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We are the Exciting! McGillicuddies


A foot-tapping, entertaining, multi-instrument band that also delights with multi-layered harmonies – that is what has been created in THE EXCITING! MCGILLICUDDIES.

Inspired by The Macgillicuddy’s Reeks, a spectacular and windswept mountain range in County Kerry, the name itself invokes the sound of the fiddle, accordion and tin whistle, performing with equal ease traditional tunes (Celtic airs and rhythmic jigs and reels), original songs and, with their fashion sense, showing a ‘truly exceptional eye-catching style’.

Marry this to a band of talented, spirited, experienced musical Australians and you have the perfect combination that ensures a good time is had by all!

The band members are Mick Slocum, the charismatic former member of The Bushwhackers and The Sundowners, Australian bands of renown, supported by master guitarist and vocalist Damian Peck. These seasoned performers make a marvellous combination of music and song with the addition of violinist and vocalist Renee Bufton and the incomparable Paul Van Ross, saxophone and flute virtuoso.

With their energetic stage show The Exciting McGillicuddies are quite comfortable on an intimate club stage, in a pub session or at an international festival.

The band has several genres up its musical sleeve, with tunes from the isles and songs spanning a broad repertoire of Australian Folk, Celtic tunes, and a suitcase full of original songs written by the band members and former collaborators.

A long and successful career for the band is assured, releasing their debut album ‘Rainmaker’ they have a 2nd album ready for launch, and will be expanding their performing circuit to include the rest of the Australian mainland and South east Asia with appearances planned for the Singapore Arts Festival and the Bangkok Music and Arts Festival 2019. Do not miss this group – The Exciting McGillicuddies!


MICK SLOCUM: button accordion, harmonica, percussion, harmony vocals, lead vocal. 

DAMIAN PECK: electric and acoustic guitars, bass, percussion, harmony vocals, lead vocal.

RENEE BUFTON: violin, vocals, cello, guitar.

PAUL VAN ROSS: saxophones, C flute, Alto flute, bass flute, piccolo.



ALESSANDRO ANDREW PARISE: tin whistle, nyckelharpa, hurdy gurdy (Malochet, I Ran and Valparaiso).

ELLY D’ARCY: violin, guitar, harmony vocals, lead vocal on Black is the Colour and The Sailing Song (Shore Bound, Lamenting).

DENIS CHARLES: bodhran, percussion.



TONY BROWN: vocals

DAN BOLTON: keyboards

JAMES MUSTAFA: string arrangements

ROBERT CROZIER: scottish bagpipes

STEVE WADE: guitars





THE Exciting! McGillicuddies live


The Quiet Man Irish Pub Sunday Night Residency 6-9PM

271 Racecourse Road, Kensington, Melbourne.

FREE ENTRY. Music in the back room.



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Hope Town

by The Exciting! McGillicuddies

Some sample tracks from our soon to be released album HOPE TOWN.