First Artist Announcement for the Port Fairy Folk Festival 2018

Port Fairy
Image Courtesy of Port Fairy Folk Festival

With early bird tickets just about to go on sale for the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival, Victoria’s premiere folk even have just released a huge swathe of artists for first announcement.

Firstly the Port Fairy Folk Festival will be showcasing two very specical performances of Exile: Songs & Tales of Irish Australia featuring performances from Troy Cassar-Daley (AUS), Declan O’Rourke (IRE), Shane Howard (AUS), Pauline Scanlon (IRE), Andy Irvine (IRE), John Spillane (IRE), Leah Flanagan (AUS), Lynnelle Moran (AUS), John McSherry (IRE) and an eight piece band of traditional musicians.

Along with the artists announced as part of Exile: Songs & Tales of Irish Australia the Port Fairy Folk Festival has also added a bunch of other performers for 2018 including Alan Kelly Gang (IRE), The Band Who Knew Too Much, Chris While & Julie Matthews (UK), Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys (CAN), Harry Manx (CAN), Nano Stern (Chile), Rebecca Barnard, Steve Poltz (USA), The Topp Twins (NZ), The Ahern Brothers, The Brothers Comatose (USA), Faith I Branko (Serbia/UK), Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, Jack Broadbent (UK), Mental As Anything, The Mexicans, Sophie Koh & Her Lady Choir, The Teskey Brothers and YolanDa Brown (UK).

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to full Port Fairy lineup so expect a bunch more announcements over the coming months.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival is held in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 9th to the 12th March. For more information check out the official site here.

Declan O’Rourke Announces Australian Tour

Declan O'Rourke
Image Courtesy of Declan O’Rourke

Celebrated Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke has announced plans to head down to Australia for a tour this Spring.

Having already been announced as part of the Dashville Skyline Festival, Declan O’Rourke has added dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 27th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 28th September – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 3rd October – Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 4th October – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 5th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Dashville Skyline Announces Full Lineup for 2017

Dashville Skyline
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Following a super exciting first artist announcement back in June, Americana and roots festival Dashville Skyline have returned to complete the full list of artists appearing at this year’s event.

Dashville Skyline has scored a coup with the announcement of US roots singer Valerie June when she’s in the country supporting Old Crow Medicine Show. ARIA award winners Oh Mercy make a welcome return to the Dashville stage and will also be joined by local buzz band The Teskey Brothers and Irish folk guru Declan O’Rourke.

The rest of the lineup is made up of Dashville Progress Society, Demi Mitchell, Lyle Dennis Express, Magpie Diaries, Ben Leece, Nicholas Connors, Fallon Cush, Jen Mize, Paddy McHugh, Lucie Thorne and Matt Walker. That’s the full lineup in the poster above.

Held in the bushland of the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Dashville Skyline takes place from the 29th September to the 1st October. Tickets for Dashville Skyline are on sale now – check out the official web site for more details.

Exile: Songs & Tales of Irish Australia

Image Courtesy of Exile: Songs & Tales of Irish Australia

This February acclaimed singer-songwriter Shane Howard is bringing together some of Australia and Ireland’s finest artists for a series of concerts celebrating the influence of Irish exiles on Australian life titled Exile: Songs & Tales of Irish Australia

The concert series, set to take place in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane, will feature the likes of Paul Kelly (AUS), Declan O’Rourke (IRE), Pauline Scanlon (IRE), Sean Tyrrell (IRE), John Spillane (IRE), Leah Flanagan (AUS), Steve Cooney (IRE), Aine Tyrrell (AUS/IRE), Lynnelle Moran (AUS) and of course Shane Howard himself.

The full list of dates for Exile: Songs & Tales of Irish Australia are below – check out the official website for more information:

Saturday 20th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 21st February – Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Monday 29th February – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

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