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15
May

Celtic News May 2018

The Australian Celtic Festival is over for another year. I always feel a little bit of a let-down when it’s over. The four days goes by in a blur, but I really enjoyed myself again this year.

It’s good to look over all the photos to choose which ones to include in this Newsletter.

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07
May

Triquetra Award & Honour Roll recipients


Triquetra Award – Allan Fletcher


Australian Celtic Roll of Honour recipient – Margaret Sharpe C Tu C


Australian Celtic Roll of Honour recipient – Roger Thomas T En E

07
May

2018 Winners & Finalists

From left to right: Gone Molly, SugaTree, String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band, Molly Armstrong, Cape Byron Celtic Dance, Murphy’s Pigs, Ella Roberts & Hayley Whitehill

Album of the Year
Finalists are:
String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band for Catharsis
Murphy’s Pigs for Live in Concert at The Triffid – Winner
Gone Molly for Gone Molly

Song of the Year
Finalists are:
Gone Molly for The Miners Way
SugaTree for Nothing Else – Winner
Gone Molly for Instructions for My Funeral

Group of the Year
Finalists are:
Murphy’s Pigs
String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band
Gone Molly – Winner

Male Artist of the Year
Finalists are:
Peter O’Shea
Kieran O’Connell – Winner
Stu Tyrrell

Female Artist of the Year
Finalists are:
Norma O’Hara Murphy
Ella Roberts – Winner
Barbara Jeffrey

Instrumental of the Year
Finalists are:
The String Family for Lord of the Dance
String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band for Catharsis – Winner
Murphy’s Pigs for Espana Celtica

Producer of the Year
Finalists are:
Ray Blissett for Catharsis
Pix Vane Mason for Gone Molly – Winner
Yanni Dellaportas for This Time

New Celtic Talent of the Year
Finalists are:
SugaTree – Winner
Gone Molly
Stu Tyrrell

International Artist of the Year
Finalists are:
Oscar James West – New Zealand
The Celtic Social Club – France – Winner
Paul Anderson – Scotland
Kierah – Canada

Artist of the Year
Finalists are:
String Loaded Celtic Fiddle
Murphy’s Pigs
Gone Molly – Winner

17
Apr

Celtic News April 2018

This edition is jam-packed with news and information. I am grateful to all who have sent me content.

This is, of course, the final Newsletter before the Australian Celtic Festival. I have included a run-down of things to do in Glen Innes during the Festival when you are not “up on the hill” watching performances. Huge praise must go to the 2018 Festival Committee for putting together such a broad program.

I have also included two more profiles of Nominees for the Australian Celtic Music Awards. Don’t forget to phone Julie on 02 6732 1355 and book your ticket for the gala Official Celtic Awards Night, dinner and entertainment.

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19
Mar

Triquetra Award Nominations

Nominations close Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 5pm.

19
Mar

Celtic News March 2018

I can’t believe that 2018 is almost a quarter through already. Glen Innes and The New England area continues to be a vibrant place to live, with lots of art and music available whatever your particular taste. I hope that this edition will give you many options and a whole heap of fun things to do.

There are two new Festivals listed this month as well as two tours to publicise. And, of course, more profiles of performers at the Australian Celtic Festival in May as well as Nominees for the Australian Celtic Music Awards.

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15
Feb

Celtic News February 2018

So here we are again. There’s a new column this month. New England Live will cover all the live music venues and events that I can find between Uralla in the south and Stanthorpe in the north. I will try to feature a local artist each month as well. In this edition it is the very talented Kathryn Luxford. The New England area has a rich well of talent across the spectrum of music genres. I hope that this new column will give you a taste of what is available for your next visit or night out.

As always, I am excited to profile acts appearing at the 2018 Australian Celtic Festival, as well as Nominees for The Australian Celtic Music Awards. There’s lots to see and do in the next couple of months. I do hope we will see you all very soon.

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15
Jan

Celtic News January 2018

I hope that you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas celebration with your family and friends, a truly magnificent start to 2018 and that you’re ready to re-enter the fray. Personally, there is so much going on in the northern New England that I’m wishing I could clone myself so that I could attend even more events.

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12
Dec

Celtic News December 2017

The “silly season” is well and truly upon us. There’s so much happening here and I’m sure all of you are busy preparing to spend Christmas with family and friends. The first item in this edition is a reminder!

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11
Dec

2018 Australian Celtic Music Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Awards close on Friday 15th December 2017. That means that you have just three days left!

15
Nov

Celtic News November 2017

Welcome to this edition of Celtic News. There’s a lot to tell you about this month. We have an article from Paul Anderson in Scotland. Some of you may remember Paul appearing at the Australian Celtic Festival some years ago. Then there’s news of a festival in New Zealand and the first two profiles of performers at the 2018 Australian Celtic Festival. And if you want to know what to do on your next visit to the Northern Tablelands, we’ve got a lot in the “What’s On” items. So with no more ado . . . . .

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23
Oct

Club & Community Awards

Great that our home, the Glen Innes Services Club, has been recognised by Clubs NSW in the Art & Culture category of their 2017 Clubs & Communities Awards. Congratulations to all!

Club & Community Awards

23
Oct

String Music Convention has been postponed

Thank you to the people who were interested.

We will announce new dates in the new year and hold it at a time more convenient for more people to participate.

15
Oct

Celtic News October 2017

Last month I promised you an exciting announcement from Murphy’s Pigs. John Graham has sent in this story. I do hope that you will all support them.

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20
Sep

Celtic News September 2017

Writing this month’s Newsletter has been really interesting. There is a huge amount of “What’s On” in the Northern New England. I hope you find something of interest.

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18
Sep

Triquetra Award – Nominations Now Open

The Annual Triquetra Awards have been recognising significant contributions to the broad Celtic Community and particularly to the Australian Celtic Festival for ten years.

Now, in their eleventh year, the Selection Criteria have been upgraded to further enhance the importance of the main Triquetra Award.

With the advent of The Australian Celtic Music Awards and the Australian Celtic Roll of Honour in recent years it is appropriate to develop the ‘Triquetra Award’ and to broaden its value to the Australian Celtic Community. Nominees may be a volunteer, a paid individual or a group whose contribution to the Celtic Community is considered to be above and beyond the general expectation of their role.

A Nominee’s endeavours may be in any field, including performance, Celtic art [any medium], fashion, linguistics, education, history, event development, marketing and administration.

Please nominate the person you consider has made an important contribution in their field by downloading and submitting the application form.

18
Aug

Celtic News August 2017

Once again, there is a lot of news from here in Glen Innes and beyond.

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05
Jul

Celtic News June/July 2017

It’s always fun to put together this edition each year because I have the photos of the Festival and the Music Awards winners to include. Sometimes the weekend goes by in a blur but the photo edition reminds me of how much fun the weekend was.
 
It was very obvious that the 2017 Australian Celtic Festival celebrated its 25th Anniversary in grand style. I can now confirm that 5800 people attended the Festival over the weekend. The 2017 ACF Committee is to be congratulated on putting together the most successful event ever!
 
This edition of Celtic News is the first of the 2017/2018 year. There are so many exciting things on the drawing board, especially the Glen Innes Highlands String Music Convention – 17th to 19th November 2017.
 
This is an opportunity for all musicians to learn from some great Presenters. Classes will include fiddle, cello, guitar and banjo. Attendance is $250 including all meals from Friday evening to Sunday lunch, plus a Saturday night concert. Parents and Partners can also attend at $125 including all meals. The online registration will shortly be available through the Music Awards website (celticmusicawards.com) but  you can pre-register by contacting Julie at Glen Innes Services Club on 02 6732 1355.
 
Over the next few weeks we will profile the Presenters, beginning in this edition with David Hyams.

