2020 ACMA Finalists

Celtic Song of the Year
Ella Roberts for Siuil a Ruin – Finalist
Ella Roberts for Errigal – Finalist
String Loaded for Wild Mountain Thyme – Finalist

Celtic Album of the Year
Barleyshakes for Irishtown – Finalist
Sadie & Jay for A Passing Of Seasons – Finalist
String Loaded for Continuous Line – Finalist

International Artist of the Year
Sophie Mosser – Finalist
Dicky Deegan – Finalist
Celkilt – Finalist
Clan Celtica – Finalist

Celtic Group of the Year
Limerick – Finalist
Gone Molly – Finalist
String Loaded – Finalist

Celtic Album Producer of the Year
Alan Kelly & Mark Paltridge for Irishtown – Finalist
Raymond Blissett for Continuous Line – Finalist
Peter Miller for Simplicity – Finalist

Celtic Female Artist of the Year
Gabi Blissett – Finalist
Ella Roberts – Finalist
Norma O’Hara Murphy – Finalist

Celtic Male Artist of the Year
Stu Tyrrell – Finalist
Michael Fix – Finalist
Peter Miller – Finalist

Celtic Instrumental of the Year
String Loaded for Cock of the North/100 Pipers/Bonny Dundee – Finalist
Peter Miller for Road To Ardfield – Finalist
Barleyshakes for Jessica’s – Finalist

Winners to be announced May 2nd 2020



Even though the Australian Celtic Awards Dinner is not going ahead due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Celtic Music Awards management team would still like to announce the finalists and award the winners via the website

Finalists to be announced April 16th 2020

Winners to be announced May 2nd 2020

Good luck to all the nominees

Stay safe and well

(Please note: In the event of total lock down these announcements may be delayed)


Celtic News March Update

Sadly, I must now tell you that the 2020 Australian Celtic Festival has been cancelled, due to the COVID 19 virus. If you have already purchased tickets, you will be contacted soon to have your refund processed.

Of course, the Australian Celtic Festival is not the only one to be impacted. Following is a list of all the other cancellations that I am aware of at this moment in time:-

  • Bundanoon is Brigadoon has been postponed until later in the year
  • Ringwood Highland Games has been postponed until October
  • Australian Pipe Band Championships, Maryborough, VIC have been postponed until October
  • Maclean Highland Gathering has been cancelled
  • Scottish Week in Sydney is under review
  • Blue Mountains Music festival has been cancelled
  • Yackandandah Folk Festival has been cancelled
  • Fairbridge Festival has been postponed until October
  • National Folk Festival – awaiting an announcement
  • National Celtic Festival – awaiting an announcement
  • Eleanor McEvoy’s Australian Tour has been cancelled
  • Moshe’s Bagel Tour has been cancelled
  • Colum Sands Tour is awaiting an announcement

The Australian Celtic Music Awards

Judging is well underway for the 2020 Australian Celtic Music Awards. I will be able to give you more information soon about the arrangements that we will make around presenting the Awards and letting you all know who the Finalists and Winners are.

In the short term we are all very disappointed that we won’t be seeing you in May. However, rest assured that we will be back again, bigger and better than ever, in 2021.


Celtic News March 2020

We are, of course, now on the countdown to The Australian Celtic Music Awards and The Australian Celtic Festival so you will find a whole lot of news and profiles in this month’s edition. That certainly doesn’t mean that there isn’t a massive amount of other stuff to tell you about as well. I hope that you find lots of interest to you.
Many of you will remember the beautiful photograph of the bushfire which I published back in December. Well, it was a beautiful photograph, even if the subject matter was terrifying. The photographer, Will Redden, has told me that photograph was published in the January edition of Racing NSW Magazine.
Will has also recently been exhibited in the exhibition “The Beauty of Earth” at the Blank Wall Gallery, in Athens, Greece (28th February to 1st March).

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Celtic News February 2020

Wow! We’ve had rain. It is quite amazing to see how quickly it greens up, but I think we’re all a bit cautious and not celebrating too soon. For some of you, it may have been too much of a good thing, with local flooding. It’s a little strange to think that last month we were worrying about fires, most of which are now out, and now we’re awash with water.

There’s a huge amount happening once again this month. Let’s Go Dancing is back for the New Year. There are more profiles of Celtic Festival performers and Australian Celtic Music Awards Nominees.

This month’s Newsletter has a distinctly Irish flavour, which is appropriate given that the Australian Celtic Festival is celebrating the Year of Ireland and The Isle of Man. Information about the Annual Symposium at the Festival has been provided by Nigel Brown.

So with no more ado…………

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