National Celtic Festival Announces First Round of Artists for 2018

Trouble in the Kitchen
Image Courtesy of Trouble in the Kitchen

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.

Details of the St Patrick’s Day Celebrations at the Gaelic Club Sydney

Image Courtesy of Sásta

It’s March which means it’s time to dust off your emerald green suit, polish your Guinness glass and pretend your Irish for the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

St Patrick’s Day itself is on Tuesday 17th March, but the Gaelic Club in Sydney have a full week of events in the lead up to the day itself with more traditional and contemporary folk and celtic music than you can poke a bodhran at.

The celebrations kick off this Friday with Australia’s premiere Irish trad band Sásta taking to the Gaelic Club stage. Hailing from Brisbane, Sásta are folk festival favourites and definitely a must see act live.

Then on Saturday 14th March local folk-punk nine-piece The Bottlers will put the party into high gear bringing traditional music well and truly into the modern world.

Sunday 15th March it’s time for Victoria folk band ZeoN to take over The Gaelic club with their unique brand of Irish-Australian music.

Come Monday 16th March the mood turns decidedly Caledonian when Scottish instrumentalists Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson bringing a fusion of pipes and flutes to traditional and original tunes.

Finally on St Patrick’s day itself the Gaelic Club opens it’s doors for the finest celebration (and best Guinness) in Sydney.

For more information on all these events and more check out the official Gaelic Club web site here.

Port Fairy Announces Even More Artists for 2015

Oh Pep
Image Courtesy of Oh Pep!

This week we were treated to yet another bunch of artists added to the Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup and its seriously shaping up to be one of the best festivals of the season.

This time around the festival has added Heartstring Quartet (Ireland/UK), Jarlath Henderson & Ross Ainslie (Scotland), The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Aniar, Edwina Hayes, Enda Kenny Band, Jenny Biddle, Justin Bernasconi, Karavana Flamenca, La Mauvaise Reputation, Oh Pep! (above), Siskin River, Stray Hens and ZeoN.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 6th to 9th March. For more information and tickets check out the official site here.

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