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Archive for March, 2008
Tour Ireland With Erin

Want to head to the Emerald Isle with ERIN?! Our lead singer, Bernadette, has been invited to escort a small group tour of some of the best music festivals in IRELAND in July/August 2008!

Tour Highlights:

Visit the main cities of Dublin & Belfast

  • Visit the main cities of Dublin & Belfast
  • Join the Literary Pub Crawl in Dublin
  • Enjoy an evening of music and dance in a local Irish pub
  • Admire the Powerscourt House & Garden as well as Muckross House & Garden
  • Spend two (2) days attending the famous Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann
  • Take part in a Walking Tour of the Wicklow Mountains
  • Go to some of the best castles of Ireland
  • Discover the natural sites of the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher & the Giants Causeway

Tour Dates: Monday 18 August – Saturday 31 August 2008

Cost of the tour is $3999 per person twin share which includes:

  • Return airport transfers
  • Fully guided tour, travelling in a luxury private coach
  • 13 nights 3 – 4 star accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, seven (7) three-course dinners featured throughout
  • Entrance fees to all attractions

Excludes airfares, tipping& porterage, drinks, meals not specified in itinerary. Meal package available.

For more information download the flyer and the tour itenerary or contact Travelscene East Maitland:

Tel: (02) 4933 0874 Fax: (02) 4933 0875

Come and Try out the Trio – March 30

Fresh off the bat of her inspirational Festivals Tour (see below) ERIN TRIO will perform this Sunday, March 30 at the Hunter Valley Brewery, Maitland. The show starts at 6pm.

The trio will be performing songs from their new album “Let’s Toss This Salad” which was launched at the HVB in February.

Performing the same repertoire of traditional jigs, reels and songs as the popular 5-piece, ERIN TRIO aims to paint a more subtle picture. With the acoustic approach of guitar, fiddle and voice, the trio strips it all back to reveal the raw simplicity of Irish storytelling. Add the stirring rumble of bodhran and you’ll be taken away along the rocky road to Dublin, or to the rolling mountains of Mourne…

An excellent bistro menu is available and bookings are recommended. Children are also welcome (restricted areas). Ph. (02) 4933 5786

Erin Trio

Bernadette's Guest Spot at the Folk Club – April 5

ERIN’s lead vocalist, Bernadette Lannen, has been invited to work with two of the Hunter’s finest folk musicians for an exciting and eclectic performance on Saturday, April 5, 7.30pm at the Wesley Fellowship Hall (opposite the Exchange Hotel on Beaumont St, Hamilton).

Talented multi-instrumentalists, singers and songwriters, KENT DANIEL (Guitar, Bouzouki, Mandolin & Voice) and LARRY HUGHES (Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle & Voice) team up again for the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club, following an acclaimed performance last year.  With musical loves spanning Planxty, Altan, The Kingston Trio and The Bothy Band as well as Dylan, Dido and Joni Mitchell to name but a few, these local lads have dedicated their lives to their passion for “music that has something to say”. 

Having recently secured a spot at this year’s St Alban’s Folk Festival, Kent and Larry are sure to treat their audience to a stunning mix of traditional and original offerings – plus a few surprises to boot!

Bernadette (Vocals and Bodhran) is excited and inspired to be thrown into the mix and will offer listeners new renditions of timeless folk tunes as well as some more contemporary repertoire.  You might also recognise fresh and creative re-workings of some of your ERIN favourites…

The KLB trio – :)  - they need a name!! - will be supported on the night by the all-female acappella ensemble AMORÉ GRANDÉ. 

Tickets are $14 Adults, $12 Concession and $10 Club Members.  For further information contact Elaine on (02) 4943 1552 or Bilbo 0410 584 533 or (02) 4958 4033.  Please visit the Folk Club’s website

Come to Ireland with ERIN

Bernadette – lead singer with ERIN – has been invited to escort a tour of Ireland in August 2008! Why not join her and fulfil that lifelong dream with someone you know?!

Click on the ERIN TOUR link to the left of the Home Page and make your dreams come true! Tomorrow isn’t promised, remember?… But fine ‘craic’ and good music is just around the corner…

A Capital St Patrick's Day Was Had By All! – March 17

ERIN wound up their March tour in Canberra with a special St Patrick’s Day performance at King O’Malley’s Irish Pub. It was a blast! With green hair, green hats, girls Irish-dancing and Guinness flowing, the recipe was complete – and ERIN the icing on the cake, of course! Watch this space, Canberra – we’ll be back…

Yackandandah – Couldn't be Grandah!