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Workshops with David Hyams

David Hyams

Based in Fremantle WA, David Hyams is known nationally for his work as a composer, producer and instrumentalist. In 1999 he released his first album, “Miles To Go” and started the band of the same name – now well-known at Australian festivals and 8 times nominated for a WAM (WA Music Industry Association) award.

David is a seasoned songwriter and has collaborated as co-writer, arranger and producer with songwriters such as Bill Chambers, Lucky Oceans and Frank Jones (co-writer of rapper 360’s hit “Boys Like You”).

In 2009 he was signed to Shock Music Publishing Australia, one of Australia’s largest
independent Music Publishers. He has written extensively for film and TV, including the feature “Mad Bomber in Love”, and has been nominated for the WAM “Song of the Year” awards 3 times.

David has been a major contributor to WA’s music industry – as a member of ArtsWA’s contemporary music panel and as a longstanding WAM board member. His contribution to the organisation and industry was acknowledged in 2010, when he was made the organisation’s 3rd honorary life member.

In recent years David has shared his skills and experience through his work in projects involving a wide range of musical styles – from the country and ‘desert reggae’ styles of Central Desert Aboriginal communities, to the rap and hip hop of WA’s maximum security prisons. Particularly known for his ability to work with diverse communities, David has been an Artist in Residence in the Cocos Islands Malay Community and has run songwriting workshops in various WA prisons. He continues his work in jails with the “Murru” album and band, involving the Roebourne prison and community, for leading Australian arts company BighART.

David’s workshops for the Glen Innes Highlands String Music Convention will focus on writing for guitar and mandolin. His workshop will encourage participants to work
together and will perhaps result in a collaborative song being written.

We are very excited to introduce East Coast musicians to David’s unique talents and skills.

Website: www.milestogo.com.au
Email: info@milestogo.com.au

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What’s on in Glen Innes??

30th June             Darlin & The Midnight Delights, live at Glen Innes Services Club
12th July                      Tynwald Day acknowledging Isle of Man. Flag lowering ceremony Australian Standing Stones 5pm
22nd & 23rd July  Chill in Glen – details to follow
22th July              Moscato Dayz, live at Glen Innes Services Club
25th July                       Saint James Day acknowledging Galicia. Flag lowering ceremony at Australian Standing Stones 5pm
28th July              Spanish Flyz live at Glen Innes Services Club
9th August           Herman’s Hermits live at Glen Innes Services Club – $35

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Chill N Glen – 22nd and 23rd July 2017

Saturday

10.45 am – Experience Alpine Christmas traditions with a visit from Sankt Nikolaus, Krampus and Christkind

European Christmas Craft Market – Soak up the festive buzz at the FREE Christmas Art and Craft Market, with unique handmade goods and gifts lovingly crafted by local and visiting creatives
 
Try delicious European food at the Cafe zum AnbeiBen
 
Family Activities – Carnival atmosphere, giant street games and Knock ‘em Down.  Model trains, vintage cars and sulkies. Photographic fun
 
12.00 pm and 2.00 pm – Guided Heritage Building Walk by Graham Wilson OAM Glen Innes’ Heritage advisor
 
Art and Craft – Town Hall Exhibition “Cold Snaps” featuring local artists; Childrens art and craft activities in the Community Centre; Paint a Celebration Ball with Aboriginal artist Lloyd Hornsby; Demonstation by the Glen Innes Fibre Arts Group
 
Cracker Night – Glen Innes Showgrounds – Gates Open 4pm
Pedestrian access Torrington St – Vehicles Hunter St
Hot food, Family events, Fireworks 6pm. ENTRY Gold Coin

Saturday night

Traditional Christmas Dinners – BOOK direct or online:
www.gleninnestourism.com/event/chill-n-glen
 
Crofters Cottage
37 Watsons Drive, 02 6732 5303, crofterscottage2370@gmail.com 
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Crystal Room Restaurant at Glen Innes and District Services Club
Cnr Grey and Lang Sts, 02 6732 4292
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Great Central Hotel
313 Grey St, 02 6732 1966, gch@greatcentralhotel.com.au
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Hereford Steakhouse Restaurant at Rest Point Motor Inn
72 New England Hwy, 02 6732 2255, food@herefordsteakhouse.com.au
Entertainment with Christine Davis
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The Highlands Restaurant at New England Motor Lodge
160 Church Street, 02 67322922
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Railway Tavern
Cnr Lambeth and Bourke Street, 02 67321504
View menu

Sunday

Visit our national monument, The Australian Standing Stones
 
Anytime – View White Rock Wind Farm from the highway
20 kms west of Glen Innes on the Gwydir Hwy
Phone: 1800 859 660
Email: info@whiterockwindfarm.com 
Website: www.whiterockwindfarm.com

10 am to 4 pm – Only 30 minutes drive to Emmaville’s own gem…
Emmaville Mining Museum, 86 Moore St Emmaville
Phone: 02 67347025   $2 ENTRY
 
7.30 am to 9.30 pm – Get your Chill n Glen photos printed at TSG, 190 Bourke St
Phone: 02 6732 2519 or 0418 428 485
Email: dvd@tsggleninnes.com.au
Web: tobaccosg.com
 
8 am to 12 noon – Glen Innes Sunday Markets
Location: ANZAC Park East Ave
Phone: 0499 729 843
Email: legee@bigpond.com
 
9 am to 4 pm – A warming display to cheer up the coldest winter day
Land of the Beardies History House Museum & Research Centre
Cnr West Ave & Ferguson St.
Website: www.beardieshistoryhouse.info
Phone: 02 6732 1035
Morning and afternoon tea for a small fee.
Entry: $8 adults, $5 concession. Children under 16 FREE.
 
9 am to 3 pm – Souvenirs and visitor information
Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre, 152 Church St New England Hwy
Ph: 02 6730 2400
Email: tourism@gisc.nsw.gov.au
Website: www.gleninnestourism.com

9 am to 3 pm – Cut and polished gemstones
Reddestone Sapphires, 152 Church St New England Hwy
Phone: 02 6732 5173
Email: sales@reddestonesapphires.com.au 
Website: www.reddestonesapphires.com.au
 
10 am to 4 pm – Felting workshops and art & crafts gallery
A fee applies for workshops
Artisans of the Glen, 119 Taylor St.
Phone: 0439 685 969
Email: info@artisansoftheglen.com.au
 
9 am to 5 pm – Fossicking in a tub
Space limited. Fees apply.
Fossicker Caravan Park, 94-96 Church St (New England Hwy)
Phone: 02 6732 4246 or 1300 300 207
Email: fossickercvp@gleninnes.com
Website: www.fossickercaravanpark.com.au
 
10.30 am to 10 pm – Raffles & TAB facilities
Glen Innes & District Services Club, 120 Grey St.
Phone: 02 6732 1355
Website: giservices.com.au
 
10 am to 4 pm – Saddles and leather products including ugg boots
The Saddler, 2 Church St (New England Hwy).
Phone: 02 6732 3337 or 0432 863 655
Email: mjdawson_saddler@hotmail.com
 
10 am to 2 pm – Meet an alpaca
Glen Waverly B&B and Alpacas – wool, spinning etc at the farm
Lot 1 Fawcett Rd.  Phone: 0408 482 158
Email: betty.glenwaverly@gmail.com
Website: glenwaverlyfarmstayandalpacas.com
 
9.30 am to 12 noon – Fossicking at the Park
Glen Rest Tourist Park, 9807 New England Hwy.  Phone: 02 6732 2413
Email: glenrestcaravan@bigpond.com
Website: www.fossickercaravanpark.com.au
Fees apply.

