The Bottlers are an Australian folk punk band hailing from Sydney, Australia, dragging the urban sprawl for flecks of worth amongst the brickwork. A hard playing, nine piece, all acoustic band drawing life breath from not only the traditionally folk fueled rural reaches of the nation but also its cityscapes and suburban streets with a solid tip of the hat to the folk, punk and folk punk pioneers that have traipsed and trekked the trails well before them.
Based in Sydney, Chaika (“chai” as in the spicy tea, “ka” as in ‘car’) is an ensemble that performs uniquely original compositions and re-imaginings of traditional songs. They have been described as “deeply touching and meditative” as well as “exuberant, virtuosic and uplifting.”
Formed of six musicians who have, between them, written for and performed with such artists as Sharon Shannon, Monsieur Camembert, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Nicky Bomba, Riley Lee, Mara! & the Martenitsa Choir, The Song Company, The Rhythm Hunters, Kevin James, Baby et Lulu, Great Waitress, Tángalo, Klezmer Divas, The London Bulgarian Choir and The Renaissance Players.
They are an act not to be missed.
Knievel are a Sydney-based band, fronted by Wayne Connolly, an Australian producer/engineer and musician. Throughout the 1990s, Connolly played in Sydney band, The Welcome Mat. In 1994, he formed Knievel with Tracy Ellis and Nick Kennedy, and the trio went on to release four albums and a series of singles on various labels in Australia, the United States and Japan. Knievel played locally and abroad alongside acts such as Luna, Teenage Fanclub, Big Heavy Stuff, Death Cab for Cutie and The Pernice Brothers
Irish born singer songwriter Áine Tyrrell music cradles the spirit of her native homeland, and tips the cap to a notable family history of Irish music tradition. Áine's music has grown from those traditional Irish roots into a truly contemporary sound. Her music is tribal and wild, but also fragile and heartbreaking and most of all immaculately crafted. Áine has joined Paul Kelly, Shane Howard, Pauline Scanlon, Declan O'Rourke, John Spillane and her father Seán Tyrrell on the national concert tour for Exile.
Áine will be live and loud on the Guinness stage from 3pm.
MARK OATS & CARA KAVANAGH FEATURING CIARAN GRIBBINhttp://ciarangribbin.com
The Sydney based Irish folk duo see’s the legendary Mark Oats (fiddle) and Cara Kavanagh (vocals/guitar) perform a mix of upbeat and traditional tunes that will have you dancing all night long.
Mark and Cara have both become well known faces on the Irish scene in Sydney including events such as our very own Christmas Ball. As part of their performance, they will welcome a very special guest star to the stage, the one and only Ciaran Gribbin.
Ciaran is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and performer who, in addition to working with world class artists such as Madonna, U2, Paul McCartney, Snow Patrol and Al Pacino, has toured the world as the singer of INXS.
JIMMY MULLARKY CEILI BANKhttp://irishassociation.org.au/sydney-irish-histories/jummy-mullarkey/
The Jimmy Mullarky Ceili Band are alive and kicking in Sydney since the 1970s. Having played in the Opera House in an evening including Maureen O’Hara herself, this ensemble have been playing at ceilis in Sydney down through the years and further afield including the National Folk Festival.
They get prime billing at 3.45 on our main stage for a full on Irish Ceili with all of Sydney’s dance groups represented.
We will see ye down in front of the stage for a set dance!
THE MAHOGANY GASPIPES
Sydney’s longest running session, the Mahogany Gaspipes includes Dubliners Christy Reynolds, Don Conlon and Steven Powell alongside Limerick’s Mark O’Connor, Sydney’s Toby Armstrong and Elizabeth Barrett Smith, Portugal’s João Pequito Almeida and whoever else turns up on the night.
They open proceedings prior to the Children’s Parade and will be leading the sessions stage from 2pm.
CROSS RHYTHM DANCE COMPANY
Aoife’s sublime voice is a thing of beauty that stops people in their tracks. Fragile and ethereal one minute, strong, and vibrant the next, Dublin Folk singer-songwriter Aoife Scott has become a force to be reckoned with on the Irish folk and traditional scene.
Aoife is steadily rising to the top of the traditional and folk music scene, while garnering acclaim and recognition both here and abroad as she hones her craft.
Ecopella is an environmental choir that sings about the beauty of our world and the struggle to protect it from exploitation and degradation.
Founded in 1998 by musical director Miguel Heatwole, Ecopella spread from its base in Sydney to form branches in the Blue Mountains, Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Canberra and the Central Coast as well.
UTS Ukulele Orchestra
Cast your gaze to the North West and you shall see the unmistakable letters UTS denoting Sydney’s finest brutalist architecture tower building where sits the practice space of the UTS Ukulele Orchestra. Gathered from the University’s academic, professional and student community.
You will not believe the Pogues or Van the man could sound so good. Guaranteed to bring the sunshine!
Gaelic Club Session Players
Keepers of the flame in the hallowed halls of the Gaelic Club, home of the Irish National Association, the session here from 5pm every Friday is where the heart is. Lead in times past by Angus Barbary on fiddle and Mairead Hurley on concertina, it is currently kept by João Pequito Almeida on flute.
Come along and sit in!
The Gaelic session will go on well into the night at the Gaelic Club, so make sure to pop in for a tune!