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* Boxwood Special *

Boxwood Australia is now around the corner :: visiting Nova Scotia artists Chris Norman (flutes) and David Greenberg (fiddle/violin) will be running a weekend music camp, a Melbourne lunchtime workshop and six concerts across Victoria and NSW!

For everyone who's into flute, violin, pipes, Celtic traditional music, baroque music, Canada's gorgeous east coast or simply good times with good folks, make sure you check out the concert and workshop schedule below.

Melbourne Lunchtime Workshop

A taste of playing and arranging trad. folk music
10 November 2016
Join Chris Norman and David Greenberg for a lunchtime workshop in the city. Great for musos with a 'classical' background as an introduction to folk-tune playing and arranging. All instruments and levels of experience welcome!

THU 10 NOV, 12-2pm :: Studio 15, Lvl 3 Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St :: bookings

Workshop leaders
Chris NORMAN - wooden flute
David GREENBERG - violin/fiddle


Boxwood Australia

A weekend away filled with music-making
11 - 13 November 2016

Boxwood welcome you to a weekend workshop in beautiful Queenscliff, Victoria to discover musical traditions amid one of Australia's most exquisite seaside towns. Don't miss a weekend of immersion in traditional music; classes, sessions, an afternoon performance and private lessons are on offer. The deep connections between traditional music, song, and dance are at the heart of the program this weekend.

While the weekend emphasises the flutes, whistles, pipes & fiddle, Boxwood encourages a multidisciplinary approach, inviting a variety of artists, students and players of all instruments at all levels -  novice and experienced. All instruments are welcome!

Boxwood Australia starts with an evening meal on Fri 11 Nov and runs until 5 pm on Sun 13 Nov. Registration options include full passes (incl. accommodation & meals) or day passes at great value.

FRI 11 - SUN 13 NOV :: Whitehall Guesthouse, Queenscliff

2016 tutors & performers
Chris NORMAN - traditional flutes, small pipes, director
David GREENBERG - Cape Breton fiddle, baroque violin

Only a few days away now and registrations are almost filled!

If you're planning to attend, register now to avoid missing out.


Concert Tour - Norman & Greenberg Duo

VIC - Castlemaine & Queenscliff
10 & 13 November 2016

Chris Norman (flutes, smallpipes, song) is described as "A flute superstar" and David Greenberg (Cape Breton fiddle & Baroque violin) has been praised as both "one of the most impassioned folk-fiddlers you'll ever hear" and "the best baroque violin soloist in Canada, if not North America".

Performing with exceptional skill and creativity, featuring sonatas to strathspeys, Norman and Greenberg sparkle in this intimate duo program which breathes the very essence of great music-making then, now and always; immediate, direct, in-the-moment, risky and above all, fun!

THU 10 NOV, 7.30pm :: Castlemaine Uniting Church :: tickets
SUN 13 NOV, 2.30pm :: Queenscliffe Maritime Museum :: ph 5258 3440 or info@maritimequeenscliffe.org.au 

Chris NORMAN - traditional flutes, small pipes, song
David GREENBERG - Cape Breton fiddle, baroque violin

Concert Tour - Frost and Fire

VIC - Geelong & Melbourne :: NSW - Sydney & Blue Mountains
15 - 18 November 2016

A special collaboration with Evergreen Ensemble

Where Nova Scotia collides with Terra Australis: Canada's Chris Norman and David Greenberg team up with Australia's only dedicated Scottish baroque band, Evergreen Ensemble, for a high-energy program of music from 18th-century Caledonia.

'Twas a time and place when soulful airs and merry jigs were heard alongside the latest compositions by Purcell, Correlli and Vivaldi. Tap your feet on a journey through driving traditional jigs 'n' reels of Cape Breton and intriguing pipe tunes of the border country in this delightful meeting of classical and folk music.

