Schottenfest 2018 - a new Irish-Scottish cultural music festival in Vienna Austria

THe line-up

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Following Jellylegs, Mundy went on to release the multi platinum record 24 Star Hotel, with hit tracks ‘July’ and ‘Mexico’becoming firm favourites. Raining Down Arrows, which hit the #1 slot in the Irish Album Charts, came next and was recorded in the musically revered city of Austin, Texas. His first live album Live and Confusion followed, recorded at a storming and sold out Vicar St show. Galway Girl was recorded as an encore and went on to become the best selling single and most downloaded song 2 years in a row in Ireland (2007 / 2008). His 4th studio album, Strawberry Blood, followed in 2009 and saw Mundy touring Ireland, Australia and the UK once more. Shuffle was released in 2011 and was a gorgeous ode to some of Mundy’s most favourite songwriters. It featured his versions of songs by greats like Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Paul Simon and Gillian Welch, to name a few.

Since then, Mundy has been busy. He’s been touring the US, performing at The Royal Albert Hall – not to mention the small matter of performing for Barack Obama both on his Irish visit, and at his home in The White House.

Mundy met Youth again a couple of years back and they decided to collaborate together for the first time since ‘95, winding up in Youth’s studio in Spain where they got to work.

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Is an Irish songwriter, a young Artist who uses his lyrics to paint pictures with words on canvases of silence, curating a body of work which is steeped in the poetic tradition of old but delivered in such a way that is entirely his own.

Creating an inner world through narrative songwriting while leaving the door slightly ajar for us to enter and act out scenes, His live shows have been described as visceral, spiritual and communal events where Keenan moves between a one man and his guitar monologue to fronting a band whose sound only acts as a carrier for the songs further solidifying their intent. Advocating expression through all forms, dressed in the clothes of an out of work revolutionary his debut album is to be let loosed in 2018.
Not just another young lad with an acoustic guitar, Keenan is the sound of Tim Buckley and Brendan Behan arguing over a few jars, while Kavanagh deals Dylan a suspicious hand of cards, and Anthony Cronin and Jack Kerouac furiously try to scribble it all down.

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Emma Langford

Having been shortlisted in 2018 for the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards ('Best Emerging Artist') and the Irish Post Music Awards ('Best Folk Act'), it comes as no surprise that since releasing her debut EP in 2016, Emma Langford has quickly established herself as a staple of the folk circuit on the Irish and international scene. She has worked alongside internationally recognised artists Ron Sexsmith, Beoga, Wallis Bird, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, Eddi Reader, and Declan O’Rourke; and is a frequent touring support act for Mick Flannery, Jack Lukeman, and Mundy.

Hailing from Limerick in the South-West of Ireland, Emma Langford's distinctive voice is described by  song-writing legend Phil Coulter as "a breath of fresh air". She deftly blends traditional Irish lilt with folk and jazz nuances; while delicate guitar work complements a clear intuitive sense of melody. Her winning combination of insightful lyrics and witty demeanour create the mesmerising live on-stage presence for which the young artist is well known. 

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From the northside of Dublin Ray Heffernan is a songwriter and musician. He has had commercial successes in 5 countries and in 4 languages, and has worked with such household names as Robbie Williams, Wallis Bird, Declan O'Rourke and Eros Ramazotti.

He is also the founder of “Music4Life”, a language learning method based on creativity and songwriting, working in and with elementary schools in various European countries, facilitating creative writing in prison facilities and, more recently, among refugees and migrant workers. 

Heffernan is the creator and host of the “Irish Songwriters Podcast”, an in-depth interview-based study of the craft of songwriting in Ireland.  He lives and works by Lake Orta in Northern Italy,

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A whisky-smoked baritone voice and a down-tuned dreadnought guitar. An intimate, engaging and visceral live-performer, gigging solo on the road and round the corner, on stages and on soapboxes for the last ten years.
Beautifully crafted songwriting that gains complexity through it’s honest emotion and dynamism, fuelled by the raw indie and grunge of his youth and welded together with the stories and peoples of his life.

Stuart is also frontman of indie-rock band 'JUDO PUSH' who released their debut album 'FOR THE NORTH' in 2014 and composed the soundtrack for the award winning CINÉMA HUMAINE documentary film 'HORN' in the same year. Stuart is also a co-founder of the VIENNA SONGWRITING CIRCLE: a community group for writers based in Vienna to come together to exchange experience, knowledge and support.

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Antonia nÍ Norica

Antonia Ní Norica first started her musical journey aged 3. At 5 she was big enough to hold a Cello and went on to winning a number of first places at the “Jugend Musiziert NRW” young classical musicians competitions in Germany. She developed an interest for Irish songs & music through her aunt and picked up a tin whistle at a Dubliners concert.

A trip to Ireland and the 1992 Ballyshannon Folk Festivalr, she had fallen in love with the Uilleann Pipes. Aged fifteen she competed in the 1995 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Listowel as the only female and non-Irish participant in the category.

Due to her twenty-odd years of experience with this rare and special instrument, Antonia is known as one of the driving forces of the Uilleann Pipes and Irish trad music in Austria. She was the first female Uilleann piper to complete a Bachelor in Irish music at the University of Limerick. Antonia has been a big part of the Schottenfest and is our traditional music mentor.

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The Musicians

Danaí KELLEhEr

Danaí Kelleher is a Dublin born artist. His family is from Kilaloe Co.Clare where traditional music, Irish language and singing had a big influence on him. Danaí has written hundreds of songs from silly to serious and loves to showcase his work in various venues across Dublin and Europe,

Currently working on a European transparant library project , Danaí is also writing with and for ..numerous other artists as well as being a father. Safe to say his days are full.

”An Irish bard in the true sense of the word and one to watch for the future. This man write songs for tradition. Songs that will carry on long after the music stops.” Sad Opera Entertainment - Dublin.

”Looking forward to and feeling priveliged to perform at Shottenfest 2018” Danaí Kelleher - Dublin.

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Schottenfest 2017

mick flannerY
karine polwart
john spillanE
dave arcari
gráinne hunt
karin rabhansl
antonia ní norica
vienna songwriting circle
the songwriting collective
doug andrews
brendan doran
maria Burger & dave mckendry

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