Friday 4 August 2017
8pm – 11pm
Well folks – you are in for a treat – at last we have the pleasure of presenting this amazing celtic band…
‘Quite simply one of the best voices I have ever heard’
That’s former director of The National Folk Festival, Graham McDonald, talking about the singing of Cassidy Richens.
It’s the kind of voice that enfolds you in the stories of folksong: gripping prime-time tales of crime and passion, cross-dressing sailors, and the ever-popular theme of not being where you wanted to be with the one you would have liked to have been with….
It’s a voice that’ll bring you delicate ballads, rowdy pub songs and all those Irish favourites you didn’t know you knew, delivered by a band with the ease and power that comes from playing together for ten years to audiences across Australia:
Sandy Gibbney plays the fiddle: jigs, reels and airs from Ireland and Scotland. Plus rare gems from the Donegal tango tradition.
Peter Richens plays guitar, banjo and bouzouki, while he and Sandy harmonise with Cassidy for some celtalicious choruses — this is where you could come in for some traditional interactive entertainment. Wet your whistle and join in!
Jon Jones and Ian Blake toured for many years as drummer and bass player with Eric Bogle (The Band Played Waltzing Matilda) and lurk at the back of the stage providing the groove for Cassidy’s Ceili. Jon steps forward from time to time to give us all a taste of that distinctively Irish drum, the bodhrán, and has been known to crowdsurf while playing the washboard…
And remember: ‘Celtic’ is a magic bag, into which anything may be put, and out of which almost anything may come… ‘