10 am to 2 pm – Buying and selling second hand books
The Book Market, 245 Grey St.
Phone: 02 6732 6622
Email: shop@thebookmarket.com.au
Website: www.thebookmarket.com.au
 
10 am to 2 pm – Art gallery. Art On the Corner
251 Grey St.   Phone: 0427 709 686
 
10 am to 4 pm – See the TARDIS and home of Faeries of the Glen. Babies for sale and bar memorabilia. Knick Knackery.
Cnr Lambeth and Wentworth Sts
Phone: 02 6732 6101

Where to eat

8 am to 3 pm – Breakfast & carvery buffet lunch

Great Central Hotel, 313 Grey St.
Phone: 02 6732 1966
Email: gch@greatcentralhotel.com.au
Website: greatcentralhotel.com
 
8.30 am to 2.00-ish – Long breakfast and lunch
Gigi’s Café, 269 Grey Street
Phone: 0487 759 569
Facebook: @gigiscafeongrey
 
8.30 am to 2.30 pm – Breakfast and lunch. More donuts anyone?
Peppermints Café, 215 Grey Street
Phone: 02 6732 5914
 
9 am to 5 pm – Enjoy strawberries and cream, homemade scones, milkshakes, gifts.
The Super Strawberry – 9922 New England Hwy   Phone: 02 6732 1210
Email: supastrawb@hotmail.com
Website: www.superstrawberry.com.au

9 am to 5 pm – Traditional meals, morning and afternoon teas – gluten free 
Crofters Cottage, 37 Watsons Drive
Phone: 02 6732 5303
Email: crofterscottage2370@gmail.com
 
10.30 am to 9 pm – Lunch and Dinner
Crystal Room Restaurant at Glen Innes & District Services Club, 120 Grey St.
Phone: 02 6732 4292
 
11 am to 4 pm – High tea and art
The Tea Room Gallery, 194 Bourke St.  Phone: 0403 199 798
Instagram: @tearoomgallery
Facebook: @thetearoomgallery
 
11.30am to 2pm & 4.30pm to 8pm – Sunday roast & full menu
Harrys Snack Shack and Licenced Café. 15-19 Church St (New England Hwy)
Phone: 02 6732 1514
Email: bookings@poplarcaravanpark.com.au
Website: www.poplarcaravanpark.com.au

12 midday to 3 pm – Sunday Lunch
Red Lion Tavern, 8025 New England Hwy GLENCOE.
Phone: 02 6733 3271  Email: redlionglencoe@bigpond.com
Website: www.redliontavern.com.au
 
12 pm to 2 pm – Bistro lunch
Railway Tavern, Cnr Bourke & Lambeth Sts
Phone: 02 6732 1504
Email: railtav@exemail.com.au
 
5 pm to 7 pm – Gourmet Pizza Night
New England Motor Lodge
160 Church St New England Hwy
Phone: 02 6732 2922   Email: info@neml.com.au
Website: www.neml.com.au
 
6 pm to 8 pm – Dinner
Hereford Steakhouse Restaurant, 72 New England Hwy
Phone: 02 6732 2922
Email: food@herefordsteakhouse.com.au
Website: www.restpointmotel.com.au

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Massed Pipe Bands at the Parade, outside Glen Innes Town Hall – photo by Nicci Parry Jones

Massed Pipe Bands at the Parade, outside Glen Innes Town Hall – photo by Nicci Parry Jones

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Murphy’s Pigs

Murphys Pigs

Murphy’s Pigs welcomed 2 new members for their first performances at the 2017 Australian Celtic Festival – Gregory Peatey on violin and vocals and Ciaron Jackson on keyboards and accordion.

You can catch up with Murphy’s Pigs on the following dates.

1st July4pm. Mick O’Malley’s Irish Pub, Queen St Mall, Brisbane
13th Aug2pm. McGuires’ Colmslie Hotel, Wynnum Rd, Morningside
22nd Aug7pm. The Bug, New Farm Bowls Club, Brunswick St, New Farm
8th Sept      7.15pm. Redfest. Norm Price Park. Redlands Showground. Long St, Cleveland.

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Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman

They are heading for the Tablelands Festival at Yungaburra, Queensland on 27th to 29th October.
 
The festival is the longest running folk festival in Queensland, and features a full children’s program as well as around 200 artists at 14 venues.
 
Weekend tickets go on sale on 1st August and are $95 for the weekend. Camping is $10 for the weekend.

Website: www.tablelandsfolkfestival.org.au.

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Siobhan Owen

Australian Celtic Female Artist 2017

Siobhan Owen

27th to 30th June     Festival Les Roches Celtiques
27th JuneCathédrale Saint-Charles, St-Etienne
30th JuneEglise de Rochetaillée
2nd July5pm, Eglise Ave Maria, Deggingen, Germany
8th JulyLutherkirche

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String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band

String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band

2017 Artist of the Year, 2017 Celtic Group of the Year, 2017 Instrumental of the Year (Morrison’s Jig), 2017 Album of the Year (Beggars and Butterflies)

Mobile Movie Fest

Roving Crows

Roving Crows

2017 International Celtic Artist of the Year

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What’s on in Armidale??

1st Thurs each month
New England Jazz & Improvisation Collective – NEJIC
https://www.facebook.com/nejic/

9th July
Studio Concert Series: Concert 5
Alana Blackburn (pictured right) and Steve Thorneycroft
Tickets: Adult $15, Concession $10, High School Students $5, Children under 12 are free. Bookings are essential.
Contact kezmusic2@bigpond.com

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The Ceilidh Clan

Brisbane's Scottish dance band, The Ceilidh Clan, will be running a series of fun Community Ceilidhs at the Red Hill Community Sports Club in Brisbane. Suitable for beginners and families, all welcome! Doors open 6:30pm for a 7pm start. Adults $15, Concession $10, Family $30. Tickets at the door. Dates are: 28th July, 25th August, 22nd September and 24th November. Full details can be found at www.ceilidhclan.com or phone 0409 760 993.

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Gone Molly

"The new voices of Anglo-Celtic folk", Brisbane-based duo Gone Molly are currently crowd-funding to record their debut album. Visit www.gonemolly.com or pozible.com/project/gone-molly-debut-album to find out more and to help them reach their goal!

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Michael Fix

29th June                 Maryborough Brolga Theatre, 8pm. ‘The Storytellers’ Concert presented by Nadia Sunde & Michael Fix The Mary Poppins Festival
30th June     Maryborough Brolga Theatre, 10am Guitar workshop
30th June     Maryborough Town Centre 5pm. Maryborough Poppin Street Party! 
13th July      Marrickville Django Bar
14th July                                                                        Tuggerah Intuition Music School  7.30pm 4-6pm afternoon workshop. $25 – all levels welcome!, To register for the afternoon 2 hour workshop, or reserve concert tickets please contact: info@intuitionmusicschool.com Ph: 0407 255 331 some slots available for private lessons available from 1pm – contact Michael directly: info@michaelfix.com
16th July      Canberra.  Smiths Alternative, 7pm
17th July       Temora Town Hall Theatre 7pm

Michael Fix

Michael Fix pictured with the very entertaining Richard Gilewitz, from Florida, USA

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Clan Celtica – Tribal Thunder (New Zealand)

Clan Celtica

Clan Celtica drumming up a storm under beautiful blue Glen Innes skies at the 2017 Australian Celtic Festival.

