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Meet the Bands & Dancers - Main Stage


Welcome to Country - 11:45 AM

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The Vegetable Plot - 12.15 PM

The Vegetable Plot is an internationally award-winning band serving up a bumper crop of catchy tunes, colourful characters, sweet harmonies, dances, jokes and truly rotten puns. This soilful bunch will plant seeds of inspiration in your hearts that will blossom for years to come. Their music is earthy, rootsy, organic and layered, offering plenty of funky goodness for parents to sink their teeth into while the little ones are shaking their stems on the dance floor.

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Kennedy School of Dance - 1:00PM & 2:45PM

Established in 2015, Kennedy Dance School has performed at the Sydney St. Patrick’s Day Festival every year since. With weekly classes for both adults and kids across four locations in the city and Inner West, we regularly perform at weddings, corporate events and festivals and are delighted to be performing on the main stage this year. Find out more at

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Medusa's Wake - 1:15 PM

Formed in Sydney in 2015, Medusa's Wake is fronted by Tipperary's Eddie Lawlor. With an eclectic mix of Aussies, Irish Aussies and Irish Londoners they play music that is modern yet traditional, music that is undeniably  Australian and yet unmistakably Irish at the same time. Medusa’s Wake takes the utmost pride in delivering a performance that consistently has crowds dancing and singing along and having a good time. Find them on Facebook, Instagram or Spotify.

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The Bottlers - 3:00 PM

The Bottlers are a nine-piece, all acoustic folk punk band hailing from Sydney.

Drawing life breath from not only the traditionally folk fuelled rural reaches of the nation, but also it’s cityscapes and suburban streets with a solid tip of the hat to the folk, punk and folk punk pioneers that have traipsed and trekked the trails well before them.

The Bottlers believe folk-based music should progressively speak of the times it exists in whilst hearkening back to it’s past, to the true heart of folk music, people. Because you truly can’t get where you’re going till you know where you’ve been.

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Irish Beats, Dwyer-Whelan Academy of Irish Dance - 4:30 PM

Established in 1955, Dwyer-Whelan Academy of Irish Dance is Sydney’s longest running Irish dance school. Over the years Dwyer-Whelan has produced many State and Australian Champions.The school has also had success internationally with dancers placing in the top 5 at the World Championships and Great Britain Championships, top 3 at the North American Championships, and top 2 at the British Nationals. Irish Dance classes for children and adults. Classes located in North Bondi, Alexandria , Surry Hills, Glebe, and North Sydney

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Shaylee Wilde - 4.45 PM

Shaylee Wilde, a former Australian/Irish Entertainer of the Year is bringing her show to the Sydney St. Patrick's Day stage this year. Shaylee Wilde has been in Australia since 1976 following six years in Boston, Chicago and Washington DC. Over the years she has supported all the leading Irish entertainers to tour Australia including Brendan Grace, Paddy Reilly, Hal Roach, The Fureys, Mary Black, Barleycorn and Daniel O'Donnell. Since 1986 Shaylee has been the resident entertainer at Australia's #1 Irish pub, The Mercantile Hotel at The Rocks, Sydney, playing every Sunday night.

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Blackwater - 10:00 AM on Saturday at Irish Markets

Blackwater is P. J. Cullen on guitar and vocals, Trish Kerr on vocals and Fiona Mc Vicar on violin and vocals. You can catch Blackwater every Saturday afternoon at the Mercantile in the Rocks, the 2nd sunday of each month the Bald Rock in Rozelle in the afternoon and the last Sunday of each month at the Penrith Gaels Kingswood in the evening. They also perform at Weddings , parties and other celebrations. For bookings visit

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Martin Horan - 2:00 PM on Saturday at Irish Markets

Martin, a Dubliner, has played in clubs, pubs and on concert stages, in Ireland, Britain, the West Indies, Asia and Australia, as a solo performer and a member of various bands since some time after the arrival of the first fleet in Port Jackson, way back in 1788. His repertoire of songs (Irish, country, blues, rock, bluegrass, etc., etc.) is encyclopedic, and still expanding. He plays a range of instruments with ease and confidence, and his witty badinage never fails to establish an excellent rapport with the audience.

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