Winners of Trad & Now's 2006 Award "Best CD, World/Celtic genre" and 2007 Award "Best Traditional Music CD" Coolfinn Mac's lively Celtic fusion style draws on an extensive repertoire of music from Ireland, Australian and the Celtic nations peppered with original material and good humour.
This mainly acoustic, multi-instrumental group delivers trad style music with a contemporary edge, combining the magic of music from the Celtic nations creatively blending instruments and styles. Coolfinn Mac will take you on a musical journey with their exciting fusion of past and present, songs and tunes, both old and new. Coolfinn can provide music and entertainment for weddings, parties, private functions for groups and clubs, and fundraisers for a variety of events. You provide the venue and the crowd and, with our extensive repertoire of pub favorites, sing-a-longs, toe-tapping tunes, and songs old & new we'll keep you well entertained. In fact, any excuse for a "hooley" and we'll be there!
Professional and reliable music and entertainment to add an authentic Irish, Celtic or Australian atmosphere to any event.
Experienced musicians with varying instrumentation.
2-4 piece band depending on your requirements, venue and budget. If you have an event in mind but are not sure how to make it happen we can offer advice, expertise and the personnel to see it through from start to finish.
Extensive repertoire of Irish and Australian material & music from the Celtic nations including ballads, sing-a-longs, Irish pub songs and lively jigs and reels.
Ceili & Bush Dance specialists to the toe-tapping rhythms of reels, jigs and polkas. All dances are taught and called on the night with no previous experience necessary.
Experience in providing entertainment and bush dances for school groups with a number of exciting programs especially developed for young people.
Past & present Festival performances include: Australia Day Celtic Festival, Sydney; Berry Celtic Festival; Bray Summer Fest, Ireland; Coast Fest; Cobargo Folk Festival; Fleadh Ceol (Mean Fiddler); Fleadh Nua; Keltic Circle Festival, Leichhardt; Major's Creek Festival; National Folk Festival, Canberra; Parc Menai Celtic Festival; Shamrock in the Bush, Galong; St. Albans Folk Festival; St Patrick's Day Festival, Hyde Park, Sydney; Turning Wave Irish & Australian Festival; Umina Beach Folk Festival; The Uranquinty Folk Festival; Willie Clancy Summer School, Ireland.
Past & present Clients include: Consulate General of Ireland; Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney; Australia Day Council of NSW; City of Sydney; Gaelic Club, Sydney; Gundagai Advancement Corporation; St. Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney; Sydney Maritime Museum; The Mean Fiddler, Rouse Hill; Camden Valley Inn.
The Coolfinn Mac is:
Norm Merrigan: button accordions, concertina, Irish bouzouki, vocals & bodhran
Pam Merrigan: vocals, Irish whistles, low whistle, guitar, keyboard & bodhran
James Palethorpe: fiddle
Chris Merrigan: bass guitar & guitar