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In this newsletter you'll find the latest news and reports about all that's happening in the world of Celtic Piping in Australia and around the world.

Celtic Piping Concert & Session
at the National Celtic Festival, Portarlington

Our wonderful Celtic Piping Club was launched at the National Celtic Festival at Portarlington in 2013. The launch included an acoustic Celtic Piping Concert followed by a 'come & try' session for the public - both of which were very successful and enjoyed by the public.

Well, it's that time of year again. Yes, the National Celtic Festival is only just around the corner...this weekend, in fact! This year we'll be hosting another acoustic Celtic Piping Concert, at 1pm on Saturday 7 June at St. John's Church, Portarlington. This is a ticketed venue, but it's well worth purchasing a ticket for the Festival...there'll be so many great bands to see this year, including many featuring various pipes. The Celtic Piping Concert this year will feature a number of local pipers, showcasing various types of Celtic pipes. We are also excited about our special gues
t piper, Ali Levack, from Scotland! Ali has studies pipes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is over here as part of the Fèis Rois crew.

We'll also be hosting a Pop-up Piping Session on Saturday, 7.30pm Upstairs at The Grand
So, come along and share a tune or two.

Some of the piping highlights include:

1pm - Acoustic Pipers Concert @ St. John's Church
1.30pm - Tuning Bagpipes Workshop with Murray Blair @ the Community Room
4pm - A Brief History of Piping with Geoff Jones @ the Community Room
7.30pm - Pop-up Celtic Piping Session @ Upstairs at The Grand (not in program)

4.30pm - VPA 'Music of the Great Highland Bagpipes' @ The Club Room
6.40pm - Claymore & Piping Idol @ the Celtic Club

and many bands with pipers, including Working Dog Union, Aniar, Beyond High StreetTaliska, Se
ñor Cabrales, Fèis Rois, and the Likely Celts, who will be launching their new CD.

The Celtic Piping & Drumming Program will be bigger & better than ever this year and t
he full program is available on the National Celtic Festival website. We look forward to seeing you there!

Expression of Interest
June Piping Get-together in Perth

There might be an opportunity for us to organise a Celtic piping event on 28 June in Perth. We'd love to hear from you if you'll be in the area and would like to be part of this event. Depending on interest, this could be a piping session, concert, workshop or other event.

Please let us know if you're interested by sending a note to email@celticpipingclub.com. More details will be posted as they come to hand.



Pop-up Piping Sessions

National Celtic Festival, Portarlington (Vic)
When: 7.30pm Saturday 7 June
Where: Upstairs @ The Grand


Regular Piping Sessions

Adelaide - Pipers Gathering

When: 1st Monday of each month (usually)
Where: Contact Jack for details.
Contact: Jack Brennan via brennanjack@optusnet.com.au.

Brisbane - Irish Piping Sessions

When: 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month
Where: Milton (Brisbane)
Contact: Malcolm McLaren on (07) 3820-2902 or email mrmclaren@bigpond.com.

Brisbane - Smallpipe Sessions

When: First Tuesday of each month
Where: Milton (Brisbane)
Contact: Malcolm McLaren on (07) 3820-2902 or email mrmclaren@bigpond.com.

Melbourne - Celtic Piping session

When: 2nd Sunday of each month. 2pm - 6pm.
Where: Upstairs at the Lord Newry Hotel - 543 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy.
Contact: Geoff Jones on 0419 567 038 or email@geoffjones.info.
Future session dates:
  • 7 June - session at the National Celtic Festival at Portarlington instead
  • 13 July
  • 14 September
  • 12 October
  • 9 November
  • 14 December

NESSIE - North East Scottish Strings including Elbow Pipes

When: 2nd Sunday of each month
Where: North East Victoria
Contact: Kristen on (03) 5766 6282

Other Dates for Your Diary

Dates to remember - further details will be coming soon...

8-10 August - Piping Weekend in Talbot
19 October - International Uilleann Piping Day
1st weekend in January - workshop(s) with Pete Stewart (from the LBPS)
That's it for this newsletter. Please send us your news and notices so we can let your fellow Celtic pipers know what's happening in the world of Celtic piping.

Your friends in piping,
The Celtic Piping Club crew

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