2nd July           North Shore Tattoo
8th July           Matariki Light Festival, Glen Innes, NZ
8th July           MatBritish Lions vs All Blacks, Eden Park, Auckland
3rd September           MOTAT – Fathers’ Day
7th October           Brits on Beach
28th & 29th October           Kawerau Woodfest
31st October           MOTAT – Halloween
11st November           Hororata Highland Games
18st November           Auckland Games – 3 performances
10st December           MOTAT
10st December           Devonport Xmas Show
17st December           Birthday Bash, Beachlands
2nd January 2018           Keltic Fayre, Coromandel
19th to 21stJanuary           Medieval Faire, Taupo
21st January           Burns Supper, Manurewa
28st January           Kiwi North
17st February           Paeroa Tattoo 25st Anniversary and Auckland Drum Fest
25st February           Howick Tattoo
3rd March           Botany Town Square
4rd March           Round The Bays
23rd to 25rd March           Cuba Dupa, Wellington
24rd March           Mangere East Culture Fest

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And most exciting of all. . .

The Outlander phenomenon is coming to Glen Innes

Australian Standing Stones

Fans of the phenomenally successful Outlander TV series will descend on Glen Innes in October 2018 for what promises to be the biggest fan gathering in the southern hemisphere. Glen Innes might be a long way from the Scottish highlands where the series is set, but it is the natural setting for the fan gathering. Glen Innes happens to have a circle of magnificent stones, similar to the stone circle that plays an important role in the Outlander story.

Crofters Cottage is a replica Black House. The cottage design is based on OId Leanach Cottage that survived the battle of Culloden on Culloden Moor. Outlander fans know that the battle of Culloden also plays a pivotal role in the series.

The Standing Stones will be the focus for the weekend-long event, which will be called “Outlandish”. Fans will dress in costume for the weekend and be transported to the Standing Stones before dawn to travel back to 1743. At night, a number of venues will be decorated in theme to host Outlander dinners.

Event co-ordinators Melissa Lindsay, Julie Clement and Judi Toms (in her role as Chair of the Standing Stones Management Board) have been planning Outlandish for a year. “It is an opportunity to attract hundreds of visitors to Glen Innes Highlands that mightn’t have been here until now,” Julie says. “Local support is important. Glen Innes Services Club, New England Motor Lodge and Hereford Steak House are hosting themed dinners”.

As well as this Outlander fan gathering 20th & 21st October 2018, the event coordinators believe it will inspire many fans to consider Glen Innes as the perfect highlander wedding destination. Julie adds, “This is a weekend experience for the true Outlander fan.  Our ability to mimic the Outlander series is OUTSTANDING!!!” Go to outlanderfangathering.com.au for details.

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Members of Members of NEMAS at their medieval village installation at the Standing Stones site – Australian Celtic Festival 2017

Members of NEMAS at their medieval village installation at the Standing Stones site – Australian Celtic Festival 2017

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I do hope that you enjoy this edition. It’s been great fun putting it together.

Barbara McLennan
Editor
Celtic News
02 6734 6246
barbara.saxonge@gmail.com

Published with permission from Celtic News
24
May

2017 Winner Photo Gallery

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12
May

Celtic News May 2017

It’s all over for another year! I’m not sure if I’m relieved or sad, but I do know that I’m tired. I’m sure that all the wonderful workers and Committee members for both the Australian Celtic Festival and The Australian Celtic Music Awards are more tired.

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08
May

2017 Triquetra Winners

Triquetra medallions

Triquetra Award – Margaret Kenning

Triquetra Achiever Award – Barbara Timmins

Triquetra Ambassador Award – University of Queensland Pipe Band at Emmanuel College

Triquetra winners 2017

Click here to view this year’s winning artists.

11
Mar

Celtic News March and April 2017

This month, I’m writing for two! I am moving in the first two weeks of April. My internet system is via satellite and getting a seamless transition may not be totally straightforward. Rather than having my hair get even whiter worrying about it, I have combined these two issues. Your next Celtic News will be in May and it will be HUGE, with all the results from The Australian Celtic Music Awards, The Australian Celtic Dance Championship, the Triquetra Medallions and, of course, a review of The Australian Celtic Festival.
 
Because this is the last pre-Festival newsletter, I have included 3 profiles of Nominees for The Australian Celtic Music Awards, plus 2 profiles of artists appearing at The Australian Celtic Festival.

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The Official Australian Celtic Awards Night

Saturday, 6th May 2017, 6.30pm at the Glen Innes Services Club
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to attend the premier event in Glen Innes. Tickets are on sale NOW, and include canapés and a two course dinner with Darren Coggan, Mike McClellan (below) and the String Family. Tickets are $40 each and bookings are essential. Call 02 6732 1355.

Mike McClellan

The evening includes Presentation of The Australian Celtic Music Awards, The Triquetra Awards, The Australian Celtic Roll of Honour and The Australian Celtic Dance Championships.

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Australian Celtic Music Awards Nominees

The Black Bear Duo

The Black Bear Duo

Emma Nixon and Iain Mckenzie teamed up some years ago to fuse the powerful mix of box and fiddle, forming Black Bear Duo. Their combined passion in performing traditional and contemporary Scottish music has created an exciting and individual style. The versatility and musical ability of the duo means Iain and Emma are well established on the music scene and known by audiences in Australia and around the world playing for Scottish dances, ceilidhs and concerts and hosting musical workshops.
 
Emma is a star of the fiddle scene in Australia, both as a musician and teacher. Her first solo album, Chasing the Sunset, won a Golden Fiddle Award in 2012, and she has received two Golden Fiddle Awards for Best Teacher (2010, 2011). Emma combines the strength of both classical and traditional music in her inspiring fiddle playing, while remaining true to the soul of the music.
 
Iain was brought up surrounded by Scottish music and dance, and through his Scottish origins is a natural box player. He has travelled extensively and has a strong interest in music from around the world, drawing on other traditional influences to provide a uniqueness in his music. Iain is also a composer of traditional tunes – including lead tunes for dances – some of which have been recorded by others or feature on the new CD.

The BordererS

The BordererS

Jim and Alex arrived in Australia from Glasgow and Belfast respectively, not knowing each other, but they just happened to meet by chance in a recording studio in Adelaide. She was married with a 3 year old child and he was a backpacker. How would this work out, you would think?

More than two decades later The BordererS are electrifying audiences across Australia and the world with their fusion of Celtic rock, zydeco, African, folk, gospel and whatever style of music that happens to take their fancy. As singer/songwriter/guitarist Jim Paterson says, “We like the fact that The Beatles had nearly every possible style of music on their albums, so we go along with that philosophy.”

With ten albums under their belt it’s clear The BordererS are a much-loved, admired and sought-after act. And for that, Jim and Alex owe their thanks to Australia. “We got away from the bigotry and violence of Scotland and Ireland to live in a country where that sort of thing doesn’t really exist. We love that about Australia.”

The BordererS also help create a better world for the next generation. Jim and Alex support mental health, suicide prevention and domestic violence initiatives, performing at fundraisers and spending hours each week adding their names to online petitions.

Website: www.theborderers.com.au

Wright and McKay

Wright & McKay

Rebecca Wright and Donald McKay’s music has been likened to that of a good Scotch whisky: delightfully smooth, full of character and highly addictive. With voices that can instantly transport you to another place and time, Donald’s traditional and original songs from his native Scotland are beautifully complemented by Rebecca’s insightful Australian originals and thoughtful selection of contemporary gems. Accompanied by requinto, cello, acoustic guitar and bodhran, their shows promise something out of the ordinary and bring you back to the heart of folk.

Rebecca is well-known on the Australian folk circuit for her gracefully grounded solo
performances, inspired songwriting and sensitive cello playing. Since bursting onto the Brisbane folk scene at just age 16, she has played at countless festivals and folk clubs. In 2008, Rebecca met Donald while touring in the UK as guest cello-singer with Aussie group Cloudstreet, and soon found herself living in Scotland, immersed in traditional Scottish music and culture.

Born and bred in the lowland hills west of Glasgow, Donald has been singing traditional Scots songs for as long as he can remember. An active participant in his local folk club since the age of 17, he has spent the last two decades honing his skills as a singer, guitarist and bodhran player. He is always a welcome addition due to his vast repertoire and sheer love of the Scots song.

