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Posted Wednesday, May 10, 2006
A week early so we can all go to Sessionfest!
Come join us for some Irish music with special guest stars
Matthew Balstow and Gael mor
Gael mór is the latest incarnation of Pam & Norm Merrigan and for those of you who don't know the Merrigans, they have been playing traditional music for well over 20 years in a variety of bands which have included performances at festivals as diverse as the National Folk Festival and the Tamworth Country Music Festival, as well as tours to Ireland & South-east Asia, and performances for television and radio. They began performing professionally as founding members of the Newcastle based Rum Culls Band, back in the late '70's. Then, following a short period in South-East Asia where they toured and promoted Australian music as The Billy Tea Bush Band, the Merrigans settled in Wagga Wagga, NSW in 1982 where they joined with Ted "Piddling Pete" Simpson and Jeff Browne to form The Bush Bandicoots, one of the Riverina's best known and most popular musical entities. The Bush Bandicoots performed at major festivals including the 10th Port Fairy Folk Festival (Vic.), the National Folk Festival (Melbourne), and the Tamworth Country Music Festival where they twice won the National Battle of the Bush Bands (1986 & '87). They also recorded one album, "Here We Are In NSW", released in July 1986.