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Monday, April 29
 

9:00am

Land of the Beardies History House Museum and Research Centre
The Land of the Beardies History House Museum and Research Centre will be open all week from 9am until 4 pm.
We invite you to tour our extensive museum and our special Celtic Display. We are also available to help you with tartan identification and to facilitate your research of ancestors and family history.
Each day we will have Celtic delicacies for your enjoyment for Morning and Afternoon Tea.

Admission to the Museum:
Adults: $10
Pensioners, Seniors, Concession: $6
Students: $2
Children under 16 - gold coin.

Speakers

Monday April 29, 2019 9:00am - Monday May 6, 2019 4:00pm
Land of the Beardies History House Museum and Research Centre Cnr West Avenue and Ferguson Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

10:00am

On the Main Street Exhibition
"On the Mainstreet".
Is a group exhibition based on Grey St streetscapes, buildings or nearby points of interest.
The exhibition will be open 10am-4pm each day of the Festival.



Monday April 29, 2019 10:00am - Sunday May 5, 2019 4:00pm
Glen Innes Learning Centre 71 Grey Street
 
Tuesday, April 30
 

10:00am

The Glen Innes International Celtic Art Exhbition
This exhibition celebrates Celtic Art and will be open 10am-4pm Tuesday-Friday of the Festival and 10am-2pm. 

Tuesday April 30, 2019 10:00am - Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm
Art on the Corner 180 Bourke Street
 
Wednesday, May 1
 

9:00am

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale
The Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale will have plenty of books, magazines and DVD's for everyone at a bargain price. The event is run by Friends of the Library Volunteers who help to raise money for the Glen Innes Severn Public & TAFE Library.

Sale will be held in the William Gardner Room.

For more information, please contact Library Staff at 02 6730 2600.

Wednesday May 1, 2019 9:00am - Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm
Glen Innes Severn Public & TAFE Library 71 Grey Street, Glen Innes NSW

6:00pm

Schools' Performance
Watch the local schools perform to welcome our visitors to the Festival. Bookings are essential. Booking details TBA.

Wednesday May 1, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Glen Innes Public School Hall Camerons Lane, Glen Innes
 
Thursday, May 2
 

9:30am

The Celts: Fact and Fiction
Free Entry
A one-day symposium to learn more about the Celts with talks, poster exhibits and a photograph display with Q&A sessions and social 'Harmony' at the end of the evening.

For more information about the Symposium or how to enter the Poster and/or Photography competition, please see our website: www.australiancelticfestival.com, or contact the ACF Office at 02 6730 2400 or email nfletcher@gisc.nsw.gov.au.

Moderators
Thursday May 2, 2019 9:30am - 4:00pm
Town Hall Glen Innes CBD, Grey Street, Glen Innes

12:30pm

The Celts: Fact and Fiction
Free Entry
A one-day symposium to learn more about the Celts with talks, poster exhibits and a photograph display with Q&A sessions and social 'Harmony' at the end of the evening.

For more information about the Symposium or how to enter the Poster and/or Photography competition, please see our website: www.australiancelticfestival.com, or contact the ACF Office at 02 6730 2400 or email nfletcher@gisc.nsw.gov.au.

Moderators
Thursday May 2, 2019 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Town Hall Glen Innes CBD, Grey Street, Glen Innes

1:00pm

Schools' Performance
Watch the local schools perform to welcome our visitors to the Festival. Bookings are essential. Booking details TBA.

Thursday May 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Glen Innes Public School Hall Camerons Lane, Glen Innes

1:30pm

The Celts: Fact and Fiction
Free Entry
A one-day symposium to learn more about the Celts with talks, poster exhibits and a photograph display with Q&A sessions and social 'Harmony' at the end of the evening.

For more information about the Symposium or how to enter the Poster and/or Photography competition, please see our website: www.australiancelticfestival.com, or contact the ACF Office at 02 6730 2400 or email nfletcher@gisc.nsw.gov.au.

Moderators
Thursday May 2, 2019 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Town Hall Glen Innes CBD, Grey Street, Glen Innes

2:30pm

The Celts: Fact and Fiction
Free Entry
A one-day symposium to learn more about the Celts with talks, poster exhibits and a photograph display with Q&A sessions and social 'Harmony' at the end of the evening.

For more information about the Symposium or how to enter the Poster and/or Photography competition, please see our website: www.australiancelticfestival.com, or contact the ACF Office at 02 6730 2400 or email nfletcher@gisc.nsw.gov.au.

Moderators
Thursday May 2, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Town Hall Glen Innes CBD, Grey Street, Glen Innes

5:30pm

Celtic Night at the Museum
Come along to the Land of the Beardies Museum and Research Centre to view our special Celtic display and join us for an evening of entertainment. A Celtic light main meal and dessert is included.  Tickets are $30 per person which includes your Scottish themed meal, Museum entry and entertainment by the amazing Ella Roberts.

Captain Grahame Jardine-Vidgen (Rtd) will give the Ode to the Haggis.

Bookings are essential and must be made through the Museum.

For more information and to book, please contact Eve Chappell and Museum staff 02 67 32 1035 or at museum@gleninneshistory.com.au

Speakers
Artists
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Ella Roberts

Australian born with Celtic roots, Ella followed her Scottish and Irish ancestry back to the Highlands and Isles and found her passion for Celtic music and song.Ella was originally trained Classically by vocal coach Lilija Sile, winning numerous awards and performing around the Central... Read More →


Thursday May 2, 2019 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Land of the Beardies History House Museum and Research Centre Cnr West Avenue and Ferguson Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

6:00pm

Schools' Performance
Watch the local schools perform to welcome our visitors to the Festival. Bookings are essential. Booking details TBA.

Thursday May 2, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Glen Innes Public School Hall Camerons Lane, Glen Innes

6:30pm

Ceud Mile Failte - 100,000 Welcomes Concert
Come along to our "taster concert" where you can get a sneak peek at a few of our performers appearing at the 2019 Australian Celtic Festival such as Cape Byron Celtic Dance, Sadie & Jay, Fallowbrook , The Gathering and Mànran.  Some old favourites and some newcomers, the night will be an enjoyable one.

Doors open at 6 pm and the concert starts at 6.30 pm.

Food is available for purchase at the Remembrance Room (cash only), or in the Crystal Room Restaurant (cost varies).

Artists
avatar for Cape Byron Celtic Dance

Cape Byron Celtic Dance

Based on the beautiful coastline of Northern New South Wales, Cape Byron Celtic Dance strives to produce a fun, friendly and family filled atmosphere where creativity is the key.Specialising in traditional Scottish and Irish dance, alongside original performance choreography pieces... Read More →
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Fallow Brook

Fallow Brook is the moniker for Sydney based singer-songwriter, Cam Raeburn. Performing at both Australian and international venues and festivals throughout recent years, Raeburn’s Scottish heritage is deeply woven into Fallow Brook’s musical tapestry. The voice of Fallow Brook... Read More →
avatar for Mànran

Mànran

Mànran are one of the best-known and best-loved Scottish bands on the scene today. The 2011 launch of their debut single, “Latha Math” heralded a meteoric rise to the top of the Scottish music world that quickly saw them playing many of the most prestigious festivals in Europe... Read More →
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Sadie & Jay

Brisbane duo Sadie & Jay perform exquisitely crafted original songs with origins in the Anglo-Celtic tradition travelling through contemporary Australian folk and roots.Born in Scotland and raised in New Zealand, Jay grew up in a musical family immersed in traditional British folk... Read More →
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The Gathering

Kick-Arse Irish Band The Gathering Irish Band is fronted by award winning Irish musician Mick McHugh. The band pride themselves on getting their audiences up and having fun with their high energy Irish dancing trad tunes and well-known rousing Irish sing-a-longs, blended with an array... Read More →


Thursday May 2, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Glen Innes & District Services Club 120 Grey Street, Glen Innes NSW

7:30pm

Freemasons Glen Innes Open Night
Visitors can witness the Lodge opened in the First Degree in Ample Form.
Various orders on display, Knights Templar, Royal Arch, Rose Croix and Others.
Q & A session and refreshments available.

Contact Jim Donald 0422437360 for more information. 

Thursday May 2, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Masonic Lodge 162 Church Street
 
Friday, May 3
 

9:30am

Opportunity Shop Markets
Come along for a great morning for finding hidden treasures at our local Opportunity Shop.
Plenty of Scottish goodies to be found including kilts, tartan treasures and knick knacks.

Friday May 3, 2019 9:30am - 3:00pm
Glen Innes Opportunity Shop 179 Lang Street

11:00am

Opening Ceremony
Join the Official Party and Guardians of the Australian Standing Stones, witness the spectacle of the Banner parade, the skirl of the tartans and the pipes and drums as the Year of Scotland is officially acknowledged.  Let the party begin!

Speakers
JT

Judi Toms

Chairperson, Australian Standing Stones Management Board
Chair, Australian Standing Stones Management Board


Friday May 3, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
Town Square

12:00pm

Fashion Parade and Lunch at Gawura Gallery
Fashion Parade – including Lunch at
 Gawura Art Gallery 9979 New England Highway
Glen Innes
Friday 3rd May 2019 during the Celtic Festival
12 noon – 1.30pm
Cost $15.00 pp
Menu
Tapas Platter:  Roast Beef Slider, cheese, olives, cold cuts
Including Drink of choice
Bookings Essential – payment at time of booking

Friday May 3, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Gawura Gallery 9979 New England Highway

12:00pm

High Mountain Talent Quest
2CBD Radio in conjunction with Australasian Southern Cross Music Association will be holding the High Mountain Talent Quest at 2CBD Radio Centre Hall on Friday 3/05/19 and Saturday 4/05/19 from 12pm-4pm. 

Friday May 3, 2019 12:00pm - 5:00pm
2CBD Community Radio 131 Church Street

1:30pm

Community Lunch
Community Centre Light Lunch
Gold Coin donation
First in Best Dressed

Friday May 3, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Glen Innes Community Centre 120 Grey Street

2:30pm

Fallow Brook Performance
Come along to the Glen Innes Severn Public and TAFE Library for a performance from Fallow Brook.

This is a free concert. 

Artists
avatar for Fallow Brook

Fallow Brook

Fallow Brook is the moniker for Sydney based singer-songwriter, Cam Raeburn. Performing at both Australian and international venues and festivals throughout recent years, Raeburn’s Scottish heritage is deeply woven into Fallow Brook’s musical tapestry. The voice of Fallow Brook... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Glen Innes Severn Public & TAFE Library 71 Grey Street, Glen Innes NSW

5:00pm

Twilight Concert at the Sapphire Marquee
Join us for a Twilight Concert at the Sapphire Marquee to hear up and coming, brilliant local talent, Tahnee and Home Grown.

