The Celtic Connection

The Celtic Connection is my smaller band – a foot stomping folkie duo.
I have the good fortune of knowing many incredible fiddle players and multi instrumentalists here in Auckland, so I try to share the work around and keep it varied by playing with different players.

Gerry and Sean came to our house and played for my 60th birthday. They are very easy and professional to deal with. They played a number of quieter ballads to begin with and after an hour had everyone on their feet dancing making for a great party. Their music was enjoyed by all and we would have them back anytime.

Paul Borich

The Celtic Connection played at our housewarming last night. They were fantastic, interactive and versatile. Although the rain was pouring down , they helped make a great night. Highly recommended for anyone’s function.

Naomi Singer

The Grail were darlings! Great and easy to deal with and such wonderful musicians! The crowd loved them and we will definitely try and have them back if we can.

Rugby World Cup Events Team
The Cloud Fanzone RWC 2011

I can’t thank you enough for all the help you gave us with the day. Writing this and thinking back you took so much stress out of the day for me and I’m very grateful for that. Thanks again!


International Hobbit Day 2019 was a huge success! A huge thanks again to yourself, Marika and Chabb, you guys absolutely rocked that Marquee. Thanks again Gerry!

Ellis Paterson
Function & Event Coordinator - Hobbiton™ Movie Set

Thank you so much for travelling all the way to the beautiful Hokianga. You guys made our Wedding the liveliest and happiest of days. Such a tight band of fantastic musicians. Thanks again, we hope to pop down to Father Ted’s some evening.

Aileen and Paul

We were blown away with your performance and our guests were too. You are all a talented bunch and were really pleasant and easy with organising the logistics etc. Thank you so much for everything.

Cat & Jamie

We hired The Celtic Connection for a family birthday celebration and cannot recommend them highly enough. Fantastic sounds to entertain our guests. Professional, prompt and easy to deal with. Our two year old son and our 86 year old grandmother was dancing away. This music was a hit with everyone! Many thanks.

Alan Froggatt

Here’s a few videos of the duo

International Hobbit Day 2018, with Shimna

International Hobbit Day 2018, with Shimna Higgins

Hobbiton Summer Harvest Festival, with Marika

Hobbiton Summer Harvest Festival, with Marika Balzat

U2 cover version with Shimna

U2 cover version with Shimna Higgins

Fiddle Tunes from The Shire, with Marika

Fiddle Tunes from The Shire, with Marika Balzat

The Celtic Connection on Tour with Sean Kelly

The Celtic Connection

On Tour With Sean

When the Celtic Connection go on tour, big Sean Kelly is the man - we’ve been around the South Island 3 times in the last 2 years, and our summer trips to Great Barrier Island are always great fun.

We’re into the same things - swimming in the sea, drinking Guinness, bush walks, table tennis, op-shopping..the list goes on, so we’re ideal travel partners for each other. I don’t play regularly in the Auckland with him, so going on tour is always a special time.

We’re heading around NZ again very shortly, and hopefully we’ll take things further afield with a trip to The Cook Islands next year.
Here’s a few videos of us at home and on the road.

Live at the AIS festival

Live at the AIS festival

South Island Tour

South Island Tour

Hogmanay on Great Barrier Island


Live at The Pumphouse in Thames

Live at the Pumphouse

Hire Us

The Celtic Connection are available as a duo, tailoring our performances to meet your needs. Bookings for this year and next year are currently being scheduled.