Performers at Blue Mountains Music Festival 2019

Witches Leap - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2018 - in Katoomba!

Witches Leap

Witches Leap take the dark modal sounds of old Ireland, filter them through the hanging swamps of the Blue Mountains and cut them with original convict-noir folk songs of black bushrangers and errant redcoats.

Born out of the kitchen table sessions of County Katoomba, this trio features the ancient earthy tones of the uilleann pipes, wooden Irish flute and bouzouki, along with acclaimed songwriting from Paddy Connor (Lime and Steel). With original tunes springing from the local sandstone and mythology, Irish trad music goes on a journey through the grit of early New South Wales. 

Witches Leap are… 

Paddy Connor has toured the country with folk-grass band Lime and Steel, featuring at festivals from Woodford in Queensland to Cygnet in Tasmania. In Witches Leap, Paddy turns his songwriting to original tunes on the uillean pipes and low whistle, with a convict singalong and folk-noir ballads thrown in for good measure.

Jade Tinkler is a classically trained flautist and teacher, who plays the traditional wooden Irish flute in Witches Leap. Jade is a mainstay of the renowned Blue Mountains Irish music scene and is a guest session musician at festivals such as the Turning Wave Irish Festival.

Leigh Burkitt, on guitar and bouzouki, is sought after accompanist, skilled arranger and lead player who has performed at festivals across Australia and the UK with Martin Doherty, Chris Wheeler, John Stuart and many others.