Altan (IRE)

Altan (IRE)

 

No Irish traditional band in the last dozen years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan. With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings and their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle. Throughout, there has been the unwavering commitment of the band to bringing the beauty of traditional music to contemporary audiences.


Paul McKenna Band (SCOT)

Paul McKenna Band (SCOT)

 

Glasgow’s Paul McKenna has travelled the world as a musician for over a decade; collecting the stories of everyday and exceptional lives. His vibrato is immediately recognizable and when he begins to weave a tale, audiences are stilled. His bandmates (Ewan Baird, Conor Markey, Robbie Greig, Conal McDonagh) weave exceptional melodies with traditional instrumentation and their sound has carried them to no less than six major Canadian Folk Festivals in 2017.

The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years
— New York Times

Maggie Carty & Máirtín Staunton (IRE)

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Maggie Carty & Máirtín Staunton (IRE)

 

Maggie Carty (banjo, vocals) and Máirtín Staunton (flute, vocals), both from musical families spanning generations, play traditional Irish music and song. Their rhythmic music is from the core of their West of Ireland heritage and their harmonious vocals reminiscent of Cash and Carter with an Irish folk twist.


WilkieMac

Inspired by songs that deliver on both melody and lyrics, folk duo Lynne Wilkins and Michael Mackinnon (aka WilkieMac) explore their love of Scottish and Irish songs using a variety of instruments and vocal combinations to create a captivating soundscape.  Audience participation is inevitable, whether it be toe tapping, singing along or laughing out loud. 

Brid Harper & Dermot Byrne (Ire)

Brid Harper & Dermot Byrne (Ire)

Dermot Byrne was awarded TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year in 2013. From Buncrana in Co. Donegal, he is recognised as one of the great accordion players of his generation. Tyrone resident.

Bríd Harper is a senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and is enormously respected both as a teacher and performer.

This duo visit Australia for the first time.