Since joining their songs and lives together, Rebecca and Donald have toured in Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. Together they have released two albums, “Over Burns And Braes” (2016) and “Joys that never weary” (2012). They also perform with their Scottish dance band, The Ceilidh Clan, and are founding members of QTrad (Queensland Traditional Arts Group).

Website: www.wrightandmckay.com

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Australian Celtic Festival

4th to 7th May 2017

Tickets for the 25th Anniversary of The Australian Celtic Festival, featuring the Year of Ireland, are selling like hot potatoes! If you are a Glen Innes Resident and are buying for yourself or for Visiting Friends and Relatives, go into the Visitor information Centre from 1st April to buy your passes over the counter. Coming to us as a Visitor? Visit the website at www.australiancelticfestival.com to buy your tickets.

Showground Camping options are available at the picturesque historic Glen Innes Showground during the 2017 Festival. All bookings must be made online. All the information about the showground is on the Festival website.

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Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

Just about your last chance to become a Friend, with all the benefits including exclusive invitations to events during the Festival. And you can buy a Friend of The Australian Celtic Festival polo shirt for $27.50. This is a great way to show off at the Festival! These polo shirts are only available for Friends.

To become a Member or to order your Polo Shirts contact:
Barbara on 02 6734 5189 – barbara.saxonge@gmail.com or
Mary (Tuesday to Thursday) on 02 6730 2410 – mhollingworth@gisc.nsw.gov.au.

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What’s on in Tenterfield??

The Music Supper Club

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What’s on in Deepwater??

24th March            Fall of the Roman Umpire with Dennis Coard
6pm for 6.30 pm. $35 including meal. Bookings essential.
Available at Carelle’s (Glen Innes), Deepwater Post Office
& Simply Country (Tenterfield)

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What’s on in Armidale??

2nd Sunday each month        Armidale Studio Concert Series.Contact kezmusic2@bigpond.com
1st Thursday each month     New England Jazz and Improvisation Collective – NEJIC 

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Appearing at the Australian Celtic Festival

Highlander

Highlander is one of the most popular and entertaining Celtic bands in Australia, and has an increasing world-wide fan base thanks to internet radio. Highlander brings a new twist and rhythm to old Scottish favourites of jigs, reels and songs, with a couple of modern pieces thrown in.

The line-up combines a unique blend of pipes, whistle, fiddle, guitars, drums and vocals with a dynamic stage presence, producing an unforgettable and exciting live performance enjoyed and respected by audiences of all ages.

Highlander released their first album “North of the Wall” in 2010. The album, featured as album of the week on Glasgow’s Celtic Music Radio in Scotland. Their second album “The Dark Island” was released in 2013 seeing the band take out both Best Instrumental and Best Traditional Song of the Year at the Australian Celtic Music Awards in 2014.

Highlander has appeared at some of the top Scottish and Celtic events in Australia including the Australian Celtic Festival in Glen Innes, the Bundanoon Highland Gathering in the Southern Highlands, The National Celtic Festival in Portarlington, The Beechworth Celtic Festival, the Echuca Moama Celtic Festival and many live venues.

It’s impossible not to be caught up in the energy Highlander brings to every show. Audiences are guaranteed to be tapping their feet from start to finish.

Draíocht

DraiochtThe magical rhythm of Draíocht brings powerful energy and thunderous beats onto the stages of the 2017 Australian Celtic Festival. A collaboration of the finest gentlemen in Irish Dance, Draíocht is Australia’s very first All-Male Irish Dance Clan. Draíocht – Irish language for magic of the druids, comprises the very best internationally trained Australian Male Irish Dancers.

After returning from their years of touring, competing and dancing on the stages of the World, the gentlemen of Draíocht have come together to create an authentic and extraordinary performance. Draíocht’s refreshing energy and power gives a unique twist to the traditional art form that is Irish Dance.

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Clan Celtica – Tribal Thunder (New Zealand)

International Celtic Artist 2016 – Australian Celtic Music Awards

25th MarchMangere East Culture Festival
26th MarchCubaDupa Festival, Wellington
4th to 7th May     Australian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes NSW

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Norma O’Hara Murphy

Australian Celtic Festival – 4th to 7th May 2017

4th May100,000 Welcomes. 6pm. Glen Innes Services Club
5th MayDinner Show 6 pm. New England Motor Lodge
6th May     6.30 pm. Ruby Stage. Australian Standing Stones
7th May     2 pm. Ruby Stage. Australian Standing Stones

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Murphy’s Pigs

Australian Celtic Festival – 5th to 7th May 2017

5th May7.30 pm, Glen Innes Services Club, NSW
6th May     6.30 pm, Australian Standing Stones, Glen Innes, NSW
7th May     9 am, Australian Standing Stones, Glen Innes, NSW

Celtic Celebrations with Queensland Pops Orchestra

20th to 21st May 2017

20th May2.30 pm, Queensland Performing Arts Complex
20th May     7.30 pm, Queensland Performing Arts Complex
21st May     2.30 pm, Empire Theatre, 56 Neil St, Toowoomba

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Siobhan Owen

Australian Celtic Festival – 6th to 7th May 2017

6th May2 pm Sapphire Stage. Australian Standing Stones
6th May     Dinner Show 6 pm. New England Motor Lodge
7th May     1.30pm Sapphire Stage. Australian Standing Stones

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At the Hereford Steakhouse

3 Dinner Shows. 6.30 pm each evening. $40 per person. Bookings essential.
Phone 02 6732 2255

6th MayTâr-lin
7th May     Christine Davis
8th May     Wright and McKay

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At The New England Motor Lodge

2 Dinner Shows. 6.00 pm each evening. Bookings essential. Phone 02 6732 2922

5th MayNorma O’Hara Murphy
6th May     Siobhan Owen

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String Loaded

1th April   Bundanoon Highland Gathering Chieftain of the Day – Jimmy Barnes

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Glen Innes Highlands String Music Convention


17th to 19th November 2017

Planning for this new event is progressing at a manic pace. We will have profiles of the seven presenters, the workshop synopsis and booking details for you soon. For further enquiries, contact Glen Innes Services Club on 02 6732 1355.

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Vice Regal Reception at Glen Innes Services Club

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Hurley were joined by Mayor Steve Toms and Lady Mayoress Mrs Judi Toms, General Manager Pat Lonergan and Mrs Jane Lonergan and President Russell Meehan for the Governor’s Vice Regal Reception. The reception was held in the Remembrance Room at the Services Club on Saturday 18th February and was attended by 110 people invited by The Governor and Mrs Hurley. It was a lovely evening with performances by the Glen Innes High School Dancers and St Josephs Choir.

Left to right President of the Services Club, Russell Meehan – General Manager of the Services Club, Mr Pat Lonergan – Mrs Hurley – His Excellency – Lady Mayoress, Mrs Judi Toms – Mayor, Mr Steve Toms and Mrs Jane Lonergan

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What’s on in Glen Innes??

17th March                                    Flag lowering ceremony 5pm Australian Standing Stones celebrating St. Patrick's Day – Ireland – flag lowering and food feast acknowledge Ireland as the honoured nation of the 25th Australian Celtic Festival
18th March        Emmaville Sheep Races
19th March                   Harmony Day from 3pm. A FREE family day mixing ART + CULTURE. Get your groove on with music from the Balkanics. All welcome.
25th April          ANZAC Day Dawn Service, breakfast & memorial service
4th – 5th May      25th Australian Celtic Festival
13th May           Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic arrives Glen Innes at approximately 11.30 am.
25th May                                  Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt Love & Lies Tour $30 Adults – $15 Children (14 years and under)Doors open 7pm – Show 7.30pm Tickets on sale at Glen Innes Services Club.
31st May                                        Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow. Live at the Chapel Theatre Glen Innes. 8pm. Tickets $45. Purchase at Carelle’s or book online at www.trybooking.com/PBET.