Entry is FREE.

Artists
avatar for Homegrown

Homegrown

Through their recent success on TV show ‘The Voice’ – where the band made it through the blind audition (turning all 4 chairs) and battle rounds – you may have seen Homegrown on TV, but now you can see them live, and hear their amazing vocals and harmonies in person!2018 heralds... Read More →
avatar for Mànran

Mànran

Mànran are one of the best-known and best-loved Scottish bands on the scene today. The 2011 launch of their debut single, “Latha Math” heralded a meteoric rise to the top of the Scottish music world that quickly saw them playing many of the most prestigious festivals in Europe... Read More →
avatar for Tahnee Conroy

Tahnee Conroy

Tahnee Conroy is a 16 year old local singer/songwriter with a passion for music. Tahnee has been playing guitar for quite a few years and enjoys many different styles of music. She has participated in the talent development project in Sydney and at the Tamworth Country Music Festival... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Sapphire Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site)

5:30pm

Spit Roast & The Gathering @ Railway Tavern
Don't miss out on a Traditional Spit Roast at the Glen Innes Railway Tavern.
Friday 3rd May from 5.30pm
Performances from Irish band the Gathering.
$20pp phone 026732 1504  to book.

Artists
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The Gathering

Kick-Arse Irish Band The Gathering Irish Band is fronted by award winning Irish musician Mick McHugh. The band pride themselves on getting their audiences up and having fun with their high energy Irish dancing trad tunes and well-known rousing Irish sing-a-longs, blended with an array... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Railway Tavern Glen Innes Corner Bourke and Lambeth Streets

6:00pm

Celtic Hospitality Dinner
Join the Seventh Day Adventist Church for a free hospitality dinner. 

Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Seventh Day Adventist Church 60 Oliver Street

6:00pm

Dinner & Music Mad Kelpie Playdate
Dinner will include an alternate drop of: 
New England Lamb and Barley Stew with seasonal vegetables 
Caramel Apple Pudding and Custard 


OR


Roast Chicken Bake with seasonal vegetables 
Date and Walnut Self Saucing Pudding and cream 


Tea, Coffee and a Chocolate log will also be available. A bar will be available for beverage purchases, please do not bring your own drinks. 


Instrumental Celtic trad five piece Mad Kelpie Playdate formed in 2017 through a mutual love of high energy bagpipe music and even higher energy crazy dogs.
Based in Queanbeyan and the surrounding region, the band combines smallpipes, uilleann pipes, flute, guitar and percussion to provide a lively modern take on traditional Celtic music, with influences from bluegrass and pipe bands.

Book through the Australian Celtic Festival website: https://www.australiancelticfestival.com/

Artists
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Mad Kelpie Playdate

Instrumental Celtic trad five piece Mad Kelpie Playdate formed in 2017 through a mutual love of high energy bagpipe music and even higher energy crazy dogs.Based in Queanbeyan and the surrounding region, the band combines smallpipes, uilleann pipes, flute, guitar and percussion to... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Glen Innes Showground Torrington Street

6:00pm

Kejafi @ The Great Central Hotel
Enjoy a meal and entertainment from Kejafi.
Inspired by the music (and whisky) from the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Kejafi plays traditional and original tunes and songs on duelling fiddles and Irish bouzouki that will have your feet tapping and hands clapping. Maybe even some dancing!!
The trio formed in early 2018. Fiddle player Fiona McVicar is a well respected and sought after musician and teacher with many years experience in playing traditional Irish and Scottish music in both Australia and Ireland. Having started out playing the bagpipes in pipe bands and Highland dancing, Fiona brings a west coast style to her fiddle playing. James Gastineau-Hills is a fiddle player who fell in love with Scottish dance music and has spent over twenty years playing it in Scotland and Australia. He is passionate about sharing the tunes and craft of Scottish fiddle playing, and currently leads the Sydney Scottish Fiddlers. Ken O’Neill has played traditional music for over 20 years, accompanying Irish sessions and folk bands on guitar and Irish bouzouki. Ken is a newcomer to accompanying traditional Scottish music since the Scottish music session started in Sydney and is secretly really enjoying this!!
The trio is lyrical, energetic, very Scottish and will leave their audiences wanting more.


Artists
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KeJaFi

Inspired by the music (and whisky) from the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Kejafi plays traditional and original tunes and songs on duelling fiddles and Irish bouzouki that will have your feet tapping and hands clapping. Maybe even some dancing!!The trio formed in early 2018 after... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Great Central Hotel 313 Grey Street, Glen Innes

6:00pm

New England Motor Lodge Dinner and entertainment - Gone Molly
Enjoy a two course meal and the entertainment provided by Gone Molly - winners of three Australian Celtic Music Awards in 2018 -  Artist of the Year, Celtic Group of the Year and Producer of the Year (Pix Vane Mason for Gone Molly).
Bookings can be made by contacting the New England Motor Lodge - 67322 922

Artists
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Gone Molly

Powerful and ethereal, Gone Molly is the new voice of contemporary Anglo-Celtic folk music. Songwriter Sally Harris and Declan Affley award winner Rebecca Wright bring to life colourful characters and tales from a rich cultural tapestry abounding in mythology, mysteries, love & loss... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 9:30pm
New England Motor Lodge 160 Church Street, Glen Innes

6:15pm

2CBD Radio Concert
2CBD Community Radio Fundraiser Concert.
Details TBA. 

Friday May 3, 2019 6:15pm - 9:30pm
2CBD Community Radio 131 Church Street

7:00pm

Hereford Steakhouse Dinner and live entertainment
Join fellow enthusiasts at the Hereford Steakhouse and enjoy a three course dinner with live entertainment from Sadie and Jay.
$50 per person.  Bookings essential - call the Rest Point Motel (02) 67322 255

Artists
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Sadie & Jay

Brisbane duo Sadie & Jay perform exquisitely crafted original songs with origins in the Anglo-Celtic tradition travelling through contemporary Australian folk and roots.Born in Scotland and raised in New Zealand, Jay grew up in a musical family immersed in traditional British folk... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Hereford Steakhouse Rest Point Motel, 72 New England Highway, Glen Innes NSW 2370

7:30pm

Murphy's Pigs at the Services Club
This is a free concert. Doors open at 6pm.
The Traditional Haggis Toasting Ceremony is at 6.45pm.
A big band, a big sound and incredibly well-dressed. This is Murphy’s Pigs – the 10 piece, multi-award-winning, Celtic-rock band that the World Health Organisation is warning everyone about. Throw caution to the wind and set off on a musical journey through the Celtic nations as Murphy's Pigs drag you headfirst into their world of rugged mountains, stormy oceans, fearsome battles, unrequited love and a drop or two of the whiskey.
Not only does this parcel of rogues offer bushels of beloved Irish and Scottish fare, they also serve up a highly nutritious, heaped helping of rip-roaring tunes and stirring songs from Brittany, Galicia and Asturias; singing in French, Breton and Spanish. Isn't Celtic music marvellous?
Their unrehearsed style breathes new life into old favourites and firmly places their stamp on beloved standards and some not-too-shabby stuff they’ve written themselves. Mildly humorous onstage banter, an insane number of instruments and robust, manly voices unite to create an experience that cannot, unfortunately, be unseen or unheard. Boisterous chorus songs and lilting ballads compel the tone deaf to sing fervently while spirited jigs, reels and hornpipes spur the uncoordinated out onto the dance floor. One minute you’re crying into your beer, the next minute you’re pouring it over your head with an exuberant cheer.
Murphy’s Pigs have performed at some mighty fine gigs including the world’s largest Celtic Festival “Festival Interceltique de Lorient” in France (twice), Woodford Folk Festival, the National Music Muster (Gympie), the Australian Celtic Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival and many other festivals, cultural and corporate events. The have performed to culture junkies at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex as guests of the Queensland Pops Orchestra, in front of thousands of screaming, sports-crazy fans at Metricon Stadium and have twice been awarded ‘Artist of the Year’ (2013 & 2016) at the Australian Celtic Music Awards.
The band has recorded five albums and their music is enjoyed on national, local and community radio stations around Australia and in France, Germany, Canada and the United States of America. Wow!
If you like singing your heart out, stamping your feet, dancing like a loon or just enjoying some great entertainment then Murphy’s Pigs tick all the boxes.

Hot Carvery (optional) will operate in the Remembrance Room from 6pm.  Main meal and dessert will be available - Adults $15, children $8 per head - pay at the door - cash only.  Crystal Room Restaurant will also be open.


Artists
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Murphy's Pigs

A big band, a big sound and incredibly well-dressed.  This is Murphy’s Pigs – the 10 piece, multi-award-winning, Celtic-rock band that the World Health Organisation is warning everyone about.  Throw caution to the wind and set off on a musical journey through the Celtic nations... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Glen Innes & District Services Club 120 Grey Street, Glen Innes NSW
 
Saturday, May 4
 

5:45am

Dawn Flag Raising
This ceremony is well worth the early start!
At 5.45 am, the evocative tones of the pipes will call the dawn. Gather near the central Stones to hear the piper amongst the Stones, then follow the pipes to Tynwald Hill for the Dawn Flag Raising ceremony. Witness the raising of the Australian and Celtic flags and hear a short summary of the history of the Australian Standing Stones.


Speakers
JT

Judi Toms

Chairperson, Australian Standing Stones Management Board
Chair, Australian Standing Stones Management Board


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:45am - 6:30am
Australian Standing Stones Strongman Arena

8:00am

Poets' Breakfast with Kevin Gee
Kevin was born in 1967 in Irvine, Ayrshire on the West Coast of Scotland.

Kevin’s first poem, and one that was his signature piece for some time, was his interpretation of what Robert Burns would have written about in modern Scotland. Instead of his 'Address To a Haggis', Kevin called this poem, “To a Vindaloo”.

In 2005, Kevin immigrated to Australia and became a regular performer of a mixture of classic Australian bush poetry and his own works.

On a recent trip around the East Coast of Australia Kevin met Mick Martin at Cunnamulla Tourist Park. They instantly hit it off (over several refreshing drinks,) sharing stories and poems late into the night. Mick invited Kevin to participate as a walk-up at the Bush Poets’ Breakfast in the entertainment grounds the next morning. Kevin did a couple of his poems there and also met Gary Fogarty.

About a week later, Gary got in touch with Kevin to say the Australian Celtic Festival organisers were looking for a Scottish poet. Just one of those amazing, glorious coincidences that make you think that something was meant to be.


