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Black Water


PJ Cullen - Guitar & Vocals

P.J. Cullen from Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, Ireland is the guitarist with Blackwater. Having supported many bands in Ireland including Gary Moore and Thin Lizzy lives in Sydney and plays with Blackwater full time.

While Blackwater has gone through some changes over the years the one thing that has never changed is their sound, the quality of the music and the choice of songs and tunes.


Blackwater are in high demand for weddings and private functions etc. Come and see Blackwater at one of their gigs and see why they are sought after. For bookings phone P. J. on 0432 346 821 or email


When not playing music with Blackwater P.J. collects musical instruments, especially Concertinas.



Tricia Kerr- Lead Vocals


Hailing from a town called Cumbernauld on the outskirts of Glasgow, Tricia (Trish) Kerr is the singer in Blackwater.

Continuing a proud history of Celtic songsters lighting up Sydney stages, Tricia now calls the Harbour City home as a proud and self-proclaimed 'Scaussie'.

Tricia has been performing signature favourites, spanning traditional Irish and Scottish songs to modern-day classics across a number of Sydney venues, including the Mercantile in the Rocks, the Bald Rock in Rozelle, Penrith Gaels and the Plough and Harrow in Camden.

Tricia's big voice, big smile and stage presence is a joy to watch!

Fiona McVicor - Fiddle

Fiona is a highly respected fiddle player and teacher within both the Irish traditional music and  Scottish music communities in Australia. A Sydney native, Fiona studied violin and viola and well as learned Highland pipes and dancing before focusing on traditional fiddle music. Fiona is a versatile musician, performing on stage in multiple folk and traditional groups, leading traditional music sessions, playing in string quartets and orchestras as well as teaching violin and fiddle.

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John Lee - Fiddle


John Lee is a long-time Aussie resident fiddler, originally from New York City, by way of Georgia, who began his fiddling career at the age of 24, busking in Central Park with a bluegrass singer from Kentucky, eventually meeting up with other trad American folk musicians in the local NY scene. After taking fiddle lessons from well-known bluegrass fiddlers, Bob Green and Marty Laster and banjo from the great Tony Trischka, John left this nascent career to move to Sydney to reconnect with long-lost relatives and make a home in the beautiful Blue Mountains. 

His primary playing for the early years was in the Australian bluegrass community, but later found that there was actually money to be made playing country music in pubs and clubs, so soon morphed into a country fiddler.


Through the network of Sydney players and many trips to Tamworth, John connected with other opportunities to play in country, blues and singer/songwriter bands, such as The Change, Gravelyard, Mark Lucas and the Dead Setters, The Zincfingers, Rod Dowsett, Nicki Gillis Band, Craig Morrison, Tall Timbre, Bryen Willems,  and many duos as need would have it.


John found a love for playing Irish songs and fiddle tunes with Blackwater and has played many of their frequent gigs around the Sydney Irish scene. 

Whether you're looking for a band to hire for your wedding day, planning a milestone birthday or just throwing a party for friends and family, Blackwater is the perfect band to hire for your event. We are also available for corporate functions and encourage hospitality venue owners who are looking to offer patrons a great night out to contact us.

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