Male Artist of the Year – Finalist
New Talent – Finalist
Album of the Year – Celtic Roots
Producer of the Year – Jay Hazmat
Song of the Year – The Saint of Kings Cross
Song of the Year – Scarborough Fair
Song of the Year – Ny Kirree Fo Niaghtey
Song of the Year – She Moved Through The Fair
Song of the Year – The Blacksmith
Singer-songwriter Stu Tyrrell’s original material speaks of social justice and solidarity through experiences of love, loss, depression and triumph. Breathing new life into traditional English and Celtic folk songs, Stu re-imagines them into stomping arrangements with a decidedly Australian roots flavour.
A veteran of the stage, notable as touring bassist for ex-Iron Maiden front men Paul Dianno and Blaze Bayley on their Australian tours, Stu currently performs as a solo artist at folk clubs and on the Sydney songwriters circuit in his signature stripped-down style.
A regular on the festival stage, Stu has played the Australian Celtic Festival, Beechworth Celtic Festival, and Kilmore Celtic Festival. He also won the 2016 Gulgong Folk Festival Guitar Competition with his winning arrangement Celtic Medley.
Stu’s debut studio recording Celtic Roots features Steph Miller (accordion, octave mandolin and zither, ex-Roaring Jack/Eva Trout), Mark Oats (fiddle, The Bushwackers/Finn MacCool), and Gordon Rytmeister (drums, ex-everything!). Additionally, poet laureate Irish Joe Lynch features narrating an excerpt from Robbie Burns.
Celtic Roots was released on 1 May 2017, with the supporting tour kicking off in Glen Innes to coincide with the 2017 Australian Celtic Festival.