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17
Nov

Celtic News November 2016

Where has this year gone?? I’ve started to hear Christmas music everywhere and I’m terrified.

Of course, November is when I can begin to profile the artists who will be appearing at the Australian Celtic Festival – check out Clan Celtica (New Zealand) and Tartan Shamrock later in the Newsletter.

There’s lots of Australian Celtic Festival information in this edition as well, and a final reminder about nominations for The Australian Celtic Music Awards. Do it now!!! There’s the usual guide to performances by lots of musicians. You’ll have plenty to choose from when planning your end-of-year musical enjoyment. So, here’s your bumper, informative, November edition of Celtic News.

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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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Peace Train

On 29th October, I attended Darren Coggan’s Peace Train show. Darren is, of course, a talented and professional singer and I knew that I would enjoy his show.

Darren Coggan’s Peace Train show

Cat Stevens’ music was the sound track of my life. This will probably give away my age! I was impressed with the way that Darren put together a biographical show that told the story with humour, anecdote and flair, incorporating the music that we all know and love so well.

Peace Train was beautifully staged. Credit must go to the Services Club staff and to Pinknoize for an excellent presentation. We are indeed fortunate to have had a show of this calibre presented in Glen Innes.

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Auckland Fringe Festival

21st February to 12th March 2017

Registrations are now open on the website. I hope to bring you more information in coming editions.

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Tartan Shamrock

Tartan Shamrock

An Irishman, a Scotsman and an Australian walk onto a stage – what ensues is a night filled with great toe tapping music, storytelling and craic. Tartan Shamrock combine feel good traditional Irish & Scottish music with classic Aussie tunes. They are just one of the featured artists at the 2017 Australian Celtic Festival.

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Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

Supporting Celtic Heritage

We are delighted to co-present The Abbeys at Land of the Beardies History House on 26th November at 4.30 pm. The Museum occupies a beautiful old building with a central courtyard surrounded by a wide veranda. This will be the setting for some great music and you will have an opportunity to see the Museum’s collection as well. $15 pp with light refreshments included.

Join up as a Member of Friends of the Australian Celtic Festival or renew your membership and get free entry to see The Abbeys at Land of The Beardies Museum on 26th November 2016.

Join up or renew your Membership to attend the ACF Chair’s Christmas Lunch on 15th December at Glen Innes Services Club.

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 book for 26th November, The ACF Chair’s Christmas Lunch (see next article), 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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Australian Celtic Festival Christmas Lunch

The Chair of The Australian Celtic Festival 2017 Committee, Lara Gresham, invites you to join her and the Committee at 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Thursday 15th December in the North Auditorium at Glen Innes Services Club to celebrate the Festive Season. The 2 course Christmas Lunch will be served at 1.00 pm and is $15 per head. Bookings through The Australian Celtic Festival Office – mhollingworth@gisc.nsw.gov.au, phone 02 6730 2400. Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival attend for free – but please book for catering purposes.

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Celtic Journey

26th and 27th November
Central QLD Conservatorium, Mackay. 10th Triple Threat Theatre Academy production featuring soloists, ensembles and groups from the Academy, Molly Armstrong & the Cape Byron Celtic Dancers (Australian Celtic Dance Champions), and the debut of a new all-male group of singers, in the vein of Celtic Thunder plus Principles Petar and Jessica Grulovic.

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What’s on in Glen Innes

26th November
4.30 pm. The Abbeys at Land of the Beardies History House. $15 pp including light refreshments.

26th November
Drumming Competition at the newly renovated historic Deepwater Inn (1865), New England Highway, Deepwater. For details call 02 6734 5111.

3rd December
Jean Kitson – Live and Hilarious at Glen Innes Services Club. Doors open at 7 pm. $20pp – show only.

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Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman

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

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Lorin Nicholson

Lorin Nicholson

Lorin will be performing in the following locations.

Monday 28th November
St Joseph’s College Albion Park NSW 12:00noon. Senior graduation motivational performance. All parents and community welcome.

Tuesday 29th November
Henry Kendall High School Gosford NSW 11:40am. Senior graduation motivational performance. All parents and community welcome.

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String Loaded

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

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Tenterfield Big Screen Music Event

For a special event to celebrate and promote Folk and Celtic music, Tenterfield Cinema is being taken over for a night of Music Videos in January 2017.

Directed by Peter Harris from Welder's Dog, the project is an interesting challenge to convert the videos into a large screen aspect with "Surround Sound" audio.

Surround Sound was once touted as the next big leap for musicians after stereo. But sadly for quality audio, a nasty little algorithm called MP3 was developed for early personal computers which threw away much of the audio signal.

And a whole new digital generation grew up thinking that tinny sound was music!

Known as 5.1 for its array of 5 speakers plus a deep 'rumble' speaker so the audience could feel earthquakes and explosions, Surround Sound survived in cinemas. But as music is still recorded in stereo, most tracks are heard out of just two of those speakers.

So Peter Harris has set about remixing the video tracks into Surround Sound audio for the event. He is also doing his best to stretch the video into the large screen format. The result is big dramatic visuals and fabulous Surround Sound!

Folk and Celtic musicians are invited to submit Music Vids for inclusion.  Welder's Dog, would particularly like to bring this event to the attention of musicians performing at the 2017 Australian Celtic Festival. The cinema screening is on January 14th at 7pm and is well timed to help with your promotion. Contact Peter at info@mobilemoviefest.com.

Folk and Celtic Fusion

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Murphy’s Pigs

Saturday 19th November   4pm, O'Malley's Irish Pub, Brisbane.
Sunday 20th November   2pm, Harrigan’s Drift Inn – Jacobs Well
Sunday 4th December    4pm, Caloundra Power Boat Club
Saturday 10th December   4pm, O'Malley's Irish Pub, Brisbane
Tuesday 20th December   7.30pm, Irish Gala Concert (heaps of artists), Gold Coast Arts Centre
Friday 23rd December   7, 8 and 9 pm, Main stage, Queen St Mall, Brisbane

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Clan Celtica – Tribal Thunder (New Zealand)

International Celtic Artist 2016 – Australian Celtic Music Awards

Appearing at the 2017 Australian Celtic Festival

Formed in 9th December 2013 and hailing from Auckland, Clan Celtica is a Scottish Tribal 6-piece music group made up of large drums and Great Highland Bagpipes.  The music is uniquely Scottish. Clan Celtica is the only band of this genre in the southern hemisphere, originating from the days before military pipe bands we know so well today were formed.

This ‘Real-Sound-of-Scotland’ is best described as an exciting mix of the Great Highland Bagpipes weaving emotive Celtic melodies alongside pulsating dynamic drum beats, both slow to fast.  The almost eerie hypnotic atmospheric performance includes original tunes and rearrangements of well-known Scottish theme compositions from movie soundtracks, such as ‘Braveheart’ and ‘Rob Roy’.

Gigs to date have been a variety of Cultural and Music festivals, Highland Games, Vector Arena and TV performances such as Sky Sports (King of the Ring) and The Paul Henry Show (TV3).

For booking enquiries email: clanceltica@gmail.com

The performers usually consist of 5 drummers and 1 bagpiper (L to R Frankie Mac, Ty Boniface, Heather Mac, Fiona Condell, Doug McHardlane and Mich Tent – and Oscar the shaggy Highland coo!).

Clan Celtica

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Gig dates for Clan Celtica

19th November    Auckland Highland Games
19th November    Mangere East Cultural Festival
4th December    MOTAT, Auckland
10th December    Bucklands Beach
17th December    Willowstock
2nd January    Keltic Faire, Coromandel
21st January    Burns Supper, Manurewa Cosmo Club
22nd January    Medieval Fair, Taupo
28th January    Artbeat, Whangarei
29th January    Medieval Madness, Kiwi North (Whangarei)
17th to 26th February    Hamilton Garden Festival
17th to 26th February    Hamilton Garden Festival
26th February    Howick Highland Games
4th March    Palmerston North Culture Festival
5th March    Round The Bays, Auckland
11th March    Hilux Rural Games, Palmerston North
13th to 15th March    PANNZ and AOTNZ, Auckland
19th March    Auckland International Culture Festival
25th March    Mangere East Culture Festival
26th March    CubaDupa Festival, Wellington
4th to 7th May    Australian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes NSW

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I hope that you enjoyed this edition of Celtic News. From next month, there will be profiles of entrants in The Australian Celtic Music Awards, as well as performers at The Australian Celtic Festival. There are also two very exciting announcements in “the works” which I am looking forward to sharing with you all.

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

Published with permission from Celtic News
30
Oct

Celtic News October 2016

You may have noticed that this edition is a few days late. In Spring, along with all the bulbs, and flowers, and baby animals comes hay fever season. I couldn’t see my computer screen last week! But I’m back now. So here’s the October edition.

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Tie the Knot, Celtic Style

at The Australian Celtic Festival, 4th to 7th May 2017

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. The Festival Committee are excited to bring back this popular element of the Festival following its successful introduction in 2016.

Wedding at the Australian Standing Stones during the Australian Celtic Festival 2016
Bob and Naomi Blair, with their wedding party – Celebrant Mel Lindsay

Newcastle Celebrant Julie Muir has been chosen to perform the ceremony, ensuring that the lucky couple not only have a unique Celtic marriage ceremony, but also on that meets Australian legal requirements.
 
Julie Muir is a young Celebrant who loves nothing more that collaborating with couples to create personalised and meaningful ceremonies. Being Irish herself, and having grown up in Dublin, the birthplace of the famous Irish poet William Butler Yeats, she is well positioned to create something memorable for all involved. With the 2017 Festival focussing on Ireland, this is particularly appropriate.
 
There is an abundance of wonderful traditional Celtic readings, rituals, vows and blessings for which the Irish are famous, that might be potentially incorporated into the ceremony.
 
The winning couple will be married within the circle of the Australian Standing Stones, an array of spectacular granite monoliths like those around which the ancient Celts danced. All the Festival visitors are invited as guests to witness the ceremony.
 
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. Applications close on 15th January 2017.

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Peace Train 29th October 2017

Darren Coggan

Darren Coggan presents his acclaimed retrospective of Cat Stevens’ music at Glen Innes & Districts Services Club. Doors open at 7.30 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 02 6732 1355.

Go to this link – www.peace-train.com.au. I did and enjoyed the music so much that I immediately booked my ticket! Cat Steven’s music really was the soundtrack to my life.

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Arabesk

Arabesk

Arabesk have been bringing their special brand of intoxicating global grooves to audiences around Australian since 2003. In 2011 Arabesk won best instrumental track at The Australian Songwriters Awards and that year were invited to perform at Takatsuki Jazz Festival in Osaka, Japan for the first time. In August 2016 they released their third album ‘Mr Fi’ and have spent the last two years touring and playing festivals in Australia and Japan including the 2015 Takatsuki Jazz Festival and 2016 Sumida Jazz Festival in Tokyo.  Recent Australian festival highlights include Blue Mountains Music Festival and Wangaratta Jazz Festival in 2015 followed by Clarence Jazz Festival, Hobart and Palm Creek Folk Festival, Townsville in 2016.
 
The music of ARABESK follows many paths at any one time. Like a river it is fed from many different tributaries to form the whole, drawing upon strong jazz influences… Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Eastern European Gypsy and Classical music, on a backdrop of heavily African and Arabic influenced rhythms. At any moment it will swing hard, only to drop into a thick funk pumped bassline, all the while the violin floating above it. The drums hammer and thunder beats reminiscent of Motown, Blue Note and Afro Cuban jazz. With a wealth of musical experience it is little wonder ARABESK are such a powerhouse of invention and innovation.

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String Loaded

Gala Spectacular Concert, Adamstown Uniting Church Newcastle, 13th November
Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford QLD, 27th December 2016 to 1st January 2017

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Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

Supporting Celtic Heritage

  • Renew or join as above and get free entry to see The Abbeys at Land of The Beardies Museum on 26th November 2016. This is a spectacular small museum with lots of local exhibits.
  • 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 book for 26th November or to order your Friends 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.
 
And watch this space for an exciting announcement about a Toowoomba event in February 2017.

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The Abbeys

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Lorin Nicholson

Lorin Nicholson

Internationally acclaimed vocalist, Patrice Arkins from the Les Miserables musical, along with renowned guitarist and motivational speaker Lorin Nicholson, are pleased to announce the release of their brand new Christmas single “Christmas All Year Long”. This brand new Christmas song co-written by legendary Nashville songwriter and composer Ed Kee and Randy Kartchner, will be released for the first time here in Australia on November 4, with pre-launch copies already available through the iTunes store.

This beautiful recording has been captured in studios all around the world, featuring the stunning vocals of Patrice whilst on tour in London, then flying across the Atlantic to Nashville for bass, drums, percussion, keyboard and the lovely piano of Randy, then overland USA to the mid-west for the Utah string ensemble, followed by the long trip over the Pacific to Brisbane Australia where Lorin recorded his fine acoustic guitar, before finally circling back around the world to Nashville for the final mixing and mastering session ready for Christmas.

In a world filled with war, contention, hate and heartache, Christmas All Year Long shares an important message of peace, hope, kindness and compassion, lasting not only throughout the Christmas season, but all year long.

Lorin will be performing in the following locations.

19th to 21st October
Christmas Island District College WA. Several performances and workshops. Main motivational performance 9 am Wednesday 19th Graduation and awards evening Friday 21st at 6:00pm. All community are welcome to attend any performance.

Monday 31st October

Glen Innes Public School NSW 12:00noon. All parents and community welcome.

Friday 4th November
The Westport Club, Port Macquarie NSW, A series of motivational performances and workshops. Private event.

Monday 7th November
National Disability Awards night held in The Great Hall Parliament House ACT 6:00-10:00pm. Lorin will be appearing as a guest VIP performer, alongside Tony Dee, the Australian vocalist for the Para-Olympics Super Humans television commercial. Private event.

Tuesday 15th November
Roma State High School QLD 9:00am. Senior graduation motivational performance. All parents and community welcome.
 
Monday 28th November
St Joseph’s College Albion Park NSW 12:00noon. Senior graduation motivational performance. All parents and community welcome.

Tuesday 29th November
Henry Kendall High School Gosford NSW 11:40am. Senior graduation motivational performance. All parents and community welcome.

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Gone Molly Album Fundraiser Concert!

The girls from Gone Molly (Sally Harris and Rebecca Wright) are planning an album and would dearly love your help!  They’re holding an album fundraiser concert at Magda’s Community Artz on Sunday 23rd October with special guest appearances, a concert, raffle and more!  Afternoon tea and refreshments will be available for purchase.
 
Tickets are available now from Trybooking. Adults $20. Concession $15.  Kids Free.
 
Hope to see you all there! www.facebook.com/gonemolly

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Celtic Journey

26th and 27th November
Central QLD Conservatorium, Mackay. 10th Triple Threat Theatre Academy production featuring soloists, ensembles and groups from the Academy, Molly Armstrong & the Cape Byron Celtic Dancers (Australian Celtic Dance Champions), and the debut of a new all-male group of singers, in the vein of Celtic Thunder plus Principles Petar and Jessica Grulovic.

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Murphy’s Pigs

Saturday 19th November   4pm, O'Malley's Irish Pub, Brisbane.
Sunday 20th November   2pm, Harrigan’s Drift Inn – Jacobs Well
Sunday 4th December    4pm, Caloundra Power Boat Club
Saturday 10th December   4pm, O'Malley's Irish Pub, Brisbane
Tuesday 20th December   7.30pm. Irish Gala Concert (heaps of artists). Gold Coast Arts Centre
Friday 23rd December   7, 8 and 9 pm. Main stage, Queen St Mall, Brisbane

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Platform 9 ¾

4th, 5th, 6th November Beechworth Music Festival

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What’s on in Glen Innes??

