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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.

International Bagpipe Day

Thursday 10 March

"International Bagpipe Day is now a well established and increasingly popular event. Every March 10th you are invited to go out and play your pipes – anywhere, anyhow to anyone!

Continuing on from the success of the first ever International Bagpipe Day in 2012, March 10th was chosen to be a day to celebrate the world’s bagpipes and piping traditions. With over 130 different kinds of bagpipe played worldwide, the Bagpipe Society invite pipers everywhere to organise local events - talks, lectures, school visits, museum events, pipers’ picnics, concerts, gigs, ceilidhs and folk bals.

The BagSoc are also planning the Great Bagpipe Convergence. All pipers are invited to go out on March 10th at noon local time, play their pipes, and then post a photo or video on their facebook page."
Source: Bagpipe Society


Lost Trades Fair

Saturday 12 March

The first Lost Trades Fair was held in 2014 to showcase traditional, rare and unusual arts and trades and actively promotes the people who practise these skills. The Fair is a once a year event, held on labour day weekend - and has been specially created for traditional makers and tradespeople who are working (or have worked) at their traditional trade as their career. 

The Lost & Rare Trades Fair is an opportunity to meet real makers - learn how things are made, see, hear, touch and experience craftsmanship, skill, artistry and talk with the makers themselves about what they do.

Club member, Pat Lyons will be along to showcase uilleann pipes (& no doubt his reed-making knowledge). Pat has a concert slot at 12.30 pm on the Saturday and would welcome a couple of others to join him. Best to email him first though.


Call for UNESCO recognition of Uilleann Piping


The Irish State has recently ratified the UNESCO Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). That Convention established a ‘Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’, and Ireland is in the process of nominating the art of UILLEANN PIPING for inclusion on that list. Na Píobairí Uilleann is liaising with the Government in preparing the nomination.

More details here.

Bagpipe Map

"The Bagpipe Map was officially launched at the International Bagpipe Conference in Glasgow on 27 February.

This map is an ongoing project whose goal is to create a map of all the currently known depictions of bagpipes to be seen in publicly accessible buildings in Britain.

This is an ongoing project which relies for its growth on a community of contributors. If you know of, or happen to encounter on your travels, a carving or painting of a piper that is not yet included here then you are welcome to join this community and make a contribution."
Source: LBPS


A new CD of Lowland & Border Piping

"This is an exciting new venture for the Lowland & Border Pipers' Society; produced by Iain MacInnes and Hamish Moore, it contains 17 tracks, including specially recorded performanaces and some 'historical' archive recordings."
Source: LBPS

The CD is available from the LBPS website.

Solo Piping & Band Gigs

A new listing of gigs by local pipers & bands

12 Mar 2016
Pat Lyons at the Lost Trades Fair - Kyneton

17 Mar 2016
St Patrick's Day Function at the Bentleigh Club
Featuring Matthew Horsley, Bushwazee, Rehill Family & Ken Nugent
Bookings essential (03) 9557-7938

17 Mar 2016
Antechamber 7 - Conduit Arts, 83 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Matthew Horsley will be playing a new composition by Simon Charles for uilleann pipes, percussion and electronics.
Details on Facebook

20 Mar 2016
Matthew Horsley at the Castlemaine Fringe Festival
Free entry
Details at http://www.artsopen.com.au/event/matthew-horsley/

8 Apr 2016
South West Coast Piper Drummer Dancer
Likely Celts performing at the Welcome & Whisky Tasting
4.30 pm - 6.00 pm
Details on the WADPADI website or Facebook

29 Apr - 1 May 2016
Likely Celts at Koroit Irish Festival

30 Apr - 1 May 2016
Duck Duck Goose & Trioc
Mini tour of the Goldfields region
Sat afternoon - Chewtown
Sat evening - Maldon
Sun afternoon - Bendigo
Details coming soon

15 May 2016
Duck Duck Goose
Church of All Nations - Carlton
Details coming soon

20-22 May 2016
Taliska performing at the Robert Burns Scottish Festival, Camperdown


Pop-up Piping Sessions & Other Events

10-13 Jun 2016
National Celtic Festival at Portarlington
Details tbc

12-14 Aug 2016
Talbot Piping Weekend
Details coming soon

16-18 Sep 2016
Turning Wave Festival - Yass

Details coming soon

11-13 Nov 2016
Boxwood Australia
Details coming soon

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 13 Mar
  • Sun 24 Apr *NOTE - CHANGE OF DATE*
  • Sun 8 May
  • Jun - No Exford session, National Celtic Festival @ Portarlington, June long weekend
  • Sun 10 Jul
  • Sun 14 Aug
  • Sun 11 Sep
  • Sun 9 Oct *TENTATIVE - IUPD on Sat 15 Oct*
  • Sun 13 Nov
  • 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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Until next time...happy piping!

Your friends in piping,

The Celtic Piping Club crew

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