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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.

Pop-up Piping Sessions

If you're heading up to Canberra this Easter for the National Folk Festival, bring your pipes along to the Pop-up Piping Session and share some tunes. This first Pop-up Piping Session will be hosted by South Australian piper, Jack Brennan. The idea of a Pop-up Piping Session is just to provide a set time for a piping session, similar to what we've done at other festivals. You won't find these sessions in the official programs, you just have to be in the know...but spread the word to fellow pipers - the more, the merrier! Details of more Pop-up and Regular Piping Sessions are in the 'Upcoming Events' section below.

When: Saturday 19 April at 2pm
Where: The Session Bar at the National Folk Festival, Canberra


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.

Piping Weekend in Talbot

8-10 August 2014

Pipers in concert at the Piping Weekend in Talbot, 2013

Yes, we'll be heading back to Talbot in central Victoria again in August for another great weekend of piping. Last year, more than a dozen pipers and other musicians enjoyed a fantastic weekend of piping, socialising, workshops, sharing tunes, performing and camaraderie. So put the dates in your diary to ensure you don't miss out on the fun this year. We'll posted further details soon. In the meantime, please send us your ideas of what activities you'd like us to include. email@celticpipingclub.com

Boxwood Workshops
5-10 October - Waipu, New Zealand


From our friends across the ditch...

Join us in beautiful & historic Waipu, New Zealand for five days of musical discovery and fun with David Greenberg (Cape Breton fiddle & baroque violin) and Chris Norman (flutes, small pipes); both artists who seek a broad context and canvas for their work and infuse their view of traditional music with influences as diverse as Irish, Acadian, Breton, and baroque idioms. Boxwood New Zealand is a magical experience with very limited enrollment [sic] and small class sizes, so please register early.

Chris Norman is a world class flute maker from Cape Breton. You can find more about Chris on his website http://chrisnorman.com/ or watch one of his performances on YouTube.

For further information about the workshops or to register, visit the Boxwood website http://www.boxwood.org/new_zeal_register.

Pop-up Piping Sessions

National Folk Festival, Canberra (ACT)
 Saturday 19 April at 2pm
Where: Session Bar at the National Folk Festival

National Celtic Festival, Portarlington (Vic)
When: Queen's Birthday Weekend. 6-9 June
Where: tba


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:
  • 13 April
  • 11 May
  • 8 June - session at the National Celtic Festival at Portarlington instead
  • 13 July
  • 14 September
  • 12 October
  • 9 November
  • 14 December

Other Dates for Your Diary

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

Easter - National Folk Festival, Canberra
6-9 June - National Celtic Festival, Portarlington
8-10 August - Piping Weekend in Talbot

19 October - International Uilleann Piping Day
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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