Instrumental of the Year – Cherokee Shuffle – Winner
Album of the Year
Group of the Year
New Talent of the Year – Finalist
Instrumental Celtic traditional five piece Mad Kelpie Playdate formed in 2017 through a mutual love of high energy bagpipe music and even higher energy crazy dogs. Based in Queanbeyan and the surrounding region, the band combines smallpipes, uilleann pipes, flute, guitar and percussion to provide a lively modern take on traditional Celtic music, with influences from bluegrass and pipe bands. 2018 saw the release of their debut self-titled album, along with performances including at the Quirindi Tattoo, the Yass Irish & Celtic Music Festival, the Canberra Highland Gathering Ceilidh and Folk by the Sea.