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24
Aug

Celtic News August

I had really hoped that by the time this issue was ready, I would be able to report our lives were returning to COVID-normal, but it was not to be. My heart goes out to all of our friends in Victoria and in New South Wales who are being so badly affected.

Of course, between the restrictions imposed by State governments and the closed borders that are now common, most live music is still cancelled, along with several events. So, unfortunately, this Newsletter is pretty much a list of events that have been cancelled or postponed.

As always, there are some bright spots including the very appropriate Glen Innes Art Gallery exhibition, titled Disaster. This really has been a year to endure rather than enjoy.

Let’s start with the cancelled or postponed events.

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15
Jun

Celtic News June

I must admit that I have started to write this Newsletter several times. Every time that I feel that I have a handle on the current restrictions, they change! I don’t know how much else will change between preparing this edition and publishing it. Please forgive me if I am out of date by then.

While we are still waiting for life as we knew it to resume, it doesn’t mean that nothing at all is happening. The Australian Celtic Music Awards were presented on line on Saturday 2nd May. Check out the website for the full experience.

On Saturday 6th July, I went out to dinner for the first time since March. Even with social distancing it felt so civilised. The meal at the Hereford Steakhouse was great and the entertainment, by Christine Davis, was terrific. I have really missed live music.

If you have missed Glen Innes as much as we have missed you why not join us for Christmas in July at the Hereford Steakhouse on 25th July. A 3 course Christmas dinner with entertainment by The Mystery Dogs is $50 per person.

At this stage, tickets are limited, so book now on 02 6732 2255.

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02
May

2020 ACMA Winners

Winners List
New Celtic Talent of the Year
Limerick
International Artist of the Year
Dicky Deegan
Celtic Instrumental of the Year
String Loaded for Cock of the North/100 Pipers/Bonny Dundee
Celtic Song of the Year
Ella Roberts for Siuil a Ruin
Celtic Group of the Year
String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band
Celtic Album of the Year
Sadie & Jay for A Passing Of Seasons
Celtic Album Producer of the Year
Alan Kelly & Mark Paltridge for Irishtown
Celtic Female Artist of the Year
Ella Roberts
Celtic Male Artist of the Year
Peter Miller
Australian Celtic Artist of the Year
String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band

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16
Apr

2020 ACMA Finalists

Celtic Song of the Year
Ella Roberts for Siuil a Ruin – Finalist
Ella Roberts for Errigal – Finalist
String Loaded for Wild Mountain Thyme – Finalist

Celtic Album of the Year
Barleyshakes for Irishtown – Finalist
Sadie & Jay for A Passing Of Seasons – Finalist
String Loaded for Continuous Line – Finalist

International Artist of the Year
Sophie Mosser – Finalist
Dicky Deegan – Finalist
Celkilt – Finalist
Clan Celtica – Finalist

Celtic Group of the Year
Limerick – Finalist
Gone Molly – Finalist
String Loaded – Finalist

Celtic Album Producer of the Year
Alan Kelly & Mark Paltridge for Irishtown – Finalist
Raymond Blissett for Continuous Line – Finalist
Peter Miller for Simplicity – Finalist

Celtic Female Artist of the Year
Gabi Blissett – Finalist
Ella Roberts – Finalist
Norma O’Hara Murphy – Finalist

Celtic Male Artist of the Year
Stu Tyrrell – Finalist
Michael Fix – Finalist
Peter Miller – Finalist

Celtic Instrumental of the Year
String Loaded for Cock of the North/100 Pipers/Bonny Dundee – Finalist
Peter Miller for Road To Ardfield – Finalist
Barleyshakes for Jessica’s – Finalist

Winners to be announced May 2nd 2020

26
Mar

IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ARTISTS

Even though the Australian Celtic Awards Dinner is not going ahead due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Celtic Music Awards management team would still like to announce the finalists and award the winners via the website

Finalists to be announced April 16th 2020

Winners to be announced May 2nd 2020

Good luck to all the nominees

Stay safe and well

(Please note: In the event of total lock down these announcements may be delayed)

17
Mar

Celtic News March Update

Sadly, I must now tell you that the 2020 Australian Celtic Festival has been cancelled, due to the COVID 19 virus. If you have already purchased tickets, you will be contacted soon to have your refund processed.

