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  • Sun 20th Dec 2020, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • 54 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Waters QLD 4223



What better way to see out the end of an interesting year than with FOLK FESTIVAL FAVOURITES, the BARLEYSHAKES!! If we cannot go to Woodford, let’s bring the festival cheer to the Gold Coast…..

Brewed in Ireland and distilled in Australia, the Barleyshakes are a Celtic band with worldly influences, combining intense energy, beautiful harmony and driving dance rhythms in their live performances.

Queensland Music Award winners in the World Music category in 2011, the Barleyshakes are loved for their blend of traditional and original material, and their uplifting and joyous approach to live performance. The Shakes skillfully blend their “bent” Irish sound with many other styles in their fast paced songs and instrumentals.

Using fiddles, banjo, flutes, bass, drums, guitar, mandolin, and vocals, the Shakes are a collaboration of Irish and Australian performers. Vocalist and guitarist Alan Kelly is from Dublin and sings traditional and original songs in the Irish language, as well as English and French. Alan has recorded as a bodhran soloist for the Lord of the Rings soundtrack.

Fiddler Kristin Kelly was a long-time strings teacher on the Atherton Tablelands and a member of Patterson’s Curse Bush Band before teaming up with members of the Czech Velvet Revolution to form Prague based band Puca Rua.

Flautist Belinda Tucker won the Declan Affley Award for best young folk musician of the year at the National Folk Festival, Canberra in 2005, and then went on to become an integral part of the music program at Villa Nova College in Brisbane. Her Celtic ensemble from Villa Nova performs regularly at Austarlia's festivals.

Drummer Erin Sulman is famously in demand throughout Australia having worked with Lothlorien, Greg Arnold, & Dave Flower. Erin also sings while drumming for Aussie Boogaloo.

Veteran instrumentalist Steve Cook is hugely respected throughout Australia for his work with acoustic Irish band Tulca Mor. With the Shakes he plucks a mean dizzy banjo, mandolin and electric guitar.

Completing the line up on bass is American Bassist Joe Morris, who background in Ska, and Reggae gives the Shakes a contemporary dance edge.

Any event looking for great musicians with talent, a solid traditional foundation and tasteful experimental leanings should look no further than the Barleyshakes. Combining great musicianship, thoughtful social comment and an impressive stage presence the Barleyshakes are more than capable of raising whatever roof has the good fortune to be sheltering them.” Woodford Folk Festival


$25.00 | ONLINE ONLY

$5.00 | YOUTH Ticket (ONLINE ONLY)