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 !
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
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.
Martin Scuffins is a luthier and Fiddle player who has a passion for the Norwegian Hardanger Fiddle. This is a rare opportunity to hear traditional music played on unique hand-crafted instruments by the artisan that created them. Martin draws on a diverse repertoire of tunes, from the lilting melodies of the Sliabh Luachra region of Ireland, his ancestral home, to Scandinavia and the Appalachian Mountains. Joining Martin on Guitar is Peter Anderson, a gifted multi-instrumentalist and festival favourite on the Australian folk circuit.
A strong solo artist, Connell presents a voice of startling honesty, with guitar skills and anecdotes which have her well-loved in two countries. David Francey calls her one of his "favourite trad voices anywhere", although her original work weaves narratives through song and patter, leaving you feeling you know her. www.mandyconnell.net
Gerry & Mary McKeague
This Belfast brother and sister duo grew up with music all around them. Gerry has a unique take on the traditional songs of Ireland - especially in his arrangements and rhythms and has performed at the National Celtic Festival and Blackwood Music Festival. Mary has been playing harp since the age of seven. While studying music at Newcastle University she learnt from teachers Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Desi Wilkinson.
Aurëa are four young women from Victoria with a fresh and unique approach to Celtic music. With four singers and multi-instrumentalists, their musical palette is broad and fascinating and includes original tunes and finely crafted songs. Comprising Roni & Cait Corby, Maddy Barbary and Laura Hickey, this quartet can play powerful tune sets, exquisitely beautiful songs and everything in between. The 2019 recipients of the Stars of the Lake Award, Aurëa are the 14th group to emanate from this outstanding initiative of the Lake School held at Koroit each January.
With a poet's heart & rocker's soul, Rich Davies & The Low Road deliver a 'foot-stomping contemporary folk attack' (Mick Thomas). The Golden Guitar 2018 nominee & his rousing band have been hailed as 'The Pogues meets Springsteen' as they peel back the skin of rock’n’roll to expose bones of folk and roots. The Low Road are renowned for their raucous live show and heart-stopping harmonies, traversing tender ballads to impassioned folk stompers. Placing song craft front and centre, with Davies’ heart-wrung voice leading the charge.