In 1980 Walter and Geri came to know and love traditional Celtic folk music,
during the Vienna folk festival at Heumarkt.
In the following year, October 1981, whilst listening to a concert by the
Scottish band “Battlefield Band”, the two decided to form a
Celtic folk band.
Originally they named themselves “Tullamore Dew“ but it was
H.C. Artmann, who convinced the band to change the name to that of his favourite
whisky. The slight difference in the writing of the word happened by coincidence....
The highlights of over 25 years on stage were:
Tours through England, Ireland and Scotland (with appearances at the BBC in Scotland), concerts in Germany
A variety of international folk festivals in Austria such as Vienna,
Gutenbrunn and Hallein, and also in the neighbouring
countries Germany, Hungary and Slovakia
Winners of the “pop-odrom” in 1989, category Folk/Songwriting
Appearances on television including “Die Große Chance”,
“Seniorenclub”, “Willkommen Österreich”, and
on radio with Ö3,
Ö1, Radio Wien, etc.
A subscription series in Metropol, “Blackbush and friends”,
with guests such as Hamish Imlach (SCO), Na Casaidigh (IRL),
(IRL), Greensleeves (IRL) and Eat the Donkey (SCO)
20th anniversary concert (2001) with guests Jake Walton (GB) and
Eric Liorzou (F)
The live band for a number of Irish dance events, with international
stars from “Riverdance” and the best Irish dance
25th anniversary concert (2006)