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Stu Tyrrell

Stu Tyrrell
Performance Times

11am, Sunday
Sunk Bar

2pm, Sunday


Award winning guitarist Stu Tyrrell breathes new life into traditional English and Celtic Folk songs, re-imagining them into stomping, roots infused arrangements interwoven with Australian Folk to deliver something completely original.

Stu is a singer-songwriter that performs original folk, traditional and Celtic roots, children’s songs, vocal workshops and themed concerts. His influences are Martin Carthy, Andy Irvine, Richard Thompson, and Woody Guthrie.

A veteran of the stage, notably as touring bassist for ex Iron Maiden front men Paul Dianno and Blaze Bayley on their Australian tours, Stu currently performs solo at folk clubs and festivals in his signature stripped-down style.

Stu has played the Australian Celtic Festival, Beechworth Celtic Festival, National Celtic Festival, National Folk Festival, Newstead Live Music Festival, Northern Beaches Music Festival and St Albans Folk Festival. He also won the 2016 Gulgong Folk Festival Guitar Competition with his instrumental arrangement Celtic Medley.

Stu has experience as a volunteer MC at the National (Canberra), Gulgong and Illawarra Folk Festivals.

Stu’s music career spans 25+ years. Recently he has experienced the joy of sharing Woody Guthrie’s children’s songs with his daughter. Innocent and intelligent, songs like “Don’t You Push Me Down” gently introduce the sentiment of Guthrie’s genius: tolerance and social justice. Stu’s “This Machine Sings Woody” children’s concert is for ages 0-8.

How do professional singers perform night after night without losing their voice? Stu’s “Singing in the Pocket” workshop is based on 25+ years professional experience. This workshop is for you if you want to fast-track singing with power and freedom without losing your voice.
Breathing new life into traditional English and Celtic Folk songs, Award winning guitarist Stu Tyrrell re-imagines them into stomping, roots infused arrangements to deliver something completely original. In his Celtic Roots themed concert, Stu weaves together linguistic and folkloric narratives and musical motifs to showcase a rich tapestry of Celtic music.

Singer-songwriter Stu Tyrrell’s original material speaks of social justice and solidarity. Stu’s Disobedience & Rebellion themed concert contrasts today's political issues - often obsoleted by tomorrow's headlines - against traditional songs of resistance and rebellion to create a dynamic themed concert.

Stu’s debut EP “Celtic Roots” features Steph Miller, ex Roaring Jack on accordion, mandola and zither, Mark Oats from Bushwhackers/Finn MacCool on fiddle, and Gordon Rytmeister, ex everything! on drums. Irish Joe Lynch is also featured on the EP narrating an excerpt from Robbie Burns in his iconic style. 

Stu’s EP Celtic Roots is out now and available to buy or download

Visit his web site.


"Stu was a finalist for the Australian Celtic Music Awards 2018 Male Artist of the Year and Best New Talent. Stu performed on the 2018 Australian Celtic Festival “Ruby” stage having placed runner up in the street parade busking competition. Sydney singer-songwriter Stu Tyrrell launched his debut EP Celtic Roots in Australia’s Celtic capital, Glen Innes during Celtic Weekend, May 5 & 6. The EP’s single, The Saint of Kings Cross is about legendary Kings Cross Bikers Social and Welfare Club founder and cultural icon Randall “Animal” Nelson OAM. The single was released on April 25 preceding the EP, released 1 May 2017. Stu won the 2016 Gulgong Folk Festival guitar competition. The prize was a half-day recording at Newcastle’s Funky Lizard Studios with two-time Tamworth Country Music Festival Flat-picking champion Robbie Long where Stu recorded his winning performance piece." - Celtic Medley (Scarborough Fair/She Moved Through The Fair/Dirty Old Town)

"Stu was invited back to perform at the Australian Celtic Festival 2016, “Celebrating the Isle of Man.” Stu debuted tracks from his “Celtic Roots” studio recording at the festival, including a traditional Manx air sung in Manx Gaelic and a guest appearance on stage from Irish Joe Lynch introducing Stu with an excerpt from Rabbie Burns' "Tam o' Shanter."

Stu performed at the Australian Celtic Festival 2015, playing original songs and traditional English and Celtic folk interpretations. Stu wowed the audience by performing a traditional Welsh folk song in the Welsh language, which he learnt specially for the 2015 festival "Celebrating Wales."

Stu has performed as a solo artist at Eastwood’s “Granny Smith Festival” 2014 17. Named in honour of the apple, the festival has grown over the years and now celebrates the cultural diversity of the Ryde area with over 80,000 visitors to the festival each year.

Stu toured Australia and New Zealand as backing band bass player for the Paul Dianno/Blaze Bayley (Ex. Iron Maiden) 2012 dual headline tour promoted by Hardline Media.