Male Artist of the Year – Finalist
Award-winning alt-country/acoustic folk singer-songwriter Stu Tyrrell performs themed concerts, children’s shows, vocal workshops, and original showcases arranged for guitar and voice with guitar influences from Leadbelly to Bert Jansch and a voice likened to John Schumann and David Bowie.
Breathing new life into traditional English and Celtic Folk songs, Stu Tyrrell re-imagines them into stomping, roots infused arrangements to deliver something completely original, weaving together linguistic and folkloric narratives and musical motifs to showcase a rich tapestry of Celtic music.
Stu has played the Australian Celtic Festival, Beechworth Celtic Festival, Kilmore Celtic Festival, National Celtic Festival, and National Folk Festival.
Stu performed at the 2019 National Folk Festival, his first major non-Celtic festival. Stu performed his This Machine Sings Woody children’s concert for the first time as a duo with his daughter (age 6). Stu also performed his Disobedience & Rebellion themed concert for the first time, featuring traditional Celtic and Irish rebel songs, which has now grown into his Firebrand acoustic covers project.
“Of course, as you would expect, there were social issues behind the songs of Stu Tyrrell – but more of a personal nature than strictly political. His was literally a family show – his family – with his very young but wonderfully enthusiastic daughter up on stage with her favourite Dad.” – Frank McKone – View article
“Stu Tyrrell is a Sydney-based folk artist who is touring to promote his debut EP Celtic Roots. His alternative acoustic folk style has a stomp rock feel that fringes on acoustic metal … Very professional on stage, he played fast to fit in all of the songs from the EP.” – Sam Ingham – View article
“Alternative country/acoustic metal singer-songwriter Stu Tyrrell’s brand of nylon assault is unlike anything you’ve ever heard.” – The Cam Cooper
WINNER – Australian Celtic Music Awards – Wendy Watts New Celtic Talent of the Year 2019
WINNER – Gulgong Folk Festival Guitar Competition 2016