Category: Group of the year



Nominated for

New Talent of the Year – Winner
Group of the Year – Finalist
Song of the Year – Wild Rover



Limerick was established in 2016 bringing together four talented musicians who have a “Reel” passion for hi-energy music. Broadly representing the Celtic rock genre, including originals, classics and Trad tunes, Limerick’s slogan of “Modern Celtic Band” reflects the incorporation of crowd pleasers into their shows to ensure that everybody young, old and in-between are either toe tapping, beer stomping, or up singing and dancing whilst being mesmerised by their roaming “Pied Piper like” Fiddle player.

Limerick have released a 5 track EP called “Up Yer Kilts” which showcases the band’s versatility and live performances and features 2 vocalists, fiddle, piano accordion, guitar, bass and drums. They are now in preparation of recording their second all-new originals EP to be launched March 2020.

Limerick’s live performances have been at some of the best venues and festivals across Southeast QLD and Northern NSW. Limerick have been a featured band at venues such as Finn McCool’s, (One of QLD’s largest Irish Pubs and multi award winner for best entertainment). Irish Club Hotel Toowoomba, Scots in the Bush Festival, International Tartan Day Festival, Festuri Multicultural Festival, The Bunker in Eumundi, Twin Towns Services Club Tweed Heads, Paddy Fest, a St Patrick’s Day festival held annually at Brisbane Eagle Farm Raceway and The Colmslie Big Band Craic Festival. Limerick have established themselves as one of the popular Celtic bands in Australia.

Band Members
Tim Cody – Guitar & Vocals
Belle Hendrik – Bass & Vocals
Melinda Coles – Fiddle & Accordion
Craig Tobin – Drums & Vocals



Gone Molly

Nominated for

Group of the Year – Finalist
Song of the Year – Johnny Come Away
Song of the Year – The Petticoat Crew
Song of the Year – Tavern Duet



Over the last few years, songwriter and vocalist Sally Harris has been quietly building a repertoire of songs that bring together a love of history, mythology, traditional song, tunes and sessions. Together with one of Australia’s most well known and respected folk musicians, Rebecca Wright, and superb multi-instrumentalist Lachlan Baldwin, these stories have been brought to life with exquisite cello lines, blazing bouzouki and heart melting harmonies.

With their eponymous album winning three titles in the Australian Celtic Music Awards 2018 and their song “The Miners Way” announced as a `inalist in the 2019 Queensland Music Awards, Gone Molly are truly unique folk storytellers. Breathing life into colourful characters and tales imagined or discovered, ‘The Mollies’ whisper and roar through the grimy streets of London, over ghostly battle`ields and down into the faerie dells of Anglo-Celtic history. Delivered with a joyful energy and a hint of the theatrical, their live performances are not to be missed!

The Gone Molly eponymous debut album was released in December 2017 and has been receiving radio rotation in Australia, the UK, Canada and the US, and many requests from other folk musicians to cover their songs. Their EP ‘Culloden’ was launched in March 2019, with the title song selected as one of the best tracks of 2019 by the Folk & Roll Radio Show, Scotland.

Queensland Music Awards Finalist 2019 – World/Folk

Winners of four Australian Celtic Music Awards

  • Artist of the Year 2018
  • Celtic Group of the Year 2018 & 2019
  • Producer of the Year 2018 (Pix Vane Mason for ‘Gone Molly’)
  • “I do love their eponymous album… and from it this is a cracking song called ‘The Miner’s Way’. Just cop your whack for this!” – Mike Harding (Mike Harding Folk Show, UK)




    Sadie & Jay

    Nominated for

    Group of the Year
    Album of the Year – A Passing of Seasons – Winner
    Song of the Year – Dust to Ashes
    Song of the Year – Salvation Jane
    Song of the Year – The Lucky Country
    Song of the Year – Leaving the Harbour



    The creative combination of a deeply traditional folk musician with a blues and roots singer gives Sadie and Jay an intimate and enchanting sound. They play beautiful songs with exceptional vocals, glorious harmonies, intricate finger style guitar, bouzouki and double bass. They are influenced by the storytelling nature of the Anglo-Celtic traditions and contemporary folk, blues and roots music which reflects in their collaborative songwriting.

    Born in Scotland and raised in New Zealand, Jay (David J Penman) grew up in a musical family immersed in traditional British folk music. For many years Jay has been a member of four part family A-Capella group The PENMANS. With Welsh heritage, Sadie’s love for singing is instinctive. From jazz & blues to world & roots music, Sadie has performed with accomplished musicians, theatre and cabaret enriching her spellbinding vocal ability.
    For the past six years Sadie and Jay have been performing as a duo in and beyond the Brisbane folk and festival scene. They’ve had two very successful tours in the UK in 2016 and 2018 with a third scheduled for 2020. Most recently they were guests at Upton Upon Severn and Great North Folk Festivals in the UK and they were the headline act for New Zealand’s Hamilton Folk Festival in 2019.
    Sadie and Jay have released three original studio albums, Curious (2015) Rogue Folk (2017) and A Passing of Seasons (2019) featuring several high profile South East Queensland musicians. Their third studio album features refined and spirited historical Australian stories in Sadie and Jay’s characteristic modern folk style.

