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Dane Clarke (Mandolin . Harmonica . Vocal Harmonies)

Dane has sung and played harmonica since he was a child and also learned the tuba and the trumpet as a youngster, becoming the leader of his High School Brass Band way back in 1971. His father and grandfather also sang and played harmonica. Before joining Headland in 2008 he played and sang in various rock/blues, folk and gypsy bands including The Boogymen and The Gypsy Tarts. He has recorded vocal harmonies and backing harmonica with folk artists including Paul Coleman. Dane is currently into celtic and bluegrass in particular but enjoys nearly any type of music. He also runs an online music business, MandoHarp Australia

Mark Feeney (Flute . Tin Whistle . Mandolin . Banjo)

Native to Dorrigo NSW, Mark has played in bands fromTownsville to Dubbo. On a trip to Ireland in 1978 he first heard traditional irish music and has been playing it ever since. Mark's haunting flute and whistle solos weave and soar throughout the band's repertoire.

John Gallagher (Guitar . Bodrhan . Vocals)

Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist, John has called Australia home since 1978. With a solid background in rock, folk and blues, his intricate lead breaks have added exciting new dimensions to the band's musical collection. Since joining Headland John has also discovered a genuine talent for songwriting.

Robbie Kirwan (Guitar . Bodhran . Vocals)

Originally from Dublin, Robbie has spent most of the last 30 years in New Zealand, moving to Woolgoolga in 2001. His richly beautiful voice is equally at home with blues, contemporary and the traditional songs of his home country. His rendition of Carrick Fergus is to die for.

 Kevin Tierney (Bass . Guitar . Mandolin . Vocals)

Kevin has sung and played guitar since his teens, recording with Sydney bush band Bluetongue in the early eighties. He has wide musical tastes, influenced greatly by Richard Thompson and John Martin. True blue, with an inspired vocal range, Kevin particularly enjoys accompanying irish music and is most at home performing on stage.