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12
Dec

Celtic News December 2017

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

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11
Dec

2018 Australian Celtic Music Awards

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

15
Nov

Celtic News November 2017

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

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23
Oct

Club & Community Awards

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

Club & Community Awards

23
Oct

String Music Convention has been postponed

Thank you to the people who were interested.

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

15
Oct

Celtic News October 2017

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

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20
Sep

Celtic News September 2017

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

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18
Sep

Triquetra Award – Nominations Now Open

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

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

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

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

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

18
Aug

Celtic News August 2017

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

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05
Jul

Celtic News June/July 2017

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

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Workshops with David Hyams

David Hyams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What’s on in Glen Innes??

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

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Chill N Glen – 22nd and 23rd July 2017

Saturday

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

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

Saturday night

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

Sunday

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

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

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

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

Where to eat

8 am to 3 pm – Breakfast & carvery buffet lunch

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

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

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

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

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

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Murphy’s Pigs

Murphys Pigs

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

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

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

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Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman

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

Website: www.tablelandsfolkfestival.org.au.

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Siobhan Owen

Australian Celtic Female Artist 2017

Siobhan Owen

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

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String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band

String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band

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

Mobile Movie Fest

Roving Crows

Roving Crows

2017 International Celtic Artist of the Year

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What’s on in Armidale??

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

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

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The Ceilidh Clan

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

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Gone Molly

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

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Michael Fix

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

Michael Fix

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

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Clan Celtica – Tribal Thunder (New Zealand)

Clan Celtica

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

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

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And most exciting of all. . .

The Outlander phenomenon is coming to Glen Innes

Australian Standing Stones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published with permission from Celtic News
24
May

2017 Winner Photo Gallery

Click on images to view in lightbox

12
May

Celtic News May 2017

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

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08
May

2017 Triquetra Winners

Triquetra medallions

Triquetra Award – Margaret Kenning

Triquetra Achiever Award – Barbara Timmins

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

Triquetra winners 2017

Click here to view this year’s winning artists.

11
Mar

Celtic News March and April 2017

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

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The Official Australian Celtic Awards Night

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

Mike McClellan

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

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Australian Celtic Music Awards Nominees

The Black Bear Duo

The Black Bear Duo

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

The BordererS

The BordererS

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

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

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

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

Website: www.theborderers.com.au

Wright and McKay

Wright & McKay

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

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

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

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

Website: www.wrightandmckay.com

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Australian Celtic Festival

4th to 7th May 2017

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

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

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Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

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

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

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What’s on in Tenterfield??

The Music Supper Club

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What’s on in Deepwater??

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

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What’s on in Armidale??

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

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Appearing at the Australian Celtic Festival

Highlander

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

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

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

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

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

Draíocht

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

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

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Clan Celtica – Tribal Thunder (New Zealand)

International Celtic Artist 2016 – Australian Celtic Music Awards

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

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Norma O’Hara Murphy

Australian Celtic Festival – 4th to 7th May 2017

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

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Murphy’s Pigs

Australian Celtic Festival – 5th to 7th May 2017

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

Celtic Celebrations with Queensland Pops Orchestra

20th to 21st May 2017

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

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Siobhan Owen

Australian Celtic Festival – 6th to 7th May 2017

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

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At the Hereford Steakhouse

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

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

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At The New England Motor Lodge

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

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

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String Loaded

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

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Glen Innes Highlands String Music Convention


17th to 19th November 2017

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

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Vice Regal Reception at Glen Innes Services Club

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

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

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What’s on in Glen Innes??

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

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

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

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Celtic News January 2017

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

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

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

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

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Celtic Music awards

Handcrafted solid granite Australian Celtic Music Awards

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Australian Celtic Music Awards Nominees

Roving Crows

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah Calderwood

Sarah Calderwood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

Member Offer

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

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

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A Reminder ………

Folk & Celtic Fusion

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Appearing at the Australian Celtic Festival

4th to 7th May 2017

Astrail

Astrail

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

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

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

The Barleyshakes

The Barleyshakes

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

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

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

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

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

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Glen Innes Highlands String Music Convention

17th to 19th November 2017

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

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

Tickets now open

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

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Clan Celtica – Tribal Thunder (New Zealand)

International Celtic Artist 2016 – Australian Celtic Music Awards

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

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What’s on in Glen Innes??

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

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Murphy’s Pigs

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

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Michael Fix and Christine Collister

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

Collister and Fix

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

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Triquetra Medallion Nominations

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

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The Official Australian Celtic Awards Night

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

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

The evening includes Presentation of:

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

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

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

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

Published with permission from Celtic News
13
Jan

Celtic News December 2016

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

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

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The Australian Celtic Music Awards

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

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Australian Celtic Festival

4th to 7th May 2017

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

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ACF Stallholder Applications now open

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

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‘Tie the Knot’

at the 2017 Australian Celtic Festival

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

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

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

Glenmore Dancers

Glenmore Dancers

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

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Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

Exciting New Announcement

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

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Friends of The Australian Celtic Festival

Member Offer

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

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Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman

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

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String Loaded

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

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The String Family

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

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Clan Celtica – Tribal Thunder (New Zealand)

International Celtic Artist 2016 – Australian Celtic Music Awards

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

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Murphy’s Pigs

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

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Damien Leith

Damien Leith

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

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

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Australian Celtic Music Awards Nominees

Siobhan Owen

Siobhan Owen

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Fix

Michael Fix

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What’s on in Glen Innes??

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

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17th to 19th November 2017

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

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

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

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

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Season’s Greetings from Celtic News

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

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

Published with permission from Celtic News
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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
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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
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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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Jul

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.

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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
17
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
23
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
05
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)