2017 Festival Performers and Guests
Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt
Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt are synonymous with the highest of quality Scottish fiddle music in Australia. Their performances have left audiences enthralled internationally in the U.S.A., Canada, New Zealand and Japan and nationally with performances for concerts, dances, workshops, weddings, parties and Australian folk festivals. In recent years, they have established a reputation as the leading ceilidh "band" in Australia, playing countless ceilidh's for weddings and birthday parties.
Artist website: www.chrisandcatherine.com.au
Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt on Facebook
Scottish born soprano Vivien Hamilton is one of Australia's most versatile singers. She studied piano, bassoon, violin, singing, dancing, gymnastics from a young age and knew she wanted to be a professional singer from the age of 7 years. Vivien played percussion with the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra and for the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra whilst undertaking her Bachelor of Music (with honours) degree at the University of Western Australia.
Vivien is currently Director of the Early Voices Ensemble, at the Early Music Studio, The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne and regularly gives masterclasses throughout Australia.
Artist website: www.vivienhamilton.com
Emerging out of the lively traditional music scene of Melbourne, Tolka encapsulates a sense of what it means to be playing traditional music today. Fresh back from their four month residency in Belfast, Tolka have returned with their eagerly awaited second album, One House, produced by Brian Finnegan. The entirely original collection of music draws on the fabric of Australian-Irish music to re-imagine tradition in a contemporary context.
Artist website: www.tolka-music.com
Tolka on Facebook
Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club
The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club is a group of fiddle fans who meet monthly to play tunes - old and new - from Scotland and the Scottish diaspora. The club has been in existence since 1995 and is widely regarded as one of the strongest and most entertaining groups around the folk scene.
This year we are pleased to welcome back the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club for the Festival Finale concert on Sunday.
Artist website: www.melbournescottishfiddlers.com
Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club on Facebook
An exciting yet relaxing mix of Celtic arrangements, original tunes and songs, treated with a reverent splash of other world elements. They have show cased their recently released, self titled CD to audiences at major festivals and concerts, including the National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Beechworth Celtic Festival, Australian Celtic Festival Glen Innes, the Robert Burns Festival Camperdown, and numerous western district concerts. Likely Celts are excited for 2016 and their 'funky blend' of existing and new material. Come and enjoy a performance or two with them, they'll be pleased to meet you.
Camperdown-based community music group Tuniversal performs songs and instrumental music from the Celtic tradition.
Fiona Ross and Band
Respected in Scotland as a fine interpreter of Scots song, Fiona’s singing style displays her commitment to the tradition and a passion for keeping the old songs and ballads alive.
Fiona’s love of traditional Scots song is inspired by the great traveller singers like Jeannie Roberston and Lizzie Higgins. She owes much to tradition bearer Andy Hunter for the insight and wisdom he has shared with her. Fiona has been influenced too by many of the tradition’s revered singers like Gordeanna McCulloch and Jimmy Hutchison, with whom she has been fortunate to share the stage. Fiona’s Scots language repertoire ranges from songs of everyday life, love and work to the ‘muckle sangs’ - the big ballads. These traditional songs are blended into a diverse and engaging set that includes contemporary gems written by some of Scotland’s finest songwriters.
Artist website: fionaross.com.au
Don Grieve & Angela Preiss
Don has travelled the world sharing the songs and stories of Scotland and Ireland that he learned as a boy from the ballad and storytelling tradition of Selkirk. Angela embellishes the melody with flute, whistle and vocal harmonies.
Warrnambool Pipes and Drums (WADPADI)
Warrnambool Pipe Band has been established here in the Western District of Victoria since 1905, 112 years ago!
Adelaide based singer/harpist Siobhan was born in Wales in the small town to a Welsh father and Irish mother. A classically trained singer from the age of nine, Siobhan took up harp in 2008 after being invited by French singer/harpist Cecile Corbel (who she met on Myspace) to sing at her Adelaide Fringe Festival show. Siobhan was so inspired by Cecile’s accompaniment of her singing, that she decided she needed to learn this instrument herself! In 2010 Siobhan presented her own Adelaide Fringe Festival show "Celestial Echoes" to great acclaim.
Siobhan is a multi-award winning performer and has produced four indie albums. The latest, "Storybook Journey", receives airplay on radio stations worldwide, and has so far received the following awards:
Scots singer and guitarist John McAuslan has been involved with the Victorian and Australian folk scene for more than 40 years. From late 1970s, first as a solo singer then as a band member with Celtic bands Poteen, Polkaholics and Rebels Without A Clue. In 1989 he released a solo LP The Immigrant with Brunswick Recordings, then two subsequent recordings with Poteen. He went on to direct the Brunswick Music Festival for nearly 20 years and established an international touring agency. In recent years he has once more picked up on performing a repertoire of fondly remembered old Scottish songs (mostly).