EXILE – SONGS & TALES of IRISH AUSTRALIA

FRI Stage 1 7:00 – 8:30pm
SAT Stage 3 4:15 – 5:45pm CD & DVD launch

Ireland’s greatest export has been her people and for centuries, emigration and exile have been harsh, repeating themes of Irish history.

An astounding array of artists from Ireland and Australia gather in a moving celebration of the Irish impact on Australian life. Through abundant literature, music, poetry and art, as well as a keen hunger for sport and justice, the Irish spirit has stamped itself on the evolving culture of Australia.

Almost a third of all Australians claim some degree of Irish descent and many Aboriginal Australians are also proud of their Irish ancestry. The enduring influence on Australian history, music and politics is recounted through rich imagery and stirring performances in this special concert event.

The most cataclysmic event of Irish history, An Gorta Mor, The Great Hunger, between 1846 and 1850, saw more than a million people die of starvation and disease and just as many flee in utter desperation, on boats to America, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

At the time, the area around Port Fairy became home to the largest concentration, per capita, of Irish migrants in Australia and in many ways, ‘Exile’ coming to the Port Fairy Folk Festival is a kind of homecoming.

There is no denying the contribution that the Irish have made to Australian life. It has been certainly varied but rarely dull.

Feature Artists:

Australian:

Troy Cassar Daley – Vocal & Guitar
Shane Howard – Vocal, Guitar & Didjeridu
Leah Flanagan – Vocal & Ukelele
Lynelle Moran – Flute & Vocal

Irish:

John Spillane – Vocal & Guitar
Andy Irvine – Vocal, Mandola, Bouzouki & Mouth Harp
Pauline Scanlon – Vocal
John McSherry – Uillean Pipes

Musicians:

Ewen Baker – Fiddle & Mandolin
Greg Sheehan – Percussion
Paddy Fitzgerald – Accordion
Jack Brennan – Uillean Pipes & Whistles
Michelle Burton – Harp & Piano
John Hudson – Bass, Guitar & Mandolin

Creative Director: Shane Howard
Musical Director: Ewen Baker
Produced by: Goanna Arts and Troubadour Music