Category: News

15
Oct

Celtic News October 2019

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

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

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

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14
Sep

Celtic News September 2019

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

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

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19
Aug

Celtic News August 2019

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

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16
Jul

Celtic News July 2019

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

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

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16
Jun

Celtic News June 2019

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

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17
May

Celtic News May 2019

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

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

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

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05
May

2019 ACMA Winners

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

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

Wendy Watts New Celtic Talent of the Year
Stu Tyrrell

International Artist of the Year
CELTICA Pipes Rock!

Celtic Group of the Year
Gone Molly

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

Celtic Female Artist of the Year
Ella Roberts

Celtic Male Artist of the Year
Pixie Jenkins

Celtic Instrumental of the Year
Mad Kelpie Playdate for Cherokee Shuffle

Australian Celtic Artist of the Year
Ella Roberts

View and download photos from the Awards night

15
Apr

Celtic News April 2019

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

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

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26
Mar

Celtic News Extra Edition

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

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

Celtic News March 2019

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

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

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19
Feb
16
Jan

Celtic News Special Edition

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

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15
Jan

Celtic News January 2019

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

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18
Dec

Celtic News December 2018

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

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28
Nov

Nominations

The 2019 Australian Celtic Music Awards nominations are OPEN.
Nominate yourself or your favourite Celtic artist or band.
Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 14th of December 2018 so don’t delay!

28
Nov

Celtic News November 2018

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!

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28
Nov

Celtic News October 2018

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.

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28
Nov

Celtic News September 2018

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.

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28
Nov

Celtic News August 2018

I think that I will write very little this month. There’s so much news and information that my head is spinning. Importantly, don’t forget that you only have until 31st August to apply for inclusion in the 2019 Australian Celtic Festival.

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18
Jul

Celtic News July 2018

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.

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18
Jun

Celtic News June 2018

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.

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17
May
15
May

Celtic News May 2018

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

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

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07
May

Triquetra Award & Honour Roll recipients


Triquetra Award – Allan Fletcher


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


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