Millmerran Cultural Centre
Thursday 30 September 7 for 7.30pm
Get ready for a huge night of everything Irish, and lots of your favourite songs and tunes from Australia’s finest Celtic band the Barleyshakes led by Dublin singer and guitarist Alan Kelly. That the Barleyshakes manage to hold hands with the tradition of Irish music while infusing it with a fresh and contemporary spirit is remarkable. Intense energy, beautiful harmony, and irresistible dance rhythms are responsible for their longevity, performing since their inception in Dublin in 1995.
The Barleyshakes won the Queensland music award for World music, and members contributed to the Lord of the Rings award winning soundtrack when recording with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Their latest album ”Irishtown” was made album of the month on ABC national radio upon it’s release.
Brewed in Ireland and distilled in Australia, the Barleyshakes are a Celtic band with world music influences who combine intense energy, beautiful harmony and driving dance rhythms in their live performances. Adored throughout Australia and beyond for their “bent” Irish sound, they are winners of the Queensland Music Award for World Music, also two of their members contributed to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack recording with Howard Shore and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Ever since their inception in the 90’s in Dublin, the Barleyshakes have been turning heads. Their mission, to inject new life into Irish music while honouring the tradition past, was to become a life-long adventure for each member. Their live shows have taken them around the globe and they continue to take audiences on a joy filled ride wherever they perform. The band use fiddles, flutes, tine whistle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, vocals, bass, bodhran, and drums to create their truly wonderful Celtic sound. They have shared the stage with Lunasa, Metallica, Kila, Joe Cocker, Sharon Shannon, Altan, and Grada, to name a few. After well over a decade together this ensemble know each other intensely and they communicate freely to create something fresh every time they perform. Upon the release of their 8th album entitled “Irishtown” and it was instantly made album of the month by ABC national radio.