Canadian Folk Sensation Irish Mythen Returns For Fifth Aussie Tour / by Tomika Steele

Canada’s award-winning folk sensation, Irish Mythen returns to Australia this December for a run of highly anticipated summer shows at some of the southern hemisphere’s biggest festivals, as well as capital cities and regional centres alike.

Embarking on her fifth tour down under, the inimitable Irish is well and truly making her mark on the country’s folk scene performing more than 100 gripping shows that have major festivals and venues inviting her back time and again.

The perfect example of a contemporary folk troubadour, Mythen is renowned for holding a crowd, be it 50 or 50,000 people, right in the palm of her hand with just a guitar, her monumental voice, refreshingly subversive lyrics and wicked wit in tow.

“Up there on the stage, I’m in my element,” said Irish.

“In the true spirit of the 60s folk movement, I’ll whack you with home truths about politics, religion and civil rights and the entertainer in me will have you crying with laughter while I do it!”

Born in Ireland, Irish has spent her life on the road, picking up her first guitar in the Middle East at 15 when her parents thought she needed something constructive to do while they travelled.

“We were always surrounded by music but no one in my family had ever played an instrument or sang; so when my folks gave me that guitar, let’s just say we were all very surprised at how quickly it became clear this was my life’s calling.”

And the rest, as they say, is history.

By 19, Mythen was touring Europe and signed to a record label; then after touring the world for years, settled on Canada’s East Coast, where she has become a much admired and highly respected artist, selling out shows and winning awards and now, looks set to do the same in Australia.

“Aussies are my kind of people,” said Irish, who is set to make her second and third Woodford and Bluesfest appearances respectively.

“You have a wicked sense of humour and aren’t afraid to call shit out - I have to say I’m glad you finally sorted out marriage equality.

“We always have a laugh together. I can’t wait to escape the Canadian winter and see you all on the road this summer.”

Irish Mythen’s 22-date tour kicks off at Woodford Folk Festival on December 28 and continues well into the new year for the Illawarra and Cygnet Folk Festivals, as well as the National Folk Festival and Bluesfest in the months to follow.

Throughout January and February, Irish will perform in the capital cities of Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney, with forays to regional centres including Bellingen, Byron Bay, Kempsey, the Central Coast, Cronulla, Newcastle and Katoomba in between. 

So, hold onto your hats Australia, because Irish Mythen’s foot-stomping, soul-shaking shows are sure to leave you not only exhilarated, but searching through her calendar for the next show as she “leaves it all up there on the stage for ya.”

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28 Dec - 1 Jan | Woodford Folk Festival | Woodford, QLD
2 Jan | Byron Theatre | Byron Bay, NSW
3 Jan | The Old Museum | Brisbane, QLD
4 Jan | 5 Church Street | Bellingen, NSW
6 Jan | Rhythm Hut | Gosford, NSW
10 Jan | Rosny Barn | Hobart, TAS
11-13 Jan | Cygnet Folk Festival | Cygnet, TAS
17 Jan | Brass Monkey | Cronulla, NSW
18 Jan | Leadbelly | Newtown, NSW
19-20 Jan | Illawarra Folk Festival | Bulli, NSW
25-27 Jan | Auckland Folk Festival | Auckland, NZ
1 Feb | The Caravan Club | Melbourne, VIC
2 Feb | The Spotted Mallard | Melbourne, VIC
7 Feb | Lizotte’s | Newcastle, NSW
9 Feb | Metropole | Katoomba, NSW
10 Feb | Humpf Hall | Sydney, NSW
18 - 19 Apr | Bluesfest | Byron Bay, NSW
20 - 22 Apr | National Folk Festival | Canberra, ACT

More About Irish Mythen

A fiercely independent Irish/Canadian folk musician, Irish Mythen has three full length albums and two EPs to her name. Mythen’s latest, self-titled record earned recognition around the globe with multiple nominations and wins from Folk Alliance International, Canada’s Music PEI, East Coast Music Association and SOCAN Awards. Write-ups in Australian Guitar Magazine, Rolling Stone and a plethora of online publications world-wide have put Irish firmly on the map of 'Must See Artists'.

True to the art of folk and ever the entertaining troubadour, Mythen is known for her gripping performances, refreshingly subversive songwriting and wicked wit calling society to task about issues ranging from politics and the church to civil rights and the treatment of First Nations people and her fellow LGBQTI community.

During her musical travels Irish has worked with a host of world-renowned artists including Tom Paxton, The Dubliners and The Pogues and shared stages with Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot and Peter Yarrow, to name but a few.

Performing 10 months of the year all over the world, Irish Mythen has become an admired and respected artist on the Canadian and global folk music scenes.

Irish lives in Prince Edward Island on Canada’s east coast with her partner Randell and miniature Dachshund, Dyson.

Recent Highlights

  • Homeground Concert at the Sydney Opera House 2017

  • 2017 FAI International Folk Artist of the Year nominee

  • Australian Tour with Melissa Etheridge 2016

  • Saturday night main stage Bluesfest in Australia 2016 and 2017

  • Winner of Roots Album of the year East Coast Music Awards 2016

  • Closing the Philadelphia Folk festival 2016




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