Cathie’s Celtic Dance is an entertaining Irish dance group from Albury-Wodonga and Beechworth. Opening in 2005 with a few students, Cathie’s Celtic Dance has grown into a large group of performers of all ages that regularly perform throughout Victoria and New South Wales. The group performs to both traditional and modern music, with both traditional and original choreography which includes, soft shoe, hard shoe, ceili and group dances.
The Victorian Irish Dance Academy will put on a performance that incorporates the best of traditional and modern Irish dancing. The dancers will kick up their heels in fast paced reels, and pond out powerful rhythms with their feet. With high energy routines and precisely choreographed steps, the performers will show you why Irish dancing is renown throughout the world.
Taking inspiration from family roots in Irish music, Austral are paving the way in a new revolution of folk music in the Australian scene. With banging tunes, high energy fiddling and tribal rhythms from the didgeridoo and cajon, they are an act not to be missed. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes.
Eileen O’Brien was born into a musical family. Her father was Paddy O’Brien: a musician, teacher and composer of Irish traditional music. Her mother’s branch of the family, were Jim Seery (fiddle player) and brother Sean Seery (Piper) who were both leading members of “The Pipers Club” in Dublin and also founder members of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Her musical achievements includes winning the All-Ireland Fiddle in 1980, the All-Ireland Slow Air Cin 1979. She has also toured extensively with many groups throughout the world and also given lectures and workshops both in Ireland and abroad, including the Minnesota Irish Music Centre (USA), Eire Le Festa Music Festival (Italy), Catskills Irish Arts Week (USA).
After introducing you to Colin Lillie in 2018, you have asked us to bring him back … Scottish-born, Alice Springs-based Colin Lillie is one of a kind. Capturing the kind of intensity that Colin has on an album or a live performance is something that every musician aspires to create. Whether it’s because of past experiences, a knack for songwriting, his powerful voice or combination of things, what remains true is that every time Colin Lillie picks up a guitar and opens his mouth something special happens, the passion shines through and the music becomes real.
Fiona Ross is an esteemed tradition bearer in her native Scotland. Here in Australia she flies the flag for the Scots song tradition. ARIA Award winner Shane O'Mara is one of the nation's most respected guitarists. He has recorded & toured with many renowned artists including Paul Kelly, Chris Wilson and Tim Rogers. As a duo, these two highly accomplished artists combine to deliver a captivating set of traditional Scottish songs with a contemporary edge.
With their innovative fusion of mercurial tunes, ethereal songs and intricate electronics, INYAL have crafted a sound that owes as much to their traditional roots as it does to the rhythms of modern Scotland. Nominated as ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the 2017 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, INYAL have garnered a reputation for genre-defying compositions which belong to both Glasgow’s underground scene and its folk tradition. They expertly place reverberating synthesisers alongside deft drumming, melodic arrangements and the captivating Gaelic song of Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner, Josie Duncan. Their melting pot of styles has led to the band’s live show being showcased on BBC Alba and RTÉ, as well as on the mainstages of festivals around the country, including Celtic Connections and the Hebridean Celtic Festival. With their self-titled debut album now available, the band is established as one of Scotland’s most essential live acts.
Duncan Chisholm is one of the most accomplished and authentic interpreters of traditional Highland fiddle music. His music is elegant, trancelike and tender, laced with strokes of genius. The natural elements that make the Highlands of Scotland such a unique canvas are the force and motivation behind his music. Duncan Chisholm, awarded Composer of the Year 2018 at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards ceremony and the celebrations continued when Duncan’s latest album Sandwood was awarded Album of the Year 2018.