October 22th
2CBD Grand opening of their new studio at 131 Church Street, 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. The studio will be formally opened by Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce. Guided tours of the studio, BBQ, meet your Presenters. Family friendly day out.
 
October 29th
Peace Train – Darren Coggan presents his acclaimed retrospective of Cat Stevens’ music at Glen Innes & Districts Services Club. Doors open at 7.30 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 02 6732 1355
 
October 29th and 30th
Vintage Truck, Machinery & Steam Show.  Showgrounds. www.truckandautoparts.com.
 
October 29th

The Annual Glen Innes Trivia Night with a “Halloween theme” – 6pm at the Masonic Lodge Hall Glen Innes. BYO Picnic Dinner. Dress in your favourite spooky character – or just wrap yourself up in cobwebs, bandages or Dracula like costumes! $10 per person and you can book a table of up to 6 people. Tickets from Carelle’s @  250 Grey Street, Glen Innes or pay at the door – but you still need to book your seat! All proceeds of the Night go to Glen Innes VRA.

November 26th
4.30 pm. The Abbeys at Land of the Beardies History House. $15 pp including light refreshments.
 
November 26th
Drumming Competition at the newly renovated historic Deepwater Inn (1865), New England Highway, Deepwater. For details call 02 6734 5111.

Deepwater Inn

The String Family

5th and 6th November
Australian National Busking Championships, Cooma. The String Family is defending their title.

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Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman

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

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Clan Celtica – New Zealand

11th November    Clout in The Cloud
19th November    Auckland Highland Games
19th November    Glen Eden Christmas Parade
19th November    Mangere East Cultural Festival
20th October    Vector Arena, Auckland

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Every month I sit down to put together Celtic News and wonder if I will have enough to make an edition. Not this month! Lots of things coming in from lots of wonderful people. Please continue with your submissions.
I hope that you enjoyed this edition of Celtic News.

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

Published with permission from Celtic News
20
Sep

Celtic News September 2016

Spring has sprung!! Isn’t it wonderful to see all the blossom trees? In this area, of course, there are new baby animals everywhere. It is very easy to get distracted by all this burgeoning growth but it’s time to get this edition of Celtic News together for you. Throughout this Newsletter you will find lots of dates for Celtic music performances.

Last month’s article “Innis versus Innes” gave rise to some correspondence regarding the origin of the name of Glen Innes, so I approached the expert, Eve Chappell, Museum Manager and Research Coordinator at the Land of the Beardies History House, who kindly sent me the following article. When you next visit Glen Innes, do go and have a look at this great little museum. It is full of local memorabilia and is a wonderful resource for those researching local history.

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Major Archibald Clunes Innes

Major Archibald Clunes InnesFirst Printed in “The Land of the Beardies History House Bulletin” Volume 5 NO 1 February 1977.
Archibald Clunes Innes was born in 1800 and arrived in Sydney with the rank of Captain of the Guard on a convict ship in 1822. After holding several military appointments in the Colony, he resigned his commission in the army with the rank of Major, to assume the position of superintendent of police, and magistrate at Parramatta in 1828. Following his marriage to Margaret McLeay, daughter of the Colonial Secretary, Innes became police magistrate at Port Macquarie, where he received a grant of 2,568 acres. During his term at Port Macquarie he set about acquiring more land and between 1836 and 1840 he bought 9,900 acres of land from the Government for £2,499-1-2, as well as 2 town allotments at Port Macquarie for £122 and 5 acres at Kiama for £72.

Besides the land he owned in the vicinity of Port Macquarie, Innes’ holdings extended to the New England where, as well as Furracabad, he owned Waterloo at Walcha, Kentucky at Uralla, and Dundee Station in the Beardy plains district. Although Major Innes’ name appears as the licence-holder of Furracabad when Commissioner Macdonald visited the station on 10th May 1845, Lands Department records show the licence-holder was the Bank of Australasia so it was apparently mortgaged to that bank. It remained in the name of the bank until 1851 when it was transferred to Archibald Mosman. There is little doubt that the Bank took the property over eventually, but it is not clear at what period Innes ceased to be interested in the property. In the 1840s, his holdings were mortgaged to the bank of Australasia (and thus appeared under the bank’s name). It is hard to distinguish which other places he did own. Mole River Station, which was taken up by Ward Stevens in 1839, was also shown under the ownership of the Bank of Australasia, so it is likely that it also was owned by Major Innes.

Previous owner of Furracabad, William Turner was only running cattle on the property when he left Furracabad, but when Innes took over in 1845 the latter was running 16,000 sheep. The sheep had to be shepherded, and Innes is shown as having 32 residents on Furracabad, whereas there were only 5 residents the previous year when Turner was running only cattle. Either the Bank or Innes altered the policy because in 1851 Furracabad is shown as running 13 horses, 1,500 cattle and 8,670 sheep on 25,000 acres.

The Deepwater Station diary confirms that Major Innes owned Dundee. On 30th June 1846, it states – “a flock of rams belonging to Major Innes was found running on this side of the Dividing range” and on 1st July 1846 – “sent notice to the overseer at Dundee about the sheep trespassing”.

Some writers have questioned whether Major Innes ever came into the District. The Deepwater diary dispels these doubts. “14/5/1847 Mr. Donaldson and Captain Innes slept here on their way to Sydney.” “28/5/1848 Major Innes stopped here on his way to the Downs.” “9/6/1848 Major Innes called on his way back”.

In this District when the original squatters took up their runs, they searched for a valley which had not already been occupied. When they found what they were looking for, they defined the boundary by the watershed and all the land that drained water into that valley was considered theirs. When they thought they had enough land, they marked the lower end of the run by a line of physical features or by a line of blazed trees. The next land-seeker could either continue down the valley from this line or find a new valley.

It is interesting to note on each occasion that Commissioner Macdonald visited Furracabad he gave a different estimate of the area.
29 August 1839 extent 8 miles
13 April 1840 extent 5 miles
22/23 November 1840 extent 9 x 5 miles
17 January 1844 extent 17 x 5 miles
10 May 1845 extent 12 x 3 miles

In 1848 the Government Gazette defined the runs and Glen Innes run was defined thus: “25,000 acres bounded on the north and north west by a range dividing it from Captain Ditmas’ run, on the north and east by a range dividing it from A. Boyd’s run, Boyd’s Plains, on the south by a range dividing it from William Boyd’s run and on the west by a range dividing it from McIntyre’s run”.

Major Innes was in financial difficulties through the 1840s and was reported bankrupt in 1852.

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Mobile Movie Fest Update

Mobile Movie FestTenterfield Cinema

Peter Harris, Festival Director
Musicians in particular need excellent communication skills in digital technology.  Making a movie on a mobile device brings together most of the exciting forms of communication (image, animation, text, audio, music, spoken word, story-telling).  And that’s just what the Mobile Movie Fest is all about – plus the excitement of seeing your movie on the Big Screen and the Fest website.

Welder’s Dog member Peter Harris has conducted workshops with over 150 school students across the Northern Tablelands and is looking forward to all sorts of movie contributions.  There is an open section which would suit your latest music video.

And a reminder to submit your best/favourite music video or live performance clip to our Folk/Celtic-Fusion category. Welder's Dog is sponsoring this great initiative to help us all find new fans for our incredible genre of music.

Check out www.mobilemoviefest.com/celticfolk.html for details and to see the latest additions to the website. There will be a Big Screen celebration of the Music Videos on January 14th 15th 2017. Submissions to the Mobile Movie Fest need to be filmed/edited on a smartphone or tablet. BUT submissions to the Folk/Celtic category can be shot and edited on any devices.

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Gone Molly Album Fundraiser Concert!

Gone Molly

The girls from Gone Molly (Sally Harris and Rebecca Wright) are planning an album and would dearly love your help!  They’re holding an album fundraiser concert at Magda’s Community Artz on Sunday 23rd October with special guest appearances, a concert, raffle and more!  Afternoon tea and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Adults $20. Concession $15. Kids Free.

Hope to see you all there!

Click here for bookings.

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Australian Celtic Festival 2017

This is your last call to apply to appear at the 25th Anniversary Australian Celtic Festival, celebrating the Year of Ireland. Performer, busker and workshop applications are on the website and close on 20th September 2016.

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Pigs and Frogs; A Menagerie of Sorts

John Graham

It is now one month since the world’s largest Celtic festival in Brittany, France finished and it already feels like we were there several months ago.

2016, The Year of Australia, has come and gone and organisers agree that it was a great success. It has been ten years since the inaugural year Australia and ten years since Murphy’s Pigs first emerged as a Celtic band in its own right at the festival.

This year was very different to the first time. Those members of the band who had been before knew exactly what to expect and were eager to share this experience with the other members who had not. The performance programme was different. We were busy. Instead of one gig per day, as in 2006, Murphy’s Pigs played 17 times over eight days.

Murphys Pigs

The crowds were big, enthusiastic and ready to revel. The performances could start anywhere between 2pm and 1.30am. It didn’t seem to matter to the festival goers. The crowds kept filling up the pavilion. And so we played, and sang and enjoyed their revelry.
We were fortunate this year to share the pavilion with some great Australian Celtic bands. Claymore, Saoirse, Sásta and Murphy’s Pigs were the main performers and then the Kelly Family Band, Graham Dodsworth and a contingent of singers, dancers and musicians from New Zealand ably filled the gaps.

William Hutton, of Celtic super group Claymore, did an amazing job in coordinating all of the artists performing at the Australian Pavilion. No-one knows for sure when he actually got to sleep.

The camaraderie among the Australian performers was fantastic.  Although most of us had met before it was the first time that we got to spend a good deal of time with each other and chew the fat. Watching these groups perform at their best to appreciative crowds was fantastic. Some new friendships were made and some exciting, future prospects mulled over. It was an honour to be part of such a wonderful event and share our music with the Celts in Europe.

Highlights? Listening to and watching the crowds go berserk when we performed the very popular song ‘Santiano’ in French. Watching crazy Frenchmen and women dressed in kangaroo suits crowd surfing in front of us. Peter being given the honour of leading the festival parade, the March of the Celts (a massive street parade – 4 hours long) as the Australian flag bearer. Hearing that Peter tripped as he entered the stadium (the parade ends in front of a crowd of thousands and a television audience on millions) and then commando rolled with the flag, springing to his feet to a jubilant, cheering crowd. Finally seeing the photos of his feat of derring do. The new friends.  The old friends. Music, music, music.

So what did the other groups think of Festival Interceltique de Lorient, 2016?

Michael Hughes (Sásta):

Sásta had a wonderful experience at the Festival Interceltique 2016 in Lorient, France. With huge appreciative audiences, great camaraderie amongst all the Australian bands and a free bar backstage….sure t’was heaven! Musically and culturally, we learned so much from the opportunity to perform there. It was a formidable mix of creative energy, musical affinity and audience appreciation – a festival among festivals.

Bernadette O’Neill (Saoirse):

Saoirse were delighted to be involved in the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France 2016. This was our first visit to Lorient and we had heard fabulous things about the festival but nothing could prepare us for the Celtic festival fantasy land that is ‘Lorient’. For 10 amazing days we sang and played to a crowded heaving tent of spectators of all ages and backgrounds. There was a great mixture of bands from all around Australia and a great sense of camaraderie developed between all. It was truly an amazing festival and we all definitely felt richer musically from this awesome experience.

William Hutton (Claymore):

Well what a great experience we had at The Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2016, The Year of Australia. This was the eighth time Claymore has had the honour to appear at this amazing festival and the best so far!

It was a lot of hard work but great fun, having played 28 shows in 10 days. We even did three shows on our official one and only day off!!

Festival Interceltique de Lorient is a festival that has to be experienced to be believed. Simply telling someone about it doesn’t really relay the magnitude of this event.

Claymore’s highlights this year would have to be, performing alongside some of the Australian music scenes biggest and best names, the likes of Tommy Emanuel, Eric Bogle and the amazing Archie Roach! We also got to play with some of our great friends from Saoirse as the Claymore Saoirse big band, always a blast. The Australian pavilion at the festival was the busiest pavilion of the whole festival. It just rocked from Morning till the wee hours every night! The biggest highlight would have been the amazing camaraderie shown between all of the acts working in the pavilion. No egos there; all for one and one for all was the motto. From the amazing Trad music of Sásta to the total crowd participation of Murphy’s Pigs, the sweet, sharp, scintillating sound of Saoirse and the sheer power of Claymore to get everyone on their feet and dancing, it’s an event we won’t forget in a hurry and look forward to number nine.

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Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman

Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman

23rd and 24th September Folk by the Sea Kiama

Website: www.folkbythesea.com.au

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String Loaded

String Loaded

Clans on the Coast, Port Stephens, 17th September 2016
Gala Spectacular Concert, Adamstown Uniting Church Newcastle, 13th November
Woodford Folk Festival Woodford QLD, 27th December 2016 to 1st January 2017

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Lorin Nicholson

Lorin Nicholson

Lorin is an inspirational entertainer and speaker, who appears at many schools throughout Australia. Members of the public, as well as family and friends of students are invited to attend at no cost.

October 18th to 22nd, Christmas Island Western Australia Indian Ocean, various school and community based performances on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

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Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

Supporting Celtic Heritage

  • Renew your membership or join (applications on the website) for 2017 and get free entry to see The String Family on 1st October 2016 at the New England Club.
  • Renew or join as above and get free entry to see The Abbies at Land of The Beardies Museum on 26th November 2016. This is a spectacular small museum with lots of local exhibits.
  • 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 book, 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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Mobile Movie Fest Sponsors Shakespeare Workshop

Mobile Movie Fest is sponsoring a fantastic workshop on 29th and 30th September 2017 with the theme of Shakespeare for Acting and Film.

Mobile Movie Fest

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Celtic Journey

26th and 27th November, Central QLD Conservatorium, Mackay

10th Triple Threat Theatre Academy production featuring soloists, ensembles and groups from the Academy, Molly Armstrong & the Cape Byron Celtic Dancers (Australian Celtic Dance Champions), and the debut of a new all-male group of singers, in the vein of Celtic Thunder plus Principles Petar and Jessica Grulovic.

Celtic Journey

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What’s on in Glen Innes?

Glen Innes

October 1st
The String Family at the New England Club. From 6.30 pm. $15 pp including light supper. Book with Barbara on 02 6734 5189 or email barbara.saxonge@gmail.com or Mary (Tuesday to Thursday) on 02 6730 2410 or email mhollingworth@gisc.nsw.gov.au.
 
October 13th and 14th
New England Wine Show.   Glen Innes Showgrounds. Phone: 02 6732 1759.
 
October 15th
Emmaville Vegetable Creek Hospital Fete. Phone: 02 6734 7975.
 
October 22nd
2CBD Grand opening of their new studio at 131 Church Street, 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. The studio will be formally opened by Deputy Prime Minister and member for New England Barnaby Joyce. Guided tours of the studio, BBQ, meet your Presenters. Family friendly day out.
 
October 29th
Peace Train – Darren Coggan presents his acclaimed retrospective of Cat Stevens’ music at Glen Innes & Districts Services Club. Doors open at 7.30 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 02 6732 1355.
 
October 29th and 30th
Vintage Truck, Machinery & Steam Show.  Showgrounds. www.truckandautoparts.com.
 
November 26th
4.30 pm. The Abbies at Land of the Beardies History House. $15 pp including light refreshments.

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Glen Innes Services Club

Next time you’re passing through Glen Innes, come in and check out the new Lounge. It’s going to be a great venue to meet your friends for a drink or to play your favourite songs on the new free digital DJ.

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The String Family

5th and 6th November
Australian National Busking Championships, Cooma. The String Family is defending their title.

