Wheelers and Dealers will perform in Gympie.
Wheelers and Dealers will perform in Gympie. Contributed

Celtic band to play Gympie

BEAUTIFUL, powerful and exciting traditional and contemporary music from award-winning Blue Mountains Celtic band Wheelers and Dealers.

That is how they have been described in their Celtic Crossings Tour coming to Gympie Pines Golf Club on Tuesday, July 12.

Wheelers and Dealers is a Celtic roots band with a uniquely Australian sound.

Formed in 2003, the band took its current form between 2004-6 and has been working and touring steadily since then as a professional group.

The band’s second CD Full House, released in April 2007, won the Folk Alliance Australia award for Best Folk CD 2007 and is distributed in Australia and New Zealand.

Their first CD won the MusicOz award 2003 for an original song entitled Woomera.

Career highlights include a tour with the great British country rock guitarist Albert Lee as both his support and backing band in 2007.

In 2009 they supported American bluegrass master Peter Rowan, and joined renowned Scottish singer/songwriter/guitarist Alistair Hulett for two shared concerts.

In 2010 they were featured artists in a concert for the Macquarie University singers, a 120-voice choir, to an audience of 1200.

Wheelers and Dealers have also performed at many of the country’s folk festivals, big and small, including Port Fairy and the National.

In the forefront of exciting contemporary interpretations of folk music, Wheelers and Dealers features the renowned fiddle playing of Mike Kerin, the powerful rock influenced guitar of Ged Corben, the percussive upright bass of Michael Vidale and the evocative accordion of Tinker Duffy, setting off vocals from acclaimed folk singer Christine Wheeler.

The Celtic Crossings tour offers a musically rich and intimate tapestry of songs that tell tales of love and celebration, of grief and longing, of emigration and adventure. They are stories that set the social and political scenery of their times.

Feel the pain of a drover’s wife during a drought, through the words of Henry Lawson set to music. Travel alongside a rogue Irishman with a Robin Hood complex. Sit outside a rough hut in the Appalachian mountains listening to the fiddle dance.

The Celtic Crossings tour is brought to the region by the Cooloola Community Arts Council, and managed and co-ordinated by arTour, an initiative supported by the State Government through Arts Queensland. This is a meal and show deal with the Gympie Pines Golf Club kitchen open at 5pm and the show starting at 7.30pm.

Adults $35, CCAC members $25, concession, $30 and youth $25. Bookings are necessary.

Book your tickets at Gympie Bags and Gifts, 107 Mary St, Gympie 5482 6834.

For more information phone Joolie Gibbs on 5481 0732.

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