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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.

News (not) from Ireland!

Notes from Matt Horsley's uilleann piping adventure in Ireland

Final notes from Matt's blog...


"Again belated, as I try to resume some semblance of life back in Melbourne. I'm still trying to digest everything that happened on the trip and to be honest, that’ll take some time yet. But what an experience…. Looking forward to the next one already!

Coming up, I'm doing some solo pipes at Conduit Arts Space on 17 October with some bits and pieces I picked up on the trip and some new things I'm keen to try out including a set with Elliott Flovig on guitars. I'm following that up with something for International Uilleann Piping Day on the 18th – come along to the Lord Newry for some tunes and piping chat. And very much looking forward to heading up to the Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival with the good people of the Australian Art Orchestra, a band I've wanted to work with for a long time… Stay tuned!"


International Uilleann Piping Day

Saturday 18 October 2014

International Uilleann Piping Day is a day to raise awareness of the uilleann pipes around the world and also to celebrate them through various events.

With events taking place in over 20 locations worldwide this event, now in it's 4th year, is sure to entertain!

Na Piobairi Uilleann (NPU), the Dublin-based international pipers club, is the primary organiser. Events can take any form; piping concerts, talks or informal gatherings...all in a venue accessible to the public. Some events are even broadcast live on NPU-TV.

So, come and join in the fun upstairs at the Lord Newry Hotel (543 Brunswick St, North Fitzroy). There will be an informal performances/demonstrations for the first hour and then move on to a session. There'll also be a chance for any interested non-pipers to try out a practice set.


Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson - Oz Tour


After a four year break, BBC Young Musician Award winner, Jarlath Henderson (uilleann pipes, whistles & vocals) and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated, Ross Ainslie (border pipes & whistles) re-join forces, for a tour and to release the long awaited follow up to their debut album, the critically acclaimed, “Partner’s in Crime”.

Their new CD, "Air-Fix" was recorded in a live setting over a four day run in Gorbals Sound Studios, Glasgow giving the album a definite “band sound”.

The boys will be joined by their regular guitarist, Ali Hutton, on their tour of Australia in mid-/late-November. Details coming soon...

If you've not heard of these lads, here's a little of their awesomeness to whet your appetite :)


Digging the Dird

Exploring the music of the Lowland Piper

Not only will we be treated to one international guest, but not long after Ross & Ainslie, we will be lucky to have another renown piper visit us from Scotland. Pete Stewart has many years experience in not only playing the fiddle and Scottish small pipe, but researching the rich and varied history of lowland piping. He has produced and compiled a number of books on the subject, including Welcome Home My Dearie, The Lowland Scots Bagpipe and its Music, and many more. Pete is the current editor of Common Stock - the journal of the Lowland & Border Pipers' Society (LBPS) and has placed in several categories in the LBPS Annual Competitions over the past few years. He has taught workshops in the UK and in the US and brings forty years of playing the traditional dance music of Europe.

Pete will host a one-day workshop on the interpretation of Lowland and Border bagpipe music.

The music of the Lowland Scots bagpipe remains for many an unexplored territory. In this one-day introductory workshop, Pete will lead a journey through the basic characteristics of repertoire, exploring aspects of interpretation, tempo, rhythm and the elusive quality known in lowland Scots as 'dird'. This will not be a masterclass in technical wizardry. Rather, it will be a guided exploration of the challenge of bringing this forgotten repertoire back to life.

Here's a little clip from the 2013 LBPS competition with Callum Armstrong (left) & Pete Stewart (right)...pushing the boundaries of the smallpipe.

Contribute to a proposed LBPS CD!

As part of the LBPS's ongoing efforts to reach out to their far flung members in the USA, Australia etc. and in the UK outside Scotland, who are rarely able attend their normal events, the LBPS committee is inviting members to contribute to a CD recording of music played by their members, to be sold to members and the public in general.

Members who may be interested in being part of this project are invited to submit a recording of tunes or sets of tunes to us for consideration. Any one of the many home-recording digital devices now available should be able to produce recordings of suitable quality.

These tunes should be played on bellows-blown Scottish pipes and should be either Lowland or Border tunes, original compositions or even tunes not necessarily in the Scottish tradition but playable or arranged for Scottish bellow pipes. They are not looking for tunes of Highland type or style.

Contributions need not be limited to just solo pipes; they can be duets or ensembles with other instruments or voices.

It would be appreciated if you could also send notes on the tune or tunes, so that they can be included in any CD booklet.

They would also ask that copyright for original tunes or others be waived for this project; they do not envisage it being a big money raising concern as it is of primary interest to their members.

Geoff Jones is happy to help record and coordinate entries from our Australian Celtic Piping Club members for this proposed CD. You can contact Geoff on 0419 567 038 or email@geoffjones.info. If you prefer to handle your own contribution, further details can be found on the LBPS website.


Concerts & Gigs

Tunes with Jack Brennan & Friends

When: Saturday 11 October - 7.30pm
Where: The Singing Gallery - 133 Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA.
Cost: $20 full, $10 concession
Contact: www.singinggallery.com.au

You are invited for an intimate evening of Irish tunes, songs, dance and poems held in the beautiful Singing Gallery at McLaren Vale. Featuring acclaimed Irish musician from Adelaide, Jack Brennan on Uilleann Pipes and Whistle, his two daughters Caitlin Brennan on Fiddle and Sarah Brennan on Harp plus guests Nick Martin on Pipes, Melbourne Bouzouki player Marty Ruane and drummer William Parry. Also featuring local Irish Dancer Sarah Fletcher and poet Elley Hassiotis. Invite your friends and family because this will be a night of Irish music at its best!

Matthew Horsley Presents...Caoineadh

When: Friday 17 October - 8pm
Where: Conduit Arts - 83 Brunswick Street, Melbourne.
Cost: $10
Contact: conduitarts.org

So I'm back from Ireland with a show for you. Old and new music for uilleann pipes. There will be tunes. There may also be weirdness. Featuring Matthew Horsley (uilleann pipes) with Elliott Folvig (electric guitar).

Pop-up Piping Sessions

Beechworth Celtic Festival (7-9 Nov) - details coming soon...

Newstead Live! (Australia Day weekend 2015) - 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 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 (usually). 2pm - 6pm.
Where: Upstairs at the Lord Newry Hotel - 543 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy.
Contact: Us via email@celticpipingclub.com
Future session dates:
  • 18 October
  • 9 November - at Beechworth Celtic Festival
  • 14 December

NESSIE - North East Scottish Strings including Elbow Pipes

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

Other Dates for Your Diary

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

18 October - International Uilleann Piping Day
Mid-/Late-November - Ross Ainslie, Jarlath Henderson & Ali Hutton tour
1st weekend in January - workshop(s) with Pete Stewart (from the LBPS)
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.

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The Celtic Piping Club crew

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