Of course, the Australian Celtic Festival is not the only one to be impacted. Following is a list of all the other cancellations that I am aware of at this moment in time:-

  • Bundanoon is Brigadoon has been postponed until later in the year
  • Ringwood Highland Games has been postponed until October
  • Australian Pipe Band Championships, Maryborough, VIC have been postponed until October
  • Maclean Highland Gathering has been cancelled
  • Scottish Week in Sydney is under review
  • Blue Mountains Music festival has been cancelled
  • Yackandandah Folk Festival has been cancelled
  • Fairbridge Festival has been postponed until October
  • National Folk Festival – awaiting an announcement
  • National Celtic Festival – awaiting an announcement
  • Eleanor McEvoy’s Australian Tour has been cancelled
  • Moshe’s Bagel Tour has been cancelled
  • Colum Sands Tour is awaiting an announcement

The Australian Celtic Music Awards

Judging is well underway for the 2020 Australian Celtic Music Awards. I will be able to give you more information soon about the arrangements that we will make around presenting the Awards and letting you all know who the Finalists and Winners are.

In the short term we are all very disappointed that we won’t be seeing you in May. However, rest assured that we will be back again, bigger and better than ever, in 2021.

15
Mar

Celtic News March 2020

We are, of course, now on the countdown to The Australian Celtic Music Awards and The Australian Celtic Festival so you will find a whole lot of news and profiles in this month’s edition. That certainly doesn’t mean that there isn’t a massive amount of other stuff to tell you about as well. I hope that you find lots of interest to you.
 
Many of you will remember the beautiful photograph of the bushfire which I published back in December. Well, it was a beautiful photograph, even if the subject matter was terrifying. The photographer, Will Redden, has told me that photograph was published in the January edition of Racing NSW Magazine.
 
Will has also recently been exhibited in the exhibition “The Beauty of Earth” at the Blank Wall Gallery, in Athens, Greece (28th February to 1st March).

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15
Feb

Celtic News February 2020

Wow! We’ve had rain. It is quite amazing to see how quickly it greens up, but I think we’re all a bit cautious and not celebrating too soon. For some of you, it may have been too much of a good thing, with local flooding. It’s a little strange to think that last month we were worrying about fires, most of which are now out, and now we’re awash with water.

There’s a huge amount happening once again this month. Let’s Go Dancing is back for the New Year. There are more profiles of Celtic Festival performers and Australian Celtic Music Awards Nominees.

This month’s Newsletter has a distinctly Irish flavour, which is appropriate given that the Australian Celtic Festival is celebrating the Year of Ireland and The Isle of Man. Information about the Annual Symposium at the Festival has been provided by Nigel Brown.

So with no more ado…………

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15
Jan

Celtic News January 2020

I hope that, for most of you, it has indeed been a happy New Year. I have spoken to a couple of regular Celtic News readers who have been impacted by the current disastrous bushfires. All that I can say to you is that we wish you well. Please stay safe!

Despite fires burning across the country, there is still a great deal happening out there. So take a little time to go out and have some fun.

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16
Dec

Celtic News December 2019

Many of you will remember the excitement as we prepared for and delivered Outlandish 2018 Outlander Fan Gathering in October last year. We had a wonderful time, but more importantly so did the 600 Attendees at he event. Outlandish proved an international tourism success with people coming, not only from all over Australia, but from New Zealand, the USA, Germany, Scotland and Afghanistan. This outstanding event couldn’t have taken place without the resources and support of Glen Innes Services Club.

The Club’s submission for the ClubsNSW Clubs and Community Awards was accepted a few months ago. I am delighted to announce that Outlandish 2018 won the Award in their category of Arts and Culture. Several members of the Team were able to attend the event in Sydney on 2nd November.

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15
Oct

Celtic News October 2019

Last month, I wrote about the Peter Allen Festival in Tenterfield, which was held during the weekend on which the major fires in that district had started. Unfortunately it has continued to be a dire situation in the Northern New England.

We have finally had a decent rainfall event so most fires are now well and truly under control. This month I have news of two events that are supporting the residents of our area who have been impacted by drought, as well as raising funds for the organisations that are giving practical aid.

Why not attend both of these events and make a weekend of it? This is a practical and enjoyable way to demonstrate your support for our communities.

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14
Sep

Celtic News September 2019

It’s been a busy month here in the Northern New England area. One of the nicest things that happened during the month was a call from Al Buchan of fRETfEST, following on from the story about the statue in Ayr. Turns out that Al was born in Ayr and he had quite a story to tell, so I’ve included that in this month’s newsletter.

Tenterfield hosted the Peter Allen Festival last weekend. Of course, that became a bit dicey with the town threatened by bushfires. But the show must go on, and it did, despite power outages and smoke-filled air. Tim Dillon from the Commercial Boutique Hotel, which was one of the focus points of the Festival, tells me that many of their guests on Saturday evening were locals who were really grateful that they could find a place to relax and have somebody else cook their meal after a stressful day. Well done to everybody in Tenterfield, not least our wonderful Fire Crews.

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19
Aug

Celtic News August 2019

I have received so much input for this month’s Newsletter. It’s really good to find out how much is going on around the place. First up here’s some news from Ayr in Queensland.