Artists
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Poet Kevin Gee

Kevin was born in 1967 in Irvine, Ayrshire on the West Coast of Scotland.After a couple of different career paths in 2002 Kevin Moved to O2 (formerly BT Cellnet.) This was when Kevin had his first foray into writing and performing poetry. Their office held a Burns Supper celebration... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

8:00am

Opportunity Shop
Come along for a great morning for finding hidden treasures at our local Opportunity Shop.
Plenty of Scottish goodies to be found including kilts, tartan treasures and knick knacks. 

Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm
Glen Innes Opportunity Shop 179 Lang Street

9:30am

Australian Celtic Festival Street Parade
Head down to the Town Square to watch the Official Australian Celtic Festival street parade!
Don't forget to fill in your application form if you are participating in the Parade. Your information can then be included in the MC's presentation. The application form can be found under the 'Applications' tab on the Australian Celtic Festival website   https://www.australiancelticfestival.com

Saturday May 4, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Main CBD, Grey Street

10:00am

Learn Traditional Highlander Dress
Learn to dress like a highlander and roll into a kilt! 

Artists
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An T-arm Mhontrois

The army of Mhontrois around 1642 as well as the Highlanders in the 1740’s – featuring swordsman, black powder weapons, cutting displays, warriors doing the highland fling, arts and crafts of the time and venetian merchants. This encampment includes Highlanders in great kilts... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Encampment

10:00am

The Glen Innes International Celtic Art Exhibition
This exhibition celebrates Celtic Art and will be open 10am-4pm Tuesday-Friday of the Festival and 10am-2pm.

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
Art on the Corner 180 Bourke Street

10:30am

Gun Firing
Traditional gun firing display. 

Artists
avatar for An T-arm Mhontrois

An T-arm Mhontrois

The army of Mhontrois around 1642 as well as the Highlanders in the 1740’s – featuring swordsman, black powder weapons, cutting displays, warriors doing the highland fling, arts and crafts of the time and venetian merchants. This encampment includes Highlanders in great kilts... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am
Encampment

11:00am

Jacaranda Highland Dancers
The Jacaranda Highland Dancers are excited to be returning the Glen Innes Celtic Festival for 2019.
The JHD were involved many festivals ago joining forces with the Maclean Dancers for many many years.
2018 saw the studio celebrate their 18th year of being successfully run and open. With our students competing in traditional Scottish Highland Dance on a local, national and international level, we proudly hold several different titles and championships to our name.
Whilst we love out traditional dances, we jump at any opportunity to mix our traditional form of dance with the modern choreography to create new lively dances.
Our studio ranges in ages from 2yrs to adult and all students are encouraged to perform.
We are beyond excited for the new leg of our studio in Glen Innes which has been in operation since May 2018 to be participating in their first Celtic Festival.
With the Celtic festival being a family tradition for many of our students, we can not wait to show you what we have to display.

Artists
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Jacaranda Highland Dancers

The Jacaranda Highland Dancers are excited to be returning the the Glen Innes Celtic Festival for 2019.The JHD were involved many festivals ago joining forces with the Maclean Dancers for many many years.2018 saw the studio celebrate their 18th year of being successfully run and open... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 11:15am
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

11:00am

Tahnee Rose
Artists
avatar for Tahnee Conroy

Tahnee Conroy

Tahnee Conroy is a 16 year old local singer/songwriter with a passion for music. Tahnee has been playing guitar for quite a few years and enjoys many different styles of music. She has participated in the talent development project in Sydney and at the Tamworth Country Music Festival... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 11:40am
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

11:00am

Home Grown
Through their recent success on TV show ‘The Voice’ – where the band made it through the blind audition (turning all 4 chairs) and battle rounds – you may have seen Homegrown on TV, but now you can see them live, and hear their amazing vocals and harmonies in person!
2018 heralded the beginning of exciting times for family band ‘Homegrown’, with the release of their 6 track EP ‘Wildflower Bruises’. Katelyn, Liam and Kasey O’Donoghue (21, 18 and 16 years) are indeed young, but musically they have maturity far beyond what the years suggest. The three siblings have their own sound but are reminiscent of Little Big Town, Fleetwood Mac and The McClymonts, but are fast making their own name in the world of music!!

Artists
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Homegrown

Through their recent success on TV show ‘The Voice’ – where the band made it through the blind audition (turning all 4 chairs) and battle rounds – you may have seen Homegrown on TV, but now you can see them live, and hear their amazing vocals and harmonies in person!2018 heralds... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Sapphire Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site)

11:15am

Northern Celts
Demonstrating their diverse Celtic dance styles, the Northern Celts Dance Group from Lismore will complement their signature traditional Irish Dance displays with the beauty of Scottish Country dancing, in celebration of Scotland. Enjoy the grace and beauty of the white dresses, tartans and sounds of Scotland as they celebrate the elegant moves of Scottish Country Dance. There will also be a special tribute to all our Celtic Nations. As a treat this year, they will have live music for some of their performances, creating uplifting traditional pub style Irish dance sets. And don’t forget to bring your comfy shoes for when the Northern Celts put on their workshops. Great social (real easy) ceili dances that everyone can enjoy.

Artists
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Northern Celts

Demonstrating their diverse Celtic dance styles, the Northern Celts Dance Group from Lismore will complement their signature traditional Irish Dance displays with the beauty of Scottish Country dancing, in celebration of Scotland. Enjoy the grace and beauty of the white dresses, tartans... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:15am - 11:30am
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

11:20am

11:20am

Pipe Bands
Come see all our pipe bands perform in the Stone Circle throughout the day.  Besides our guest pipe bands, we will be holding a special Quintet Pipe Band competition, as well as the Massed Bands March.

Artists
avatar for Armidale Pipe Band

Armidale Pipe Band

Armidale Pipe Band was originally formed in the late 1800s. The current band has been in operation since 1993. APB has participated in the Australian Celtic Festival for many years and regard it as their favourite play out. The band is currently led by Pipe Major Stafford Cameron... Read More →
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City of Brisbane Pipe Band

City of Brisbane Pipe Band is a non-profit community group, comprising around 25 enthusiastic players from Brisbane, Queensland who continue this ancient Scottish tradition in sunny Australia today. Formed in 1950, the band proudly wears the McNeill of Barra tartan; plays regularly... Read More →
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Emmanuel College Highlanders

The Emmanuel College Highlanders at The University of Queensland is one of the premier performance and competition bands in Australia. Having performed in its current form since late 2016, the band continues to enjoy successes at the highest local and international levels, which can... Read More →
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Gens Altera Pipe Band

Gens Altera is a family band joined each year by other expats from Glen Innes and people from all over the state and at times from other states in Australia. The band has been operating since 1999.It originated due to the family moving to Coffs Harbour and not being able to come and... Read More →
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Glen Innes Pipe Band

Glen Innes Pipe Band is a mostly social band, serving Glen Innes and other communities in the New England and North West region of New South Wales. The band was first formed in 1909, and with the exception of two World Wars and a couple of other recesses when numbers were very low... Read More →
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Grafton District Services Club Pipe Band

The Grafton Pipe Band was established in January 1974. The Hunting McInnes tartan was adopted for the band and the first public performance was held in 1975 for Anzac Day. The band has been in continuous existence since 1974 supporting events on the Clarence and attending gatherings... Read More →
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Moree Caledonian Society Pipes & Drums

Moree Caledonian Pipes and Drums has a long tradition of sharing their love of Scottish music with the communities of western NSW – keeping the Celtic spirit alive!During the 1950s and 60s the band had some twenty pipers and ten drummers, resplendent in full regimental uniform of... Read More →
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Murrumba Pipes and Drums

Murrumba competed in Scotland 2018 and picked up a third place whilst there, and have been quite successful in competition locally over the past 3 years. This year they are fund raising and taking our band to New Zealand in December, and possibly back to Scotland 2020. Murrumba is... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:20am - 5:00pm
Stone Circle, Australian Standing Stones

11:30am

Glenmore Highland Dancers
The Glenmore Highland dancers are an enthusiastic group of performers ranging in ages from 6-11 years. They dance for enjoyment and to share the Celtic spirit through the traditional highland dances and are in demand to dance at Glen Innes events (fetes and dinners) throughout the year. Each July, the Glenmore dancers hold their own Ceilidh for family and friends and thank the Moree Services Club for their support. Of course, the Glenmore dancers and their teacher, Mrs Timmins are always excited when Piper Rob O’Brien is able to provide fantastic Scottish piping to give a little extra tradition and flair to their performances. Rob’s children, Travis, Sarah, Sidney and Holly are also talented Celtic performers – dancing, piping and drumming!
It is with pride that the Glenmore dancers continue to dance at the Glen Innes Celtic festival since the group began performing at their favourite home festival some 25 years ago. In fact, the group as it evolves now has the children of some of the original dancers!


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Glenmore Highland Dancers

The Glenmore Highland dancers are an enthusiastic group of performers ranging in ages from 6-11 years. They dance for enjoyment and to share the Celtic spirit through the traditional highland dances and are in demand to dance at Glen Innes events (fetes and dinners) throughout the... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:30am - 11:45am
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

11:40am

11:45am

Leslie School of Highland Dance
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Leslie School of Highland Dance

For a number of years now, pupils of Beryl Leslie, present and past, have attended to perform at the Australian Celtic Festival.Though the group is small in numbers at present, due to work commitments and moving away for University studies, all the dancers have one thing in common... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:45am - 12:00pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

11:55am

KeJaFi
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KeJaFi

Inspired by the music (and whisky) from the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Kejafi plays traditional and original tunes and songs on duelling fiddles and Irish bouzouki that will have your feet tapping and hands clapping. Maybe even some dancing!!The trio formed in early 2018 after... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:55am - 12:35pm
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

12:00pm

12:00pm

Celtic Family Wall and Rock of Remembrance
New stones placed in the Celtic Family Wall by the Innes family will be acknowledged.
A short ceremony acknowledging the work and passion of Gwenfydd Cryer, Welsh Guardian, will be celebrated at the Rock of Remembrance.

Speakers
JT

Judi Toms

Chairperson, Australian Standing Stones Management Board
Chair, Australian Standing Stones Management Board


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Tynwald Hill, Australian Standing Stones

12:00pm

Song Writing for Beginners with Mick McHugh
Want to refine your song writing skills or learn the basics?
Come along for a fun song writing session with the Gathering's, Mick McHugh.


Speakers

Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Emerald Marquee Australian Standing Stones

12:00pm

Strongman
 2019 AMATEUR STRONGMAN EVENT - SATURDAY MAY 4, 2019
Everyone 18yrs and over is welcome to participate in our Amateur Strongman Event.
This event is fun for all. Spectators are sure to enjoy the activities.
REGISTRATION 9am Saturday 4 May, 2019 at the Strongman Area - Australian Standing Stones
Entries close 11.30am competition will commence at 12.00pm
COMPETITION ENTRY is FREE.