TUE 15 NOV, BYO picnic from 6pm, concert 8.00pm
The Heights Heritage House, Geelong :: tickets

WED 16 NOV, 6.00pm
Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre :: tickets

THU 17 NOV, 7.30pm
The Flute Tree, Leichardt, Sydney :: tickets

FRI 18 NOV, 8.00pm
Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood :: tickets

Chris NORMAN - traditional & early flutes, small pipes
David GREENBERG - Cape Breton fiddle, baroque violin
EVERGREEN ENSEMBLE - Australia's finest Scottish Baroque Band incl. Shane Lestideau, Ben Dollman, Sam Cowen & Miranda Hill



Miniature Pipes - Made by Kintail

Made by Kintail (Scotland) circa 1970s, they are plain turned in blackwood with real ivory mounts. The drones have a beautiful strong sound (though one tenor drone reed is currently missing). The chanter sound is similar to the smallpipes (or practice chanter), as opposed to a Highland pipe sound. The leather bag requires dressing, but is otherwise in good condition. A wooden carrying case is also included.

Price: $1,150 ono
Contact: Dave Bail (Vic)
Ph: 0407 817 031
Email: davobail@gmail.com


Uilleann Pipes Half Set - Made by David Daye

The chanter is one of David's penny chanters made of brass (not wood), and covered in a layer of black Delrin. The chanter is fully keyed (4 keys) and is playing very well with some tape over a couple of holes, with a great reed. There is also a spare reed included.
The drones are made from Delrin and brass. The brass on the drones is scuffed and scratched but they're playing great. 2 of the drones have Ezee-drone reeds, while the smallest has David's original metal and plastic drone reed. The other two original metal/plastic drone reeds are included with the set. The drones are playing steadily and well.
The main stock is covered with a wood looking finish but possibly made of plastic/brass. The main stock is not suitable for regulators, it cannot be upgraded to a full set. It's a very nicely playing half set though.
The bellows are great, they have a really good range of movement and good capacity, and it's nice and airtight.
The bag has been seasoned as it's completely airtight and working really well.
Also thrown in is a popping strap from Kelleher Trad.
The set also comes with the original "instruction manual" from David, with some good maintenance tips.
A hard case is also included. The set originally cost US$1800 (~AU$2350).

Price: $1,500 + postage
Contact: Tom Stafford (SA)
Email: tomstafford@outlook.com

Uilleann Pipes Full Set - Made by Adrian Jeffries

Blackwood, box mounts and chrome metal work. Set is totally airtight and reeds play fine. Located in Sydney.

Price: $6,000 ono
Contact: Andrew Mackay (NSW)
Ph: 0433 012 069
Email: andrew.n.mckay@gmail.com

Uilleann Pipes Practice Set - Made by Ian Mackenzie

Great condition, but will need some TLC as they've not been played for 20+ years. Includes some tutorial & music books.

Price: $1,200
Contact: Kieran Sharp - Paddington, NSW
Ph: 0438 950 403

Wanted - Bellow-blown Scottish Smallpipes
Contact the Club at email@celticpipingclub.com.

Please email your personal (not commercial) classified ad to us at email@celticpipingclub.com for your free listing.

Regular Piping Sessions

Adelaide - Pipers Gathering

When: 1st Monday of each month (usually)
Where: Contact Jack for details.
Contact: Jack Brennan via 

Brisbane - Irish Piping Sessions

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

Brisbane - Smallpipe Sessions

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

Melbourne - Celtic Piping Sessions

When: 2nd Sunday of each most months (see below) 2pm - 5pm.
Where: Upstairs at the Exford Hotel 
- 199 Russell Street (cnr Little Bourke), Melbourne.
Contact: us via
Future session dates:
  • Sun 11 Dec

NESSIE - North East Scottish Strings including Elbow Pipes

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

President - Geoff Jones
Vice President - Sarah Wade
Treasurer - Pat Lyons
Secretary - Alan Parker
Committee Member - Colin MacDougall
Committee Member - Matt Horsley
Committee Member - Merran Moir
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