Making an audience feel special and inclusive is one of the strengths of the Claddagh performance. The ability to quickly read an audience, develop a rapport through audience participation and ensure the performance of a repertoire that will engage and please the audience is the stand-out strength of the Claddagh show. This ability is what has Claddagh returning to repeat appearances at festivals and shows on a regular basis. It is what held Claddagh as the resident Sunday band for fifteen years at The Mercantile Hotel in Sydney and a regular popular act at the National Celtic Festival - this band boasts not one but two past ( old ) Faces of the Festival!