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Murphy’s Pigs

24th September4 pm. O'Malley's Irish Pub, Brisbane
2nd October4 pm. O'Malley's Irish Pub, Brisbane
14th October7 pm. Police & Emergency Services Games – Sunshine Coast
15th October4 pm. O'Malley's Irish Pub, Brisbane
19th October4 pm. O'Malley's Irish Pub, Brisbane 
20th October2 pm. Harrigan’s Drift Inn – Jacobs Well

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Arabesk

The band is just back from a 10 day tour of Japan including playing 2 shows at the Sumida Street Jazz Festival in Tokyo.

Earlier in August they launched their new EP Mr Fi, which contains 6 tracks that will leave you wishing for more. Recorded entirely in Bathurst NSW and featuring the artwork of acclaimed photographic artist Nicole Welch on the cover, the music lifts your spirits and takes you over the mountains and down the other side.

16th September“Mr Fi” CD Launch – Bathurst City Community Club 8:00pm – 12:00pm
3rd October3.00 pm. Manly Jazz Festival, Manly NSW

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Clan Celtica – New Zealand

24th to 26th SeptemberKawerau Woodfestival
1st OctoberbRITS ON bEACH
6th OctoberAuckland University
15th OctoberBig Joe's Bash – Eden Park
22nd OctoberScottishness ahey’ – Aotea Events Centre
11th NovemberClout in The Cloud
19th NovemberAuckland Highland Games
19th NovemberGlen Eden Christmas Parade
19th NovemberMangere East Cultural Festival
20th NovemberVector Arena, Auckland

3 gigs in one day on 19th November – crazy stuff ! Frankie Mac.

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Every month I sit down to put together Celtic News and wonder if I will have enough to make an edition. Not this month! Lots of things coming in from lots of wonderful people. Please continue with your submissions.
I hope that you enjoyed this edition of Celtic News.

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

Published with permission from Celtic News
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Celtic News August 2016

Here we are again! This month there is an article about the Harley Owners Group visit to the Standing Stones as well as the promised technical article for the Folk and Celtic Fusion Music Video Festival and all your usual music news, Celtic Festival and Celtic Music Awards information. I hope that you enjoy this edition.

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HOGs Come To Town

July 30th and 31st saw 265 HOG members converge on Glen Innes for their Xmas in July celebration. This is a first for this combined chapter event. They chose Glen Innes because heading into the hills meant celebrations could emulate the atmosphere of the Northern hemisphere winter and their Xmas experience. Glen Innes was also a central point for the 9 Chapters attending from Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gasoline Alley (Brisbane), Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Mid North Coast NSW (Coffs Harbour and surrounds), Northern NSW (Ballina), NWNSW Tamworth and Big Sky (Moree).
 
The Harley Owners Group was created in 1983 as a way to build longer-lasting and stronger relationships with Harley-Davidson’s customers by making ties between the company, its employees, and consumers. It is the largest Factory sponsored riding club in the world. Local chapters allow people who share a passion for Harley-Davidson® motorcycles to come together. When joining a local chapter, you’ll always have plenty of opportunities to meet with friends, have fun, support worthy causes, and ride! Currently, there are more than 1,400 official H.O.G. Chapters around the world, with each chapter sponsored by an authorized Harley-Davidson® dealership.

Massed Harley-Davidsons at The Australian Standing Stones site on 31st July 2016
Massed Harley-Davidsons at The Australian Standing Stones site on 31st July 2016.

The weekend in Glen Innes was an absolute hoot and everyone made us so very welcome from all motels and staff to the Locals in the street waving us through on Sunday morning. Julie Clement from the Services Club was just amazing. Her attention to detail and accommodating manner made it so easy to get the plans in place. When discussing Sunday’s thunder run for the locals she came up with the brilliant idea of finishing at the Standing Stones for a photo shoot.

Many times I have passed through town and never knew about them! Sunday morning I was up early and rode out to survey the area for logistics in parking etc. Didn’t want to have to turn 150 Harleys around due to a lack of planning ☺. WOW – On arrival the fog was still hanging low and as I sat quietly taking it all in I was struck by how it set the tone for a scene out of “Brave Heart” with Mel Gibson. I was very moved by the sight in front of me and excited with the prospect of everyone else experiencing this an hour or so later.
 
10am saw 150 V twins rumbling up the hill and into the Standing Stones site. As the engines silenced and the chrome glinted in the morning sun the distinctive sound of bagpipes with their unique harmonics struck up, cementing the experience for all in attendance.
 
THANK YOU GLEN INNES for your wonderful hospitality and the opportunity to ride our beloved HDs onto this site for a unique experience none will forget.
Jill Stonnell – PETAL
Assistant Director
Gasoline Alley HOG Chapter

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Ian Murdoch Memorial Award

This is your final reminder to get your entries in for the Ian Mudoch memorial Award. The Award goes to a young Victorian person over 16 years and under 30 years who has demonstrated a significant contribution to their Scottish organisation and shows a desire to promote Scottishness to the wider community. Closing date is 30th September 2016, so get your nominations in very soon! Contact Noel Wright, Secretary, Scots of Victoria Coordinating Group.
Email: noelwright@netspace.net.au

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Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

Supporting Celtic Heritage

I am delighted to let you all know about the first exclusive offers for 2017 Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival.

  • Renew your membership or join (applications on the website) for 2017 and get free entry to see The String Family on 1st October 2016. There are other great benefits to membership of The Friends, including weekend passes, a cap or Clan stationery, and even more exclusive offers and invitations to Friends events.
  • 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.

For either offer, 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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Folk and Celtic Fusion Music Video Festival

Welder’s Dog are back in trouble again, this time for daring to put together a promotional website for Folk and Celtic performers. But they have soldiered on and the new pages look fantastic.

folk and celtic fusion music video festival

Each Music Video has its own page for maximum viewing. Check out the progress on – www.mobilemoviefest.com/celticfolk.html. Performers should take advantage of this beautiful website and send a Music Vid link to the Dogs at info@mobilemoviefest.com so we can include you in this exciting new project.
 
A Big Screen celebration at the Tenterfield Cinema is booked in for the weekend of the 14th – 15th January 2017. Selected Music Videos will be screened over the weekend so it’s a great chance to have your Music Vid shown in this commercial format. So get your act onto video and be seen on the website and the Big Screen.
 
Many struggling musicians find it hard to get a video together.  But take heart because it’s quite easy on a Smartphone or Tablet.  Here are some hints…

Shooting a Music Video on Your Smartphone

  1. Shoot video with the inbuilt camera held in landscape mode.
  2. The microphone is not very good so play an audio track thru good speakers and play along with the track.
  3. Have a friend film a variety of shots. Full group, cutaways of faces, hands on instruments, musos hard at it – you know the stuff.
  4. Take any mood shots such as walking the streets, or in a forest.
  5. Install a good video editor such as iMovie for iOS or Power Director for Android.
  6. Start a new movie.
  7. Get your original audio soundtrack on the timeline.
  8. Add your shots taking care to keep the audio and video in sync.
  9. The shots can be trimmed and lined up with the exact spot on the audio track.
  10. Best to expand the timeline so you can use fine adjustments when you move the shots into place.
  11. You don’t use the audio that comes in with the clips. Discard it.
  12. Choose transitions that help the mood.
  13. Be sparing with effects.
  14. Add title and credits.
  15. Share in the best quality possible – usually back to the photo album.
  16. Also share to YouTube or wherever if you wish.
  17. If you share to YouTube send us the link so we can embed it on the site.
  18. If you want your clip shown at the festival on the Big Screen, you will need to send us your best quality version on a new thumb drive. Compressed files from Youtube are fine for the web but look blocky on the large cinema screen. We convert your video to a Digital Cinema Package for screening and need the best version we can get.

A basic tutorial for iOS is available at www.mobileprimaryfest.com/imovie.html and one for Android at www.mobileprimaryfest.com/powerdirector.html.

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Naming Rights Partner Announced for the Australian Celtic Festival 2017

The 2017 ACF Committee is pleased to announce the Glen Innes & District Services Club as their Naming Rights Partner for the 2017 Australian Celtic Festival, celebrating 25 years and the Celtic nation of Ireland.

Australian Standing Stones

The Glen Innes & District Services Club has been an enthusiastic and active participant in the Australian Celtic Festival for many years. Back in 2008 they were the original home of the Triquetra Awards Ceremony and dinner. The Official Celtic Awards Night, THE not-to-be-missed event of the weekend now includes presentation of The Triquetra Medallions, the Celtic Roll of Honour and, of course, The Australian Celtic Music Awards which are an initiative of Glen Innes & District Services Club. Glen Innes & District Services Club also hosts 100,000 Welcomes on Thursday, entertainment on Friday night including the traditional Address to the Haggis, and even more entertainment on Sunday night to round off the weekend of the Australian Celtic Festival.

In his letter to the Committee, Club Manager Pat Lonergan stated, “I look forward to working with the Celtic Festival Committee and Mr Peter Teschner, Manager of Tourism and Events to bring forward the 25th Anniversary event.”

“The Services Club plays such a vital role in the Festival. The committee is thrilled that Pat and his team are joining hands with us once again, especially for so momentous a year,” replied Lara Gresham, Festival Committee Chair.

And don’t forget that performer, busker and workshop applications are now open on the website and close on 20th September 2016.

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The String Family

Last month, we introduced you all to the String Family. If you can’t be with us here in Glen Innes on 1st October, perhaps you can catch them at one of these venues that Sarah sent to me last week.

August 27th at 3pm: afternoon concert at Stanwell Park CWA Hall. Book now

September 2nd at 7pm: dinner and show at centro CBD Wollongong. Book now.

September 10th at 7pm: evening concert at Penrose Hall. Book now.

The String Family

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INNIS versus INNES

Submitted by Graham Innis

Did I consider myself Celtic…………….not until I attended the 2016 Celtic Music Awards in Glenn Innes in April as a guest of Murphy’s Pigs!

I knew I had an ancestor who arrived in Van Dieman’s Land as a convict. He had had a hard life and didn’t know how to spell his name nor did the local authority who wrote ‘Innis’ and so my family name became Innis as this is what was recorded in Hobart for William Innis.

As I grew up I would look in the Sydney phone book and see lots of Innes but very few Innis. In fact the only ones in there in my teens were my direct family. I felt a little unique. Nowadays, though, there are numerous Innis and I don’t know most of them.

Over the years I had a little interest in my ancestors. I knew I had a great grandfather who was a bootmaker……………thus the shoe fetish manifest in all the women in my family – and there are a few (Jenni and I have 4 daughters and 5 granddaughters not to mention our 3 sons and 8 grandsons ). But I knew little else.

Graham Innis in Tasmania on the search for his ancestors
Graham Innis in Tasmania on the search for his ancestors

In the mid-90’s Jenni and I had a trip to the UK where she took me to Scotland where William was born. I still had little interest. But last year she took me to Tasmania where Jenni was determined to show me all about my ancestors. By the way, Jenni is qualified as a Family History researcher with degrees in history, archaeology and post graduate librarianship and archives.

She showed me all over Tassie and let me read all about my 8 or so ancestors who came over as convicts…………..thus the need for me to be careful about the way I naturally think about things as it can easily get me into trouble! I was able to look at documents, go to actual places where my ancestors lived and see evidence of their existence. My world and heritage was opened up before me and was I finally interested!
 
I visited a museum on the site where a shipwreck occurred in 1866.  What a sad tale. The Captain, James Smith, my ancestor, left the Wynyard on the Glimpse, bound for Launceston. He was experienced, the weather was clear and calm and so he decided to leave prematurely with insufficient ballast. His wife had gone into labour and was in some trouble. He got word and wanted to get home ASAP. Unfortunately a severe storm erupted en route and the ship went down. All on board were lost. Very little was washed up but it was a big story at the time so lots of information was in the museum for me to read. All of a sudden my heritage came alive to me and I wanted to visit more places.
 
So we visited homes and locations which helped fill in the gaps and feed my new found interest. I am an 8th generation Celt with lots of roots in Tasmania. I am keen to look further into my heritage and I’m lucky Jenni has the skills to help me. I can’t wait to return to Tassie and indeed Scotland………….one day!
 
Editor’s Note: The misspelt name of Graham’s ancestor is such a common story. I am, like many Macs, misspelt as Mc not Mac. You can often tell how long a family has been in Australia by the spelling of Mac, but this is harder with other names.

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Brisbane Scene

Bony Mountain Folk Festival
September 16th & 17th

Entry is $20 per person at the gate. Catering and food available but please BYO Chairs. If you would like to camp, the cost is $100 which covers the whole weekend with no extra fees. Website: www.bonymountainfolkfestival.com

Murphy’s Pigs  – Friday night Sept 16th  – 7pm
Saturday Family Day- Highland Spectacular 
Saturday night – Pipe Bands – Norma O’Hara Murphy – Celtic songs.
Brian Letton – Redland Bluegrass Boyz. Cape Byron Celtic Dancers. And more.
Pirate Cave, Treasure Hunt and free activities for kids
Sunday – Vintage Car display and market stalls
Big Concert Sunday night.

Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman

Sunday 11th September     Neurum Creek Festival
23rd and 24th September    Folk by the Sea Kiama

Lorin Nicholson

Lorin is an inspirational entertainer and speaker, who appears at many schools throughout Australia. Members of the public, as well as family and friends of students are invited to attend at no cost.
Aug 22nd 2.25pm – St Paul’s College Bald Hills Brisbane Qld
Aug 30 9.10am – Montrose Bay High School Glenorchy Tasmania
Aug 31st 12.15pm – Miners Rest Primary School Balarat Victoria
Sept 1st 9.00am – The Rocks Central School Wagga Wagga NSW
Sept 1 12.30 pm & 3.45 pm  Xavier Catholic High School Albury
Sept 2nd 11.00am – Catholic College Albury NSW
Sept 13th 9.00am – Tara State College Tara Qld
Oct 18th to 22nd 6.45pm, 12.30am – Christmas Island Western Australia Indian Ocean, various school and community based performances Wednesday Thursday Friday

Celtic Journey

26th and 27th November Central QLD Conservatorium, Mackay 10th Triple Threat Theatre Academy production. This concert will feature soloists, ensembles and groups from the Academy, as well as special guests including Molly Armstrong & the Cape Byron Celtic Dancers (Australian Celtic Dance Champions). It will also feature the debut of a new all-male group of singers, in the vein of Celtic Thunder and principles Petar and Jessica Grulovic.

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What’s on in Glen Innes?

Glen Innes

Now that we’re into August, the first of the Spring bulbs are out, and soon the fruit trees will be blooming all over town. Our days are really quite warm even while the nights are still frosty and cool. Such a lovely season to enjoy the best of both worlds – cosy, warm fires and hospitality at night and warm, beautiful days to explore. Why not join us and enjoy the best that the New England area has to offer?

October 1st
The String Family at The New England Club. From 6.30 pm. $15 pp including light supper. Book with Barbara on 02 6734 5189 or email barbara.saxonge@gmail.com or Mary (Tuesday to Thursday) on 02 6730 2410 or email mhollingworth@gisc.nsw.gov.au

October 13th and 14th
New England Wine Show. Glen Innes Showgrounds. 02 6732 1759

October 15th
Emmaville Vegetable Creek Hospital Fete. 02 6734 7975

October 29th and 30th
Vintage Truck, Machinery & Steam Show. Showgrounds. www.truckandautoparts.com

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Glen Innes Services Club Dates

Glen Innes Services Club continues to be the hub of entertainment locally. There are two new, big shows to tell you all about. If you live here, or just fancy a trip to your home-away-from home, why not join us for one or both!

Murphy's Pigs

Peace Train

I hope that you enjoyed this edition of Celtic News. There will be lots more next month.