Sorry – couldn’t resist the bad rhyme…

ERIN had a wonderful time at the stunning country town of Yackandandah and its superbly cosy Folk Festival. Not only were we able to play some priceless intimate gigs to another warm and appreciative audience but we also enjoyed the opportunity to catch some of the fine acts travelling the circuit between Port Fairy and the National Folk Festival held in Canberra over the Easter weekend. If that wasn’t spectacular enough, our digs certainly were at the picturesque home of Mike and Trish (not to mention the stunning food and wardrobe – thanks a million!). Who needs pictures on the walls (or curtains on the windows) with views like this?! (See photos soon to be posted). Some favourite artists included Faerd, The Go Set, Rachel Unthank & The Winterset, Cecile Corbel and of course, The Undesirables from Canada who enjoyed a mountain-top pool party in the hefty Aussie heat!

Thanks also to the Erin fans who travelled so far to show their support and the family and friends who flanked around to cheer us on. Special mention must also go to the fine poetry recitation and of course, to young Jesse for kicking off some creative dancing at the Star Hotel – Riverdance will never be the same…

A Well-Earned Rest…with a Reel Thrown in…

ERIN took up the opportunity to rest and recoup…with a little more partying for good measure…at Jim’s blissful Enfield bush retreat, some 20 minutes from the heart of Ballarat.

The March Flies may have been on the attack but that didn’t hamper ERIN’s drive to relax, bushwalk, drink, sleep, eat, read, drink, sleep, drink, chat, sleep and play music, after a full-on few days in Port Fairy (comprised of much the same… minus the bushwalking and sleeping). Thanks to Jim, Pat and Arleen, plus Beccy, Tom & Lachie for some priceless moments and golden memories. (Please note the proud parading of our Port Fairy purchases… :) )

Todd and Nate

Late Night Jam Session

Port Fairy Folk Festival – March 2008

Oh what fun was had at the Port Fairy Folk Folk Festival!! (Check out the photos!). Once the nerves subsided (!) ERIN had 4 well-attended gigs at the festival and sold out of CDs at the in-house sales tent! We had a lot of fun, witnessing a wide range of amazing musicians and inspirations. Special mention – where to start?? Circle of Rhythm, Jake Shimabukuro, Collard Greens & Gravy, Elana James, The Chipolatas, Angie Hart, John Schumann, Hans Theessink, The Duhks and who could forget The Bushwackers on that Guinness-fuelled Sunday night?… It’s of course too hard to mention names; basically anywhere we stumbled, we discovered another piece of musical magic. And in the Green Room, some ERIN members rubbed shoulders with these fine artists themselves…

The weather was warm, the stages were warmer, the surf was perfect, the houseparents (Sandra and Trevor) were amazing (- thank you!!! and sorry about the nail polish…) And the crowd – the patrons – were spectacular!!

Finally, it wouldn’t have been half as much fun without those dedicated devotees who followed us all the way from Maitland – Thank you all so much! See you next year Port Fairy!

Enjoy these photos of Erin onstage at the Port Fairy Folk Festival:

Erin at Stage 5

Erin at Stage 5

Finally – The Salad is Tossed!!

Let's Toss This Salad

Yes, ERIN has finished her second release!! Finally, the band has got herself into the studio again – but this time as the popular acoustic trio – and recorded “Let’s Toss This Salad”, a collection of traditional folk tunes, songs and jazz items on a warm and welcoming new album. The February CD Launch at Maitland’s HVB was a great night and huge success. We also had an exciting time promoting it on our recent Victorian tour and are proud to report that it sold exceptionally well, hand-in-hand with our original, self-titled release.

We’re currently planning on a “second CD launch” in Newcastle and will keep you posted. In the meantime, you can catch the ERIN TRIO again at the HVB on the last Sunday of each month from 6 to 9 PM. See the gig guide for more details. (If you’re not already on our mailing list, send us an email via this website and request the same!).

CDs are available from gigs and will soon be available on-line. We are also looking into procuring sales at a couple of independent local venues.