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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.

Pot Luck Dinner & Session

Saturday 25 July

David & Rae Cretney will be hosting a fun afternoon/evening of good piping and warm food at their home in Templestowe. If you're interested, just email Dave & Rae at cretney@smartchat.net.au for details and to book your place. Please let them know by this Sunday 19 July.

Talbot Piping Weekend 2015

7-9 August

The Celtic Piping Club is proud to host the 3rd annual Talbot Piping Weekend on 7-9 August 2015.

Held in the tiny town of Talbot "where the gold rush began", the weekend will provide opportunities to get together with other pipers to play, learn and socialise.

The weekend is ideal for players of, or people interested in, the Scottish smallpipes, uilleann pipes, Northumbrian smallpipes or any other form of Celtic pipes. This includes both mouth-blown and bellows-blown instruments. Partners/spouses are also welcome.

The programme will include music and technical workshops, maintenance, meals, socialising and informal playing in a warm and inviting atmosphere. This year's guest is Australian pipe-maker, Bill Hart. Bill will be talking about pipe-making well as giving a presentation and demonstration of various bagpipes from around the world.

Visit our website to check out the full program or to book for this great weekend of piping. Just head to the 'Talbot Piping Weekend 2015' under the Events page.

Some of the fun at a fireside session at the Talbot Piping Weekend

Bungaree Music Camp

14 - 16 August
The following weekend is the Bungaree Music Camp in the beautiful Clare Valley in South Australia - a new event on the Club calendar. While not a strictly piping event, we are hoping that a contingent of pipers is able attend.

Originally a biennial event, due to popular demand, the Music Camp will now be held annually.

From their website...

This year its all about participation .....That means YOU getting involved. Open to all young and old, its about people coming together to have a good time. More relaxed than a festival & less expensive but just as much fun because you are in it, YOU are what makes it work.

  • Camp-fire sessions and sing-alongs

  • Blackboard Concerts

  • Workshops

  • Special Performances

  • Heritage Trails to walk

  • Children Youth and all music beginners welcome

  • Set in a picturesque location oozing charm & history

  • Only 2hrs drive North of Adelaide

It's sure to be a fantastic experience. Head over to the HATs Inc. website for more details. If you are thinking of joining in this year, let us know (by email) so we can co-ordinate the piping contingent.


New uilleann piping CD 'Australian Waters'

Melbourne-based uilleann piper & multi-instrumentalist, Matt Horsley will be recording his first uilleann piping album in August. But he needs your help to make it happen. If you'd be interested in pre-ordering a copy, head over to Matt's Pozible campaign. If you want more than just a copy of the CD, there are also other options such as lessons and personal performances.

Check out the details and pledge your support at http://www.pozible.com/project/198185.

Pop-up Piping Sessions & Other Events

25 July
Pot Luck Dinner - David & Rae Cretney will be hosting an evening of piping fun at their home in Templestowe. For all the details and to book your place, just email Dave & Rae at cretney@smartchat.net.au.
Please let them know by this Sunday 19 July.

7-9 August
Talbot Piping Weekend - check out our website for details or to book.

14-16 August
Bungaree Music Camp

17 October
International Uilleann Piping Day - event details coming soon...

31 Oct - 1 Nov
Maldon Folk Festival - pop-up piping session. Details tbc.

7-8 November
Beechworth Celtic Festival - pop-up piping session. Details tbc.

8-13 November
Boxwood New Zealand, Waipu

20-22 November
Boxwood Festival, Australia. Details tbc.

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 most months (see below) 2pm - 6pm.
Where: Upstairs at the Lord Newry Hotel - 543 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy.
Contact: us via email@celticpipingclub.com
Future session dates:
  • Sun 13 September
  • November - no session
  • Sun 13 December (focus: Traditional Scottish & Irish Christmas tunes)

NESSIE - North East Scottish Strings including Elbow Pipes

When: 2nd Sunday of each month
Where: North East Victoria
Contact: Kristen on (03) 5766 6282
Do you run a piping session or get to any folk sessions where pipers are welcome, or would like to write about a piping-related event? Click here to send us an email...we'd love to hear from you.

That's all for this newsletter.

Until next time...

Your friends in piping,

The Celtic Piping Club crew

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