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

Published with permission from Celtic News
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Celtic News July 2016

It’s July, quite cold and I really feel like hibernating. But I can’t let you all go without your “fix” of Celtic News. So I’d better buckle down and get on with it! As usual, I’m grateful to all the wonderful people who have sent me their news. It does make my life so much easier! So first, from Norma O’Hara Murphy, a former Celtic Artist of the Year and singer of Celtic based folk music, news of the Bony Mountain Folk Festival.

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Bony Mountain Folk Festival
September 16th & 17th

Entry is $20 per person at the gate. Catering and food available but please BYO Chairs. If you would like to camp, the cost is $100 which covers the whole weekend with no extra fees. Entertainment featuring Murphy’s Pigs on Friday 16th September from 7pm, Cape Byron Celtic Dancers all weekend, and the Highland Gathering on 17th September. Check out the website for more event details.

Warwick Thistle Pipe Band
Warwick Thistle Pipe Band at 2015 Bony Mountain Fold Festival

Nominations open for the Australian Celtic Music Awards

Go to celticmusicawards.com to nominate your favourite artist. Nominating is easy. Just click on the 2017 Nominations tab and complete the online form. The Australian Celtic Music Awards presentation will take place at Glen Innes Services Club on 6th May 2017. Nominations close Friday 16th December 2016. Artists can self-nominate or members of the public can nominate their favourite artist.

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Meet The String Family

A family of four classically trained musicians living an average Australian family life until February 2016, when they decided to move into a caravan, get on the road and leave it all behind.

In their previous lives Mum, Sarah, was performing regularly as a headlining guest entertainer on cruise ships around the world, taking her away often and disrupting family life. Dad, Joel, was the I.T manager of a large company, with little time for music and much less family time than he wanted. Life was flying by quickly and the family all wanted to spend more time together, with more shared experiences and more time to play music together.

Winning the Australian National Busking Championships in Cooma last November as The String Family gave them the confidence to take the plunge and buy a caravan. “We saw how people reacted to our music and the dream started to become a reality.” said Sarah.

The String Family
Heath, Sarah, Joel and Ashleigh

The story started in the 90s, when Joel met Sarah at the Wollongong Eisteddfod. Sarah had been successfully competing in the Eisteddfod on the violin since the age of four. When she was ten years old, along came Joel on the cello and he began to win some of the prizes. Their parents decided that they should join forces, so they became duet partners. Their first piece together as a duo was “Danny Boy” and of course, they won the duet competition!

When their children, Heath (13) and Ashleigh (12) were born, music was already within them, coming down the bloodlines for generations along Joel’s Scottish and Sarah’s Irish roots. Both Heath and Ashleigh started their musical training on the violin and at age seven Heath switched to cello to be like Dad.

The rewards of being on the road have been plentiful. “Both of the children have grown so much in confidence and happiness since we hit the road, it’s incredible!” says Joel. Heath is in year 8 studying via Distance Education and Ashleigh is in year 6, home schooling until high school.

The String Family are using their music to fund their travels and since February, the majority of their bookings have been up and down the coast of NSW and QLD with some more inland NSW destinations. During a recent interview with ABC South East NSW Sarah was asked how she was going to cope with returning to life as normal after the tour. “I really can’t imagine being able to go back to the old life after this, it has been the most magical and amazing journey of our lives and I encourage anyone who is considering it to just do it!” she replied.

Something that has had a huge impact on the family as they travel has been the people that they have met along the way. The kindness and generosity that they have experienced as they meet people in country towns has left them feeling humbled and grateful, and the reaction and support for their music is beyond their wildest dreams.

When The String Family was passing through Glen Innes en route from Stanthorpe to Wagga Wagga, they decided to spend the night at the Glen Innes Showground. They loved the place so much they ended up staying almost a week! Whilst there they discovered the Australian Standing Stones and were so inspired and taken with them that they made a Celtic music video featuring the showground and the Standing Stones.

“We’ll be back in Glen Innes on 1st October for The Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival Event.”

If you haven’t heard The String Family play yet make sure you check them out! Their music is fun, uplifting and has a unique sound. Young and old can’t help tapping their feet and dancing when The String Family are on the stage.

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Australian Celtic Festival 2017

Performer, busker and workshop applications are now open on the website.

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Ian Murdoch Memorial Award

The Award goes to a young Victorian person over 16 years and under 30 years who has demonstrated a significant contribution to their Scottish organisation and shows a desire to promote Scottishness to the wider community. Closing date is 30th September 2016, so get your nominations in very soon! Contact Noel Wright, Secretary, Scots of Victoria Coordinating Group. noelwright@netspace.net.au.

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Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

Renew your membership or join (applications on the website) for 2017 and get free entry to see The String Family on 1st October 2016. There are other great benefits to membership of The Friends, including weekend passes, a cap or Clan stationery, and even more exclusive offers and invitations to Friends events.

Memberships:
Individual – $100 per year
Family – $250 per year
Life membership – $1000

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Folk and Celtic Fusion Music Video Festival

Promoting your music is not an easy task especially for performers with Celtic roots. So Welder’s Dog, the well-known Tenterfield Trio, decided to do something about it and the guys are sponsoring a ‘Folk & Celtic Fusion’ music video category in the new ‘Mobile Movie Fest’.

The Folk & Celtic Fusion video festival will be a year round online celebration with a special weekend of Cinema screenings in mid-summer. The opening Big Screen event will be on the weekend of the 14th – 15th January 2016. Welder’s Dog hope that performers Australia wide will join with them to embrace this exciting promotional opportunity.

Michael Moore, Peter Harris and Dave Moore – Welder’s Dog – on film!
Michael Moore, Peter Harris and Dave Moore – Welder’s Dog – on film!

Whilst the Mobile Movie Fest encourages the creative use of smartphone technology, we will also accept music videos shot and edited on any camera or editing device for the special ‘Folk & Celtic Fusion’ category. So get your latest/best music video working for you ASAP. We are currently building the site and invite submissions.

If you don’t have a music video, then read our tutorials online and go and shoot one with your smartphone or tablet. Use iMovie or Videoshop apps for quality editing.

Next month, there will be a further article to assist you.

Submission information is available on the website.
Or contact Peter at info@mobilemoviefest.com.

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Massive Anniversary Year

2017 is going to be a HUGE year here in Glen Innes. Not only is 2017 the Silver Anniversary year for the Australian Celtic Festival, it is the 10th Anniversary of The Triquetra Medallions and the 5th Anniversary of the Australian Celtic Music Awards. These are all impressive milestones and we are looking forward to one of our busiest years ever. We expect a record number of Visitors to Glen Innes May 4th to 7th next year, so do plan your Festival weekend early.

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Glen Innes Services Club Dates

Murphy’s Pigs 10th Anniversary Show

17th September 2016. – Doors open at 6pm – Show at 7pm. Tickets on sale NOW!! Bookings are essential!!! $20 per ticket (concert only). Guarantee your seat now. Call 02 6732 1355 to book your table.

Murphys Pigs

Special Guest Artists – Lorica

Lorica – Vince Redal, Christine Davis and Ian Russell
Lorica – Vince Redal, Christine Davis and Ian Russell

Peace Train

Darren Coggan is widely known and respected for this retrospective of Cat Stevens’ music. Here in Glen Innes, he is also much appreciated for his role as Emcee of The Official Celtic Awards Night. Join him on 29th October 2016. Doors open at 7.30 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 02 6732 1355.

Peace Train

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Brisbane Scene

Murphy’s Pigs at Festival Interceltique de Lorient
(France) 5th to 14th August 2016 (OK, not quite Brisbane)
Australian Pavilion, Quais Des Indes, Lorient

Friday 5th August6pm to 1 am (Saturday)Festival opens
Saturday 6th August7.45pm, 9.45pm  
Sunday 18th August2pm, 11.15pm  
Tuesday 7th August3.30pm, 6.30pm, 11.15pm 
Wednesday 10th August5.30pm, 12.30am  
Thursday 11th August2pm, 4pm, 12.15am 
Friday 12th August3pm, 9.15pm  
Saturday 13th August6.45pm, 12.30am 

Winter Ceilidh with The Ceilidh Clan

The Ceilidh Clan

On Friday 12th August, Brisbane-based Scottish ceilidh band, ’The Ceilidh Clan’, will host their 3rd Winter Ceilidh for the year at the Red Hill Community Sports Club, 22 Fulcher Road, Red Hill (next to Broncos Leagues Club). A fun family-friendly event with live music and dedicated dance caller, no prior experience is necessary! There is a bar, and a cafe selling tea, coffee and cakes to raise money for The Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club. All welcome, bring your friends! Tickets at the door. Doors open at 6.30 pm. Dancing 7pm to 9m. $15 adults, $10 concession, $30 family. For further information, email: info@ceilidhclan.com, or call 0409 760 993.

Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman

Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman

Sunday 11th September – Neurum Creek Festival
http://www.neurumcreekfestival.com/
23rd and 24th September – Folk by the Sea Kiama

Lorin Nicholson

Lorin is an inspirational entertainer and speaker, who appears at many schools throughout Australia. Members of the public, as well as family and friends of students are invited to attend at no cost.

Lorin Nicholson
July 25th 12 noon – St Francis Primary School, Tannum Sands Qld

July 26th 9.00 am – St Peters Primary School, Rockhampton Qld

July 26th 1.30 pm – Bajool State School Rockhampton Qld

July 27th 8.30 am – St Josephs Primary School Bundaberg Qld

July 27th 11.40 am – St Mary’s Primary School Bundaberg Qld

July 28th 9.00 am – St Patrick’s Primary School Bundaberg Qld

August 1st 1.45 pm – Orange High School, Orange NSW

August 2nd 9.00 am – Castle Hill High School, Sydney NSW

August 3rd 1.00 pm – Kotara Public School, Newcastle NSW

August 4th 11.30 am – St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie NSW

August 8th 11.40 am – Singleton High School, Singleton NSW

August 17th 4.30 pm –
St Francis Xavier College, The Collaroy Centre, 22 Homestead Avenue, North Sydney

August 22th 2.25 pm – St Paul’s College Bald Hills Brisbane Qld

August 30th 9.10 am – Montrose Bay High School Glenorchy Tasmania

August 31st 12.15 pm – Miners Rest Primary School Ballarat Victoria

September 1th 9.00 am – The Rocks Central School Wagga Wagga NSW
September 1th 12.30 pm & 3.45 pm – Xavier Catholic High School Albury

September 2th 11.00 am – Catholic College Albury NSW

September 13th 9.00 am – Tara State College Tara Qld

October 18th to 22nd Christmas Island Western Australia Indian Ocean, various school and community based performances Wednesday Thursday Friday.

Celtic Journey

26th and 27th November Central QLD Conservatorium, Mackay 10th Triple Threat Theatre Academy production. This concert will feature soloists, ensembles and groups from the Academy, as well as special guests including Molly Armstrong & the Cape Byron Celtic Dancers (Australian Celtic Dance Champions). It will also feature the debut of a new all-male group of singers, in the vein of Celtic Thunder and principles Petar and Jessica Grulovic.

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What’s on in Glen Innes??

We truly love Glen Innes in the winter. We are blessed to have such a lovely destination that has four distinct seasons with four wonderful reasons to visit. Glen Innes – so close yet a world away. Rug up and experience the real cold in Glen Innes this winter. There’s plenty to see and do as well.

July 23rd
Christmas Dinner at The Hereford Steakhouse, with a hearty winter soup, a traditional Xmas buffet and plum pudding with brandy custard for dessert. Bookings for this warm, welcoming, intimate venue are essential. Entertainment will be provided by the vivacious Christine Davis. Adults are $50 pp, with children at $22.50 including a small gift. Mention Celtic News on booking. Phone: 02 6732 2255

October 13th and 14th
New England Wine Show, Glen Innes Showgrounds
Phone: 02 6732 1759

October 15th
Emmaville Vegetable Creek Hospital Fete
Phone: 02 6734 7975

October 29th and 30th
Vintage Truck, Machinery & Steam Show, Showgrounds
www.truckandautoparts.com

Clan Celtica

Celtic News is a strictly volunteer-run publication, so we don’t accept paid advertising. However, this New Zealand advertisement featuring Clan Celtica Piper Oscar West was just too good not to share.

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Finally

Vince Redal, of Lorica who will appear at Murphy’s Pigs’ 10th Anniversary Concert has a solo clip out right now of his original piece “Electric Freedom”. The clip features Glen Innes dancer Brianna Hope. Percussion is by Brad Cooper and Djembe is by Laurie Newsome.

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I hope that you enjoyed this edition of Celtic News. Keep your news and articles coming in. There will be lots more next month.

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

Published with permission from Celtic News
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Jun

Celtic News June 2016

So there I was, cruising along, expecting that the June edition of Celtic News would be rather smaller than the May edition, when submissions started to arrive. Now, I’m certainly not complaining about that, so do please keep your news, views and articles coming in. But, this is yet another bumper edition with lots to talk about.

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Massive Anniversary Year

2017 is going to be a HUGE year here in Glen Innes. Not only is 2017 the Silver Anniversary year for the Australian Celtic Festival, it is the 10th Anniversary of The Triquetra Medallions and the 5th Anniversary of the Australian Celtic Music Awards. These are all impressive milestones and we are looking forward to one of our busiest years ever. We expect a record number of Visitors to Glen Innes May 4th to 7th next year, so do plan your Festival weekend early.

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Nominations open for the Australian Celtic Music Awards

Nominating is easy. Just click on the 2017 Nominations tab and complete the online form. The Australian Celtic Music Awards presentation will take place at Glen Innes Services Club on 6th May 2017. Nominations close Friday 16th December 2016. Who is your favourite artist?

Clan Celtica
2016 International Celtic Music Award Winners, Clan Celtica, with their Award

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Michael Fix’s Tour Dates

During the 2016 Australian Celtic Festival, I had the distinct pleasure of listening to Michael Fix play on two occasions. I’m delighted to be able to add Michael’s dates for his June tour of New South Wales. For further information, go to www.michaelfix.com/tours.

Michael Fix

Thursday 16th JuneDjango’s BarSydney (with Darren Coggan)
Friday 17th JuneCentro CBDWollongong (with Darren Coggan)
Saturday 18th JuneFront Gallery & CaféLyneham
Sunday 19th JuneGuitar MasterclassTemora
Monday 20th JuneTown Hall TheatreTemora
Tuesday 21st JuneRiverina ConservatoriumWagga Wagga
 5 pm Workshop 
 7.30 pm Concert 

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Murphy’s Pigs Dates

Murphys Pigs

18th June4pm    Mick O’Malley’s, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
3rd July4pmCaloundra Boat Club, Caloundra
23rd July4pmMick O’Malley’s, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
26th July7pmThe Bug, New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm
17th September6pmGlen Innes Services Club

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Australian Celtic Festival 2017

Performer, busker and workshop applications are now open on the website.

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News for our Victorian Readers

Each year the Scots of Victoria Coordinating Group recognise the achievement and contribution of a young member of the Scottish community through the Ian Murdoch Memorial Award. The Award goes to a young person over 16 years and under 30 years who has demonstrated a significant contribution to their Scottish organisation and shows a desire to promote Scottishness to the wider community. This award began in 2013 in honour of Ian Murdoch who made a significant contribution to the Scottish community over a number of years.