    Richard Grainger – British folk singer/songwriter & Festival Director
    “Sadie & Jay – fabulous duo, highly professional with exquisite arrangements of songs in the folk and acoustic style. Sadie is a beautiful singer and is the double bass player, while Jay provides expert well worked guitar accompaniments. Both take lead vocal and their harmonies make the hairs on the back of your head curl.”

    Alison Bell – Vice President of The Brisbane Folk History Project
    “This is the third album by Brisbane based duo Sadie and Jay and it is possibly the best of Australian contemporary folk music that you could purchase. Few artists pay such exquisite detail to the total soundscape. This album will leave delightful sounds echoing in your head long after you have stopped listening to the actual tracks…”

    Robin Brew – Hamilton Folk Club NZ
    “This all too temporary importation demanded my attention from their first offering, not only for their superb musicianship, lovely use of dynamics, vocal shading etc but really topical, relevant and brave songwriting about issues that need raising.”

    CURIOUS 2015
    “Ellen’s Lullaby” FINALIST for ‘Song of the Year’ 2019 Australian Celtic Awards
    “Trinity” FINALIST in DUO Category 2018 Blues&Roots International Song of the Year
    “Taking My Time” FIRST PLACE 2015 Illawarra Folk Festival Song Competition
    “Why Would You” Top 30 OPEN 2015 Australian Songwriters Association Awards

    ROGUE FOLK 2017
    “Song Already Written” FIRST PLACE 2018 Great North Folk Festival
    “Rogue Folk” #7 Top 10 FOLK ACOUSTIC 2018 Australian Songwriters Association Awards
    “Red Red Dirt” Top 30 AUSTRALIA & COUNTRY 2018 Australian Songwriters Association Awards
    “Long Way From Lost” FIRST PLACE 2017 Illawarra Folk Festival Song Competition NSW

    “Verandah” #4 TOP 10 FOLK & ACOUSTIC 2019 Australian Songwriters Association Awards
    “Leaving the Harbour” #5 Top 10 FOLK & ACOUSTIC 2019 Australian Songwriters Association Awards
    “Dust to Ashes” Top 30 AUSTRALIA 2019 Australian Songwriters Association Awards




    String Loaded

    String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band

    Nominated for

    Celtic Artist of the Year – Winner
    Group of the Year – Winner
    Album of the Year – Continuous Line – Finalist
    Instrumental of the Year – Cooley’s Reel
    Instrumental of the Year – Highland Cathedral
    Instrumental of the Year – Carolan’s Draught
    Instrumental of the Year – Cock of the North/100 Pipers/Bonny Dundee – Winner
    Instrumental of the Year – O’Keefe’s Slide/Congress Reel
    Song of the Year – Parting Glass
    Song of the Year – Leather Wing Bat
    Song of the Year – Wild Mountain Thyme – Finalist
    Song of the Year – All For Me Grog
    Producer of the Year – Ray Blissett – Continuous Line



    2018 Australian Celtic Instrumentalist of the Year

    String Loaded are a multi-award winning Irish & Celtic Fiddle Band from Newcastle, Australia.

    “The beauty, skill and infectious energy of the girls’ fiddle playing and singing will leave you spell bound and fill your heart with joy.”

    The band features the feisty fiddle playing sisters, Gabi and Liv, supported by Ray, on guitar and Jen on bodhran and telling the stories behind the tunes. The bands energy and passion for their music is evident in their award winning albums and particularly in their exciting live shows. String Loaded have performed at Festivals and shows around the world including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Fiddle Festival on the Orkney Islands & the infamous Woodford Festival.

    Over the past 10 years this high energy family band has established themselves as an authentic, professional, high class Irish & Celtic Concert Band. They are best known for their upbeat and passionate Irish, Scottish, Bluegrass fiddle music and singing. Think … Toss the Feathers, Riverdance Music, Whisky in the Jar, Devil Went Down to Georgia, Scotland the Brave, Danny Boy … This band will deliver a concert that has universal appeal for all ages and bring a smile of joy to everyone.

    “Thank you String Loaded. Your Irish music was world class! We are looking forward to seeing you again next year.” Alaistair Murphy

    Every festival, corporate presentation, concert, wedding needs an Irish Jig and a Scottish Reel! String Loaded perform a mix of traditional and contemporary tunes and songs, with a very exciting sound.

    No Irish theme party is complete without the excitement and passion of ‘live’ fiddle music!!