Singer and banjo player, Maggie Carty was brought up in a musical family spanning generations in the west of Ireland. Her father, John Carty (fiddle & banjo) being one of the most sought after traditional musicians worldwide.
She has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals including Milwaukee Irish Festival USA, Austin Celtic Music Festival USA, Fiddle Tunes WA, Tonder Festival Denmark, Return to Camden Town, UK, Yeats Summer School, Galway Fringe Festival, Boyle Arts Festival, The Gathering and Fleadh Cheoil na Éireann, Ireland. She has toured Ireland, Europe and America extensively, sharing the stage with some of the most prolific musicians of the tradition including The Chieftains, Dermot Byrne, Dónal Lunny, Shane McGowan, Arty McGlynn, Mike McGoldrick, Shane McGowan, The John Carty Festival Band, and At the Racket. She has been described as having found her second home on stage and has natural stage talent.
Nick Charles is known internationally as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues”. His 35+ year career has seen him accumulate every conceivable accolade including Port Fairy Artist of the Year and The AGE Blues album of the year. He’s toured with artists including John Hammond, Guy Clarke, Ralph McTell, Robyn Ford and BB King touring the US 13 times in recent years and releasing over 20 albums worldwide. This is dazzling fingerpicking roots magic and a lifetime’s stories and songs from the world’s musical highways. In the words of Bruce Elder from the Sydney Morning Herald “he plays guitar like an angel!”
Gaelic for topsy-turvy, Tapsalteerie lives up to its name. The band performs original music, best described as a curious mishmash of folk, Celtic, jazz, country & blues with a strong connection to place. Featuring catchy tunes, vibrant arrangements, driving rhythms, and a touch of nostalgia, Tapsalteerie is establishing itself as a force on Melbourne’s live scene.
Comprised of Meredith Beardmore (flute), Timothy Franklin (guitar/keyboards), Isaac Gunnoo (bass) and Maddison Carter (drums), Tapsalteerie represents a truly contemporary Australian folk sound. Tapsalteerie are excited to play their first show at the Drunken Poet.