2015 Ian Murdoch Memorial Award winner Heather Bell receiving the Award from Mrs Helen Murdoch
2015 Ian Murdoch Memorial Award winner Heather Bell receiving the Award from Mrs Helen Murdoch

The Award is to encourage a ‘young’ member of a Victorian Scottish community group:

  • Victorian Scottish Union
  • Highland Dancing Association
  • Scottish Country Dance group
  • Highland Pipe Band
  • Scottish Clan Association
  • Caledonian Society
  • Scottish Society
  • Robert Burns Club
  • Scottish Gaelic Society

Award Guidelines

Nominees must be over 16 years and under 30 years of age as at 30th September in the year they are nominated;

Nominees must be a current member of a Victorian Scottish organisation and be nominated by the President and Secretary of that group to be eligible; and

Nominees must have demonstrated, to their Scottish organisation
– Dedication
– Commitment
– Improvement
(Highland Dancer, Scottish Country Dancer, Piper, Drummer, etc)
– Desire to promote Scottishness in the wider community

All nominations for the Award to be submitted to the SVCG Secretary on the prescribed form by 30th September each year.

Award Presentation
Award to be presented by Mrs Helen Murdoch (or her representative) at the SVCG AGM/Seminar, or other designated function, following the October meeting.

Award
A book (with a Scottish theme) to the value of $100.00 plus a certificate

For more information, contact Noel Wright, Secretary, Scots of Victoria Coordinating Group, noelwright@netspace.net.au.

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Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

Not only is the 2017 Australian Celtic Festival celebrating the Year of Ireland, which will be great craic, it is also the 25th Anniversary of the Festival. What better year to show your support of the Festival than by becoming a Friend of the Australian Celtic Festival.

There are some great benefits to membership of The Friends, including weekend passes, a cap or Clan stationery, and exclusive offers and invitations to Friends events. The first Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival 2017 events will be held in Glen Innes during August. Further details and application forms are on the ACF website.

Memberships:

  • Individual – $100 per year
  • Family – $250 per year
  • Life membership – $1000

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Celtic Wedding at The Australian Standing Stones

For those of you who have asked if we have a photo of the Celtic Wedding, that took place in the centre of the Australian Standing Stones Circle during the Festival weekend, here it is! Bob and Naomi Blair with their wedding party.

Bob and Naomi Blair
Our thanks for this photograph go to Glen Innes Examiner and photographer Tony Grant.

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Xmas in July in Glen Innes

Glen Innes is really an ideal place to experience the cold of winter, with high, clear, icy, starry nights and a warm welcome. Join us at the Hereford Steakhouse (info@restpointmotel.com.au) 23rd July 2016 for a Christmas Dinner with a hearty winter soup, a traditional Xmas buffet and plum pudding with brandy custard for dessert.

Bookings for this warm, welcoming, intimate venue are essential. Entertainment will be provided by the vivacious Christine Davis. Adults are $50 pp, with children at $22.50 including a small gift. Mention Celtic News on booking because I will be there and we might all be able to sit close together and “catch up” in a less frantic space than during the Festival itself.

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Glen Innes Services Club Dates

Glen Innes Services Club continues to be the hub of entertainment here. There are two new, big shows to tell you all about. If you live here, or just fancy a trip to your home-away-from home, why not join us for one or both!

Murphy’s Pigs 10th Anniversary Show

17th September 2016
Doors open at 6pm
Show at 7pm
Tickets on sale NOW!!
$20 per ticket (concert only). Bookings are essential!!
Guarantee your seat now. Call 02 6732 1355 to book your table.

Peace Train

Darren Coggan is widely known and respected for this retrospective of Cat Stevens’ music. Here in Glen Innes, he is also much appreciated for his role as Emcee of The Official Celtic Awards Night.

Whichever reason you have for being a fan, join him on 29th October 2016. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 02 6732 1355. Why not book a table?

Darren Coggan
Awww, shucks!!! Darren receiving his Award as 2016 Australian Celtic Male Artist.

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Next month I will begin a regular column, Brisbane Scene. I hope to be able to include as many Gig dates as possible to give you all the opportunity to get your fix of Celtic Music. Included in the column will be occasional band/artist profiles.

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

Published with permission from Celtic News
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May

Celtic News May 2016

The May edition of Celtic News is always the biggest of the year. There is so much to tell you about. Quite apart from reporting on the Australian Celtic Festival itself, there are all the winners of the Australian Celtic Music Awards to honour.

This year, of course, we have the winners of the inaugural Australian Celtic Dance Championships to announce. And, for the first time, I will include details about the Inductees to the Celtic Roll of Honour.

The first item for this edition is a thought provoking submission from Colin Edwards. Having attended the 2015 Patagonia Celtic Festival, written about in an earlier edition of Celtic News, Colin was prompted to think about the position and future of similar Festivals in Australia.

VENCUENTRO PATAGONIA
Patagonia Celtic Festival 2016

Some thoughts on festivals with Patagonia Celtica in focus from Colin Edwards of Platform 9 3/4.

Patagonia Celtic FestivalOn reflection, as a performer, I looked at Patagonia Celtica 2015 with blinkered spectacles. As it was the 150th year celebrating Welsh emigration to Patagonia, I was expecting a higher level of focus on this historic event. In fact, it hardly rated a mention. ‘Encuentro’ translates from the Spanish as “Meeting’ and as this event was only the fourth occasion in Trevelin, that is exactly what it was –a bringing together of all forms of Celtic culture and cuisine to the far west of Argentina, nestling in the Andes.

The 5th Meeting was held in February 2016 and much of its strength and attraction is due to the drive and commitment of the local committee to the project. After all it is 1900km south-west of Buenos Aires!! That is equivalent to travelling from Melbourne to Rockhampton; further than Glen Innes to Adelaide.

What I hadn’t understood was the long-term commitment of the locals to their Celtic heritage particularly in finding ways to further develop and strengthen their legacy from the past.
The area has strong Welsh links so I shall ignore the presence of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid!!  One of the major projects was the building of a new Welsh language school in Trevelin which was commissioned this year.

While I was there, the first of the cultural exchanges brought Dafydd, Baron Wigley and his famous harp playing wife Elinor Bennet with a gift of harps from Wales to schools in Patagonia.  But so much of the story unveiled after I left.  The governor of the Welsh province of Chubut in Argentina signed an accord with the First Minister of Wales, which envisaged increased cultural ties between Wales and Welsh Patagonia.

The ship carrying the emigrants – The ‘Mimosa’ – was commemorated in Liverpool with a plaque unveiled on the anniversary of its sailing (the original passengers paid £12 per adult or £6 per child for the journey in May 1865) and then a re-enactment of the arrival at Puerto Madryn – an event witnessed by the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones. In addition, many cultural events were staged including the visit of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, The National Youth Choir and Melody Music of Cardiff put together a touring Welsh Male Voice Choir from choirs throughout Wales.

Patagonia Celtic Festival

So then I looked at our festivals here in Australia and some milestones indeed this year. The National Folk Music Festival celebrated its 50th festival and Port Fairy its 40th and later this year Maldon will celebrate its 43rd – all junior to ‘the musician’s holiday weekend’ at Nariel Creek.
Certainly these are big events and all are presented as one-off events. The Celtic Festivals are celebrating more modestly with The Australian Celtic Festival leading the way on 24, followed by Beechworth on 22 and the National Celtic with 14 festivals this year. I know it’s always a difficult job each year to find the sponsors, the hard-working committee members and the volunteers to be able to run a festival and ensure that next year will be viable.

Unfortunately the Celtic Festival at Echuca fell in a hole in 2014 and has not resurfaced. Kapunda Celtic foundered and rebranded as a Music and Arts festival perhaps to attract a larger audience. So the writing on their walls is clearly visible to festival committees.

So where are the centres connecting with a Celtic past in Australia and how important is it for the festival to identify with a strong Celtic history in the region?

Glen Innes has strong links to a Scottish history and in more recent times erected the Celtic Standing Stones (1988) so it can truly boasts that it stands for things Celtic but does the ACF promote that Celtic theme strongly through the year?

Portarlington although named after a town in Ireland, would seem to have few continuing links to a Celtic past particularly when compared to Koroit, Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Killarney much further west. It offers no connected events throughout the year, however it has formed exciting reciprocal international connections (eg: Feis Rois) based on supporting new talent, and in a short time has developed a very strong international reputation.

Malvern has strong early Welsh links from the gold-era and was home to Joseph Jenkins, the ‘Welsh Swagman’ but apart from the involvement with local historians does not promote a Celtic link. Camperdown has an unique Scottish icon – an early statue of young Robert Burns – and has its own ‘Robert Burns Music Festival’ – surely something to promote the town and its Scottish heritage? In the week leading up to its festival it presents satellite concerts in rural centres across the Corangamite Shire – good local pre-publicity.

Patagonia Celtic Festival

These are all very different festivals with different budgets and composition of organising committees, so what is the recipe for on-going success? Is it to be measured by size and the number of International artists? Is it measured by the way that those visiting are immersed in the ‘Celtic Spirit’ generated by the festival? For success does it need to be a complete offering of Celtic Culture – music, dance artifacts, gifts and culinary delights? Or is it sufficient just to have good music, good camaraderie and ample supplies of Guinness?
Coming from a Celtic background, I understand the feeling of isolation from my homeland and welcome the revitalising effect of being involved in Celtic Music Festivals here in Australia and we certainly have variety. So is part of the key to survival to establish links beyond Australia? Festival Interceltique de Lorient showcases Australia this year and is one of a small number of festivals that promote the individual Celtic ‘Nations’.  ACF is unique in that respect in Australia.

We have the concept of ‘Twin Towns’, why not twin ‘Celtic Events’? Should Rotary exchange in areas with a Celtic heritage seek to enhance that bond with young people from Celtic Nations rather than exchanges based on language differences? Who would not want to experience The Isle Of Skye or Donegal or Pembrokeshire in Wales or life in the Orkneys? Should we seek strong overseas associations and exchanges that will help us grow and inspire our young and emerging talent?

At the very least we need to ensure that our festivals motivate and inspire the organising committees so that they come back next year with friends!!

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The Australian Celtic Festival 2016

Unusually, I didn’t actually make it up to “the hill” this year. My weekend was very full though, and I can always rely on others to let me know how the Festival proper went. We had wonderful weather until quite late on Sunday, when there was some rain. That really didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm!

Entertainment was a very high standard and everybody who attended enjoyed themselves enormously. Good company, good music, some really great dancing and, of course, the massed pipe bands made for a wonderful weekend. Added to that, the spectacle of a genuine Celtic wedding in the Stone Circle on Saturday appealed to everybody. Our congratulations to Naomi and Bob!

And what was I doing, I hear you ask? I started the Festival by attending the screening of “Island Bound” on Thursday evening. That was a most interesting documentary, tracing the movement of Celtic music, particularly to the Americas.

On Friday night, I was at the Murphy’s Pigs concert at Glen Innes Services Club. The concert was preceded by the traditional Address to the Haggis, read by Jim Donald with Malcolm Parsons as the Piper. This evening event is becoming a fixture at the Festival and drew a huge crowd. And a highlight for me was Dominic from the Pigs playing Volare and That’s Amore!

On Saturday afternoon I joined a small audience to listen to Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman who were joined for part of the session by the wonderful Michael Fix. That session was a real treat.

Saturday evening was The Official Celtic Awards Night – with the Awards listed later in this Newsletter. And on Sunday I went to dinner at The Hereford Steakhouse with entertainment by Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman, joined on this occasion by Rebecca and Donald. Then I took a few days to recover!

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The Official Celtic Awards Night

The Australian Celtic Dance Championships

First, let me introduce you to the judges of this year’s contest. Petar and Jessica Grulovic are co-Principals of Triple Threat Theatre Academy, based in Mackay, Queensland. Staff and students of the Academy are preparing for their 10th production, a musical trip through Scotland and Ireland, called “Celtic Journey”.

This event is always spectacular. As the years have gone on, the number of Awards presented has continued to grow. In 2016, the Inaugural Australian Celtic Dance Championships were added to the list. So here are all the winners of all the Awards.

Petar started Irish dancing at age 7 and over his competitive career received nine Queensland state championships and is a former Australian Champion. He also placed in the 2002 World Irish Dancing Championships.

Jessica has worked professionally with Opera Queensland. She teaches Celtic classical, modern and folk music to her private students in North Queensland.

Molly ArmstrongPetar and Jessica were very excited to have the opportunity to judge the inaugural Australian Celtic Dance Championships.

Solo winner was Molly Armstrong (pictured on the right), runner up was Brianna Holdstock and Highly Commended was Shea Mulligan.

Winner in the group category was Cape Byron Celtic Dance, with Flora Grubb School of Highland Dancing as the runner up. Norther Celts was the Highly Commended group. Congratulations to you all.

Celtic Roll of Honour

When considering who to honour annually on The Celtic Honour Roll, we should particularly remember those who were here right at the beginning of the Australian Standing Stones. The next person to be added to the Honour Roll was here before the beginning.

Peter AlexanderPeter Alexander
CMG, OBE, OAM, FCIS, FCPA, CTuC, OLG

Peter was active in the Scottish and Celtic Communities, being the Convenor of the Celtic Council of Australia at its foundation. In this role, he drove the whole concept of The Australian Standing Stones even before Glen Innes was chosen as the site.

As one of the inaugural Guardians of The Australian Standing Stones, Peter was a Life Guardian. As Convenor of the Celtic Council of Australia, he was the Deputy Chief Guardian, a position always held by the Convenor of the Celtic Council, with the Mayor of Glen Innes being the Chief Guardian. Peter was also, until his death in 2003, a proud warden of the Scottish Memorial Cairn at Mosman.

A prolific writer, Peter published 2 papers in Scottish Gaelic, edited the Clan Macallister newsletter and Harmabee for the Kenya Australia Society, as well as the history of the 458 Squadron “We Find and Destroy”.

Peter’s 32 years of work on behalf of ex-servicemen was recognised at his retirement from the Australian Veterans and Defence Services Council, by then Defence Minister Danna Vale with the words “‘Peter, words are never enough to truly acclaim your exceptional service – you are one of Australia’s finest sons. You are a national living treasure and your life is an exceptional example of citizenship of the highest order.” Peter Alexander is totally deserving of his place on the Honour Roll.

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Col LuteCol Lute is another who has been closely connected with The Australian Standing Stones from the very early years. As a Councillor of the former Glen Innes Municipal Council, Col became a Member of the Australian Standing Stones Management Board in 1995. He became Chair of the Management Board in 2004 and held this position for eight years.

In the beginning, the Festival was a sub-committee of the ASSMB. After it became a separate entity, Col continued to work tirelessly for both the Management Board and the Festival, organising the Kirkin’ of the Tartan, working closely with the Ministers’ Fraternal.

Col Lute is a Guardian of the Standing Stones. Most importantly he is recognised as a living history resource. His knowledge of the town and the Standing Stones is extensive. Col willingly shares this knowledge with visitors as he leads guided tours around the town, culminating at the Standing Stones. Col is truly a worthy inclusion on the Honour Roll.