THE STRONGMAN IS A SATURDAY EVENT ONLY
 Nomination forms to be filled out prior to commencement of event to be eligible for prize money.
 You must complete the indemnity form before taking part in the competition.
Practice time will commence at 9.00am until close of registration 11.30pm
Novices please attend the practice session.
 
The scores from each event will be tallied at the end of the competition
 and this will determine first, second and third place getter's in each category.
 
There are subcategories for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes awarded to both
OPEN MEN and WOMEN.
ORDER OF EVENTS:
 
1 MENS PUTTING THE STONE 
 
2 MENS CABER TOSS 
 
3 MEN'S FARMERS WALK
4 LADIES PUTTING THE STONE 
5 LADIES CABER TOSS
6 LADIES FARMERS WALK
 
Prize presentations for all events will be at the completion of competition.
GOOD LUCK TO THE BRAVE AND HERE'S TO A GREAT EVENT

Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Australian Standing Stones Strongman Arena

12:00pm

Australian Celtic Dance Championships
This year,  the group categories will be in 2 sizes and the single performances into 3 age groups.
This exciting competition includes cash prizes.
The winners announcement will be made at 4:00 pm at the Crystal Marquee.

Donna Jarrett will be judging this years Australian Celtic Dance Championships.

Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 3:15pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

12:00pm

Indoor Tug-o-War
Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Town Hall Glen Innes CBD, Grey Street, Glen Innes

12:00pm

High Mountain Talent Quest
2CBD Radio in conjunction with Australasian Southern Cross Music Association will be holding the High Mountain Talent Quest at 2CBD Radio Centre Hall on Friday 3/05/19 and Saturday 4/05/19 from 12pm-4pm.

Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 5:00pm
2CBD Community Radio 131 Church Street

12:10pm

Gone Molly
Powerful and ethereal, Gone Molly is the new voice of contemporary Anglo-Celtic folk music. Songwriter Sally Harris and Declan Affley and award winner Rebecca Wright bring to life colourful characters and tales from a rich cultural tapestry abounding in mythology, mysteries, love & loss. With their stunning eponymous debut album released in December 2017 and a steadily growing presence on the festival circuit, this enchanting duo are not to be missed.
Winners of three Australian Celtic Music Awards
  • Artist of the Year 2018
  • Celtic Group of the Year 2018
  • Producer of the Year 2018 (Pix Vane Mason for Gone Molly)


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Gone Molly

Powerful and ethereal, Gone Molly is the new voice of contemporary Anglo-Celtic folk music. Songwriter Sally Harris and Declan Affley award winner Rebecca Wright bring to life colourful characters and tales from a rich cultural tapestry abounding in mythology, mysteries, love & loss... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Sapphire Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site)

12:20pm

12:40pm

12:50pm

Fallow Brook
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Fallow Brook

Fallow Brook is the moniker for Sydney based singer-songwriter, Cam Raeburn. Performing at both Australian and international venues and festivals throughout recent years, Raeburn’s Scottish heritage is deeply woven into Fallow Brook’s musical tapestry. The voice of Fallow Brook... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:50pm - 1:30pm
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

1:00pm

Guardians' Ceremony
The Guardians of the Australian Standing Stones are a group of people bestowed with this title either by way of an official office they hold or acknowledging their long term commitment to the Stones and the promotion of Celtic culture.
At this ceremony, new Guardians are inducted and Celtic Honours are announced.

Speakers
JT

Judi Toms

Chairperson, Australian Standing Stones Management Board
Chair, Australian Standing Stones Management Board


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Stone Circle, Australian Standing Stones

1:00pm

Kevin Gee
Join our Festival Poet, Kevin Gee, for a special performance.

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Emerald Marquee Australian Standing Stones

1:30pm

Murphy's Pigs
A big band, a big sound and incredibly well-dressed.  This is Murphy’s Pigs – the 10 piece, multi-award-winning, Celtic-rock band that the World Health Organisation is warning everyone about.  Throw caution to the wind and set off on a musical journey through the Celtic nations as Murphy’s Pigs drag you headfirst into their world of rugged mountains, stormy oceans, fearsome battles, unrequited love and a drop or two of the whiskey.
Not only does this parcel of rogues offer bushels of beloved Irish and Scottish fare, they also serve up a highly nutritious, heaped helping of rip-roaring tunes and stirring songs from Brittany, Galicia and Asturias; singing in French, Breton and Spanish.  Isn’t Celtic music marvellous?
Their unrehearsed style breathes new life into old favourites and firmly places their stamp on beloved standards and some not-too-shabby stuff they’ve written themselves.  Mildly humorous onstage banter, an insane number of instruments and robust, manly voices unite to create an experience that cannot, unfortunately, be unseen or unheard.  Boisterous chorus songs and lilting ballads compel the tone deaf to sing fervently while spirited jigs, reels and hornpipes spur the uncoordinated out onto the dance floor.  One minute you’re crying into your beer, the next minute you’re pouring it over your head with an exuberant cheer.
Murphy’s Pigs have performed at some mighty fine gigs including the world’s largest Celtic Festival “Festival Interceltique de Lorient” in France (twice), Woodford Folk Festival, the National Music Muster (Gympie), the Australian Celtic Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival and many other festivals, cultural and corporate events.  The have performed to culture junkies at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex as guests of the Queensland Pops Orchestra, in front of thousands of screaming, sports-crazy fans at Metricon Stadium and have twice been awarded ‘Artist of the Year’ (2013 & 2016) at the Australian Celtic Music Awards.
The band has recorded five albums and their music is enjoyed on national, local and community radio stations around Australia and in France, Germany, Canada and the United States of America.  Wow!
If you like singing your heart out, stamping your feet, dancing like a loon or just enjoying some great entertainment then Murphy’s Pigs tick all the boxes.

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Murphy's Pigs

A big band, a big sound and incredibly well-dressed.  This is Murphy’s Pigs – the 10 piece, multi-award-winning, Celtic-rock band that the World Health Organisation is warning everyone about.  Throw caution to the wind and set off on a musical journey through the Celtic nations... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Sapphire Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site)

1:30pm

Quintet Pipe Band Competition
Quintet bands are comprised of three pipers accompanied by two drummers, a side (snare) drummer, and a tenor or bass drummer.  This will be the third year the competition has been presented.

Hosted by the Glen Innes Pipe Band and the New South Wales Pipe Band Association, Inc.
Sponsored by Photo Create Eastmon Digital.

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Stone Circle, Australian Standing Stones

1:45pm

Sadie & Jay
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Sadie & Jay

Brisbane duo Sadie & Jay perform exquisitely crafted original songs with origins in the Anglo-Celtic tradition travelling through contemporary Australian folk and roots.Born in Scotland and raised in New Zealand, Jay grew up in a musical family immersed in traditional British folk... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:45pm - 2:25pm
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

2:00pm

Cutting Display
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An T-arm Mhontrois

The army of Mhontrois around 1642 as well as the Highlanders in the 1740’s – featuring swordsman, black powder weapons, cutting displays, warriors doing the highland fling, arts and crafts of the time and venetian merchants. This encampment includes Highlanders in great kilts... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Encampment

2:00pm

The Plaid before and after Culloden
Learn the history of tartan before and after Culloden.

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An T-arm Mhontrois

The army of Mhontrois around 1642 as well as the Highlanders in the 1740’s – featuring swordsman, black powder weapons, cutting displays, warriors doing the highland fling, arts and crafts of the time and venetian merchants. This encampment includes Highlanders in great kilts... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Emerald Marquee Australian Standing Stones

2:40pm

Matthew Dames & Anna Talbot
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Matthew Dames & Anna Talbot

Matthew Dames and Anna Talbot perform a variety of Celtic, Americana and contemporary folk songs. A delicate blend of vocal harmonies, indicate guitar work and dynamic Bodhrán creates a sonic fusion not to be missed. The pair recently returned from Great Britain, where they performed... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:40pm - 3:20pm
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

2:50pm

Ella Roberts
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Ella Roberts

Australian born with Celtic roots, Ella followed her Scottish and Irish ancestry back to the Highlands and Isles and found her passion for Celtic music and song.Ella was originally trained Classically by vocal coach Lilija Sile, winning numerous awards and performing around the Central... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:50pm - 3:40pm
Sapphire Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site)

3:00pm

3:00pm

Scottish Country Dance workshop
Come and enjoy this free Scottish Country Dance workshop including some easy to learn and enjoyable ceilidh dances

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Northern Celts

Demonstrating their diverse Celtic dance styles, the Northern Celts Dance Group from Lismore will complement their signature traditional Irish Dance displays with the beauty of Scottish Country dancing, in celebration of Scotland. Enjoy the grace and beauty of the white dresses, tartans... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Emerald Marquee Australian Standing Stones

3:15pm

Cape Byron Celtic Dance
Based on the beautiful coastline of Northern New South Wales, Cape Byron Celtic Dance strives to produce a fun, friendly and family filled atmosphere where creativity is the key.
Specialising in traditional Scottish and Irish dance, alongside original performance choreography pieces that incorporate all Celtic Dance forms.
Since being established back in 1992 Cape Byron Celtic Dance has been participating in all areas of performance from Celtic Festivals and formal events to teaming up with Celtic bands, producing successful competitive dancers locally and internationally.


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Cape Byron Celtic Dance

Based on the beautiful coastline of Northern New South Wales, Cape Byron Celtic Dance strives to produce a fun, friendly and family filled atmosphere where creativity is the key.Specialising in traditional Scottish and Irish dance, alongside original performance choreography pieces... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

3:20pm

3:35pm

Celtic Dance Circle
Celtic Circle Dance Company is a young, innovative, creative school dedicated to bringing feminine charm and style back into Traditional Irish Dance.They teach the same technical footwork as competitive Irish Dancing, however they borrow from other Celtic Nations to bring out and accentuate the feminine form by using the upper body and soft flowing folk based costumes and music. The effect is lovely, romantic, with an other-worldly charm.

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Celtic Dance Circle

Celtic Circle Dance Company is a young, innovative, creative school dedicated to bringing feminine charm and style back into Traditional Irish Dance.They teach the same technical footwork as competitive Irish Dancing, however they borrow from other Celtic Nations to bring out and... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:35pm - 3:55pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

3:35pm

Busker Runner up performance
Buskers will perform around Glen Innes with a winner and runner up named.
The winner will follow this performance.

Saturday May 4, 2019 3:35pm - 3:55pm
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

3:40pm

4:00pm

Australian Celtic Dance Championships - winners' announcements
The winners of all the Australian Dance Championships will be announced.

Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 4:10pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

4:00pm

Gun Firing Display
Traditional gun firing display 

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An T-arm Mhontrois

The army of Mhontrois around 1642 as well as the Highlanders in the 1740’s – featuring swordsman, black powder weapons, cutting displays, warriors doing the highland fling, arts and crafts of the time and venetian merchants. This encampment includes Highlanders in great kilts... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Encampment

4:00pm

4:05pm

Busker winner
Hear the winner of the Busking competition.
The Runner up of this competition is here in the Ruby Marquee at 3:35pm.

Saturday May 4, 2019 4:05pm - 4:30pm
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

4:10pm

Scotia Highland Dancers
Newcastle based competitive Highland and Irish dancers, Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance, are excited to return to the Australian Celtic Festival for the year of Scotland!
Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance enjoy dancing at competitions, local performances, shows and festivals. At the 2019 Australian Celtic Festival they will feature Scottish Highland dances as well as performing a selection of Irish dances and special choreographed dances.


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Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance

The Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance are competitive Highland and IrishDancers based in Newcastle, NSW.The Scotia girls train extensively in traditional Highland Dance and compete at national andinternational competitions throughout the year. At public events they... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:10pm - 4:25pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

4:10pm

String Loaded
String Loaded are the 2018 Australian Celtic Instrumentalist of the Year and the 2017 Australian Celtic Artist of the Year, Celtic Instrumentalist, Celtic Group and have the Australian Celtic Album of the Year.
This high energy family band from Newcastle are known for their upbeat and fun Scottish fiddle music and Irish songs. The band features sensational fiddle playing sisters, Gabi and Livvy, supported by dad on guitar and mum on bodhran.
The beauty, skill and infectious energy of String Loaded’s fiddle music and singing will leave you spell bound and fill your heart with joy.
String Loaded have recorded four albums and have performed around the world including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They have been performing in Glen Innes for many years winning hearts wherever they go!

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String Loaded

String Loaded are the 2018 Australian Celtic Instrumentalist of the Year and the 2017 Australian Celtic Artist of the Year, Celtic Instrumentalist, Celtic Group and have the Australian Celtic Album of the Year.This high energy family band from Newcastle are known for their upbeat... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:10pm - 5:10pm
Sapphire Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site)

4:30pm

Australian Celtic Fashion Awards - parade of entries
This year the Australian Celtic Fashion Awards theme is the hugely successful 'Outlander' series.  Awards will be given for the best made complete garment that fits the theme 'Outlander'.
Presentation of awards will be at the Official Australian Celtic Awards Night hosted by the Glen Innes and District Services Club.

Saturday May 4, 2019 4:30pm - 4:40pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

4:30pm

Massed Pipe Bands
Massed Pipe Bands march from the top of Tynwald Hill into the Stone Circle.  A spectacle not to be missed.

Saturday May 4, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Stone Circle, Australian Standing Stones

5:00pm

Mad Kelpie Play Date
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Mad Kelpie Playdate

Instrumental Celtic trad five piece Mad Kelpie Playdate formed in 2017 through a mutual love of high energy bagpipe music and even higher energy crazy dogs.Based in Queanbeyan and the surrounding region, the band combines smallpipes, uilleann pipes, flute, guitar and percussion to... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

5:30pm

Iona Fyfe
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Iona Fyfe

Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. Winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, Iona has been described as “one... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sapphire Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site)

6:00pm

The Glen Innes International Celtic Art Exhibition
Art on the Corner inc. will be holding a charity art auction on Saturday 4th May at 6pm. All artwork auctioned will be Celtic inspired or Celtic themed.
No less than 70% of the funds raised will be split evenly between North Tablelands Wildlife Carers and WIRES.
The event is free to attend and will continue until all donated works are sold

Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Art on the Corner 180 Bourke Street

6:00pm

Dinner and Sadie & Jay at Showgrounds
The Glen Innes and Emmaville Pony Club's are hosting the Saturday night dinner at the Glen Innes Showgrounds.
Enjoy an alternate drop of Pumpkin and Tomato Soup for the Entree.
Then moved onto Steak and Kidney Pie with veggies and mashed potato OR Lamb Roast with Veggies.
Slices of Cake, Tea and Coffee will be available for dessert. 
A bar will be running on the night, please do not bring your own drinks. 
Brisbane duo Sadie & Jay perform exquisitely crafted original songs with origins in the Anglo-Celtic tradition travelling through contemporary Australian folk and roots. Born in Scotland and raised in New Zealand, Jay grew up in a musical family immersed in traditional British folk music. With Welsh heritage, Sadie's love for singing is instinctive. Together they play beautiful songs with exceptional vocals, glorious harmonies, intricate finger style guitar, bouzouki and double bass.Sadie & Jay's albums, "Curious" and "Rogue Folk" feature a host of prominent artists well known in Australian folk and Celtic circles. The songs are rich in musical depth and meaning with tales of history, endeavor, love and light-hearted comedy. With two successful tours of the UK and a recent tour of New Zealand, Sadie & Jay's music is receiving international acclaim. Their third album is soon to be released including a collaborative project with R&R studio's in Glasgow.

Bookings can be made through our website www.australiancelticfestival.com 

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Sadie & Jay

Brisbane duo Sadie & Jay perform exquisitely crafted original songs with origins in the Anglo-Celtic tradition travelling through contemporary Australian folk and roots.Born in Scotland and raised in New Zealand, Jay grew up in a musical family immersed in traditional British folk... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Glen Innes Showground Torrington Street

6:00pm

New England Motor Lodge Dinner and entertainment by Matthew Dames
Enjoy a two course meal and entertainment from Matthew Dames.
Matthew is a seasoned performer who migrated to Tasmania from Cambridge, UK. His contemporary Folk style is warm and sensitive, drawing influence from artists including Passenger, Luka Bloom and Dougie Maclean. Matthew has performed at multiple national and international music festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Bookings can be made by contacting the New England Motor Lodge on 67322922.


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 9:30pm
New England Motor Lodge 160 Church Street, Glen Innes

7:00pm

Tahnee Rose and Dinner
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Tahnee Conroy

Tahnee Conroy is a 16 year old local singer/songwriter with a passion for music. Tahnee has been playing guitar for quite a few years and enjoys many different styles of music. She has participated in the talent development project in Sydney and at the Tamworth Country Music Festival... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
New Tattersalls Hotel 210 Grey Street

7:00pm

Highlander
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Highlander Celtic Rock Band

Celtic music live with passion.Highlander is one of Australia’s most entertaining live acts combining traditional Celtic based music with an acoustic rock edge that attracts audiences of all ages.Highlander delivers powerful traditional songs and instrumentals as well as modern... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sapphire Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site)

7:00pm

Hereford Steakhouse Dinner and Live entertainment
Join fellow enthusiasts at the Hereford Steakhouse and enjoy a three course dinner with live entertainment from Helen Conroy.
$50 per person.  Bookings essential - call the Rest Point Motel (02) 67322 255

Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Hereford Steakhouse Rest Point Motel, 72 New England Highway, Glen Innes NSW 2370

7:00pm

The Official Australian Celtic Awards Night
Presentation of the Australian Celtic Music Awards, Triquetra Award, Celtic Roll of Honour, Australian Celtic Dance Championships and Australian Celtic Fashion Awards.
Guest MC - Darren Coggan, special guest artists - Ella Roberts and Gone Molly.

Tickets $45 per head - available from the Glen Innes Services Club - (02) 67321355

Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Glen Innes & District Services Club 120 Grey Street, Glen Innes NSW
 
Sunday, May 5
 

6:30am

8:00am

Poets' Breakfast with Kevin Gee
Enjoy breakfast at the Stones, accompanied by some beautiful poetry.

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Poet Kevin Gee

Kevin was born in 1967 in Irvine, Ayrshire on the West Coast of Scotland.After a couple of different career paths in 2002 Kevin Moved to O2 (formerly BT Cellnet.) This was when Kevin had his first foray into writing and performing poetry. Their office held a Burns Supper celebration... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

8:30am

Gun Firing Display
Traditional gun firing display. 

Artists
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An T-arm Mhontrois

The army of Mhontrois around 1642 as well as the Highlanders in the 1740’s – featuring swordsman, black powder weapons, cutting displays, warriors doing the highland fling, arts and crafts of the time and venetian merchants. This encampment includes Highlanders in great kilts... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 8:30am - 8:45am
Encampment

8:30am

Fun Run Registrations
Fun run registrations are FREE for all Festival attendees. 

Sunday May 5, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am
Australian Standing Stones Strongman Arena

8:30am

Glen Innes Celtic Classic
Green fees $20 per person.
Prizes will be awarded at a special presentation after the game.
Kilts may be worn!
All visiting guests wishing to play in the Celtic Classic, must contact the Glen Innes Golf Club directly on (02) 67321555 to book tee off times with the Golf Club Supervisor.

Sunday May 5, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm
Glen Innes Golf Club Hutchison Road, Glen Innes

9:00am

Northern Celts
Demonstrating their diverse Celtic dance styles, our regular guest artists, the Northern Celts Dance Group from Lismore, will complement their signature traditional and modern Irish Dance displays with one of their sets to include the beauty of Scottish Country dancing, in celebration of Scotland.  Enjoy the grace and beauty of the white dresses, tartans and sounds of Scotland as they celebrate the elegant moves of Scottish Country Dance

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Northern Celts

Demonstrating their diverse Celtic dance styles, the Northern Celts Dance Group from Lismore will complement their signature traditional Irish Dance displays with the beauty of Scottish Country dancing, in celebration of Scotland. Enjoy the grace and beauty of the white dresses, tartans... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 9:00am - 9:15am
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

9:00am

9:00am

Tahnee Conroy
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Tahnee Conroy

Tahnee Conroy is a 16 year old local singer/songwriter with a passion for music. Tahnee has been playing guitar for quite a few years and enjoys many different styles of music. She has participated in the talent development project in Sydney and at the Tamworth Country Music Festival... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 9:00am - 9:40am
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

9:00am

Murphy's Pigs
A big band, a big sound and incredibly well-dressed.  This is Murphy’s Pigs – the 10 piece, multi-award-winning, Celtic-rock band that the World Health Organisation is warning everyone about.  Throw caution to the wind and set off on a musical journey through the Celtic nations as Murphy’s Pigs drag you headfirst into their world of rugged mountains, stormy oceans, fearsome battles, unrequited love and a drop or two of the whiskey.
Not only does this parcel of rogues offer bushels of beloved Irish and Scottish fare, they also serve up a highly nutritious, heaped helping of rip-roaring tunes and stirring songs from Brittany, Galicia and Asturias; singing in French, Breton and Spanish.  Isn’t Celtic music marvellous?
Their unrehearsed style breathes new life into old favourites and firmly places their stamp on beloved standards and some not-too-shabby stuff they’ve written themselves.  Mildly humorous onstage banter, an insane number of instruments and robust, manly voices unite to create an experience that cannot, unfortunately, be unseen or unheard.  Boisterous chorus songs and lilting ballads compel the tone deaf to sing fervently while spirited jigs, reels and hornpipes spur the uncoordinated out onto the dance floor.  One minute you’re crying into your beer, the next minute you’re pouring it over your head with an exuberant cheer.
Murphy’s Pigs have performed at some mighty fine gigs including the world’s largest Celtic Festival “Festival Interceltique de Lorient” in France (twice), Woodford Folk Festival, the National Music Muster (Gympie), the Australian Celtic Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival and many other festivals, cultural and corporate events.  The have performed to culture junkies at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex as guests of the Queensland Pops Orchestra, in front of thousands of screaming, sports-crazy fans at Metricon Stadium and have twice been awarded ‘Artist of the Year’ (2013 & 2016) at the Australian Celtic Music Awards.
The band has recorded five albums and their music is enjoyed on national, local and community radio stations around Australia and in France, Germany, Canada and the United States of America.  Wow!
If you like singing your heart out, stamping your feet, dancing like a loon or just enjoying some great entertainment then Murphy’s Pigs tick all the boxes.

