Caledonian Castaways

Caledonian Castaways are a group of ex-pat Scots drawn from Melbourne’s blues/roots scene. Their original material covers amusing and heartwarming stories about their various journeys from Scotland to Australia. All set to ska, rocksteady, funk, blues, country grooves - the styles they know so well.

Beautiful original songs from Steve Boyd and Alex Burns. Tommy McEwan on drums, Melbourne Ska Orchestra singer Steve Montgomery fronting the group. Steel guitar, accordion, trumpet and harmonica.
Is this a new genre………… Hoots Roots!

Bush Gothic

Defiantly modern, achingly old, this most daring of bands perform songs of criminal women and desperate men from an era of transportation, adventure and gold.  Favourites of the UK art-folk scene, they were given a 5 Star review in BBC Music Magazine their album ‘The Natural Selection Australian Songbook’ was chosen as a runner up for fRoots Album of the Year and plus they received the The Adelaide Fringe Festival Best Music Weekly Award 2017 & 2018. 

The Lumber Jills (CaN)

 

On Canada’s East Coast there is a time honoured tradition of fiddling and step-dancing and young people still preserve the music of their ancestors. On the long cold winter nights, the communities of old, gathered for music named for the lumbering, fishing and maple syrup traditions. Candles burned bright in the barn rafters as step dancers and square dancers celebrated another year of pioneer survival. A ‘lumberjack’ is a word long used to describe the men who conquered the vast Canadian forests and often would fiddle into the wee dawn. Now we introduce you to The Lumber Jills. All National, youth championship, female fiddlers and dancers; Amélie, Martha, Machaela and Janelle are from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada and have promoted their culture across Canada, Ireland, Belgium, France and even Scotland's Isle of Lewis. All under the age of 20 years and with multiple awards for their heritage music and dancing; their Acadian, Scottish and Irish ancestry burns in their fiery traditional tunes from one of Canada’s smallest provinces.

Feis Rois (SCT)

Fèis Rois to strengthen partnership with National Celtic Festival, Australia

Six years after the first group of Fèis Rois musicians travelled to Victoria, Australia, the organisation returns for a fourth time in 2019 with a stellar line up of Scottish artists, as well as a new collaborative education project with the National Celtic Festival .

 



Celtic Piping Club

The Celtic Piping Club is the hub for Australia’s Celtic piping community. We provide a network for people who play or are interested in the various types of Celtic pipes including uilleann pipes, Scottish smallpipes, Northumbrian pipes, Border pipes and other bellows-blown or mouth-blown pipes.

Jimmy O'Hare

Jimmy O’Hare Jimmy’s eye-catching technique of guitar playing has the potential to draw you in and not let you go. A combination of virtuosity and emotion results in a performance not easily forgotten. Jimmy explores the guitar’s melodic, harmonic and percussive capabilities, often all at once in his original compositions. Jimmy was the winner of the 2017 Queenscliff Music Festival 'Foot in the Door' Blues & Roots Competition. Performances in both the 2017 & 2016 Melbourne Guitar Perspective Concert Series and Melbourne Guitar Festival have all seen him grow his reputation as one of Australia’s most exciting young guitarists.

Out of Hand

What happens when two pairs of siblings who have been playing folk and Celtic music all their lives end up at the same school?  It gets Out of Hand.  Sadie, Caleb, Daniel and Charlie come together to play toe-tapping tunes, lilting Celtic melodies and quirky originals on fiddles, bass, bodhran and vocals. Brothers Caleb and Daniel have played with the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club for five years and as well as performing at the various festivals and functions around Melbourne, Caleb performed with the MSFC on a tour of Scotland. Sadie may be known to audiences as award-winning singer-songwriter ‘Girl on the Hill’ and brother Charlie is a seasoned performer at festivals around the country. Out of Hand are tutored and mentored by Shelley Heath and Tim Blake at Yarra Valley Grammar.  Rehearsals are squeezed into lunchtime-breaks but nothing can stop these keen musicians – they will play in rain, hail or shine!

The McKinnon Sisters

The McKinnon Sisters are a local singing group made up of five sisters. Their songs and music are both traditional and original, inspired by the music that they grew up with. They were featured at the 2018 Robert Burns Festival held in Camperdown and were described as a unique addition to the festival programme. They look forward to sharing their music with a larger audience.