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.

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.

Claddagh

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!

www.claddaghmusic.com.au

Señor Cabrales

Señor Cabrales (New South Wales) Señor Cabrales - six traditional musicians hailing from northern Spain and Australia, Señor Cabrales' unique sound, combining Spanish bagpipes, fiddle, flute, mandolin, bouzouki and bodhran, has been thrilling audiences across Australia. Let them take you on an exciting Celtic musical journey from wild Atlantic coast of northern Spain, through Brittany to the windswept and haunted outer islands of Scotland...... Hand-crafted from arcane regional components, Cabrales is unique, pungent and not for the faint-hearted. Hidden in darkness in vertiginous mountain caves in vain attempts to achieve maturity, the Señor emerges sporadically to delight aficionados (and unsuspecting others). Often complex, fruity and biting, mouldy, sometimes a mite crumbly, but never, never predictable. Best enjoyed with several tumblers of rustic sidra, or a crisp alboriño. Approach.... with caution !

The Rummagers

From Geelong and the Surf Coast, The Rummagers revel in traditional Irish tunes blended with contemporary folk songs and sea shanties from Newfoundland, Canada. Featuring Mick Murphy, Glen Barton, Anna Cutler and Lewis Strating on various combinations of guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bodhrán, tin whistle and harmony-infused vocals, this thigh-slapping foursome sail from sweetly sad to rollicking and rambunctious. Be transported to life aboard ship and join a sea shanty singalong, tap your foot or jig along. www.rummagers.bandcamp.com

The Cornerhouse Band

Sharing sweet songs and funky folk tunes in their small Northcote share-house, Caity, Jordy and Rhiannon make up The Cornerhouse Band. Previously three quarters of the multi-award-winning band, The Drowsy Maggies, these girls have been captivating audiences around the country for the past 3 years. Original harmony-filled songs, creatively arranged tune sets and grooving bass lines.