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Murphy's Pigs

A big band, a big sound and incredibly well-dressed.  This is Murphy’s Pigs – the 10 piece, multi-award-winning, Celtic-rock band that the World Health Organisation is warning everyone about.  Throw caution to the wind and set off on a musical journey through the Celtic nations... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Sapphire Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site)

9:00am

Pipe Bands
Pipe Bands will be performing in the Stone Circle throughout the day.  

While Celtic Nation Ceremonies are taking place, pipe bands will not perform, unless they are participating in the Ceremony.

The Massed Bands March will commence at 12:30 pm.

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City of Brisbane Pipe Band

City of Brisbane Pipe Band is a non-profit community group, comprising around 25 enthusiastic players from Brisbane, Queensland who continue this ancient Scottish tradition in sunny Australia today. Formed in 1950, the band proudly wears the McNeill of Barra tartan; plays regularly... Read More →
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Emmanuel College Highlanders

The Emmanuel College Highlanders at The University of Queensland is one of the premier performance and competition bands in Australia. Having performed in its current form since late 2016, the band continues to enjoy successes at the highest local and international levels, which can... Read More →
avatar for Gens Altera Pipe Band

Gens Altera Pipe Band

Gens Altera is a family band joined each year by other expats from Glen Innes and people from all over the state and at times from other states in Australia. The band has been operating since 1999.It originated due to the family moving to Coffs Harbour and not being able to come and... Read More →
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Glen Innes Pipe Band

Glen Innes Pipe Band is a mostly social band, serving Glen Innes and other communities in the New England and North West region of New South Wales. The band was first formed in 1909, and with the exception of two World Wars and a couple of other recesses when numbers were very low... Read More →
avatar for Moree Caledonian Society Pipes & Drums

Moree Caledonian Society Pipes & Drums

Moree Caledonian Pipes and Drums has a long tradition of sharing their love of Scottish music with the communities of western NSW – keeping the Celtic spirit alive!During the 1950s and 60s the band had some twenty pipers and ten drummers, resplendent in full regimental uniform of... Read More →
avatar for Murrumba Pipes and Drums

Murrumba Pipes and Drums

Murrumba competed in Scotland 2018 and picked up a third place whilst there, and have been quite successful in competition locally over the past 3 years. This year they are fund raising and taking our band to New Zealand in December, and possibly back to Scotland 2020. Murrumba is... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm
Stone Circle, Australian Standing Stones

9:15am

Jacaranda Highland Dancers
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Jacaranda Highland Dancers

The Jacaranda Highland Dancers are excited to be returning the the Glen Innes Celtic Festival for 2019.The JHD were involved many festivals ago joining forces with the Maclean Dancers for many many years.2018 saw the studio celebrate their 18th year of being successfully run and open... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 9:15am - 9:30am
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

9:30am

Australian Celtic Fashion Award winners
The winners of the Australian Celtic Fashion Awards will be acknowledged.

Sunday May 5, 2019 9:30am - 9:35am
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

9:30am

Australian Celtic Fashion Awards - acknowledgement of winners
The winners of the Australian Celtic Fashion Awards will be acknowledged.

Sunday May 5, 2019 9:30am - 9:35am
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

9:30am

Welsh ceremony
Organised by the Welsh community to honour Wales and its culture.

Speakers
JT

Judi Toms

Chairperson, Australian Standing Stones Management Board
Chair, Australian Standing Stones Management Board


Sunday May 5, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
Gorsedd Stone, Australian Standing Stones

9:30am

Cutting Display
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An T-arm Mhontrois

The army of Mhontrois around 1642 as well as the Highlanders in the 1740’s – featuring swordsman, black powder weapons, cutting displays, warriors doing the highland fling, arts and crafts of the time and venetian merchants. This encampment includes Highlanders in great kilts... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
Encampment

9:30am

Fun Run
Sunday May 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:30am
Australian Standing Stones Strongman Arena

9:45am

Scotia Highland Dancers
Newcastle based competitive Highland and Irish dancers, Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance, are excited to return to the Australian Celtic Festival for the year of Scotland!
Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance enjoy dancing at competitions, local performances, shows and festivals. At the 2019 Australian Celtic Festival they will feature Scottish Highland dances as well as performing a selection of Irish dances and special choreographed dances.


Artists
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Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance

The Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance are competitive Highland and IrishDancers based in Newcastle, NSW.The Scotia girls train extensively in traditional Highland Dance and compete at national andinternational competitions throughout the year. At public events they... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 9:45am - 10:00am
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

9:55am

KeJaFi
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KeJaFi

Inspired by the music (and whisky) from the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Kejafi plays traditional and original tunes and songs on duelling fiddles and Irish bouzouki that will have your feet tapping and hands clapping. Maybe even some dancing!!The trio formed in early 2018 after... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 9:55am - 10:35am
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

10:00am

Celtic Circle Dance
Celtic Circle Dance Company is a young, innovative, creative school dedicated to bringing feminine charm and style back into Traditional Irish Dance.They teach the same technical footwork as competitive Irish Dancing, however they borrow from other Celtic Nations to bring out and accentuate the feminine form by using the upper body and soft flowing folk based costumes and music. The effect is lovely, romantic, with an other-worldly charm.

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Celtic Dance Circle

Celtic Circle Dance Company is a young, innovative, creative school dedicated to bringing feminine charm and style back into Traditional Irish Dance.They teach the same technical footwork as competitive Irish Dancing, however they borrow from other Celtic Nations to bring out and... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 10:15am
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

10:00am

Irish Ceremony
Assemble at Tynwald Hill and be piped to the Hill of Tara for the Irish ceremony.  A small number of Irish dances will be performed as part of the ceremony,

Speakers
JT

Judi Toms

Chairperson, Australian Standing Stones Management Board
Chair, Australian Standing Stones Management Board

Artists
avatar for Moree Caledonian Society Pipes & Drums

Moree Caledonian Society Pipes & Drums

Moree Caledonian Pipes and Drums has a long tradition of sharing their love of Scottish music with the communities of western NSW – keeping the Celtic spirit alive!During the 1950s and 60s the band had some twenty pipers and ten drummers, resplendent in full regimental uniform of... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Tynwald Hill, Australian Standing Stones

10:00am

Learn Traditional Highlander Dress
Learn to dress like a highlander and roll into a kilt!  

Artists
avatar for An T-arm Mhontrois

An T-arm Mhontrois

The army of Mhontrois around 1642 as well as the Highlanders in the 1740’s – featuring swordsman, black powder weapons, cutting displays, warriors doing the highland fling, arts and crafts of the time and venetian merchants. This encampment includes Highlanders in great kilts... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Encampment

10:00am

The Plaid before and after Culloden
Learn the history of tartan before and after the battle of Culloden. 

Artists
avatar for An T-arm Mhontrois

An T-arm Mhontrois

The army of Mhontrois around 1642 as well as the Highlanders in the 1740’s – featuring swordsman, black powder weapons, cutting displays, warriors doing the highland fling, arts and crafts of the time and venetian merchants. This encampment includes Highlanders in great kilts... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Emerald Marquee Australian Standing Stones

10:15am

Cape Byron Celtic Dance
Based on the beautiful coastline of Northern New South Wales, Cape Byron Celtic Dance strives to produce a fun, friendly and family filled atmosphere where creativity is the key.
Specialising in traditional Scottish and Irish dance, alongside original performance choreography pieces that incorporate all Celtic Dance forms.
Since being established back in 1992 Cape Byron Celtic Dance has been participating in all areas of performance from Celtic Festivals and formal events to teaming up with Celtic bands, producing successful competitive dancers locally and internationally.


Artists
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Cape Byron Celtic Dance

Based on the beautiful coastline of Northern New South Wales, Cape Byron Celtic Dance strives to produce a fun, friendly and family filled atmosphere where creativity is the key.Specialising in traditional Scottish and Irish dance, alongside original performance choreography pieces... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

10:30am

Manx Ceremony
Join the Manx on their very own Australian Tynwald Hill as they celebrate their culture.

Speakers
JT

Judi Toms

Chairperson, Australian Standing Stones Management Board
Chair, Australian Standing Stones Management Board


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
Tynwald Hill, Australian Standing Stones

10:30am

Ella Roberts
Australian born with Celtic roots, Ella followed her Scottish and Irish ancestry back to the Highlands and Isles and found her passion for Celtic music and song.
Ella was originally trained Classically by vocal coach Lilija Sile, winning numerous awards and performing around the Central Coast, Sydney and Melbourne Australia.
Ella took home the 2018 Female Artist of the Year at the Australian Celtic Music Awards and was nominated for the Hollywood Music in Media Award for female vocalist 2018. She was also nominated for Female Artist of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2019 Australian Celtic Music Awards.
Since she began her Celtic journey, she has performed at events such as the Australian Celtic Festival, the Australian Celtic Music Awards, the Australian Outlander Fan Gathering, “Gathering of the Celts”, the “Gathering of the Clans”, “Clans on the Coast” and Studio2Stage “Irish Music and Dance Experience” in New York as featured singer.
Ella recorded her first single – “Elluria’s Lament” with Multi Platinum Award Winning Songwriter/Producers Adrian and Barbara Hannan at the SongStore in Melbourne, Australia.
Her new single – “North Wind” also recorded by Adrian Hannan at the SongStore, has just been released.