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I hope that you’ve enjoyed this edition of Celtic News and that you found lots to read, see and do.

Barbara McLennan
Editor
Celtic News
02 6734 5189
barbara.saxonge@gmail.com

Published with permission from Celtic News
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Celtic News January 2017

Welcome to 2017. I hope that you all had a great holiday and that you are now settling into the New Year. 2017 is going to be HUGE here in Glen Innes. Here’s what we are working towards.

  • The first interstate celebration launch of the Australian Celtic Festival – 11th February in Toowoomba
  • The second Australian Celtic Dance Championships
  • The fourth inductions to the Australian Celtic Roll of Honour
  • The fifth Australian Celtic Music Awards presentations
  • The tenth Triquetra Medallion presentations
  • The twenty-fifth Australian Celtic Festival, this year celebrating Ireland
  • The first Glen Innes Highlands String Music Convention – 17th to 19th November

All of these events are put together by a dedicated group of volunteers in association with Glen Innes Severn Council and the major sponsor of the Australian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes Services Club.

There are many other events happening throughout the district and I will continue to bring you news of as many as possible. This is really a great place to visit with lots of things to see and do throughout the year.

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Celtic Music awards

Handcrafted solid granite Australian Celtic Music Awards

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Australian Celtic Music Awards Nominees

Roving Crows

Roving Crows are an original must-see act, with roots in Folk and Celtic music. Renowned for their high-energy live performance, their shows pull together funked up traditional tunes and catchy original song, with powerful Celtic undertones and intoxicating tribal rhythms. Roving Crows are successfully self-managed and have toured pretty much constantly for the last 6 years around the UK and into France. Roving Crows are nominated in the International Celtic Artist category.
 
Members of the band include:

Caitin BarrettCaitlin Barrett (pictured here performing in France) from Herefordshire plays the fiddle and sings.  She began playing at age 4, taught primarily by her father using the tradition of learning by ear.  As her mother is from Donegal they mainly played Irish folk tunes and in this way she developed her passion for Irish music. 
 
Caitlin became a professional musician in 2009 when she co-formed the Celtic Rock group Roving Crows. She has strong Australian links. Her Mother (Marian) was born in Donegal Ireland, and brought up in Victoria.  After moving back to the UK in her teens, Marian returned to Australia with Caitlin’s father and brother, initially in Victoria then Surfer’s Paradise.  Caitlin’s parents settled back in the UK during the mid 80s and Caitlin was born in the UK. The rest of her family are dotted around Australia from Townsville to Canberra, Brisbane to Sydney.

Paul O'Neill from Kildare plays acoustic and electric guitar and sings.  Paul is the songwriter for the Roving Crows, writing mainly from his experiences working and living in Dublin, London and New York. He has since settled in the UK where he met Caitlin and formed the band.

Loz Shaw plays bass, clarinet, baritone guitar, synthesizer and sings. Although he didn’t begin playing music until in his twenties, he developed a keen understanding of sound technology early on, leading to him producing and engineering a number of bands prior to joining Roving Crows in 2012.

Tim Downes-Hall plays percussion in the band. Tim started playing drums at the age of 13. Turning professional in 2010 he played and recorded with several bands from Swing to Irish-punk! Tim joined the Roving Crows in April 2015 to play percussion rather than a standard drum kit, bringing an Afro-Celt feel to the sound. 

To listen to their music or purchase one of their three CDs visit their web addresses:
www.rovingcrows.com
www.facebook.com/rovingcrows
www.youtube.com/therovingcrows
http://twitter.com/rovingcrows

Sarah Calderwood

Sarah Calderwood

Sarah writes “At the tender age of two, I’m told I announced my ambition to become a performer by toppling a mannequin off its podium in an Adelaide department store and proceeded to take its place in a boisterous and all-too-public rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

The flute became my instrument, and many years of study (including achieving 92% on my Grade VIII flute exam) gave me a thorough grounding in music technique. Then, during a brief stint in the musical theatre program at Conservatorium of Music in Mackay, I undertook my only formal vocal lessons, while simultaneously learning that my two left feet made me wholly unsuited to a career on Broadway.

And so it was that, at the age of 19, I made the defining decision of my career. I ran away and joined a Celtic band.

The musicians in question were Sunas, the much-loved stars of Australia’s vibrant Celtic music scene. And far from stealing away me away from a mainstream musical calling, the band’s founding members Mannie, Helen and Paul not only became (and remain) my best friends, but they opened musical horizons that have continued to expand. We’ve played over 1400 shows together, headlined national and international festivals and performed constantly.

Two highly successful albums and a Live in Concert DVD have followed, with the band’s second album ‘Celtic Road’ (with ABC Classics) spending six weeks in the ARIA Classical/World/Jazz Top 10 (reaching #4) and receiving extensive radio play internationally. The live CD is still regularly shown on Foxtel.

My first solo ABC release, ‘As Night Falls’, debuted in the top 10 in the same chart and was one of their best – selling albums of 2012. To top off the year it was nominated for the 2012 Best World Music Album ARIA.

Since then, I’ve performed Australia-wide with my partner Paul in the duo TwoCrows, become an official member of the legendary band, The Waterboys, debuted and recorded several songs by world-renowned lyricist Brendan Graham (You Raise me Up) with the Australian Girls’ Choir, and formed a brand new Americana/roots/blues group called RedCrow which released its debut album in 2016. Last year I toured extensively as the flute player for the Celtic Illusion show, playing to full houses all around Australia, and successfully crowdfunded my second solo album.

2017 will see me return to Celtic Illusion for a big show at Jupiter’s Casino, then join the Queensland Pops for their Celtic Spectacular shows at QPAC and the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba. I will also be releasing my new album, ‘in the forest of things’ in the next few months and touring that extensively. I will also be heading back into the studio to record a new traditional Celtic album.

I should probably point out that I drink a lot of coffee…”
 
Sarah Calderwood is nominated in the category of Female Celtic Artist of the Year.

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Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

Member Offer

Buy a Friend of The Australian Celtic Festival polo shirt for $27.50. This is a great way to show off at the Festival! These polo shirts are only available for Friends.

To order your Polo Shirts contact: Barbara on 02 6734 5189 – barbara.saxonge@gmail.com or Mary (Tuesday to Thursday) on 02 6730 2410 – mhollingworth@gisc.nsw.gov.au.

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A Reminder ………

Folk & Celtic Fusion

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Appearing at the Australian Celtic Festival

4th to 7th May 2017

Astrail

Astrail

Astrail is a new group that has come out from the woodwork of Adelaide’s trad scene, wanting to take the style to new places (musically and geographically). Each member has independently played/danced interstate at various festivals such as Illawarra, The Nash, Fleurieu, Port Arlington, Yass, Tablelands, Kangaroo Valley, Majors Creek, Perisher and more…
 
They play acoustically in small venues, lead sessions and run workshops in fiddle, flute, whistle, uilleann pipes and bodhran. They can teach Irish dance, how to be free of your classical music training for fiddle and how to keep a session’s etiquette welcoming whilst holding down great tunes!

Influences: Ulaid, Vishten, Planxty and local musicians of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide

The group consists of Angus Barbary (fiddle, bouzouki, vocals, and bodhran), Gillian Murray (vocals, guitar, and bodhran), Connor Hoy (uilleann pipes, dance, whistle, box, & more…), Caity Brennan (fiddle, dadgad guitar, vocals) and Michael Drennan (flute).