The 2016 Triquetra Awards

Presented annually for services to the Celtic Community and to The Australian Celtic Festival, these beautiful medallions are a true recognition of excellence. This year’s Awards went to:

The Triquetra Ambassador – Steve Passfield
The Triquetra Achiever- Fay Binns
The 2016 Triquetra Medallion – Raelene Watson

The Australian Celtic Music Awards

Celtic Album of the Year  – Murphy’s Pigs for ‘Larrikins & Knuckle Boys’
Celtic Male Artist of the Year – Darren Coggan
Celtic Female Artist of the Year – Sarah Lynn
Celtic Song of the Year  – Murphy’s Pigs for ‘Devils Thirteen’
Celtic Group of the Year – Murphy’s Pigs
Celtic Album Producer of the Year – Steve Passfield
International Artist of the Year – Clan Celtica (New Zealand)
Wendy Watts New Celtic Talent of the Year – Kathryn Jones
Celtic Instrumental of the Year – Carmel Newman for ‘The Three Little Jigs’

2016 Australian Celtic Music Awards winners
Back row – Murphy’s Pigs, Darren Coggan, Kathryn Jones, Carmel Newman, Col Lute (2016 Celtic Roll of Honour Inductee) Sarah Lynn; Front row – Karen Armstrong (Representing Celtic Dance Winners), Steve Passfield (2016 Triquetra Ambassador recipient), Raelene Watson (2016 Triquetra recipient), Fay Binns (2016 Triquetra Achiever recipient)

Australian Celtic Artist of the Year – MURPHY’S PIGS
Murphy's Pigs

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Announcing Murphy’s Pigs 10th Anniversary Concert Saturday 17th September 2016

And following on from their very successful Australian Celtic Music Awards, John and the Band invite you to come and celebrate Murphy’s Pigs 10th Anniversary at Glen Innes Services Club on Saturday 17th September. Doors open at 6 pm with the show from 7pm. Glen Innes group Lorica (Martin Moxey, Christine Davis and Vince Redal) will be supporting Murphy’s Pigs. This will be the stand-out event of Spring 2016, so bookings are essential! $20 per ticket (concert only). Tickets are on sale NOW so reserve your table today. Book on 02 6732 1355 or julie@giservices.com.au.

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Well, that’s pretty much all from me this month. Next month there will be quite a bit more to tell you about. There are some exciting anniversaries coming up here in Glen Innes, so watch this space!

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

Published with permission from Celtic News
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May

Kilts, Celts & Standing Stones

Steve Passfield (36th CMAA Instrumentalist of the Year) & award winning songwriter Kathryn Jones were recently acknowledged at the Australian Celtic Music – Triquetra Awards held during the Australian Celtic Festival in Glen Innes. Passfield, a seasoned musician/producer was gracious in his acceptance of the Triquetra Ambassador Award.

With tours to Europe, Germany and most recently New Caledonia for St Patrick’s celebrations, Steve is a perfect recipient of this coveted award, which pays honour to those who carry on the Celtic tradition through music, dance or performance by actively weaving it into the fabric of modern Australian society. Steve was stuck for words for once: “Wow, I can hardly speak, this is such an honour” as He delivered His acceptance speech on stage to a packed Glen Innes Services Club.

Hometown boy Darren Coggan MC’d the night and shook Steve’s hand in congratulations.

He also received the gong for “Celtic Producer of the Year” in the Australian Celtic Music Awards with the infectious album he produced for Northern Rivers songwriter Kathryn Jones.

Jones embraced the luck of the Irish on the night as she joyously accepted the Wendy Watts Best New Celtic Talent Award.

Although Jones has been moving in the Australian country music scene she says: “We always believed in the European songs, some call them “Gypsy” from the album Lil Gypsy, and wanted to share them with different audiences. I am so very grateful they’ve found a home in the Australian Celtic community”.

Steve wrote the nominated song Gypsy on the Wrong Side of the World for the album, after discovering Kathryn’s European roots and her restless gypsy soul. She really is a Gypsy influenced by those Celts who moved east to places like Romania & Turkey.

Only a few months ago, In January, the two homegrown Macleay Valley musicians were awarded the Australian Country Music People’s Choice Award for Best Vocal/Music Event as well as receiving a Brumby Award for Best Collaboration at the 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Jones was also a 3 times finalist in the Tamworth Songwriters Associations TSA Awards during the festival.

With appearances coming up at Ballina Coastal Festival, Slim Dusty in Kempsey, Norma O’Hara- Murphy’s Bony Mountain Folk Festival & the Texas Roundup the pair are looking forward to taking there musical melting pot far and wide.

The song “Gypsy on the Wrong Side of The World” is on CRS 185, Track 14

 
2016 Australian Celtic Music Awards winners

Back row – Murphy’s Pigs, Darren Coggan, Kathryn Jones, Carmel Newman, Col Lute (2016 Celtic Roll of Honour Inductee) Sarah Lynn Front row – Karen Armstrong (Representing Celtic Dance Winners), Steve Passfield (2016 Triquetra Ambassador recipient), Raelene Watson (2016 Triquetra recipient), Fay Binns (2016 Triquetra Achiever recipient)

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Australian Celtic Music Awards 2016 Winners

2016 Australian Celtic Music Awards winners

Back row – Murphy’s Pigs, Darren Coggan, Kathryn Jones, Carmel Newman, Col Lute (2016 Celtic Roll of Honour Inductee) Sarah Lynn
Front row – Karen Armstrong (Representing Celtic Dance Winners), Steve Passfield (2016 Triquetra Ambassador recipient), Raelene Watson (2016 Triquetra recipient), Fay Binns (2016 Triquetra Achiever recipient)
 

Celtic Album of the Year
Murphy’s Pigs for ‘Larrikins & Knuckle Boys’

Celtic Male Artist of the Year
Darren Coggan

Celtic Female Artist of the Year
Sarah Lynn

Celtic Song of the Year
Murphy’s Pigs for ‘Devils Thirteen’

Celtic Group of the Year
Murphy’s Pigs

Celtic Album Producer of the Year
Steve Passfield

International Artist of the Year
Clan Celtica

Wendy Watts
New Celtic Talent of the Year
Kathryn Jones

Celtic Instrumental of the Year
Carmel Newman for ‘The Three Little Jigs’

Australian Celtic Artist of the Year
Murphy’s Pigs

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Celtic News April 2016

Only two weeks to go to the Festival and it’s all go here in Glen Innes. Of course, the rest of the world doesn’t stop for us, so there is an article submitted by Colin MacLeod about the Scottish Fiddle School later this year. And a short note, with a link, from bodhran artist extraordinaire, Kevin Kelly. I hope that you enjoy this edition.

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Clishmaclaver (Old Scots word for Gossip or Idle Chat)

Editor’s Note: Many moons ago my late husband, James, published a magazine called The Southern Scot. Clishmaclaver was a regular column in that publication, and is now a feature of the Clan MacFarlane Newsletter. I am delighted to include Clishmaclaver as an occasional item in Celtic News.

The Spirit World

An old Scot, in his deathbed, was visited by his parish minister. “Dae they hae ony whisky up in Heaven?” he asked. But, seeing the worried look appear on the minister’s face, the old boy quickly added “No that A’m very fond o the stuff masel, ye ken. It’s just that it aye looks awfy nice sittin’ oan the table!”

E(eggs)actly!

The farm lad, seeing the exceptional size of the eggs produced by a prize Rhode Island Red hen, was heard to remark “Heavens! It widna tak mony of those tae mak a dozen”.

‘Scottish’ or ‘Scotch’

“The country in the north of Great Britain is Scotland, inhabited by Scots. Their products are Scottish, except whisky, which may be termed Scotch if the barman is very ignorant. One of the other countries in Great Britain is England and another is Wales. The whole is called Great Britain and the Scots, English, Welsh and people living in Northern Ireland are collectively called British.

Try and avoid saying England and English when you mean Great Britain and British. We love and admire the English in many ways. But we are not English and have no wish to be. We do not claim to be superior to the English, only different!”

From “Tartan Tapestry by John Hay of Hayfield

Sett for the Road

A foreign tourist visiting Scotland went into a Highland dress outfitters and asked for a kilt-length of Dunlop tartan.

The inexperienced assistant went into the back room and asked his boss if they stocked such a tartan. “Och, aye,” said the manager, gie him MacIntyre tartan.

Thus the assistant sent the tourist away with eight yards of the MacIntyre. But later he queried this with his boss, saying I never realised that Dunlop and MacIntyre were one and the same tartan”.

“Ach, aye” came the reply. “Sure, Dunlop have been makin’ tyres noo for years!”.

Written by Malcolm Lobban and reproduced by kind permission from Clan MacFarlane Lantern Number 137.

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Music Awards Madness

ACMA

Sometimes I wonder when Julie gets to go home to sleep! She is working hard to complete all the organisation and set up for The Official Celtic Awards Night. This year the Awards will include the inaugural Dance Championship winners, Inductees to The Celtic Roll of Honour, the three annual Triquetra Awards and, of course, The Australian Celtic Music Awards. Included in your ticket price are some fabulous entertainment, welcome drinks and canapes and a 2 course dinner. Please book soon. This night is one that I never miss and I look forward to seeing you there. Tickets are $40 and available from Julie on 02 6732 1355 or julie@giservices.com.au.

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Isle of Man TT

Watch this clip from the Isle of Man TT. It shows the 2015 TT bike race – featuring fast bikes (these guys are mad!!), beautiful, green scenery, and the music of Angela Little (Celtic Fire) supported on bodhran by our own Kevin Kelly. The tune is Milesians (Belfast Child).

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Australian Celtic Festival Fever

In case you forgot to check last month, click here to access the Australian Celtic Festival Entertainment Guide.

The Australian Celtic Festival committee has announced the inaugural Australian Celtic Dance Championships to be held at the 2016 Australian Celtic Festival.

This event will showcase Celtic Dancers performing for the Australian Celtic Dance Championship titles and other prizes. There will be two categories open for entries: Solo and Group dances. Prizes will be awarded for First and Runner-up in each category.

Cape Byron Celtic Dance

Heats will be conducted on Saturday, 30 April, at the Australian Celtic Festival Crystal Stage with winners announced that evening at the Official Celtic Awards Night hosted by the Glen Innes and District Services Club.  Prize winners will perform their winning dance at the Crystal Stage on the Sunday.
 
Entrants in the Group category are:
Northern Celts
Cape Byron Celtic Dance (pictured above)
Flora Grubb School of Highland Dancing
 
Entries in the Solo Category include:
Kate Bye
Ally Gordon
Shea Mulligan
Mackenzie-Jane Stephan
Willow Culbert-Howard
Brianna Holdstock
Leah Manning
Alana Mills
Molly Armstrong
Kirrily Baber

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Resipole Fiddle Fest 15th to 19th September 2016

Submitted by Colin MacLeod

resipole fiddle fest

During September of last year in Scotland, I co-founded a fiddle school with a couple of friends at Resipole on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Resipole is about an hour away from Glencoe, where the Campbells and MacDonalds got together a few hundred years ago.

The fiddle school brought together people from Scotland, England, Germany, Switzerland and Australia, amongst the countries mentioned. Accommodation is on site with beautiful views of the local loch, Loch Sunart.

Last year, we had Charlie McKerron from Capercailie as one of the Fiddle Fest tutors. The other tutors were myself (Scottish fiddle), Karen Schuler (Swiss Irish fiddle) from Switzerland and Sarah-Jayne Jamieson (West Highland style).

If you are across in Scotland in September and you are interested in learning new tunes, meeting new people and spending time in some of the most beautiful landscapes of Scotland, sign up for the Resipole Fiddle Fest. Sign up at www.resipolefiddlefest.co.uk.

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Next month I’ll be telling you all the Winners and Awardees from the Official Celtic Awards Night. Don’t forget to send me any contributions to barbara.saxonge@gmail.com or phone me on 02 6734 5189. The deadline for each edition is 7th of the month. Finally, I do hope to see you during the Festival. Come up and introduce yourselves. It would be great to know that this News is actually read.

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

Published with permission from Celtic News
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Mar

Celtic News March 2016

If you thought that last month’s Newsletter was HUGE, just wait till you see what I’ve got in store for you this month. There’s news from The Australian Celtic Music Awards, The Australian Celtic Festival Committee, a totally fascinating article about The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Exhibition and a wonderful recipe submitted by Bruce Cameron of Senor Cabrales. I hope you enjoy this edition. First up, something really different.

Tie the Knot, Celtic Style!

Celtic wedding at the Australian Celtic Festival

It seems that tying the knot, Celtic style at the Australian Celtic Festival, was a hit with many prospective couples from all over Australia entering the competition being held for the first time in 2016 in Glen Innes. ‘We were delighted with the response and completely overwhelmed by the amount of time and thought some couples had put into designing their dream Celtic wedding. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who participated’ said Festival committee chairperson, Lara Gresham.

But there can only be one winner! The Committee enjoyed the entry by popular local couple, Naomi Bain and Bob Blair, and felt they would embrace getting into the spirit of the occasion by incorporating many traditional Celtic traditions and rituals into their marriage ceremony. Naomi and Bob and their entire family were over the moon when they received the good news. Bob and Naomi have been blessed with a beautiful daughter, Alkira, who will play an important role in the ceremony. The couple have been engaged for many years, and now can’t wait to get married surrounded by not only their closest family and friends, but they welcome all the Celtic Festival visitors as guests at their wedding. ‘The more, the merrier’ says Naomi.

The wedding will take place on Saturday 30th April at 11am within the circle of the Australian Standing Stones.

For information, please visit www.australiancelticfestival.com.

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Dorrigo Musical Event – Friday 8th April to Sunday 10th April 2016

Melbourne-based Scottish fiddler Colin MacLeod and friends Rod McGrath (Bellinger District Pipe Band), Fiona Ross (Traditional Scots Singer, Melbourne) and Bridget Rees (Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival) have planned a Scottish music school in Dorrigo, raising money for two local groups (Bellinger District Pipe Band Inc and Dorrigo Youth Services Centre) through a ceilidh.

Scottish Musical Evening With Colin MacLeod, Fiona Ross, The Fireside Celts

Margaret’s Anglican Church, Bellingen NSW. Friday 8th April 2016, 6.30pm to 9.00pm.

Bookings
 

Celtic Fiddle Guru Scottish Music School

Margaret’s Anglican Church, Bellingen NSW. Friday 8th April 2016, 6.30pm to 9.00pm.

Bookings
 

Celtic Fiddle Guru Music School : Ceilidh

Dorrigo NSW – Location to be confirmed. Saturday 9th April 2016 from 6.30pm.

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The Official Celtic Awards Night

2015 Celtic Music Awards winners

Yes, it’s that time of year again and time to book your tickets to the gala event in Celtic music. In 2016 the Awards will include the inaugural Dance Championship winners, Inductees to The Celtic Roll of Honour, the three annual Triquetra Awards and, of course, The Australian Celtic Music Awards. It’s a “don’t miss this” night and I certainly will be in attendance. Tickets are $40 and available from Julie on 02 6732 1355 or julie@giservices.com.au.

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Volunteers create a major work of art
– the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

On exhibition 23 Mar – 3 Apr 2016, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock St, Camperdown – closed Good Friday. Entry by gold coin donation.

It was when Sandy McCall Smith saw the Bayeux Tapestry that the idea was born for the magnificent Great Scottish Tapestry which was hung in the Scottish Parliament. The focus then moved to the diaspora to celebrate the influence of Scots and their culture around the world.

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry consists of 305 half metre square panels of exquisite hand embroidered works recording several centuries of a global emigration by Scots. The panels are stitched by volunteers from 28 countries in Europe, Southern Asia, Canada, the Americas, Africa, Britain and Australia. The exhibition helps people view and relate to the history of the Scottish people who have played an integral role in the growth and development of our nation. The tapestry travelled throughout Scotland in 2014 and is currently on a world tour. There is more information on: www.scottishdiasporatapestry.org and Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Facebook.

There are a number of commemorative Exhibition items for sale. These include a wonderful coffee table publication showing all 305 panels with descriptions. For further information or to order contact Glenda Gartrell at glenda.gartrell@gmail.com.

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry$50.00 approx.
Your complete official guide with commentaries
Exhibition catalogue$10.00
Postcards – a selection of the tapestries$2.50 or 5 for $10
Tea Towels$23 each

The Australian panels include the First Fleet, MacArthur, Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie, gold discovery, Bendigo pottery, Dorothea MacKellar, and one convict, William Scott who became a very successful landowner/bloodstock breeder.

