So we sent your January 2019 Celtic News edition yesterday. Then two exciting bits of news landed on my desk, as well as a reminder about the Burns Supper. I thought that these were too interesting to leave until next month. I hope you enjoy your second Celtic News.
Welcome to a New Year of Celtic News. There is a lot to tell you about this month. We are including another CD review for Asleep at the Reel. Planning is underway to further expand Celtic News to include a literary component. But, for this month, let’s kick off with Australian Celtic Festival news, including featured performer profiles and the announcement of a “taste” of the Festival featuring some local talent.
What a wonderful weekend we all had at Outlandish 2018. As they say, a picture paints a thousand words so, throughout this edition, you will find photographs from the weekend to whet your appetite. So many people asked when we’ll do the next one. Watch this space for an announcement in due course!
Welcome to the October edition. As always, I’ve been surprised by how much there is to tell you about in this edition. I have included a different item this time, with a review of “Rogue Folk”, from Sadie and Jay. If this inspires any of you to put pen to paper and contribute your own review of a recent release, please do send it to me.
Outlandish 2018 Outlander Fan Gathering takes place next weekend so it is now too late for you to buy a ticket. I am looking forward to this new event. It will be fun, with quite a few surprises planned for the lucky attendees. There will be a detailed report and photographs in next month’s Celtic News.
Unfortunately I also have some sad news this month.
Well, we’re finally in Spring. The trees are putting on their green leaves and it is getting definitely warmer. There are lambs and calves everywhere you look. I really love this time of year and, at home, am looking forward to the first fresh spring vegetables in the garden.
It is, of course, still very dry here as it is all over New South Wales and we are madly performing our rain dances. In support of those wonderful people who are supporting drought-ridden areas, here is information about three events raising money for drought relief.
What a great night the new-look Annual Tartan Day Dinner was. To give you the flavour of the evening, here’s a photo of Lara and James Gresham in front of one of three of the beautiful open fires. Lara is the 2018 Australian Celtic Festival Committee Chairman. The dinner was held at the Highland Restaurant which is located at the New England Motor Lodge. This venue will also feature during our Outlandish 2018 Outlander Fan Gathering weekend, re-badged for the evening as Lallybroch.
No sooner is the Australian Celtic Festival weekend over than we start again. I am in awe of all the Volunteers who work incredibly hard to provide entertainment, fun and interest to our vibrant region.
There are two entirely new Festivals to tell you about this month with the Vintage Rose Festival in Glen Innes and the Peter Allen Festival in Tenterfield both holding inaugural events. Of course, there are updates for all your favourites as well. AND there is an exciting announcement from Outlandish 2018 Outlander Fan Gathering.
The Australian Celtic Festival is over for another year. I always feel a little bit of a let-down when it’s over. The four days goes by in a blur, but I really enjoyed myself again this year.
It’s good to look over all the photos to choose which ones to include in this Newsletter.
Triquetra Award – Allan Fletcher
Australian Celtic Roll of Honour recipient – Margaret Sharpe C Tu C
Australian Celtic Roll of Honour recipient – Roger Thomas T En E
From left to right: Gone Molly, SugaTree, String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band, Molly Armstrong, Cape Byron Celtic Dance, Murphy’s Pigs, Ella Roberts & Hayley Whitehill
Album of the Year
String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band for Catharsis
Murphy’s Pigs for Live in Concert at The Triffid – Winner
Gone Molly for Gone Molly
Song of the Year
Gone Molly for The Miners Way
SugaTree for Nothing Else – Winner
Gone Molly for Instructions for My Funeral
Group of the Year
String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band
Gone Molly – Winner
Male Artist of the Year
Kieran O’Connell – Winner
Female Artist of the Year
Norma O’Hara Murphy
Ella Roberts – Winner
Instrumental of the Year
The String Family for Lord of the Dance
String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band for Catharsis – Winner
Murphy’s Pigs for Espana Celtica
Producer of the Year
Ray Blissett for Catharsis
Pix Vane Mason for Gone Molly – Winner
Yanni Dellaportas for This Time
New Celtic Talent of the Year
SugaTree – Winner
International Artist of the Year
Oscar James West – New Zealand
The Celtic Social Club – France – Winner
Paul Anderson – Scotland
Kierah – Canada
Artist of the Year
String Loaded Celtic Fiddle
Gone Molly – Winner
This edition is jam-packed with news and information. I am grateful to all who have sent me content.
This is, of course, the final Newsletter before the Australian Celtic Festival. I have included a run-down of things to do in Glen Innes during the Festival when you are not “up on the hill” watching performances. Huge praise must go to the 2018 Festival Committee for putting together such a broad program.
I have also included two more profiles of Nominees for the Australian Celtic Music Awards. Don’t forget to phone Julie on 02 6732 1355 and book your ticket for the gala Official Celtic Awards Night, dinner and entertainment.
I can’t believe that 2018 is almost a quarter through already. Glen Innes and The New England area continues to be a vibrant place to live, with lots of art and music available whatever your particular taste. I hope that this edition will give you many options and a whole heap of fun things to do.
There are two new Festivals listed this month as well as two tours to publicise. And, of course, more profiles of performers at the Australian Celtic Festival in May as well as Nominees for the Australian Celtic Music Awards.
So here we are again. There’s a new column this month. New England Live will cover all the live music venues and events that I can find between Uralla in the south and Stanthorpe in the north. I will try to feature a local artist each month as well. In this edition it is the very talented Kathryn Luxford. The New England area has a rich well of talent across the spectrum of music genres. I hope that this new column will give you a taste of what is available for your next visit or night out.
As always, I am excited to profile acts appearing at the 2018 Australian Celtic Festival, as well as Nominees for The Australian Celtic Music Awards. There’s lots to see and do in the next couple of months. I do hope we will see you all very soon.
I hope that you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas celebration with your family and friends, a truly magnificent start to 2018 and that you’re ready to re-enter the fray. Personally, there is so much going on in the northern New England that I’m wishing I could clone myself so that I could attend even more events.
Nominations for the 2018 Awards close on Friday 15th December 2017. That means that you have just three days left!
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 . . . . .
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!