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Pipe Bands

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The Caledonian Castaways

The Caledonian Castaways are a group of ex-pat Scots drawn from Melbourne’s thriving blues and roots scene. Collaboratively they have written some amusing and heart warming material about their various journey from Scotland and their recollections of life there. 

No traditionalists, these Scottish stories are set in the styles these gents have been performing in Melbourne’s live music scene – ska, rocksteady, funk, blues, country, and who knows, this may be a new genre - Hoots Roots.

Claymore 

Claymore’s reputation as outstanding entertainers has led them to perform at many local and international festivals, they have performed in New York, Scotland, France at the" Festival Interceltique", the largest Celtic festival in the world many times, New Zealand, Sydney, Melbourne, Launceston Tasmania, National Celtic Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Big Blues Day Out, Perth International Arts Festival, Brunswick Music Festival and many more. 

The band has played many live radio and television performances in Australia and overseas. With a mixture of traditional Scottish and Irish music and modern self penned celtic rock the band represents the best of new age Folk Music. Through a diverse and unique mix of sound’s featuring guitar, mandolin, fiddle, military snare, the highland bagpipes and even a didgeridoo, it is little wonder Claymore are one of Australia’s most popular festival acts. A not to be missed extravaganza.

 

Sásta

Sásta (‘Happy’ in Irish) have made a huge impact on the Irish music scene in Australia recently. The band is made up of multi-instrumentalists who have performed at the highest national level. Pumping reels with phenomenal energy, and of course all of your favourite Irish songs, as well as some superbly penned original tunes & songs will have you up and dancing in no time!  

Sásta have recently released their second album and have supported international acts such as Aslan, Sharon Shannon, Damien Dempsey, Mundy, also Shane McGowan’s band ‘The Popes’ (formerly The Pogues) as well as performing to their ever growing fanbase at many festivals around the country including the National Folk Festival & Woodford Folk Festival. Sásta recently toured in Europe at Lorient Festival (France) and have also headlined St.Patrick's day celebrations in Hyde Park, Sydney to over 30,000 in 2014 & 2015.

Other Performers at this years festival include 

Elizabeth Sutherland 

Elizabeth has been performing for over twenty years. She has a passion for working with ensembles and vocalists as a repetiteur and accompanist, including working with Singularity Choir since 2013. She performs regularly with Singularity as both a chorister and accompanist. Elizabeth is also an accomplished solo pianist, and counts working with Maroondah Symphony Orchestra on Carmina Burana as a performing highlight.

In 2016 Elizabeth started learning the Lever Harp (Celtic Harp) and in 2017 she began performing on this beautiful instrument. In 2019 she is now performing solo gigs at The Basin Music Festival and the PAVE Festival

Frankie Boy

Celtic solos guitarist and singer

 

Ron Stone

local guitarist and  singer of Celtic songs

Geoff Jones

Enjoy an intimate concert of Scottish smallpiping. With over 30 years experience, Geoff’s playing style is influenced by his passion for traditional Scottish culture, piping and dance music.

 

Suga Tree

Blending folk. pop and celtic genres with their own unique musical styles. Natalie Parker. Ryan Pentland and Yanni Dellaportas come together as Suga Tree to create something new and maybe a little different. With foot-stomping guitar and percussion. memorable mandolin hooks. haunting Irish whistle and catchy. heartfelt lyrics - Suga Tree will leave you wanting more

 

O’Neill’s Folly

Late musical bloomers, singing Celtic and Americana songs of love, death and history accompanied by guitar, Mandolin and Banjo

 

Platform 9&3/4

Platform 9¾,award winning Celtic Folk group, is unique in Australia because they bring Welsh traditional and contemporary music in the Celtic Music Scene.  Based in the Bellarine they feature wonderful vocal harmonies and exciting keyboard arrangements.

 

Their debut CD, ‘Celtic But Mainly Welsh’ received ‘Best Traditional Celtic Song’ at Glen Innes in 2015 (Australian Celtic Music Awards) and in 2016 Sarah was awarded Best Celtic Female Artist.

 

Greenfieldz

Keith Rea and Sally Carter on guitar and blazing fiddle give new meaning to high energy and take you on a journey with their soaring vocals and harmonies.

 

The Roses

Gary and Georgia Rose are quality entertainers who combine exquisitely arranged fiddle tunes with Traditional and original songs.

 

Mark Bainbridge

Stories of Irish immigration put to song – will launch CD - “Shiftin’” Through song, Mark tells the story of Irish immigrants, of homeland yearnings and establishment of new homes in foreign lands. Accompanied with tin whistles, the songs have a strong Irish folk appeal.

 

Cora and The Crop Boys

Felix Meagher, Cora Browne, Louey Hesterman Copra and the Crop Boys feature the amazing vocals of Irish born Melbourne singer Cora Browne, who has in past years played the role of Ellen Kelly in Barry Versus Kelly ay Beechworth Celtic Festival. Cora is supported by Felix Meagher on keyboards and Louey Hesterman on guitar. Cora and The Crop Boys sing beautiful Irish and Celtic ballads and play

energetic Irish tunes

 

 

Celtic Dancers

O’SHEA-RYAN IRISH DANCERS are set to return this year they have supported Beechworth since the first Celtic Festival was held, and are again looking forward to performing at the 2019 event.
Dancers travel from around the State from Geraldine’s many Branches of her Academy and join with her local Albury/Wodonga students for performances during the Festival weekend.
From the young Tiny Tots to the most experienced Senior and Adult International performers in the Group, these dancers enjoy the opportunity to present their Irish Culture to their audiences, and, of course, the Tiny Tots are the professionals of tomorrow.
This year a Group of her dancers travelled internationally to Folk Festivals in the Philippines, Gibraltar and Morocco, where they were welcomed and applauded by their enthusiastic audiences for their displays, as well as being given special “celebrity” welcomes by the local Irish communities.
Each year their Teacher, Geraldine Ryan, is invited to bring Groups overseas to perform, and as 2020 will be a very Special Year for Geraldine and her Academy, her dancers are now looking forward to travelling to International destinations next year. Geraldine is the World’s most Senior and longest Registered Teacher still actively teaching.

Sydney Ceili Dancers

The Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers Group was formed in 1958 at the Irish National Association's Cultural Centre, 64 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, Sydney by Peter Paul McKenna of Ardee, Co Louth, Ireland. Peter remained leader of the Group until his untimely death on 6th February 1992.

The current teachers and leaders of the Group, Margaret & Bill Winnett, have danced with the Group for many years. Margaret is a traditional old style Irish step dancer since 1957 and began learning ceili dancing from Peter in the late 1950s. Bill joined the Group in 1965 when he moved to Sydney

Cathies Celtic DanceCathies Celtic Dance is a local Irish dance group with a wide age group of dancers who perform throughout the year at many various venues

Gleenbrae Highland Dancers