St Patricks Day at the Salt House
Salt House is bringing you the BIGGEST St Patricks Day yet!
One of Far North Queensland's most enduring bands, Snake Gully plays a combination of traditional Australian folk music, Celtic tunes and originals (including the odd blues) with plenty of pizzazz and splashes of colour from other acoustic styles.
Co-founded by Alan Jones back in 1987, Snake Gully's name has become synonymous with bush music in Far North Queensland. Apart from entertaining countless international visitors, they have supported visiting Irish super groups the Furey Brothers, Foster & Allen and Finbar Furey & Bohinta in concerts at the Cairns Civic Theatre.
In the past decade the Snakes have flown the Aussie flag overseas, playing to large crowds at major festivals in China, Finland, Denmark and Estonia.
They have recorded two CDs. Home Among the Gumtrees, comprising some well loved bush favourites, was commissioned by Gene Pierson and was distributed around the globe.
Snakes Alive, which was also recorded in Cairns at Pegasus Studios, saw the band edging away from their trademark Australiana sound, and moving more into Celtic realms.
Snake Gully, which actually started life as a theatrical ensemble, has had numerous personnel changes since its inception in the late 80s. The current line-up comprises multi-instrumentalist Peter Ella, who plays mandolin, fiddle and guitar; lead singer and rhythm guitarist Tony Hillier and double bass player Dave Hart. Harmonica whiz Steve Gilbert left the band at the end of 2007. Founder member Alan Jones usually re-joins the band on Australia Day, while local MP Steve Wettenhall sits in when available. Snake Gully gathered past and present members to celebrate its 25th anniversary at cabaret-type shows at the 2011 Cairns Festival and Tablelands Folk Festival.
Watch them live with a celtic show at the Salt House on St Patricks Day between 4pm and 7pm - Saturday 17th March.