Celtic Ska Collective- ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Get ready to dance! As a change of pace (and musical genre!) we will have a special one off Ska/Reggae set on Sunday night at The Celtic Club! It came to our attention, that whilst booking folk/trad bands for the festival, within these acts, lurked members of some of the highest flying Australian Ska & Reggae bands, such as The Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Sunny Coast Rude Boys, Ska Vendors & Shanty Town!  If you liked dancing to Madness, The Specials, UB40 & Jimmy Cliff back in the day...... This is the band for you! One Step Beyond!

Steve Boyd – guitar/vocals (Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie)
Alex Burns – pedal steel/harmonica/vocals (Solo artist)
Tommy McEwan – drums/vocals (Louis King and the Liars Club)
Craig Kelly – electric and Double Bass (Shanty Town)
Stevie Montgomery – vocals (Melbourne Ska Orchestra / Ska Vendors)
Dave Evans – keys (Band Who Knew Too Much)
Stuart Ferguson – trumpet / vocals (Melbourne Ska Orchestra)
Mick Hughes - Vocals/Guitar - (Sunny Coast Rude Boys / Sásta)

Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club

A high energy collective with musical influences as diverse as its membership, the MSFC plays everything from reels that leave you reeling, to airs that have your heart singing. Featuring music from traditions including (but not limited to) Scotland, Canada and Scandinavia, they embrace the fun of fiddling, culminating in their new album, Sea to Sky.


Shona Williams is a Glaswegian born singer whose soaring celtic Vocals have seen her perform at many festivals within Australia including her debut CD launch at NCF 2017. Phil Lester is a troubadour of the highest quality with his strong Bush Balladeer vocals and guitar playing wowing many audiences. Together they make a duo that have been likened to The Corries for their passionate delivery of traditional Celtic Folk. 

Colin Lillie

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.

The Maes

Melbourne's The Maes (formerly The Mae Trio) are well known in Australia's vibrant contemporary folk music scene.

Sisters and songwriters Maggie and Elsie Rigby grew up steeped in music and have been steadily winning hearts across the globe. TThe Maes present their startlingly fresh take on Australian contemporary folk music incorporating intricate instrumental arrangements on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar, powerful original songs and breathtaking harmonies. Winners of The Age Music Victoria Folk Roots Album of the Year.


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!