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16
Jul

Celtic News July 2019

There is a great deal to include in this month’s Newsletter. We are beginning a new article on the History of Scotland’s forests. I have found this article absolutely fascinating, especially as it relates to a period of climate induced deforestation exacerbated by man’s impact. There is a good news story, though when we get to the third section.

There’s another new column this month – Let’s Go Dancing. So many of you are interested in attending ceilidhs that it seems like a good idea to let you know about them And I have a little more news about the Irish and Celtic Festival in Yass as well. So with no more ado………….

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16
Jun

Celtic News June 2019

I love this edition. It allows me to bring you the flavour of the Festival in pictures. So let’s start with the Parade.

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17
May

Celtic News May 2019

It’s all over for another year. The Australian Celtic Festival weekend is inspiring, celebratory, entertaining, educational and exhausting! Congratulations to everybody who worked so hard to make it a reality.

We finally got some rain which might have put a dampener on the whole thing, but somebody must have got the message about “don’t rain on my parade” and the rain stopped three minutes before kick-off on Saturday morning!

It always takes a while to get all the photos in to show you all. I have a couple to add into this month’s edition but you can look forward to the photo edition in June.

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05
May

2019 ACMA Winners

Celtic Song of the Year
Ella Roberts for
Elluria’s Lament

Celtic Album of the Year
Celtic Fusion for
The Last Great Love Song

Wendy Watts New Celtic Talent of the Year
Stu Tyrrell

International Artist of the Year
CELTICA Pipes Rock!

Celtic Group of the Year
Gone Molly

Celtic Album Producer of the Year
Anthony and Bernadette O’Neill for Encore
By Saoirse (Sear-Sha)

Celtic Female Artist of the Year
Ella Roberts

Celtic Male Artist of the Year
Pixie Jenkins

Celtic Instrumental of the Year
Mad Kelpie Playdate for Cherokee Shuffle

Australian Celtic Artist of the Year
Ella Roberts

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15
Apr

Celtic News April 2019

With less than a month to go until the Celtic Festival things are hotting up here in Glen Innes. Actually, that is only figuratively speaking. Right on cue, the evenings have turned quite cool in our normal autumn weather pattern. The days are stunningly beautiful, with high, clear blue skies and warm sunshine. Now, if we could just have a little rain………………

There is a special offer from the Australian Standing Stones Management Board, to celebrate the year of Scotland. You can read more about that later in the Newsletter.

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26
Mar

Celtic News Extra Edition

In the last edition I let you know that Mànran, the 2014 International Celtic Artist of the Year, are touring Australia. I have now got their complete tour list and …… drum roll …… they will be appearing at the Australian Celtic Festival!
 
You can see them at the 100,000 Welcomes Concert, Glen Innes Services Club on 2nd May and at the Australian Standing Stones on Friday evening, 3rd May. To book tickets for both events visit the website.

10th April                  The Shed, Nanango, Queensland
12th April                  Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne NSW
13th April                  Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood NSW
14th April                  The Dungeon, Adamstown NSW
17th April                  Jack Duggan’s Irish Pub, Bathurst NSW
18th to 22nd April     National Folk Festival, Canberra
24th April                  Paddington RSL – with JigJam, Paddington NSW
25th to 28th April      Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge WA
1st May                     Dorrigo Folk Club, Dorrigo NSW
4th to 5th May           The Planting Woodfordia, Woodford, Queensland
16
Mar

Celtic News March 2019

Lots to tell you this month, so I won’t waffle on – just get straight to it.

Chopper the Ram went up for auction at the Community Support Concert which was held March 2nd at Glen Innes Services Club. Chopper won Reserve Champion White Suffolk at the Glen Innes Show and was donated by Dugald and Bec McIndoe to the Community Support Concert Auction. Chopper raised $2700 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The final figure raised during the Community Support Concert was $17,711. Isn’t that fantastic?

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19
Feb
16
Jan

Celtic News Special Edition

So we sent your January 2019 Celtic News edition yesterday. Then two exciting bits of news landed on my desk, as well as a reminder about the Burns Supper. I thought that these were too interesting to leave until next month. I hope you enjoy your second Celtic News.

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15
Jan

Celtic News January 2019

Welcome to a New Year of Celtic News. There is a lot to tell you about this month. We are including another CD review for Asleep at the Reel. Planning is underway to further expand Celtic News to include a literary component. But, for this month, let’s kick off with Australian Celtic Festival news, including featured performer profiles and the announcement of a “taste” of the Festival featuring some local talent.

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18
Dec

Celtic News December 2018

How quickly this year has flown by. There’s the usual end of year mad rush but we can all look forward to a little “down time” over the Christmas break.

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