The Barleyshakes

The Barleyshakes

The Barleyshakes formed in Dublin in 1995 then the band moved to the Sunshine coast in Australia in 2000.

The Barleyshakes music is Irish at its core with tasteful interpretations & modern influences. Irish expat Alan Kelly has spent the best part of twenty years establishing himself on both sides of the globe as a writer of genuinely touching, honest and gritty songs. He’s also got a healthy dose of the kind of irreverence that turns good music into great.

The Barleyshakes have headlined international festivals and toured many parts of the world in various forms. They’ve been based in Australia since headlining the 2000/2001 edition of the world famous Woodford Folk Festival and contributing the talents of two members to Peter Jackson’s “The Fellowship of the Ring” academy award winning soundtrack.

The tradition of Irish music is long, deep and wide and remarkably brilliant. That the Barleyshakes manage to hold hands with this awesome history while simultaneously infusing it with a fresh and contemporary spirit is remarkable.

They’ve always done it that way but with each new album those bonds are strengthened and illuminated in ways that make you wonder where they will take them next.

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Glen Innes Highlands String Music Convention

17th to 19th November 2017

As the home of The Australian Celtic Music Awards, Glen Innes Services Club is delighted to be hosting this new event in the Glen Innes Tourism Calendar. Presenter profiles, the syllabus and booking details will be announced early in 2017. Mark this one in your diary now! For further information, contact Glen Innes Services Club on 02 6732 1355.
 
The general public will be able to attend a Supper and Concert at Glen Innes Services Club or a Black Tie Dinner and Concert at Glen Innes Golf Club, with entertainment by accomplished string musicians during this exciting weekend.

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Murphy’s Pigs launch the 25th Anniversary of the Australian Celtic Festival in Toowoomba on 11th February

Tickets now open

The Committee and Friends of the Celtic Festival have joined forces to bring a taste of the Festival to south-east Queensland. We hope you enjoy the concert and that you join us in May in the beautiful Glen Innes Highlands.

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Clan Celtica – Tribal Thunder (New Zealand)

International Celtic Artist 2016 – Australian Celtic Music Awards

17th DecemberWillowstock
2nd JanuaryKeltic Faire, Coromandel
21st JanuaryBurns Supper, Manurewa Cosmo Club
22nd JanuaryMedieval Fair, Taupo
28th JanuaryArtbeat, Whangarei
29th JanuaryMedieval Madness, Kiwi North (Whangarei)
17th to 26th February    Hamilton Garden Festival
26th FebruaryHowick Highland Games
4th MarchPalmerston North Culture Festival
5th MarchRound The Bays, Auckland
11th MarchHilux Rural Games, Palmerston North
13th to 15th MarchPANNZ and AOTNZ, Auckland
19th MarchAuckland International Culture Festival
25th MarchMangere East Culture Festival
26th MarchCubaDupa Festival, Wellington
4th to 7th MayAustralian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes NSW

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What’s on in Glen Innes??

21st JanuaryDeepwater Race Day, 150th Anniversary, $10 adult
21st January55th Annual Pinket Sports & Camp draft
26th JanuaryAustralia Day Celebrations, Glen Innes Town Square
17th to 19th FebruaryGlen Innes Show
10th to 12th MarchMinerama
4th to 7th MayAustralian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes NSW

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Murphy’s Pigs

Saturday 11th February   7.30pm, Armitage Centre, Toowoomba
4th to 7th MayAustralian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes NSW

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Michael Fix and Christine Collister

2nd February
Yatte Yattah, NSW Collister & Fix house concert. Enquiries: Ian & Fiona Stewart 0418 620 593 Ian@yattah.net
4th February 
8 pm. Troubadore Folk Club, CWA Hall Woy Woy, 30 The Boulevarde Woy Woy NSW
19th February
Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St Petersham

Collister and Fix

This promises to be a magnificent new CD. The download version is available on CD Baby, iTunes & other online stores. Physical copies available January 12, and pre-orders are welcome!

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Triquetra Medallion Nominations

Nominations for the annual Triquetra Medallions are now open. Criteria and nomination forms are available on the website. These are important Awards which honour individual achievement.

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The Official Australian Celtic Awards Night

Saturday 6th May 2017 – 6.30pm, Glen Innes Services Club
 
Tickets on sale – Monday 6th February 2017

This gala event, the premier event in Glen Innes, includes canapés and a two course dinner plus MC and live entertainment by Darren Coggan and special guest artists The String Family.

The evening includes Presentation of:

  • The Australian Celtic Music Awards
  • The Triquetra Awards
  • The Australian Celtic Roll of Honour
  • The Australian Celtic Dance Championships

Tickets are $40 each and bookings are essential. Call 02 6732 1355

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I hope that you had a very merry Christmas and that Santa was kind. I’m sure he was because you are all SUCH good boys and girls. I trust that 2017 will prove to bring you all the best that life has to offer. I look forward to hearing from you all in the future. Don’t forget that submissions are always gratefully received.

Barbara McLennan
Editor
Celtic News
02 6734 5189
barbara.saxonge@gmail.com

Published with permission from Celtic News
13
Jan

Celtic News December 2016

It’s been a very full year for all of us, and it’s actually one whole year since I started to write Celtic News. I am most grateful to all who have contributed so generously this year – and I urge you to please keep your news coming in!

There are more profiles from the performers at the Australian Celtic Festival as well as the first profiles of entrants in The Australian Celtic Music Awards. I never cease to be amazed at how a small town like Glen Innes can be such a hub of Celtic Music.

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The Australian Celtic Music Awards

Nominations for The Australian Celtic Music Awards are now closed, but nominations for the annual Triquetra Medallions are now open. Nominate the people that you would like to see honoured.

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Australian Celtic Festival

4th to 7th May 2017

Showground Camping options are available at the picturesque historic Glen Innes Showground during the 2017 Festival. All bookings must be made online. All the information about the showground is on the Festival website.

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ACF Stallholder Applications now open

The Australian Celtic Festival Committee is interested in hearing from prospective vendors specialising in food, beverage, produce, merchandise, jewellery, book sales, musical items and other retail options for stalls at the Festival site, The Australian Standing Stones. Stallholder applications for the 2017 Festival are now open.

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‘Tie the Knot’

at the 2017 Australian Celtic Festival

The Australian Celtic Festival Committee is looking for a couple to “Tie the Knot” in an Irish-inspired wedding ceremony at a unique setting, in front of a large crowd.

One fortunate couple will win the opportunity to “tie the knot” in a traditional Celtic style, 100% legal wedding on Saturday 6th May 2017, at The Australian Celtic Festival. Couples who are genuinely interested in getting legally married in a traditional Celtic ceremony with an Irish theme can find more information or enter online via the website. Applications close on 15th January 2017.

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Here’s a profile of one of the performances that you will be able to catch at The Australian Celtic Festival.

Glenmore Dancers

Glenmore Dancers

Glenmore Highland Dancers are a young (5-14 years) and enthusiastic group of lads, lassies, bochals and colleens with an injection of Scottish and Irish blood running through their veins!
 
With the support of trusty Piper Rob O’Brien and parents who willingly and generously share their desire to perform, Glenmore Dancers have been welcomed entertainment at many Glen Innes community events including fetes, concerts and market days throughout the year.
 
For the past 20 plus years, Glenmore Highland Dancers have made a special effort to create a magical performance for the Celtic Festival. They appreciate the warm response from both their local audience and the many people who travel from around Australia to experience a Celtic weekend.
 
So, a special hint for 2017 – do not miss Glenmore Highland Dancers as they pay tribute to their Irish connections on stage! The dancers will certainly be looking out for you at the Crystal Stage!

