In our first program announcement we released that we were presenting two special performances of Exile - Songs & Tales of Irish Australia, featuring a specially formed ensemble of artists exclusively for Port Fairy. In January RhythmsMagazine journalist Tony Hillier spoke to Shane Howard, Creative Director and lead artist. We are delighted that the CD and DVD will be launched at Port Fairy. The following article is reproduced with the permission of Rhythms Magazine, and gives you a great insight in to Exile - Songs & Tales of Irish Australia.
Ewen Baker is a master and teacher of Celtic style fiddle and mandolin and the Musical Director for Exile.
Lynnelle Moran is a Dublin born and Melbourne reared vocalist and traditional Irish flute and whistle player.
Paddy Fitzgerald is a cherished button accordionist from East Clare. He and his brother Joe are revered as the keepers and masters of a distinctive Clare style of box playing.
Michelle Burton-Doyle is a classical and folk harp player based in Melbourne.
Jack Brennan, widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest exponents of the Uilleann pipes is gathering notoriety both at home and in Ireland. He’s also a fine whistle player.
Greg Sheehan has been long regarded as one of the finest percussionists in Australia; he is a pioneer of contemporary rhythm.
John Hudson is a renowned guitar virtuoso from southwest Victoria. His repertoire extends to jazz, blues, country, classical and folk.