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Ella Roberts

Australian born with Celtic roots, Ella followed her Scottish and Irish ancestry back to the Highlands and Isles and found her passion for Celtic music and song.Ella was originally trained Classically by vocal coach Lilija Sile, winning numerous awards and performing around the Central... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Sapphire Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site)

10:30am

Australian Celtic Dance Championships - winners' performances
The winners of the Australian Celtic Dance Championships will perform during this time.

Sunday May 5, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

10:50am

Fallow Brook
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Fallow Brook

Fallow Brook is the moniker for Sydney based singer-songwriter, Cam Raeburn. Performing at both Australian and international venues and festivals throughout recent years, Raeburn’s Scottish heritage is deeply woven into Fallow Brook’s musical tapestry. The voice of Fallow Brook... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:50am - 11:30am
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

11:00am

Cornish Ceremony
Celebrate all things Cornish with the Cornish Society as they celebrate and acknowledge their place in Celtic culture.

Speakers
JT

Judi Toms

Chairperson, Australian Standing Stones Management Board
Chair, Australian Standing Stones Management Board


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
Gorsedd Stone, Australian Standing Stones

11:30am

Celtic Circle Dance
Celtic Circle Dance Company is a young, innovative, creative school dedicated to bringing feminine charm and style back into Traditional Irish Dance.They teach the same technical footwork as competitive Irish Dancing, however they borrow from other Celtic Nations to bring out and accentuate the feminine form by using the upper body and soft flowing folk based costumes and music. The effect is lovely, romantic, with an other-worldly charm.

Artists
avatar for Celtic Dance Circle

Celtic Dance Circle

Celtic Circle Dance Company is a young, innovative, creative school dedicated to bringing feminine charm and style back into Traditional Irish Dance.They teach the same technical footwork as competitive Irish Dancing, however they borrow from other Celtic Nations to bring out and... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:30am - 11:45am
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

11:30am

Scottish Ceremony
The 2019 Australian Celtic Festival honours Scotland.  Join the Scots as they assemble with their colourful banner bearers near Tynwald Hill to be piped onto Tynwald for their very special ceremony.  At the conclusion of this ceremony, participants will be piped from Tynwald Hill to the Stone Circle in readiness for the Kirking of the Tartan ceremony.

Speakers
JT

Judi Toms

Chairperson, Australian Standing Stones Management Board
Chair, Australian Standing Stones Management Board

Artists
avatar for Murrumba Pipes and Drums

Murrumba Pipes and Drums

Murrumba competed in Scotland 2018 and picked up a third place whilst there, and have been quite successful in competition locally over the past 3 years. This year they are fund raising and taking our band to New Zealand in December, and possibly back to Scotland 2020. Murrumba is... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Tynwald Hill, Australian Standing Stones

11:35am

Highlander Celtic Rock Band
Highlander Celtic Rock Band Australia was formed in 2005 by Justin Body. Justin was from the original band (Highlander) who performed a mixture of Celtic and Australian bush music. After five years the band ended.The vision of the new band was simple, it had to be more professional with a high standard of musicianship, perform Scottish and Celtic music at its best, dressed in Kilts and with a belief that the music will speak for the band. The band was named Highlander Celtic Rock Band Australia to appeal to a world wide fan base. In 2008 the band played its first international show in Jakarta headlining the annual ‘Scotland in Concert’ which helped establish the band as a truly international act. Highlander received a standing ovation with the organisers claiming Highlander was the best act they have had.  
A new album was released in 2010. The album “North of the Wall” was testimony to the band's commitment to explore and produce rich and vibrant music. Since the release, the band has continued to play high profile Celtic events in Australia including the ‘Australian Celtic Festival’ in Glenn Innes, the ‘National Celtic Festival’ in Portarlington and the ‘Bundanoon Highland Gathering’ in the Southern Highlands. The sound of Highlander combines a unique blend of pipes, whistle, fiddle, guitars, mandolin, drums and vocals together with a dynamic stage presence to produce an unforgettable and exciting live performance which is enjoyed and respected by audiences of all ages. “If the sound of Highland bagpipes stirs the blood and makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end – then Highlander is a show not to be missed.

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Highlander Celtic Rock Band

Celtic music live with passion.Highlander is one of Australia’s most entertaining live acts combining traditional Celtic based music with an acoustic rock edge that attracts audiences of all ages.Highlander delivers powerful traditional songs and instrumentals as well as modern... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:35am - 12:30pm
Sapphire Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site)

11:45am

Cape Byron Celtic Dance
Based on the beautiful coastline of Northern New South Wales, Cape Byron Celtic Dance strives to produce a fun, friendly and family filled atmosphere where creativity is the key.
Specialising in traditional Scottish and Irish dance, alongside original performance choreography pieces that incorporate all Celtic Dance forms.
Since being established back in 1992 Cape Byron Celtic Dance has been participating in all areas of performance from Celtic Festivals and formal events to teaming up with Celtic bands, producing successful competitive dancers locally and internationally.


Artists
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Cape Byron Celtic Dance

Based on the beautiful coastline of Northern New South Wales, Cape Byron Celtic Dance strives to produce a fun, friendly and family filled atmosphere where creativity is the key.Specialising in traditional Scottish and Irish dance, alongside original performance choreography pieces... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:45am - 12:00pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

11:45am

Matthew Dames & Anna Talbot
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Matthew Dames & Anna Talbot

Matthew Dames and Anna Talbot perform a variety of Celtic, Americana and contemporary folk songs. A delicate blend of vocal harmonies, indicate guitar work and dynamic Bodhrán creates a sonic fusion not to be missed. The pair recently returned from Great Britain, where they performed... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

12:00pm

Jacaranda Highland Dancers
The Jacaranda Highland Dancers are excited to be returning the the Glen Innes Celtic Festival for 2019.
The JHD were involved many festivals ago joining forces with the Maclean Dancers for many many years.
2018 saw the studio celebrate their 18th year of being successfully run and open. With our students competing traditional Scottish Highland Dance on a local, national and international level, we proudly hold several different titles and championships to our name.
Whilst we love out traditional dances, we jump at any opportunity to mix our traditional form of dance with the modern choreography to create new lively dances.
Our studio ranges in ages from 2yrs to adult and all students are encouraged to perform.
We are beyond excited for the new leg of our studio in Glen Innes which has been in operation since May 2018 to be participating in their first Celtic Festival.
With the Celtic festival being a family tradition for many of our students, we can not wait to show you what we have to install.

Artists
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Jacaranda Highland Dancers

The Jacaranda Highland Dancers are excited to be returning the the Glen Innes Celtic Festival for 2019.The JHD were involved many festivals ago joining forces with the Maclean Dancers for many many years.2018 saw the studio celebrate their 18th year of being successfully run and open... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

12:00pm

Kirking of the Tartan
The Kirking of the Tartan in the Stone Circle has become a much loved tradition of the Festival.  In this year of Scotland, the number of tartans  presented for ancient Celtic blessings and acknowledgement will be many and varied.  Join the spectacle of the pipe band as they lead the banner bearers into the Stone Circle for this ancient ceremony.

Speakers
JT

Judi Toms

Chairperson, Australian Standing Stones Management Board
Chair, Australian Standing Stones Management Board

Artists
avatar for Murrumba Pipes and Drums

Murrumba Pipes and Drums

Murrumba competed in Scotland 2018 and picked up a third place whilst there, and have been quite successful in competition locally over the past 3 years. This year they are fund raising and taking our band to New Zealand in December, and possibly back to Scotland 2020. Murrumba is... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Stone Circle, Australian Standing Stones

12:00pm

Learn the Outlander Druid Dance
Love Outlander? You'll love this workshop by Celtic Circle Dance. Over the course of the workshop you will learn the Druid Dance from Outlander. 

Artists
avatar for Celtic Dance Circle

Celtic Dance Circle

Celtic Circle Dance Company is a young, innovative, creative school dedicated to bringing feminine charm and style back into Traditional Irish Dance.They teach the same technical footwork as competitive Irish Dancing, however they borrow from other Celtic Nations to bring out and... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Emerald Marquee Australian Standing Stones

12:15pm

Cape Byron Celtic Dance



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Cape Byron Celtic Dance

Based on the beautiful coastline of Northern New South Wales, Cape Byron Celtic Dance strives to produce a fun, friendly and family filled atmosphere where creativity is the key.Specialising in traditional Scottish and Irish dance, alongside original performance choreography pieces... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

12:30pm

Northern Celts
Demonstrating their diverse Celtic dance styles, the Northern Celts Dance Group from Lismore will complement their signature traditional Irish Dance displays with the beauty of Scottish Country dancing, in celebration of Scotland. Enjoy the grace and beauty of the white dresses, tartans and sounds of Scotland as they celebrate the elegant moves of Scottish Country Dance. There will also be a special tribute to all our Celtic Nations. As a treat this year, they will have live music for some of their performances, creating uplifting traditional pub style Irish dance sets. And don’t forget to bring your comfy shoes for when the Northern Celts put on their workshops. Great social (real easy) ceili dances that everyone can enjoy.

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Northern Celts

Demonstrating their diverse Celtic dance styles, the Northern Celts Dance Group from Lismore will complement their signature traditional Irish Dance displays with the beauty of Scottish Country dancing, in celebration of Scotland. Enjoy the grace and beauty of the white dresses, tartans... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:30pm - 12:45pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

12:30pm

Massed Pipe Bands
Enjoy the rousing sounds of the Massed Pipe Bands reverberating amongst Australia's National Monument to the Celts - the Australian Standing Stones.

Artists
avatar for City of Brisbane Pipe Band

City of Brisbane Pipe Band

City of Brisbane Pipe Band is a non-profit community group, comprising around 25 enthusiastic players from Brisbane, Queensland who continue this ancient Scottish tradition in sunny Australia today. Formed in 1950, the band proudly wears the McNeill of Barra tartan; plays regularly... Read More →
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Emmanuel College Highlanders

The Emmanuel College Highlanders at The University of Queensland is one of the premier performance and competition bands in Australia. Having performed in its current form since late 2016, the band continues to enjoy successes at the highest local and international levels, which can... Read More →
avatar for Gens Altera Pipe Band

Gens Altera Pipe Band

Gens Altera is a family band joined each year by other expats from Glen Innes and people from all over the state and at times from other states in Australia. The band has been operating since 1999.It originated due to the family moving to Coffs Harbour and not being able to come and... Read More →
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Glen Innes Pipe Band

Glen Innes Pipe Band is a mostly social band, serving Glen Innes and other communities in the New England and North West region of New South Wales. The band was first formed in 1909, and with the exception of two World Wars and a couple of other recesses when numbers were very low... Read More →
avatar for Moree Caledonian Society Pipes & Drums

Moree Caledonian Society Pipes & Drums

Moree Caledonian Pipes and Drums has a long tradition of sharing their love of Scottish music with the communities of western NSW – keeping the Celtic spirit alive!During the 1950s and 60s the band had some twenty pipers and ten drummers, resplendent in full regimental uniform of... Read More →
avatar for Murrumba Pipes and Drums

Murrumba Pipes and Drums

Murrumba competed in Scotland 2018 and picked up a third place whilst there, and have been quite successful in competition locally over the past 3 years. This year they are fund raising and taking our band to New Zealand in December, and possibly back to Scotland 2020. Murrumba is... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Stone Circle, Australian Standing Stones

12:45pm

Scotia Highland Dancers
Newcastle based competitive Highland and Irish dancers, Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance, are excited to return to the Australian Celtic Festival for the year of Scotland!
Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance enjoy dancing at competitions, local performances, shows and festivals. At the 2019 Australian Celtic Festival they will feature Scottish Highland dances as well as performing a selection of Irish dances and special choreographed dances.


