Interview: Taliska On Tour in Victoria

Taliska
Image Courtesy of Taliska

Article originally published on Overheard Productions

Taliska brought a taste of Scotland parts of New South Wales and the ACT earlier this month and are now plying their Celtic trade closer to home in Ringwood and Portarlington (Victoria) and many steps beyond.

Hopefully they’ll be near you, and if they’re not, well, that’s just all the more reason to start loving their music and get them to your town next time they’re back this way.

Definitely like them on Facebook and follow the trails, talents and travails of Taliska.

Who are Taliska?

Claire Patti has a voice that has to be heard to be believed and she plays the harp (the stringed one), french horn and piano accordion. Claire sings harmonies with the guitar-playing band leader Marcus de Rijk (note the strong Scottish influence in that name — mmm, maybe not so much), while Geoff Jones plays pipes, whistles and bodhran. Angus Downing makes the whole thing fly with his wonderful fiddle playing. Taliska’s traditional Ceilidh will have your feet pounding the tiles.

Billy Quinn from Overheard Productions and Ducks Crossing Publications spoke with Marcus de Rijk early this week, and here’s what Marcus had to say about the band and the coming performances.

Gig dates for Taliska on their mini-tour of NSW and ACT plus upcoming Victorian gigs:

Friday 6th to Monday 9th June — National Celtic Festival, Port Arlington, VIC
Tuesday 10th June — Vic Folk Music Club, Ringwood, VIC
Saturday 21st June — Battle of Bannockburn Promo Event, VIC
Sunday 22nd June — Battle of Bannockburn, VIC
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th June — Camperdown Burns Festival, VIC
Thursday 21st August — Mamma Vittoria, Fitzroy, VIC
Friday 29th August — Conservatory Café, Wyreena, VIC

Full details of Taliska gigs is at their website.

1 Comment

  1. May 30, 2014 at 15:32

    […] “Claire Patti has a voice that has to be heard to be believed and she plays the harp (the stringed one), french horn and piano accordion. Claire sings harmonies with the guitar-playing band leader Marcus de Rijk (note the strong Scottish influence in that name — mmm, maybe not so much), while Geoff Jones plays pipes, whistles and bodhran. Angus Downing makes the whole thing fly with his wonderful fiddle playing. Taliska’s traditional Ceilidh will have your feet pounding the tiles” – Marcus de Rijk from Taliska chats to Billy Quinn. Interview here […]


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