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Fri 16 Mar 2012, 7:00pm–11:45pm
Sat 17 Mar 2012, 7:00pm–11:45pm

Where: BAR36, 35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns City, Queensland

Restrictions: 18+

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  • Admission: Free
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Renowned Celtic rockers, Claymore return to The Reef Hotel Casino by popular demand to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Claymore are already heralded as one of the world’s premier Celtic rock bands, and their 2011 international tour only cemented this reputation as they performed throughout Europe. Returning to play at Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France - the largest Celtic gathering in the world – they earned themselves a solid new fan base. The band also takes to the stage at the coveted Port Fairy Folk Festival this year, just before they jump on a plane to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the Far North.

Forget everything you’ve ever thought you knew about Celtic rock bands, because Claymore defies all expectations. This enigmatic band of multi-instrumentalists not only manages to combine traditional elements of Celtic music, but they take that passion and soul and rock it right into the 21st century. Few bands can pull off the sensitive task of re-educating the traditional realm into the modern day, but that’s something of a specialty for Claymore. Not only that, but they manage to write beautiful original Celtic compositions, and even lend their style to some power rock classics, all with an Irish and Scottish twist.

Claymore have a host of impressive album releases under their belt and a long list of festival performances to their name, including headlining position at Australia’s largest folk event. Since the band’s inception more than two decades ago, they’ve released five impressive albums, and performed internationally from gigs in New York, Scotland and New Zealand, to several headline appearances at the reputed Festival Interceltique De Lorient France. Combine this with performances at the biggest festivals on the Australian circuit such as the Queenscliff Music Festival, Big Blues Day Out, Perth International Arts Festival and Brunswick Music Festival to name a few, and you’ve got an impressive musical resume.

Although many Celtic bands may come and go, each sounding remarkably like the other, the point of difference with Claymore is within the term ‘rock’. They add a current flavour, and interestingly, an inherent Australianness, to their music, bringing old time traditional themes into the future, and appealing to audiences from every generation. From the penetrating beats of the bohdrahn in the battle songs of the Jacobite rebellion to the hypnotising drone of the pipes in the evocative love ballads of Scotland and Ireland, fans of the band find themselves conquered by the most fiery and delicate textures of Celtic music.

Don’t miss the four-day St Patrick’s Day celebrations featuring Claymore and locals Get Reel Celtic Band, Beamish, Deb & Moonbear, Gibby Todd and City of Cairns Highland & Irish Dancers.