Artists
avatar for Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance

Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance

The Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance are competitive Highland and IrishDancers based in Newcastle, NSW.The Scotia girls train extensively in traditional Highland Dance and compete at national andinternational competitions throughout the year. At public events they... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

12:50pm

Iona Fyfe
Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. Winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, Iona has been described as “one of the best Scotland has to offer.” With a number of high profile appearances under her belt, Iona has spent 2018 performing in the UK, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Canada.
In 2018, Iona performed at Interceltique Festival De Lorient where she was described as “a Scottish folksinger, magical and charismatic” (Rolling Stone, France).
Her debut album 'Away From My Window' was held to critical acclaim and received nationwide airplay on programmes such as BBC Radio 2 The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 6 Gideon Coe, BBC Radio Scotland’s Travelling Folk, Take The Floor and BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal.


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Iona Fyfe

Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. Winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, Iona has been described as “one... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:50pm - 1:40pm
Sapphire Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site)

1:00pm

Cape Byron Celtic Dance
Based on the beautiful coastline of Northern New South Wales, Cape Byron Celtic Dance strives to produce a fun, friendly and family filled atmosphere where creativity is the key.
Specialising in traditional Scottish and Irish dance, alongside original performance choreography pieces that incorporate all Celtic Dance forms.
Since being established back in 1992 Cape Byron Celtic Dance has been participating in all areas of performance from Celtic Festivals and formal events to teaming up with Celtic bands, producing successful competitive dancers locally and internationally.


Artists
avatar for Cape Byron Celtic Dance

Cape Byron Celtic Dance

Based on the beautiful coastline of Northern New South Wales, Cape Byron Celtic Dance strives to produce a fun, friendly and family filled atmosphere where creativity is the key.Specialising in traditional Scottish and Irish dance, alongside original performance choreography pieces... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 1:00pm - 1:15pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

1:00pm

1:00pm

Sadie & Jay
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Sadie & Jay

Brisbane duo Sadie & Jay perform exquisitely crafted original songs with origins in the Anglo-Celtic tradition travelling through contemporary Australian folk and roots.Born in Scotland and raised in New Zealand, Jay grew up in a musical family immersed in traditional British folk... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

1:15pm

Celtic Circle Dance
Celtic Circle Dance Company is a young, innovative, creative school dedicated to bringing feminine charm and style back into Traditional Irish Dance.They teach the same technical footwork as competitive Irish Dancing, however they borrow from other Celtic Nations to bring out and accentuate the feminine form by using the upper body and soft flowing folk based costumes and music. The effect is lovely, romantic, with an other-worldly charm.

Artists
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Celtic Dance Circle

Celtic Circle Dance Company is a young, innovative, creative school dedicated to bringing feminine charm and style back into Traditional Irish Dance.They teach the same technical footwork as competitive Irish Dancing, however they borrow from other Celtic Nations to bring out and... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 1:15pm - 1:30pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

1:30pm

Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance
Artists
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Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance

The Scotia Highland Dancers and Voyage of Irish Dance are competitive Highland and IrishDancers based in Newcastle, NSW.The Scotia girls train extensively in traditional Highland Dance and compete at national andinternational competitions throughout the year. At public events they... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 1:30pm - 1:45pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

1:30pm

1:45pm

Jacaranda Highland Dancers
The Jacaranda Highland Dancers are excited to be returning the the Glen Innes Celtic Festival for 2019.
The JHD were involved many festivals ago joining forces with the Maclean Dancers for many many years.
2018 saw the studio celebrate their 18th year of being successfully run and open. With our students competing traditional Scottish Highland Dance on a local, national and international level, we proudly hold several different titles and championships to our name.
Whilst we love out traditional dances, we jump at any opportunity to mix our traditional form of dance with the modern choreography to create new Lively dances.
Our studio ranges in ages from 2yrs to adult and all students are encouraged to perform.
We are beyond excited for the new leg of our studio in Glen Innes which has been in operation since May 2018 to be participating in their first Celtic Festival.
With the Celtic festival being a family tradition for many of our students, we can not wait to show you what we have to install.

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Jacaranda Highland Dancers

The Jacaranda Highland Dancers are excited to be returning the the Glen Innes Celtic Festival for 2019.The JHD were involved many festivals ago joining forces with the Maclean Dancers for many many years.2018 saw the studio celebrate their 18th year of being successfully run and open... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

1:50pm

Gone Molly
Powerful and ethereal, Gone Molly is the new voice of contemporary Anglo-Celtic folk music. Songwriter Sally Harris, Declan Affley and award winner Rebecca Wright bring to life colourful characters and tales from a rich cultural tapestry abounding in mythology, mysteries, love & loss. With their stunning eponymous debut album released in December 2017 and a steadily growing presence on the festival circuit, this enchanting duo are not to be missed.
Winners of three Australian Celtic Music Awards
  • Artist of the Year 2018
  • Celtic Group of the Year 2018
  • Producer of the Year 2018 (Pix Vane Mason for Gone Molly)


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Gone Molly

Powerful and ethereal, Gone Molly is the new voice of contemporary Anglo-Celtic folk music. Songwriter Sally Harris and Declan Affley award winner Rebecca Wright bring to life colourful characters and tales from a rich cultural tapestry abounding in mythology, mysteries, love & loss... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 1:50pm - 2:40pm
Sapphire Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site)

2:00pm

Northern Celts



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Northern Celts

Demonstrating their diverse Celtic dance styles, the Northern Celts Dance Group from Lismore will complement their signature traditional Irish Dance displays with the beauty of Scottish Country dancing, in celebration of Scotland. Enjoy the grace and beauty of the white dresses, tartans... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Crystal Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

2:00pm

2:00pm

Mad Kelpie Play Date
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Mad Kelpie Playdate

Instrumental Celtic trad five piece Mad Kelpie Playdate formed in 2017 through a mutual love of high energy bagpipe music and even higher energy crazy dogs.Based in Queanbeyan and the surrounding region, the band combines smallpipes, uilleann pipes, flute, guitar and percussion to... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

2:00pm

Sean Nos Dance Workshop
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Cape Byron Celtic Dance

Based on the beautiful coastline of Northern New South Wales, Cape Byron Celtic Dance strives to produce a fun, friendly and family filled atmosphere where creativity is the key.Specialising in traditional Scottish and Irish dance, alongside original performance choreography pieces... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Emerald Marquee Australian Standing Stones

2:30pm

3:00pm

The Gathering
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The Gathering

Kick-Arse Irish Band The Gathering Irish Band is fronted by award winning Irish musician Mick McHugh. The band pride themselves on getting their audiences up and having fun with their high energy Irish dancing trad tunes and well-known rousing Irish sing-a-longs, blended with an array... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Ruby Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site

3:00pm

String Loaded
String Loaded are the 2018 Australian Celtic Instrumentalist of the Year and the 2017 Australian Celtic Artist of the Year, Celtic Instrumentalist, Celtic Group and have the Australian Celtic Album of the Year.
This high energy family band from Newcastle are known for their upbeat and fun Scottish fiddle music and Irish songs. The band features sensational fiddle playing sisters, Gabi and Livvy, supported by dad on guitar and mum on bodhran.
The beauty, skill and infectious energy of String Loaded’s fiddle music and singing will leave you spell bound and fill your heart with joy.
String Loaded have recorded four albums and have performed around the world including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They have been performing in Glen Innes for many years winning hearts wherever they go!

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String Loaded

String Loaded are the 2018 Australian Celtic Instrumentalist of the Year and the 2017 Australian Celtic Artist of the Year, Celtic Instrumentalist, Celtic Group and have the Australian Celtic Album of the Year.This high energy family band from Newcastle are known for their upbeat... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sapphire Marquee Centennial Parklands Festival Site)

3:30pm

Closing Ceremony
The official closing ceremony will take place on Tynwald Hill.  Watch the lowering of the Australian and Celtic flags and the ceremonial hand over to representatives of the 2020 Festival acknowledging Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Speakers
JT

Judi Toms

Chairperson, Australian Standing Stones Management Board
Chair, Australian Standing Stones Management Board


Sunday May 5, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Tynwald Hill, Australian Standing Stones

4:00pm

Gun Firing Display
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An T-arm Mhontrois

The army of Mhontrois around 1642 as well as the Highlanders in the 1740’s – featuring swordsman, black powder weapons, cutting displays, warriors doing the highland fling, arts and crafts of the time and venetian merchants. This encampment includes Highlanders in great kilts... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Encampment

7:00pm

Hereford Steakhouse Dinner and Entertainment
Join fellow enthusiasts at the Hereford Steakhouse and enjoy a three course dinner with live entertainment from Wright and McKay.
$50 per person.  Bookings essential - call the Rest Point Motel (02) 67322 255

Sunday May 5, 2019 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Hereford Steakhouse Rest Point Motel, 72 New England Highway, Glen Innes NSW 2370

7:30pm

Glen Innes Services Club FREE Concert
Doors open at 6 pm.  
This is a FREE Concert with String Loaded Celtic Fiddle band.
Concert starts at 7:30pm.

Hot Carvery (optional) will operate in the Remembrance Room from 6pm. Main meal and dessert will be available - adults $15, children $8 per head - pay at the door - cash only.
The Crystal Room restaurant will also be open.

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String Loaded

String Loaded are the 2018 Australian Celtic Instrumentalist of the Year and the 2017 Australian Celtic Artist of the Year, Celtic Instrumentalist, Celtic Group and have the Australian Celtic Album of the Year.This high energy family band from Newcastle are known for their upbeat... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Glen Innes & District Services Club 120 Grey Street, Glen Innes NSW