National Celtic Festival Announces First Round of Artists for 2018

Trouble in the Kitchen
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Well this is very very exciting. The National Celtic Festival has just announced its first round of artists for 2018 and its full to the brim with some of our favourite Australian and international artists.

Joining the National Celtic Festival lineup from across the seas this year are Irish stalwarts Altan, banjo and flute pair Maggie Carty & Máirtín Staunton who also hail from Ireland and Scotland’s own Paul McKenna Band.

The Australian contingent is just as strong with the likes of Colin Lillie, Hat Fitz and Cara, Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Rich Davies & The Low Road, Siobhan Owen, Tim Scanlan Trio, Trouble in the Kitchen (above) and Zeon announced.

The National Celtic Festival is held in picturesque Portarlington, VIC over the Queens Birthday weekend – Friday 8th to Monday 11th June. For more information including how to get your hands on early bird tickets check out the official site here.

More Acts Announced for The National Folk Festival

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33 more acts have just been announced for 2017’s National Folk Festival and once again they’re bringing out the big guns.

From an international point of view The National has added folk-fusion band Harpeth Rising from the USA, Ghanan multi-instrumentalist Bortier Okoe, The Changing Room and from the UK, Norwegian-Swedish group SVER, Greek blues quartet Apodimi Compania, New Zealand duo Gilly Darbey and Vikki Clayton, German comic band The Sauerkrauts and the wonderful Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante from Scotland.

The Australian componant of the announcement is just as strong with Trouble in the Kitchen (above), Greshka, Ben Whiting, Mal Webb with Kyle Morrigan, GhostNoises, Fred Smith, Señor Cabrales, Siobhan Owen, The NEO, Old Empire Band, Wedderburn Charming Emus, Direwolf, Saoirse, Martin Doherty & Leigh Birkett, The Rhymer from Ryde and many many more.

The National Folk Festival is held from the 13th to the 17th April in 2017 – for more information and tickets check out the official site here.

The National Folk Festival Announces Special Program to Mark the 100th Anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising

Easter Uprising

The National Folk Festival has announced plans to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising with a very special program.

Over the course of the weekend a number of events will take place covering the history of Ireland’s revolutionary cultural and language movement that was born in Easter Rising in 1916. These events include:

National Folk Festival Remembers the Easter Rising

This was one of the most pivotal events in modern Irish history and was an armed insurrection that took place, mostly in Dublin, during Easter Week 1916. This illustrated historical presentation at the Festival’s Trocadero venue focuses on the significance of the 1916 Easter Rising through music and narrative in both English and Irish headed by John Spillane and Band with choir, and will be narrated by Maurice O’Sullivan.

Easter Friday 3:20pm and Easter Monday 10:00am, Trocadero, Exhibition Park

National Folk Festival Celebrates the Journey of a Nation Rising

The Irish have had a significant impact on Australia, its music and its culture from convict days to the present through both forced and free immigration. These concerts celebrate our connection with Ireland in dance, music & song from rich Celtic music to fiddle and concertina tunes, to the otherworldly sounds of the harp.

There will be 4 Events, one for each of the Provinces of Ireland
Fri 12:30pm Lyric (Ulster) Siobhan Owen
Sat 12:30pm Lyric (Connacht) Coolfinn Mac with Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers
Sun 12:30pm Coorong (Munster) Dance Event – An Afternoon of Cork & Kerry Sets
Mon 12:30pm Lyric (Leinster) Ciaran O’Grady, Aifric Boylan and Graeme Newell with Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers

Gala Easter Rising Concert

On Easter Monday the Gala Easter Rising Concert will present two of the Festival’s headline Irish acts, Colum Sands and the Rambling Boys. County Down Grammy-shortlisted songwriter Colum Sands is a poet disguised as a songwriter, and a singer disguised as a storyteller. Colum will bring you an unforgettable intimate performance, enchanting you with classic Irish traditional songs as well as his own original folk songs. The Rambling Boys feature some of Ireland’s finest traditional and folk music exports taking to the stage. Performing blistering infectious tunes and emotional heartfelt ballads, the musicians of The Rambling Boys have played with the likes of Damien Dempsey and Declan O’Rourke.

Easter Monday 2:40pm Colum Sands, & 3:30pm The Rambling Boys, Budawang, Exhibition Park

The 50th National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 24th to 28th March. Earlybird tickets are available now via the official site.

The National Folk Festival Adds More Artists for 2016

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We’ve hit December which means a whole raft of artists have been added to the 2016 National Folk Festival lineup – and we couldn’t be more excited.

This time around we have the addition of The Jerry Cans (CAN), Spiro (UK), Gordie Tentrees (CAN), Keith Donnelly (UK), Joseph Tawadros, Perch Creek, Bush Gothic, Loren Kate, The Chordwainers, Co-cheòl, Catgut (above), Conchillia, Siobhan Owen and Candy Royalle and The Michael Wheatley Band.

The 50th National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 24th to 28th March. Earlybird tickets are available now via the official site.

The National Folk Festival Announce Second Round of Performers

Tift Merritt
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Christmas has come a few days early with the National Folk Festival announcing their second round of artists for 2014.

Headlining the list this time around are UK singer-songwriter Rory McLeod, Canadian banjo player and singer Old Man Luedecke and US folk singer Tift Merritt (above). Joining them will be Louise Phelan & Maeve Moynihan, Siobhan Owen, Joe Lynch, Fiona Ross, Heath Cullen, Cameron Mather, The Barons of Tang, Richard Perso, Tracey Bunn and Her Handsome Devils, Chloe & Jason Roweth, Souleiado French Dance Group, The Last Five Coins, Karavana Flamenca, Santa Taranta, Dick Warwick and Geoffrey W Graham.

All of these artists join an already impressive lineup that features Eleanor McEvoy, Rose Cousins, Jordie Lane, Kate Fagan, Bernard Carney, The Mae Trio, The Davidson Brothers, Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty), Trouble In The Kitchen and many more.

The National Folk Festival takes place at Exhibition Park in Canberra from the 17th to 21st April

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