Brewed in Ireland and distilled in Australia, the Barleyshakes are a Celtic band with world music influences who combine intense energy, beautiful harmony and driving dance rhythms in their live performances. They are winners of the Queensland Music Award for World Music. Ever since their inception in the 90’s in Dublin, the Barleyshakes have been turning heads. Two of their members recorded as soloists on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, working closely with Howard Shore and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Their mission, to inject new life into Irish music while honouring the tradition past, was to become a life-long adventure for each member. Their live shows have taken them around the globe and they continue to take audiences on a joy filled ride wherever they perform. After well over a decade together this ensemble know each other intensely and they communicate freely to create something fresh every time they perform. Their 8th album entitled “Irishtown” was awarded Queensland Album of the month on ABC local radio .