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Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

Exciting New Announcement

We’re all so excited about the 25th Australian Celtic Festival. The Committee and Friends of the Celtic Festival have joined forces to bring a taste of the Festival to south-east Queensland. We hope you enjoy the concert and that you join us in May in the beautiful Glen Innes Highlands. Tickets on sale from 9th January.

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Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

Member Offer

Buy a Friend of The Australian Celtic Festival polo shirt for $27.50. This is a great way to show off at the Festival! These polo shirts are only available for Friends.
 
To order your Polo Shirts contact: Barbara on 02 6734 5189 – barbara.saxonge@gmail.com or Mary (Tuesday to Thursday) on 02 6730 2410 – mhollingworth@gisc.nsw.gov.au.

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Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman

Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford QLD, 27th December 2016 to 1th January 2017.

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String Loaded

Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford QLD, 27th December 2016 to 1th January 2017.

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The String Family

January 11thParkes Elvis Festival 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner
January 12th to 15th      Illawarra Folk Festival

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Clan Celtica – Tribal Thunder (New Zealand)

International Celtic Artist 2016 – Australian Celtic Music Awards

17th DecemberWillowstock
2nd JanuaryKeltic Faire, Coromandel
21st JanuaryBurns Supper, Manurewa Cosmo Club
22nd JanuaryMedieval Fair, Taupo
28th JanuaryArtbeat, Whangarei
29th JanuaryMedieval Madness, Kiwi North (Whangarei)
17th to 26th February    Hamilton Garden Festival
26th FebruaryHowick Highland Games
4th MarchPalmerston North Culture Festival
5th MarchRound The Bays, Auckland
11th MarchHilux Rural Games, Palmerston North
13th to 15th MarchPANNZ and AOTNZ, Auckland
19th MarchAuckland International Culture Festival
25th MarchMangere East Culture Festival
26th MarchCubaDupa Festival, Wellington
4th to 7th MayAustralian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes NSW

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Murphy’s Pigs

Tuesday 20th December7.30pm, Irish Gala Concert (heaps of artists), Gold Coast Arts Centre
Friday 23rd December7, 8 and 9 pm, Main stage, Queen St Mall, Brisbane
Saturday 11th February   7.30pm, Armitage Centre, Toowoomba
4th to 7th MayAustralian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes NSW

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Damien Leith

Damien Leith

The Australian Celtic Festival is delighted to welcome Damien to our 25th Anniversary Festival, celebrating the Year of Ireland.

Damien Leith emerged from the small screen in 2006 and found a place in the hearts of a generation of Australian music lovers. With a cluster of hit singles (#1 ‘Night of My Life’) and albums (Where We Land, Catch The Wind, Remember June, Chapter Seven, Roy, Songs From Ireland), TV hosting, two published novels (One More Time and Remember June) through Harper Collins Publishing, and a recording studio in Sydney, Damien Leith is one talented and in demand artist. He lives in Sydney with his wife Eileen and three young kids, Jarvis, Jagger and Kikki.

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Australian Celtic Music Awards Nominees

Siobhan Owen

Siobhan Owen

Welsh born Siobhan is an Australian Classical/Celtic singer and harpist with a unique vocal style – blending her ethereal soprano voice with heart wrenching Celtic lilts.

Performing at festivals and concerts around Australia from an early age, Siobhan is rapidly gaining recognition on the international stage. She has spent the last couple of years sharing her time between Australia and Wales while touring the UK, Europe, Japan and Siberia performing in concerts, festivals and shows – including Triskell Celtic Festival in Italy and Lorient Interceltique Festival in France, 2 solo European concert tours, and in Celtic rock operas “Tristan & Yseult” in France and Siberia, and “Cap’taine Kid” in France.

This December, Siobhan will be performing in a new Celtic rock opera “Excalibur” touring 13 arenas throughout Germany.

Last year Siobhan recorded two songs for BBC’s “Songs of Praise”.

Siobhan has recently released her 5th album “Entwined”, which includes 8 original and 7 traditional songs – including songs in the Welsh, Irish, Scottish and Breton languages. “Heart-wrenching traditional Celtic ballads entwined with original contemporary Celtic songs… all woven together by Siobhán’s exquisite, emotive voice.” Be prepared to be enchanted by Siobhan’s stunning voice and gentle harp playing.  www.siobhanowen.com.

Siobhan is nominated in the Australian Celtic Music Awards categories of Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Female Celtic Artist of the Year. The producers of her album ‘Entwined” are also nominated for Producer of the Year.

Michael Fix

Michael Fix

Brisbane-based acoustic guitarist Michael Fix is nominated in The Australian Celtic Music Awards categories of Instrumental of the Year and Male Celtic Artist of the Year, for his album “Bending Air”.

“Bending Air” is Michael’s fifteenth CD release, and emphatically shows why he has become such an in-demand concert artist, touring internationally every year, and winning fans from all over the world.

Michael is a true artist: each successive album follows new paths, and he is not afraid to try new ideas, or take risks. By sharing universal emotions and experiences, Michael has been able to touch listeners on a very deep and personal level. “Bending Air” starts in a fashion familiar to Michael’s fans – the fírst four tracks are bright, bouncy, and very much in the Chet Atkins-influenced sunny fingerstyle guitar mode for which Michael is known, including a reading of Odetta Gordon’s ‘Hit or Miss’, highlighting Michael’s growing confidence as a vocalist.

But then the album turns decidedly darker with the powerful ‘Guernica’. lnspired by Picasso’s 1937 painting of the same name, it was written in response to the atrocities happening in the world today. ‘Guernica’ has already become one of the most talked-about performances at Michael’s concerts. ‘Poetic Justice’ and ‘Losing Myself remain in a somewhat reflective mode, but then the mood lifts with a medley of three traditional tunes performed regularly by Australia’s most-loved bush band, The Bushwackers, arranged for solo guitar by Michael. (Michael was a rnember of the band in the 1980s, and again briefly in the 1990s).

As a reflection of his live set, Michael always adds some cover arrangements into the mix. The Beatles’ epic ‘A Day in the Life’- very familiar, but rarely covered – features the guitar group from the 2016 Winterbreak Music Camp re-creating the orchestral cacophony that is such a feature of the original. The unexpectedly fragile and quiet vocal finale, ‘Slip Away’, penned by Mark Cryle, is one of the most intimate tracks Michael has even recorded.

More information:
“Bending Air” is available in Australia in stores through Checked Label Services, online direct from Michael’s website, and in iTunes.

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What’s on in Glen Innes??

14th JanuaryGlen Innes Race Day
21st JanuaryDeepwater Race Day, 150th Anniversary, $10 adult
21st January55th Annual Pinket Sports & Camp draft
26th January   Australia Day Celebrations Glen Innes Showground
10th to 12th February     Glen Innes Show
10th to 12th MarchMinerama
4th to 7th MayAustralian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes NSW

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17th to 19th November 2017

An exciting new event bringing together students from all over Australia with well-known music performers is planned for November 2017. There will be a series of nine workshops for all levels of participants, for instruments including fiddle, cello, guitar, mandolin and banjo, as well as composition for string instruments and arranging traditional music for a modern audience.

In addition, the general public will be able to attend a Supper and Concert at Glen Innes Services Club or a Black Tie Dinner and Concert at Glen Innes Golf Club, with entertainment by accomplished string musicians.

As the home of The Australian Celtic Music Awards, Glen Innes Services Club is delighted to be hosting this new event in the Glen Innes Tourism Calendar.

Presenter profiles, subjects and booking details will be announced early in 2017. Mark this one in your diary now! For further information, contact Glen Innes Services Club on 02 6732 1355.

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Season’s Greetings from Celtic News

Have a very merry Christmas. This is the season to spoil and care for yourself and your family and friends.

See you next month.
Barbara McLennan
Editor
Celtic News
02 6734 5189
barbara.saxonge@gmail.com

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