Building on the success of her debut album, Co. Tyrone born Irish singer Bernadette Morris continues to wow audiences throughout Ireland and beyond with her fresh take on traditional Irish folk songs. Over the years Bernadette has supported some stalwarts of the folk and traditional music scene including Cara Dillon, Eddi Reader, Brian Kennedy and Julie Fowlis. Joined by Niall Hanna who has been playing music and singing from an early age. He comes from a family with a strong tradition in singing and music, winner of the All-Ireand Fleadh and a guitarist who has accompanied a long list of well known traditional musicians, and is part of several bands.
Award winning Cape Breton fiddler Gillian Boucher seamlessly blends the music of her ancestors with contemporary sounds, enthralling not only with the serene beauty of her music but with her stage persona and skills. As part of a duo collaboration with Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist Bob McNeill, an award-wining artist in his own right, Gillian Boucher & Bob McNeill take what you know about traditional Scottish music and bring it to another level altogether.
Creators of Tripswitch which has been described as “acoustic Perfection”, John McSherry & Donal O’Connor are regarded as the finest, traditional Irish, Uilleann Piper & fiddler of their generation. Hailing from highly respected musical families, both have been touring internationally and recording since their early teens. Joined by Rob Hillman on guitar and vocals.
Winners of the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Talisk are one of the fastest rising bands on the British folk scene. Mohsen Amini (Concertina), Hayley Keenan (Fiddle) and Craig Irving (Guitar) come together to create an energetic and dynamic sound that in a short year, earned them multiple awards and a nomination for Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards. Coupled with Mohsen’s recent crowning as the 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year the trio’s experience far belies their years.
Borderline Kaylee is a vibrant group of young adults who showcase a range of celtic music. These talented musicians play a mixture of instruments performing both original and traditional songs and tunes, sometimes putting a twist to old favourites. Energetic and lively, Borderline Kaylee are also an experienced dance band that provide fun evenings for families and people of all ages and dancing abilities.
A four piece folk/roots ensemble. The repertoire showcases much original material written by Sheridan Billings (McShane) on guitar and lead vocals. The style of music lends itself more to the lilting ballads and moving songs that document personal experience as well as some strong new anthems. Many Celtic influences are still to be found within these songs.
Recently returned from England where The Guardian described band leader Jenny M Thomas as an “edgy rising folk star”, Bush Gothic perform darker, stranger Australian folk. Darlings of ABC Radio and recent performers at MonaFoma, their music is steeped in campfire smoke and rattled by the bones of convicts. Defiantly modern, achingly old, Bush Gothic perform songs of criminal women and desperate men, treachery and transportation.
“Bold, inspired and beautiful in its intensity… Bush Gothic takes your breath away.” – The National Times.
“Bush Gothic is Australian folk at its finest. Mesmerising.” – Rip It Up Magazine
Traditional or folk music could scarcely be considered complete without reference to the rich, extensive archive of Celtic song, which has spread with our emigrants to every corner of the world and has been passed from one generation to the next. Claddagh, a most exciting and versatile traditional folk band prides itself on its variety of styles and songs, ensuring that no two consecutive performances offer the same entertainment. Claddagh’s line-up includes Mark Butler, Mary McEvilly-Butler, Leon Delander and Jacinta Adamson.
Claymore is recognised a premier Celtic Rock band having headlined in Australia’s largest folk events and toured internationally many times, including America, UK and France. It is a passionate band of multi-instrumentalists who not only manage to combine traditional elements of Celtic music by integrating the traditional into the modern day, write beautiful original Celtic compositions, but moreover take their passion and rock it into the 21st century!