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
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.
With a poet’s heart and rocker’s soul, Rich Davies & The Low Road deliver a ‘foot-stomping contemporary folk attack'(Mick Thomas). Davies spent his formative years in Scottish folk clubs steeped in the ethos of the genre, and his second album, Ghosts, has seen him reconnect with that world, placing song craft front and centre, heart-wrung voice leading the charge. Hailed as ‘The Pogues meets Springsteen, glorious, visceral folk music with a dark undercurrent’ (Post To Wire), The Low Road are renowned for their raucous show and heart-stopping harmonies, traversing tender ballads to upbeat folk tunes.
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.