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Music By The Sea believes that ART is essential for the wellbeing of the community


Music By The Sea Concert Series 2015


First Saturday each month


5 September, 7:30pm, Sandgate Town Hall


Irish night presents the Barleyshakes, the  Kelly Family

and the Irish poet Joe Lynch




Joe Lynch - Irish poet/storyteller




Brewed in Ireland and distilled in Australia the Barleyshakes are an Irish Australian band with world music influences who combine intense energy, beautiful harmony and driving dance rhythms in their live performances. Adored throughout Australia and beyond for their “bent” Irish sound, they are winners of the Queensland Music Award for World Music.

Members of the band have worked alongside composer Howard Shore as soloists for the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, and also won the Australian young folk musician of the year award. Multi-instrumentalist Steve Cook is the driving force behind the Maleny Irish Ceili band. The band uses fiddles, flutes, tine whistle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, vocals, bass, bodhran, and drums to create their truly wonderful Celtic sound. Formed in Dublin in 1995 and moved to Queensland in 2000, the Barleyshakes have shared the stage with Lunasa, Metallica, Kila, Joe Cocker, Sharon Shannon, Altan, and Grada, to name a few. 

They continue to impress with their brilliant fresh slant on Irish music and their new album “Fringe Dwellers” was released in May 2015. 


The Kelly Family band are both Irish and Australian born and play family folk music with Celtic and American influences. They are regulars on the Australian festival circuit and  have also played in Europe where they took on Prague, Liepzig, Berlin, Poland, Paris, Alsace, Milan, Provence, and Ireland to name a few, phew !

Family bands are one of life’s super special creations and the Kelly family band are such an organism. Three kids and two adults all with happy demeanours make their Irish sound with joy, love, tensions and all the ups and downs that come with family life.



Irish Joe Lynch is a multi-award winning Poet/Storyteller and has mesmerized audiences at all the major music festivals around Australia in recent times. He has been shortlisted twice at the Australian Songwriters Awards and is considered one of the leading ‘spoken word’ artists in the land today. He will make you laugh, cry and feel like never before. Dare to be blown away. A cultural experience not to be missed.