Wendy Watts New Talent of the Year – Winner
Male Artist of the Year – Finalist
Instrumental of the Year
Award winning guitarist Stu Tyrrell breathes new life into traditional English and Celtic Folk songs, re-imagining them into stomping, roots infused arrangements interwoven with Australian Folk to deliver something completely original.
Funky Lizard Sessions was recorded at Newcastle’s Funky Lizard Studios and engineered and produced by two-time Tamworth Country Music Festival Flat-picking champion Robbie Long.
Funky Lizard Sessions features Stu’s 2016 Gulgong Folk Festival Guitar Competition winning instrumental arrangement Celtic Medley—Scarborough Fair (traditional)/She Moved Through the Fair (traditional)/Dirty Old Town (MacColl) and Poor Honest Men (Kipling/Bellamy).
Funky Lizard Sessions was digitally released on November 29, 2017 to promote the 2017/18 Gulgong Folk Festival.
Stu performed on the 2018 Australian Celtic Festival “Ruby” stage having placed runner up in the street parade busking competition.
Other recent festival appearances include the National Celtic, Granny Smith and Beechworth Celtic festivals in 2018, and Newstead Live Music, National Folk and St Albans Folk festivals in 2019.