKenna (Scotland)

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“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.

http://www.paulmckennaband.com/

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.

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. 

www.ericbogle.net

Lantunda

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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! 

http://madeinnatimuk.com/