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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 Uilleann Piping Day

17 October
Na Píobairí Uilleann's International Uilleann Piping Day is a worldwide celebration of the uilleann pipes with events hosted across the globe. There will be a number of events in Australia this weekend to celebrate IUPD.


IUPD Melbourne

17 October
Did you know that a number of celebrated uilleann pipers used to play regularly in Melbourne pubs during the 1800s & 1900s?

Reinvigorate a piece of Melbourne's history as the uilleann pipes return to the Exford Hotel where renowned pipers of their time, Owen Cunningham and John Coughlan performed in the 1860s. Pat Lyons will present some his research into a potted history of uilleann piping in Melbourne.

The day will include workshops for beginners through to intermediate and advanced players, a potted history lecture of piping in Melbourne, a concert and a pipers’ session.

With special guest uilleann piper, under 18 slow airs champion from Ireland, Conal Duffy, this is the one piping event of the year not to be missed!
Here's a few tunes from Conal to whet your appetite

Food & drinks will be available to purchase at the venue. Entry is free, but bookings are requested to uilleann@celticpipingclub.com or 0409 513 473.

Although promoting the uilleann pipes, this day is for all bellows-blown pipes. After all, 'uilleann' simply means 'elbow'. In fact, you don't even need to own a set of pipes - everyone is welcome. Are you interested in the pipes but don't own a set, have a set of pipes under the bed and haven't touched them for ages, or have pipes but only play them sometimes? Then join us for a friendly day of piping for pleasure.
Click image for a downloadable flyer


IUPD Adelaide

17 October
Adelaide is taking part in this years International Uilleann Piping Day. Mark Redmond, a lovely Piper from Ireland will be attending this year's event at The Cabra College Chapel 225 Cross Roads, Cumberland Park on Saturday 17 October from 8 pm.

Mark will also be hosting an uilleann piping workshop on Sunday 18 October at Cabra College in Cumberland Park from 2 pm to 5 pm. Cost: adults $30, children/students $20.

For more information or to book your place at either of these events, contact Jack Brennan.


IUPD Warrnambool

Sunday 18 October

Local band, the Likely Celts (featuring Merran Moir on pipes), will once again be performing at the Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG). This wonderful concert to celebrate IUPD will be on Sunday 18 October.

The Likely Celts play an exciting yet relaxing mix of Irish and Scottish arrangements, original tunes and songs, treated with a reverent splash of other world elements.

This year they will be joined by guest uilleann pipers Corey Henderson (Kilmurphys Irish Band), Nick Martin (Working Dog Union) and Matthew Horsley (Melbourne uilleann piper & percussionist).

Their last concert was a full house, so you'll need to book via the
WAG website.


Chris Norman & David Greenberg
Boxwood Festival Australia

For the first time, Chris Norman (small pipes & flute) and David Greenberg (Cape Breton fiddle & baroque violin) visit Australia, mounting their renowned music school, Boxwood Festival. Of Nova Scotia Canada, Chris and David are artists and teachers of the highest calibre. Last month, Chris was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution in the field of traditional and early music. As a duo, they explore music of the Scottish Borders and Highlands, Canadian Maritimes and traditional Ireland. Celtic Piping Club is proud to support Chris and David's concerts and workshops in Victoria 2015; for all smallpipers, whistle players, flutists and fiddlers, these opportunities are not to be missed.
Chris NORMAN – traditional & early flutes, small pipes, song
David GREENBERG – Cape Breton fiddle, Baroque violin

Boxwood Festival
A weekend of immersion in traditional music with world-class tutors. Classes, sessions, evening performance, ceilidh, private lessons, great meals and accommodation are all on offer.
Friday 20 – Sunday 22 November
Oratory, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne
Tuesday 17 November, 7.30pm
Tickets: www.trybooking.com/162162

Mozart Hall, 2 Gillies St Warrnambool
Thursday 19 November, 7.30pm
Tickets: www.trybooking.com/162165 

Boat Building Shed, Queenscliffe Maritime Museum
Saturday 21 November, 7.30pm
Tickets: www.trybooking.com/162166 or cash at Queenscliffe Maritime Museum
Ceilidh (traditional Scottish/Irish dance)
Masonic Centre, 60 Learmonth Street Queenscliff
Sunday 22 November, 2pm
Tickets:  www.trybooking.com/162169

Flute and violin workshop
Mozart Hall, 2 Gillies St Warrnambool
Thursday 19 November, 4.00 – 5.30pm
Bookings essential: www.trybooking.com/162181


With IUPD coming up, what better time to raise attention to a new UP book.

"The Wheels of the World: 300 Years of Irish Uilleann Pipers (by Colin Harper with John McSherry) is a large, sprawling book, and draws together a diverse collection of profiles, interviews, archive material, tunes, and reminiscences. This is made clear in the introduction, so that although from the title you might expect something akin to a historical overview or survey, the book has a flow and direction that’s more like a session, as Harper moves from subject to subject seemingly as the mood takes him – or rather as is suggested by their connection with Belfast piper John McSherry, who helped initiate the project."

A full review of this publication is at The Journal of Music and the book can be purchased from http://thewheelsoftheworld.com.


To give us a bit of focus at the monthly sessions, and to learn some common repertoire among pipers around the country, we've introduced this new section. As we mainly see both Scottish smallpipes and uilleann pipes at our sessions, we'll include tunes for both instruments. The smallpipe tunes will generally be restricted to the 9-note scale; though these can obviously also be played on the uilleann pipes.

These tunes might not necessarily be new tunes, or newly introduced tunes, but music to share... If you've got any suggestions, please email them to us at email@celticpipingclub.com. We can't guarantee we'll be able to include them all in this TOTM, but you can always bring them along to share at a session.

To start with, following on from our Talbot Piping Weekend in August, here's an arrangement of Bill Hart's Jig (or, at least one tune of that name!) playable on both uilleann & smallpipes. 

Tunes will also be available on the CPC website on the Tunes page under Resources & Links.
Click music for a printable version

Pop-up Piping Sessions & Other Events

17 October
International Uilleann Piping Day - see above for events in Melbourne, Adelaide & Warrnambool.

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.
Please let us know if you will be going to Beechworth and are keen on a piping session.

8-13 November
Boxwood New Zealand, Waipu

20-22 November
Boxwood Festival Australia, Queenscliff (Vic) - details above.

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 - 5pm.
Where: Upstairs at the Lord Newry Hotel - 543 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy.
Contact: us via email@celticpipingclub.com
Future session dates:
  • October - no session (IUPD on Saturday 17 Oct instead)
  • November - no session (pop-up sessions at Maldon & Beechworth instead)
  • 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.

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Until next time...

Your friends in piping,

The Celtic Piping Club crew

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