Location: Perth
Country: Australia

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It is a reputation which they have built up in the fifteen years they have been playing together and has taken them to every major festival in Australia as well as tours to Europe and Asia.

One feature the "Fling" are particularly renowned for is their presentation of Irish traditional and original dance music which is largely due to the musical excellence of the "tunes" section of the band. With Suzanne Harris on fiddle and Ormonde Waters on concertina, uilleann pipes, Highland bagpipes and whistles, there is a fascinating variety of sounds from instruments rarely seen and even more rarely played so well.

They have a strong focus on original material including both songs and tunes. Songwriter David B. Johnson captures the contemporary Australian experience and his songs are much-requested wherever the band performs. These are complemented by the mixture of traditional and contemporary Irish songs, all the way up to modern classics which while not even remotely Celtic, are given that special "Fling" touch which makes them feel right at home in the repertoire.

Laying the rhythmic foundation is Graeme Bell on bass who, together with the guitar and cittern, brings out the subtleties and power inherent in the music of the "Fling". Another unique feature of this band and in many ways its "secret weapon" is a consistently good sound regardless of whether they are playing in a concert hall or a tiny backroom bar. 

The "Fling" have released two CDs to date which have seen them become one of the biggest selling unsigned independent acts in Australia. They have also appeared by invitation on three compilation CDs.

As their alter ego "Tatterjack" they were the first Irish music ensemble to be recruited to the Musica Viva in Schools programme. This has been such a success that Irish groups have been added to the programme in other states.

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  • Ormonde Waters - Concertina, Uilleann Pipes, Low Whistle, Warpipes, Tin Whistles, Vocals
  •  Suzanne Harris - Fiddle, Vocals
  • David Johnson - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
  • Graeme Bell - Electric Bass, Vocals
  • John Reed - Cittern, Vocals
  • Reuben Kooperman, Drums

Winners of the 1997 WAMI Award - Best Original Folk Act


  • The National Folk Festival - 1995, 1996 (as top billed national band)
  • The Port Fairy Folk Festival - 1996, 1997, 1999
  • Woodford Maleny Festival - 1996
  • Illawarra Jamberoo Festival - 1996
  • Fairbridge Festival - 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2007
  • Nannup Music Festival - 2007
  • Joondalup Festival - 2000, 2004
  • Toodyay Folk Festival - 1993
  • Rottnest Island Festival - 1995, 1996, 1997
  • Wehrheim Festival (Germany) - 1996
  • Festival of Perth - 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Top Half Festival - June 1997
  • 1997 WA State Folk Arts Festival - Sept 1997
  • Midland Folk Festival - Nov 1998, 1999
  • China/Singapore - July/Aug 1997
  • Waihi Bush Festival, New Zealand - Feb 1998
  • Leeuwin Estate Celtic Concert - March, 1998
  • Singapore Food Festival - July, 1998
  • Brampton Live Festival, UK - July, 1998
  • Stainsby Festival, UK - July, 1998
  • Warwick Festival, UK - July, 1998
  • The Big Green Gathering, Warminster, UK - July, 1998
  • Strathearn Music Festival, Crieff, Scotland - August, 1998
  • Belfast Arts Festival - August, 1998
  • Cropredy Festival, Oxfordshire, England - August, 1998
  • Guinness Tour
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