Emerging out of the lively traditional music scene of Melbourne, Tolka encapsulates a sense of what it means to be playing traditional music in a contemporary context. While acknowledging the roots of Irish music, original compositions and innovative arrangements are central to Tolka’s live performances and studio recording.
The band’s debut album, Tunes from the External Hard Drive was released in June 2013 in Fitzroy, Melbourne to a packed home audience. In 2014, the band was awarded an Australian Arts Council grant which has allowed them to live and work in Belfast for four months to write and record their second studio album. The project is being mentored and produced the renowned musician and composer, Brian Finnegan (Flook, Kan).
Hilary Glaisher- Fiddle and Vocals
Allan Evans- Flute, Whistles and Vocals
Robert Hillman- Guitar and Vocals
Cameron Hibbs- Tenor banjo