First Fleet, MacArthur, Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie

William Scott’s descendant Glenda Gartrell, has embroidered a panel to celebrate his role in colonial NSW. The son of Glasgow cottage weavers, William went from convict to gentleman in Colonial NSW. In his teens he left home and worked on farms ending up just north of fast growing London where food was short and housing almost impossible. He stole four sheep, which in 1810 was a capital offence. His death sentence turned into his first big break when it was commuted to transportation.
 
After 11 months on a hulk in the Thames and four months at sea, William arrived in the Colony with the clothes he wore, boots and a spare suit. From the line-up of new arrivals on the wharf, Elizabeth MacArthur selected him to look after her cattle at Camden. He learned to survive in the hostile conditions where everything was totally different from England and his native Scotland. The MacArthurs employed expert horse breeders and applied the latest farming techniques – William was a fast learner, with an eye to the future.
 
William, his wife Anne and seven young children courageously moved to the frontier in 1836. When the Indian remount trade took off, he took up the first block of his eventual 5,500 acres near Braidwood, and here his horse breeding earned him a living and the ultimate affirmation of worth in colonial society, being known as a gentleman.

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Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival kick up their heels in Glen Innes

On 20th February an enthusiastic audience enjoyed lively Celtic music performed by Glen Innes musicians. The theme for the evening was set by the trailer for the film “Island Bound” which traces the migration of Celtic music wherever Celts have settled. Opening act Martin Moxey played a bluegrass number and three others with an Irish feel. He was accompanied by Jan and Jo with the classic world-music combination of African drum and bodhran.

Christine Davis, Vince Redal and Martin Moxey on stage at the Fundraiser
 
Christine Davis won hearts with Danny Boy and Caledonia. Just when she’d lulled the audience into a sense of familiarity, she woke them up with Fairground Attraction’s “Perfect” – the lead singer, Eddie Reader, is a Scot – followed by an Emmie Lou Harris Appalachian number. After drawing of the raffle – wonderful prizes – The Abbies appeared. They stunned the audience with their acapella rendition of Timshell.
 
Next up was a new collaboration between Martin Moxey, Christine Davis and Inverell resident Vince Redal, Horse’n’Round. Fabulous guitar from Vince on The Gael and great vocal harmonies.
 
Finally, God Bless Texas, almost wearing kilts. It was a hilarious performance. They sang 3 familiar Celtic songs. Traditional? Hardly! The rest of the cast joined them in a final song, and were thanked for donating their performances by Australian Celtic Festival Chair, Lara Gresham.

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Fabada Asturiana

Submitted by Bruce Cameron

fabadaIngredients
1 lb. large white beans
4 small chorizos (or 2 large ones if you can’t catch small ones).
1/2 lb. jamón serrano (Spanish wild mountain ham)
2 morcillas (blood sausages)
1/2 lb. lacón or ham hocks
1/2 onion, sliced viciously
2 garlic things
1/2 tsp. paprika
a few threads of saffron, deveined
oil, preferably unleaded
1/4 bunch of parsley, at least
salt to taste

Instructions and Warnings

Soak the white beans in water overnight, while you choose a medical practitioner.
 
Put the chorizos, jamón serrano and other meat products on a shallow pan. Watch them closely for signs of distress. Top with white beans into a shape of your own choosing. Add enough water to cover the whole mess.  Bring to a boil slowly over a medium heat until dead. Turn down the heat and simmer for one hour just to be sure. Make sure the beans are always covered with water, adding more cold water if necessary. This prevents escape.
 
In a separate pan, fry the onion, garlic, paprika and saffron for a few minutes. Add to the beans. Add parsley and salt. Mix carefully, avoiding direct eye contact with the beans. Let cook for another hour to show ’em who’s boss.
 
If the broth is too liquid, mash up several beans, return them to the pot and cook uncovered for several minutes (the pot, not you). This will show the other beans you really mean business and should prevent any further uncooperative behaviour.
 
The stew is said to be better if you reheat it, so feel free to do that if you need an extra day to build up your courage.
 
After you’ve had a good chuckle, do try this. I think it’s probably delicious and perfect for a cold Glen Innes winter evening.

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Auckland Arts Festival 2016

Shooglenifty

Auckland Arts Festival is proud to be presenting Scotland’s favourite folk-rock masters, Shoogeniftly, who are bringing their unique brand of fiery Celtic traditional music and infectious dance groves to Auckland. Famed for their out-of-the-box performances they’ll be taking over the Spiegletent in the New Zealand Herald Festival Garden with a wild ceilidh for two nights only on 18th and 19th March. This will be a perfect Auckland Arts Festival experience for anybody with even a passing interest in Celtic performing arts. For the full program check the website.

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The Australian Celtic Festival Entertainment Guide

Check out the online Entertainment Guide to plan your personal Festival program.

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Next month I’ll be featuring articles on some completely different subjects. Watch this space! I’d love more submissions so please send your material to me at barbara.saxonge@gmail.com.

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

Published with permission from Celtic News
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Feb

Celtic News February 2016

There is a lot to cover in this month’s Newsletter. There are two profiles of Nominees for The Australian Celtic Music Awards. One of the Categories is International Artist of the Year. Roving Crows is a UK band and Clan Celtica is from New Zealand. They are very different from each other and I suspect that the judges will have a hard time deciding on a winner.

I have also included an article submitted by the wonderful Margaret Winnett. Margaret is an Irish dance teacher of note. Every year for the last nineteen years, she and husband Bill head off to Ireland to tour and dance. I’ve always looked forward to her stories when she comes back, so I am very happy to be able to share her “report” of the 2015 visit with you all.

It’s going to be a busy month here in Glen Innes. Apart from being the Editor of this Newsletter, I will be acting as Artist Coordinator for the Friends of the Celtic Festival Show on 20th February.

Just before the show begins, you will see the trailer for Island Bound, a fascinating documentary by Manx-born musician Davy Knowles which tracks the migration of Celtic music with the early settlers to the USA, Canada and Australia. The full film will be screening on Thursday 28th April – book through australiancelticfestival.com/tickets.

I’m very much looking forward to the show. Glen Innes is blessed with some extraordinary talent. We have Martin Moxey, accompanied by Drums O’Crikey who will be introducing two of his own original songs on the night as well as playing two more traditional offerings.

God Bless TexasThe Abbeys are a quartet who will present two contemporary Celtic songs and a traditional one. Christine Davis is performing outside of her “comfort zone” in that she has not played Celtic music before. She’s been having fun discovering exactly how widely Celtic music has spread and influenced the music of the world.

Christine and Martin will join forces with Vincent Redal later in the evening as “Horse’n’Round”. This is a new collaboration which I am really looking forward to. I love the music of each musician as individuals and I think the mix will turn out to be very special. And then there’s God Bless Texas. The whole idea of a country rock group playing traditional Celtic songs while wearing kilts is ….. interesting!

Come and join us by booking through Julie at julie@giservices.com or phone 02 6732 1355. Tickets are $20 and will go to support The Australian Celtic Festival. You’ll be able to buy your Festival tickets at a discount, too!

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Roving Crows – Nominees for International Artist of 2016 at Australian Celtic Music Awards

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 songs, 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.

The band has also gained recognition by winning various awards including:
Best Live Act – Spiral Earth Music Awards 2014; Best Folk Act – FATEA Music Awards 2014; Top Celtic Rock Band – Irish Music Awards 2012; Top Fiddle Player – Irish Music Awards 2012

The band comprises:

Caitlin 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 was a member of the Birmingham Comhaltas during her early teens and entered many competitions with the organisation. She became a professional musician in 2009 when she co-formed the Celtic Rock group Roving Crows. Caitlin 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. He was born into a musical family and has been performing all of his life. He studied drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and after completing his studies put his focus on to his musical career. 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 from Worcestershire 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 from Cirencester in Gloucestershire plays percussion in the band. Coming from a musical background (Grandparents entertained the troops in WW2) he started playing drums at the age of 13. He played in a number of bands and became proficient in many styles. 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.

Roving Crows

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
twitter.com/rovingcrows

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Our 19th trip to Ireland

Submitted by Margaret Winnett

This year we flew via Bangkok and Helsinki on our way to Ireland, spending two nights in Bangkok. We hadn’t been there for a number of years. It is as hot, humid, dusty and friendly as usual!

On our arrival into Dublin we wasted no time in picking up our hire car and driving south to Bray in County Wicklow – this is where I spent the month whilst Bill was in hospital during July, 2014. Saturday nights in Dublin are great for we set dancers as there is a Ceili happening somewhere – this night it was in St Anne’s GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) Bohernabreena. There was a Belgian dance group performing when we arrived, then the tea break, before we could dance a set. Later in the night we were asked to perform to the live music of the Glenside Ceili Band. Brilliant!

The following afternoon we tootled up to Belfast where there was a Ceili scheduled at Belfast Castle with music provided by one of Margaret’s favourite ceili bands – the Cathal McAnulty Ceili Band. Hadn’t seen them for years so it was a real buzz.

Belfast Castle

After the day in Dublin on Monday we returned to the Martello Hotel, which is on the seafront in Bray, for dinner then attended the local set dancing group which had the great Brian Boru Ceili Band playing. What a great start to our almost seven weeks in Ireland!!

We had heard there was to be a Ceili in a big red barn in Mountrath, County Laois with music by the Neily O’Connor band on Thursday night. This barn had been erected for just the week of festivities and was fitted out with a great dance floor, tables, chairs AND a bar. Great night.

Friday we drove via the Sliabh Bloom mountains, Kinnitty, Birr, Loughrea, Gort, Crusheen and Ennis on the way to our hosts for the next ten days. We stopped off at the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis for lunch – this was where our set dancing education actually began way back in 1989. Anna and PJ Keavey have their bed and breakfast at East Quilty, County Clare which is around 2km from the Atlantic Ocean. When the wind blows it really blows, when it rains it really rains and when the sun shines it is pure magic! This would be the seventeenth year we have stayed with the Keaveys.

Falls Hotel, Ennistimon

After the day in Dublin on Monday we returned to the Martello Hotel, which is on the seafront in Bray, for dinner then attended the local set dancing group which had the great Brian Boru Ceili Band playing. What a great start to our almost seven weeks in Ireland!!

We had heard there was to be a Ceili in a big red barn in Mountrath, County Laois with music by the Neily O’Connor band on Thursday night. This barn had been erected for just the week of festivities and was fitted out with a great dance floor, tables, chairs AND a bar. Great night.

Friday we drove via the Sliabh Bloom mountains, Kinnitty, Birr, Loughrea, Gort, Crusheen and Ennis on the way to our hosts for the next ten days. We stopped off at the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis for lunch – this was where our set dancing education actually began way back in 1989. Anna and PJ Keavey have their bed and breakfast at East Quilty, County Clare which is around 2km from the Atlantic Ocean. When the wind blows it really blows, when it rains it really rains and when the sun shines it is pure magic! This would be the seventeenth year we have stayed with the Keaveys.

Of course the real reason we travel to Clare each year is to attend the world famous Willie Clancy Summer School. Willie Clancy was a famous exponent of the uilleann pipes. Thousands converge upon the little town of Miltown Malbay each year to spend the week immersed in Irish culture. For us it is the dancing. For others it is the music or the sean nos singing. People hang outside of doors all along the main street listening to the stories or the music being played or watching a bit of dancing. Classes in Irish dancing, music and singing are held each morning then the streets come alive again as everyone pours out to have catch up with everyone else.

Each night of the week a Ceili is held in a marquee in the GAA grounds and maybe two or three nights there is a second venue in use. At Spanish Point there is the Armada Hotel which also hosts set dancing classes during the week as well as running Ceilithe each night. Nowhere is large enough to fit all of the dancers in the one place. When big bands such as the Tulla or Kilfenora are playing the organisers must close the doors when 600 are in the marquee! It is an amazing sight.

When Willie Clancy Week is over Miltown Malbay returns to its usual sleepy self and many people move on to the next summer school at Tubbercurry, County Sligo – another area steeped in the tradition. This is a lot smaller festival but still very popular. We sometimes stop in for a couple of days but after having danced our socks off down in Miltown Malbay we just simply can’t do another full week. Another reason is that there is yet another summer school AFTER the South Sligo Summer School and that is the Joe Mooney Summer School in Drumshanbo, County Leitrim. This is on an even smaller scale than Tubbercurry but still a fabulous place for the dancing. Irish school teachers may attend these festivals as students so they acquire sufficient knowledge to be able to teach the dancing back at school………….they also are credited with the days they have spent at the summer school. A definite win/win situation.

The dancing doesn’t stop there as we travelled south to Killarney, County Kerry and managed to dance with the locals two nights there before moving on to Ballyvourney, County Cork to dance with the locals Thursday night. This year we discovered yet another night of dancing in Ballinhassig, not far from Ballyvourney, so that was four nights out of five. Ah, life is so tough!

St Marys Church, Nenangh, County Tipperary

Killaloe on the River Shannon, County Clare was home to Bill’s great grand- parents before they travelled to Australia in 1857. Joseph Winnett was a farmer who had salmon leases on the Shannon and he married Jane Bowles from Silvermines, County Tipperary – just across the water. Even though we’ve been there a number of times a visit to Killaloe was on the to-do list this year. Whilst in Killaloe we also visited St Flannan’s Cathedral, still trying to add to the information we have on Joseph and Jane Winnett. The wind down towards our trip home involved a few more dance opportunities so we meandered all the way back to Dublin and even took in a Ceili the night before we began the journey home.

When we touched down in Bangkok we had about ten hours to kill so decided to go back to the same hotel where we stayed on the outward journey. What a stroke of luck that turned out to be as Bill had left behind a new pair of spectacles and they were in the lost property cupboard. Had we not gone for a few hours sleep before taking off for Sydney they would still be there!

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Clan Celtica – Tribal Thunder

Formed in December 2013, hailing from Auckland, Clan Celtica is a Scottish Tribal 6-piece music group made up of large drums and Great Highland Bagpipes. The performers are 5 drummers and 1 bagpiper. The drummers are Heather Mac, Muzza ‘Hill-Billy’ MacGregor, Fiona McNab and Loag Campbell, all taught by the Scottish percussionist Frankie Mac.

Clan Celtica

The music is uniquely Scottish, dating from the 1750s. Clan Celtica is the only band of this genre in the southern hemisphere, originating from the days before military pipe bands we know so well today were formed. The sound is best described as an exciting mix of the Great Highland Bagpipes weaving emotive Celtic melodies alongside pulsating dynamic drum beats, both slow to fast. The almost eerie hypnotic atmospheric performance includes original tunes and rearrangements of well known Scottish theme compositions from movie soundtracks, such as ‘Braveheart’ and ‘Rob Roy’.

Frankie Mac – the creator of Clan Celtica, studied at the Royal Scottish Academy for Music & Drama (RSAMD), Glasgow. As a professional session kit drummer and percussionist, Frankie’s client list has included: The Glasgow Philharmonic, Ayrshire Philharmonic, BBC orchestra, Dead-End-Kids, Deacon Blue, Bad Kangaroo (Neil Diament), Eddie Reader, Trash-Can-Sinatras, Love Decree and John Martyn. Frankie is also the main composer, recording producer and manager of the band.

Mich McTent – a professional bagpiper and fairly recent addition to New Zealand has earned the respect of many. Joining in early 2014, Mich has been an integral driving force of the Clan Celtica sound with his mix of contemporary and traditional techniques and feel. As well as working with Clan Celtica, Mich spends most of his working time teaching bagpipes in Auckland schools and colleges and playing as a solo piper.

Email clanceltica@gmail.com or check out these links to see more of Clan Celtica.
http://www.3news.co.nz/tvshows/paulhenryshow/clan-celtic-perform-in-studio-2014091823#axzz3lOf7fkMG
https://www.facebook.com/clanceltica/videos/1628302274094410/

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Well, that’s all for another month. To submit articles, please send your material to me at barbara.saxonge@gmail.com.

