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Adam Sutherland + Marc Clement ( Scotland )

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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’.

Cill-Airne

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From the timeless emerald fields of Ireland and the rugged windswept southern coast of Victoria come Cill-Airne.  Steeped in a tradition of session playing, Cill-Airne captures the irrepressible Celtic spirit of traditional dances and smokey sessions as lively jigs and driving reels flow around beautiful songs.  With tunes led by button accordion, bodhran and banjo, Irish bouzouki, mandolin guitar and fiddle, let Cill-Airne take you back to a peat fire long ago.

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.

The Gathering Tide

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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.

Gerry McKeague

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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 & Garry Rose

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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.

The Good Girl Song Project

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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 Clements & The Peat Fires

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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.