Saturday was devoted to teaching sessions. David Greenberg taught Cape Breton tunes by ear to the pipers and fiddlers and led some baroque ensemble playing in the afternoon. Chris Norman worked with flautists and whistle-players, followed by a session with smallpipes.
Learning tunes by ear (photo: K Nicholson)
Saturday night saw a fantastic concert at the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum, showcasing the talents of Chris Norman, David Greenberg and Shelley Phillips. The Celtic Piping Club's own Sarah Wade joined in for the finale. After the concert there was another inevitable late night session…finishing after 3 am!
David & Chris in concert (photo: K Nicholson)
By Sunday it was becoming apparent that there were four professional baroque violin players who were contributing so much, and David Greenberg responded by providing advanced teaching while also revising the march, strathspey and reel from Saturday. Meanwhile Chris Norman led the flautists and some fiddlers through their own strathspey and reels. The Sunday afternoon demonstrated the connection between traditional music, dance and having fun with a ceilidh involving the Caledonia Ceilidh Band and members of the local community.
Chris & David join the Caledonia Ceilidh Band to play for the dances
(photo: G Jones)
There were really important lessons for Celtic music in Australia from this Boxwood Festival. The legendary Cape Breton style, with its oral and aural traditions sits alongside the physicality of how musicians hold their instruments, beat their feet and move their body. Following on from the Celtic Piping Club’s session in January 2015 with Pete Stewart, we also reinforced the importance of dancing, singing and the influence from the Baroque period in our music. Of course this was helped by the fact that Chris Norman and David Greenberg are fluent in both baroque and traditional Celtic musicianship.
This was an amazing event for the Celtic Piping Club which introduced many new players. This could not happen without the hard work of Sarah Wade and... we must salute the generosity, virtuosity and humility of Chris Norman, David Greenberg and Shelley Phillips who led the weekend so generously.
[Ed] Check out the CPC Facebook album for more photos.
Finale concert piece featuring David, Sarah, Chris & Shelley
(photo: K Nicholson)
Matthew Horsley 'Australian Waters'
Self-confessed hornpipe botherer, local uilleann piper Matt Horlsey released his first uilleann piping album 'Australian Waters' in November. Matt's wonderful pipering is accompanied by a number of other talented musicians on some of the tracks. The whole album makes for very enjoyable listening...and a great Christmas present!
Matt is currently accepting orders for CDs, with MP3s to be released in the near future. To listen to some sample tracks or order your copy of the CD (only $20, including postage anywhere in the world!), head over to Matt's website http://matthewhorsley.com/cd.