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.


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.


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.


Australian Celtic Festival 2017

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


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.


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.

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


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.


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.


Glen Innes Services Club Dates

Murphy’s Pigs 10th Anniversary Show

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

Murphys Pigs

Special Guest Artists – Lorica

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

Peace Train

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

Peace Train


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
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.


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

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.



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.


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
Celtic News
02 6734 5189

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