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Mark Cryle

Mark Cryle & Carmel Newman

“Celtic with an Australian Accent”

Since his work in seminal Australian band Spot the Dog, Mark Cryle (guitar & vocals) has been acclaimed by music journalists as one of Australia's leading songwriters. Mark’s work is held in such respect by his peers that he has recently been honoured by his musical community with a “tribute” cd on which other artists perform versions of his songs.

Mark is something of a musical chameleon. A long time member of prominent Celtic rock band Murphy’s Pigs, he loves nothing more than to pick up his guitar and play and sing the Celtic music he grew up with.  

Carmel Newman has played classical violin since she was three, performing with the Queensland Youth Orchestra. She was also guest soloist with the Queensland Theatre Orchestra at the tender age of ten years old.  She went on to being a featured member of prominent Brisbane Celtic band Kilkenny throughout the late 1980s and 1990s.

A consummate live performer, Carmel’s sublime fiddle playing complements this act superbly. From racy reels to poignant airs, Carmel’s fiddle work will have you entranced. Her performance of “The Three Little Jigs” won instrumental of the year at the 2016 Australian Celtic Music Awards.  She also sings like an angel ­– a fallen angel perhaps, but an angel nonetheless.

In August 2015 Mark and Carmel recorded their first duo cd – The Taste of the Rain – a rich blend of traditional Celtic tunes and songs blended with Mark’s highly-acclaimed song writing.

In addition to their own feature repertoire, this duo plays all the Celtic favourites. Music for the head, the heart and for the feet, they will dazzle you with their rich musicality and keep any crowd engaged, entertained, singing along and baying for more.

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