String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band (formerly Pumpkin Juice)
String Loaded are an award winning Celtic band known for their passion, energy and love of the Celtic narrative. This high energy family band features sensational fiddle playing sisters, Gabi and Olivia, supported by mum and dad on guitar and bodhran (Celtic drum). The beauty, skill and infectious energy of the girls fiddle music and singing will leave you spell bound and fill your heart with joy.
Influences come from the rich music and folk law tradition of the Celtic and Scandinavian culture and also more recent American bluegrass and Australian folk music traditions. Traditional Scottish and Irish dance tunes and songs are injected with new life with powerful harmonies and pulsing strong rhythms.
The band has performed at international and national music festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Australian Celtic Festival, Brigadoon at Bundanoon, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Golden Fiddle Awards and many local festivals, cultural events and corporate functions. String Loaded have performed live on Australian radio including National ABC radio and receive regular airplay on several community radio stations in the Newcastle and Central Coast region. In 2014 String Loaded (formerly known as Pumpkin Juice) won Best New Talent at the Australian Celtic Music Awards and have been nominated in the Best Celtic Song category for their new album “Just in Case”. They have also been top 10 Busking Champions for 5 years in a row at the Tamworth Country Music Busking Championships.
Special guest artists are also an important ingredient in the String Loaded sound. The band is often joined by special guest artists including Annabelle playing stunning cello grooves and Bill on tin whistle.