May and beyond

May is almost over and the rest of the year is filling up.  We are currently putting together a small tour of Folk Clubs in Scotland for our trip home in November to January 2015.  We are looking forward to that and details can be found on our Gigs page.  However, there are plenty of events on the lead up to November.  We will be playing Mark Cryle as the Civil Union at the Redhill Folk Clubs “Kitchen-Aid Concert” on the 25th May.  Then on the weekend of June 7th we will be in Townsville for the Palm Creek Festival, where we will not only be performing as our duo but with The Jiggles and no doubt appearing as special guests with our friends The Wish List and Cloudstreet.  Further on in the year we will be at the BUG, The Maleny Celtic Winterschool, Folk Redlands and the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival.  Lots to look forward to, so please keep tuned.

Tannahill Rose

Acoustics after five: Rebecca Wright and Donald McKay

Join us at the Brisbane Square Library for an hour of free music in the relaxed surrounding of the Library from 5.30pm.

This is another edition of the “acoustics after five”, one of Brisbane City Councils free mucis performances at the Brisbane Square Library.

Tannahill flower bunch

Brisbane Folk History Project fundraiser

We are looking forward to Sunday 9th March when we will be joining The Company, Cloudstreet and 3 Miles from Texas at the Brisbane Folk History Project fundraiser extravaganza.

The Brisbane Folk History Project is dedicated to the recording and preservation of the history of the Brisbane folk music scene and the fundraiser which will be held from 3pm at the Newfarm Bowls Club, will highlight some of the Brisbanes musical talent and provide others the opportunity to play along at the session from 7pm.  See our Gigs page for further details.

It will be a great night, see you there!

Tannahill Rose

Happy New Year!

Wishing all our families, friends, fans and supporters a Happy New Year and all the best for 2014.

We had a lovely Hogmanay playing at a private ceilidh as a three-piece line up of The Ceilidh Clan and “seeing in the bells”, on the way home, sitting in our van watching the fireworks over the City of Brisbane.  Here’s hoping that you had a guid one yourselves.

Looking forward to seeing you around the traps in the coming year.

Tannahill Rose

NSW Tour

We are excited and looking forward to our upcoming trip to NSW, organised by the community group Resilience Inc.  We will be playing and teaching in venues around Numeralla, Cooma and Eden.  Tell your friends and come along if you can!

For more information, visit the Resilience Inc. website:

Numeralla - Cooma Flyer


Join us and our friends for a fun night of music and dance
at the Celtic Concert & Ceilidh at Mt Tambourine.


The BUg: Tuesday 30th April


The bug 30th aprilFor further details visit

The Heart Is a Garden – Sunday 28th April


Heart is a garden

Come and hear some beautiful, heartfelt songs at The Heart Is a Garden.

‘National’ Wrap-up

We had a wonderful time at the National Folk Festival over Easter, where we had the great privilege of performing at “Festival Folk Sing Judy Small” – a concert and CD launch celebrating the songs of the “grande dame of Australian folk music”, Judy Small.  We sung our rendition of Sky of the Southern Cross to a packed venue and enjoyed everyone else’s fabulous interpretations and were joined by Judy herself for the finale.  Rebecca was also very excited to be invited by Judy to play cello and sing with her at her concert on Sunday night.  Those of you who have been following Rebecca for many years may recall that Judy has been hugely influential and inspirational to her, both personally and professionally, so having the opportunity to play with Judy was definitely a career highlight!
On stage during the "Festival Folk Sing Judy Small" concert;   Photo by Dave McBadger

On stage during the “Festival Folk Sing Judy Small” concert; Photo by Dave McBadger

For more information about “Festival Folk Sing” visit  All proceeds from the album go to the Troubadour Foundation, an organisation set up to provide assistance and encouragement for the sustainability of Australian folk culture.

We also did a couple of blackboard sets at the National and met some lovely new friends in doing so.  (G’day!)  We had great fun playing and singing with our dear friends The Wish List and Donald made an impact with his be-kilted hip wiggles and tambourine skills during the  Infinite Bee Gees competition.  Donald also enjoyed his cameo role as a Scottish side-drummer during a Fred Smith and The Spooky Men’s Chorale concert, at the Budawang.  Rebecca enjoyed the last minute challenge of joining Frencham Smith on cello and vocals for three of their sets, including a special presentation of Fred Smith’s landmark album, “Bagarap Empires”.