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

Published with permission from Celtic News
15
Jan

Celtic News January 2016

I hope that Santa was kind to you all and that you have started 2016 healthy and happy. This month’s edition of Celtic News includes contributions from quite a few old friends. I really enjoy keeping up with all of the news. A huge thank you to you all. If you would like me to include your news, views and ideas, please submit your material to me at barbara.saxonge@gmail.com or phone me on 02 6734 5189. The deadline for each edition is 7th of the month.

A Pig You Can Put In Your Poke

Hot on the heels of their last album, ’In the Lap of the Hogs’, notching up Best Album and Male Vocalist of the Year awards at last year’s Australian Celtic Music Awards, Murphy’s Pigs have just released their fifth CD ‘Larrikins and Knuckle Boys’. Drawing on Australia’s colonial past and historical themes the lads have veered from their usual fare to produce a CD with a dynamic mix of traditional, original and contemporary Australian folk songs. With a strong Celtic-rock resolve, and amid ringing electric guitar, rich accordion, soaring fiddle and stirring bagpipes, Murphy’s Pigs take you back to a time of miners, shearers, larrikins, slums and ghost ships.

Murphys Pigs

“It’s certainly different from our usual, predominantly Irish and Scottish offerings,” front man John Graham said.  “But we wanted to delve into our Australian Celtic musical heritage. It is a good mingling of new music and familiar songs; with pig trotters stamped all over it.”

The band’s other vocalist, Peter Vincent, said, “The highlight of the recording of this CD was having singer/songwriter Terry Fielding sing with us on our latest rendition of his 1972 number 1 song, The Whale.  It’s a great song and has always been an integral part of our repertoire since John and I started the band 10 years ago.” “No two songs sound the same,” John says, “and we are very satisfied with our first venture into recording some of our own, original songs.” “I’m pretty sure that this CD will delight our supporters,” Vincent proudly adds. Larrikins and Knuckle Boys can be purchased online at www.murphyspigs.com. Murphy’s Pigs have eight nominations in this year’s Australian Celtic Music Awards.

Murphy’s Pigs at Tamworth Country Music Festival
Date Time Venue
16 January 8.30pm Toyota Park (Main Stage)
17 January 7.00pm Joe Maguires Pub
18 January 10.00am Fanzone Stage, Peel St Tamworth
18 January 8.30pm Joe Maguires Pub
19 January 5.00pm Joe Maguires Pub
20 January Midday Joe Maguires Pub
20 January 8.30pm Joe Maguires Pub
21 January 5.00pm Joe Maguires Pub
22 January 10.00am Tamworth Town Hall
22 January 8.30pm Joe Maguires Pub
23 January 8.30pm Joe Maguires Pub
24 January 7.00pm Joe Maguires Pub

Exciting News for Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

The 2016 Australian Celtic Festival Committee has put together a very special package. The opportunity to become a Member of Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival is a great innovation that will allow you to show your support and receive a number of valuable benefits in return. To become a Member of the Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival, download and fill in the form on the website atwww.australiancelticfestival.com/friends.
Please forward a copy of this completed form to Council’s address or email friends@australiancelticfestival.com.

Memberships available for the 2016 Australian Celtic Festival are:

Individual Membership Annual $100

  1. 1 x Adult Weekend Pass to The Australian Celtic Festival
  2. 1 packet of Clan Stationery – if stationery for your Clan is not available, this will be replaced with Australian Celtic Festival Stationery
  3. Selection of Postcards
  4. 5% Discount on Celtic Shop items at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre.
  5.  Exclusive offers for Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

Family Membership Annual $250.00

  1. 2 x Adult Weekend Passes to The Australian Celtic Festival. Your school age children will be admitted free to the festival site.
  2. 1 packet of Clan Stationery – if stationery for your Clan is not available, this will be replaced with Australian Celtic Festival Stationery
  3. Selection of Celtic Postcards
  4. 10% Discount on Celtic Shop items at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre.
  5. Exclusive offers for Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

Life Membership – one payment of $1000.00

  1. 2 x Adult Weekend Passes to The Australian Celtic Festival each year. Your school age children will be admitted free to the festival site.
  2. 2 Tickets to the Official Celtic Awards Night, with dinner and entertainment, featuring the presentation of the ACF Dance Championship winners, the Three Annual Triquetra Medallions, Inductees to the Celtic Roll of Honour and the Australian Celtic Music Awards
  3. 1 packet of Clan Stationery each year – if stationery for your Clan is not available, this will be replaced with Australian Celtic Festival Stationery
  4. Selection of Celtic Postcards
  5. 15% Discount on Celtic shop items at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre.
  6. An invitation for 2 people to attend the ACF Chairman’s Lunch, held on Friday each year. Meet the Festival’s Honoured Guest and enjoy great food and hospitality.
  7. Exclusive offers for Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival.

Vale, Graham Aubrey D Urr

Graham Aubrey

Graham Aubrey was born in Cwmparc, near Treorchy, in the Rhondda Valley, Wales and was singing in choirs from the age of six. He has conducted choirs and played the organ in Germany and the UK. For much of the last thirty years he was active in the choral scene in Australia and performed widely as a soloist with the Celtic Harp, Piano and Keyboard.

In the Hunter Valley he was the choirmaster of the Cambrian Singers and participant in the Welsh Dancers.  In this role, Graham was a frequent performer at The Australian Celtic Festival in its early years. Graham was awarded a Celtic Honour of D.Urr in 1995 by the Celtic Council of Australia (CCA).

Graham held a Master of Arts in Celtic Studies and an honours degree in Musicology. He was in demand at universities and conferences around the world as a lecturer in the Traditional music of the British Isles. Along with his wife Stella, he founded the Australian Institute of Celtic Studies in Newcastle which sadly closed with his failing health and mobility.

Graham died on Christmas Eve (24 Dec 2015) at Port Stephens, NSW. A funeral was held on January. The condolences of all the Celtic community go to Graham’s wife Stella, his family, friends and colleagues from the CCA.

Welder’s Dog on ABC Radio

Welder's Dog

The latest album from AUSTRALIA ALL OVER includes the Welder’s Dog song ANZAC’S OF TENTERFIELD.  The song, penned by band member Mick Moore, honours the young WW1 soldiers who enlisted from the Tenterfield Shire.

The country lifestyle of horse-riding from a young age, shooting rabbits and surviving for days in the bush meant that many of the boys fought with the Light Horse and took part in the famous 1000 horse charge against the Turks at Beersheba. The song is in a gentle melodic style, with just guitar and mandolin providing an evocative backing to the reflective lyrics, which describe the serene lives the boys left to fight a dreadful war. The music vid of the song, with a mix of local Tenterfield landscapes and historical photos can be seen on Youtube.

Welder’s Dog members have a great sense of pride in their heritage both here in Australia and back in Ireland and are regularly inspired to sing of the past endeavours and endurance that give us courage today.

The Australian Celtic Music Awards

Nominations closed on 31st December. I hope to be able to feature more news from the Finalists in coming editions of Celtic News.

Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers 2015 tour of Scotland – twenty years in the making!

Judy Turner, founder, Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club

Since 1995 the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club has brought together people who love the music of Scotland and the Scottish diaspora. The Club was inspired by similar groups in the US and in particular, by the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club, founded by the legendary Ed Pearlman. Over two decades the MSFC has become a fixture on the Australian folk scene, and also provides dance bands and function bands to the Melbourne Scottish expat community.

The Club has an inclusive policy and has welcomed players from all around the country and the world, involving its members with many styles of fiddling, and holding workshops and concerts with some of the world’s greatest. In addition, an annual tune writing competition for many years encouraged members to keep the tradition alive, while touring – in Australia and New Zealand – inspired the players to reach high. Our 5 CDs include the tunes we love arranged in fresh ways, and have contributed to the development of a new, uniquely Australian version of Scottish fiddling. We have won many Golden Fiddle awards and the National Folk Alliance 2006 Album of the Year.

Despite our strong record, as a group it seemed almost impossible that we would make it to Scotland, until 2015, when we were able, with the help of the Victorian Scottish Heritage Foundation, many generous Pozible donors and our wonderful supporters Bill and Diane Sides, to put together a tour covering the length and breadth of the “mother” country. Forty-five of us took the 16 day trip in September 2015, which included 10 concerts, 10 workshops, 10 sessions, much sight seeing and an amazing chance to get to know the music we love at the source. Everywhere we performed people were fascinated to hear where their music had travelled to, and how it sounded on return.

MSFC young fiddlers on the Shetland ferry
MSFC young fiddlers on the Shetland ferry

Partnerships were the mainstay of our tour, and we performed in Shetland with our friends and mentors Chris Stout, Catriona McKay and Ross Couper, fantastic exponents of the Shetland style, and on the mainland with Anna Wendy Stevenson and Simon Bradley, and with many community groups from Selkirk to Ullapool, from St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh to Dunkeld. One highlight was the return to Dufftown (on the banks of the Fiddich and Dullan Rivers) of original Dufftown tunes which had made their way to Australia but had not been heard locally for 50 years. The concert at the Dufftown Hall was a tribute to the commitment of volunteers there and in the MSFC, who put together a fantastic community event with over 100 players, sponsored by local businesses Glenfarclas Distillery and Walkers Shortbread. A merry night to be sure!

 
MSFC at St Giles Cathedral
MSFC at St Giles Cathedral

Through the workshops we had pre-arranged, we were able to identify the different styles of Scottish fiddling, and different Club members found themselves attracted to (for example) the north-east style of Paul Anderson or Dougie Lawrence, the highland fiddling of Aonghas Grant and Adam Sutherland, or the borders sound of the Riddell Fiddles led by Amy Geddes. In Shetland we were lucky to be hosted by the wonderful Margaret Robertson and her Hjaltibonhoga Fiddlers, a mighty group who taught us how to party while playing, and with whom we will perform again in 2016 at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Melbourne.As the founder of the Club and its Director for the first 16 years, the most rewarding part of the trip for me was seeing how much our young players (ranging from 12 to 20) gained through the experience. During the trip they were the most enthusiastic in soaking up the music, recording the tunes we were taught, rehearsing them in small groups and generally finding their way into the heart of the tradition. Their leadership now is inspiring other young players to join the group, and keeping the Australian version of Scottish fiddling fresh and lively. For more information about the Club and our recordings and projects, visit www.melbournescottishfddlers.com.

MSFC Member Marguerite Collier meets a prince at Culloden
MSFC Member Marguerite Collier meets a prince at Culloden

Important Date for your Diary

On 20th February 2016 our talented Glen Innes musicians will present lively, foot-tapping, danceable music performances with a Celtic flavour in support of The Friends of the Australian Celtic Festival. Featuring original, contemporary and some traditional music performed with verve and energy – and a little tongue-in-cheek irreverence – this is a show for all ages. Come and enjoy the music of Alex Mossman, Martin Moxey, Christine Davis, Vince Redal, The Abbies and God Bless Texas. The latter group is a country rock ensemble who will, for this night only, be performing traditional Celtic songs in their inimitable style, while wearing kilts! The mind boggles!!

Tickets are $20 and sales support the 2016 Australian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes’ hallmark tourism event. Doors open at 7 pm. Book through Julie at julie@giservices.com.au or book on 02 6732 1355. By attending the concert, not only will you have a great night out, but you can buy your 2016 Australian Celtic Festival Weekend Passes from the Festival Office at the discounted rate of $50 per person. Bonus!!

Lots more news next month!

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

07
Oct

Media Release

The Australian Celtic Music Awards would like to welcome Aristocrat Technologies Australia as the major sponsor for the 2016 Celtic Music Awards.

Aristocrat Technologies Australia has over 60 experience in business and employ over 2200 staff globally.

The 2016 Australian Celtic Music Awards will be presented at the Official Celtic Awards Night on 30th April 2016 at Glen Innes Services Club.

The Official Celtic Awards Night will include a two course meal and live entertainment.
Emcee for the night will be Darren Coggan. Tickets will cost $40 and will be on sale from November 2015.

The Awards are:

  • The Aristocrat Australian Celtic Artist of the Year – 2016
  • The International Celtic Artist of the Year – 2016
  • The Celtic Album of the Year- 2016
  • Australian Celtic Male Vocalist of the Year – 2016
  • Australian Celtic Female Vocalist of the Year – 2016
  • Australian Celtic Song of the Year – 2016
  • Australian Celtic Group of the Year – 2016
  • Australian Celtic Instrumental of the Year – 2016
  • Producer of the Year of a Celtic Album – 2016
  • The Wendy Watts Award for New Celtic Talent – 2016
05
Sep

Tourism Event of the Year 2015

The Australian Celtic Music Awards won ‘Tourism Event of the Year’ for the second year in a row at the Glen Innes Examiner Business Awards on Friday 4th Sept.

Swim star Haley Lewis was special guest MC for the evening which was a real treat for the 380 people who attended the Business Awards.

The Australian Celtic Music Awards are now in their fourth year and are looking forward to the awards presentation in April 2016.

Nominations are now open.

2016 Nomination Forms
 
glen innes examiner award
 

04
May

2015 Award Finalists & Winners

Triquetra WinnersTriquetra medallions

Triquetra Ambassador – Pumpkin Juice

Triquetra Achiever – Russell Scott

The Triquetra Winner – Gwen Cryer
 

2015 Australian Celtic Music Award Winners

2015 Celtic Music Award Winners
 
The Wendy Watts Award for Best New Australian Celtic Talent
Finalists:
Platform 9 ¾
Villanova
Jason Moore
And the winner is Villanova

Celtic Life International Artist of the Year
Finalists:
Rant Maggie Rant
Celtic Angel
SIDH
And the winner is Rant Maggie Rant

Glen Innes Golf Club Australian Celtic Instrumental of the Year
Finalists:
Barleyshakes for The Golden Stud
Murphy’s Pigs for Jig Set
Peter Miller for The Quiet Man
And the winner is Peter Miller for The Quiet Man

The Horder Family Traditional Australian Celtic Song of the Year
Finalists:
Platform 9 ¾ for Bonny Portmore
Highlander for Skye Boat Song
Celtic Fusion for Three Drunken Maidens
And the winner is Platform 9 ¾ for Bonny Portmore

The Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre Contemporary Australian Celtic Song of the Year
Finalists:
Jay Wars for Epilogue
The Leaping Lizards for Queen of Argyll
Celia Pavey for Bodies
And the winner is Celia Pavey for Bodies

The Rest Point Motor In Australian Celtic Album of the Year
Finalists:
Murphy’s Pigs for In the Lap of the Hogs
The Leaping Lizards for Waltzing Through the Years
Jay Wars for Carry Me Home
Celtic Fusion for Gael
And the winner is Murphy’s Pigs for In The Lap of the Hogs

Eastmon Digital Best Producer of an Australian Celtic Album 2015
Finalists:
The Leaping Lizards: Waltzing through the Years – Produced by Michael Fix
Lorin Nicholson and Family: Strings of Thunder – Produced by Lorin Nicholson and John Roy
Celtic Fusion: Gael – Produced by Tomas Burton
And the winner is Lorin Nicholson and Family: Strings of Thunder – Produced by Lorin Nicholson and John Roy

The Crystal Room Female Australian Celtic Vocalist of the Year
Finalists:
Celia Pavey
Alex Paterson
Donna Reynolds
And the winner is Celia Pavey

Pinknoize Audio Male Australian Celtic Vocalist of the Year
Finalists:
Justin Body
John Graham
Alan Kelly
And the winner is John Graham

Glen Innes and District Services Club Australian Celtic Artist of the Year
Finalists:
The Leaping Lizards
Murphy’s Pigs
Celtic Fusion
And the winner is The Leaping Lizards

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