Stars shine at national festival

Anatole Road

Anatole Road

The Drowsy Maggies.

The Drowsy Maggies.

ACTS with strong ties to Port Fairy and Koroit shone brightly on the national stage last weekend.

Included on the bill of the National Celtic Festival in Portarlington were Port Fairy Folk Festival regulars Eric Bogle, The Borderers and Clyamore.

Two emerging Celtic bands at the festival were The Drowsy Maggies and Anatole Road.

Both acts have links with the Koroit Lake School with Anatole Road being named the Stars on the Lake at the 2016 event.

Band member Astrid Connelly said the Lake School was an important part of the group’s journey so far.

“It was one of our best musical experiences,” she said.

“We still talk about what we learnt there and the fun we had.” 

Members of The Drowsy Maggies also cut their teeth at the Koroit Lake School. 

The band, which formed in 2015, played four shows over the weekend, expanding an already growing fan base.

The festival also featured some familiar faces from the Koroit Irish Festival.

On the bill were past Koroit Irish Festival Artists of the Year Cill-Airne, Maria Forde and the O’Shea-Ryan Academy of Irish Dance.

Other bands at the festival who have played in Koroit and Port Fairy included Bhan Tre and Saoirse.

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