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Once again, there is a lot of news from here in Glen Innes and beyond. Let’s start with the latest updates to the Glen Innes Highlands String Music Convention - 17th to 19th November 2017.

The online registration is now available through the Music Awards website.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner of String Music, you will find plenty to interest you. Don’t miss your opportunity to meet other musicians and learn from some great Presenters. Classes will include fiddle, cello, guitar and banjo. Attendance is $250 including all meals from Friday evening to Sunday lunch, plus a Saturday night concert. Parents and Partners can also attend at $125 including all meals.

If you aren’t a musician yourself but just love hearing great music, come to the concert! Book at Glen Innes Services Club on 02 6732 1355.

Our profiles this month are of Kez Watson and Steve Thorneycroft, who together make up the duo ‘Târ-lin’.

Beyond the Notes: Celtic Fiddle Idioms and Navigation
Dr Kerry (Kez) Watson

Dr Kerry (Kez) Watson
From her first major solo performance in the United States aged 10, to her most recent collaborations with International singer/songwriters and musicians, Kez has developed a curiosity for and breadth of practice in learning, teaching and performing. Kez primarily focusses on all Celtic music traditions.

Workshop Synopsis

Whether you are interested in a particular regional Celtic fiddle style, a category of tunes or performance context (or, you just want to play!), how do you ‘speak’ on your instrument? This is a workshop that explores Celtic fiddle idioms and their navigation, via approaches to learning tunes, accessing grooves and exploring ‘idiomatic essences’ associated with oral Celtic music traditions.
We will navigate a path to going ‘beyond the notes’ by exploring elements of ‘speaking’ regional dialects or ‘fiddle languages’ with a ‘local accent’. Topics will include:
•  Learning by ear
•  Left hand articulation/ornamentation and techniques
•  The ‘driven bow’ (right hand articulation/ornamentation, techniques/patterns, tone)
•  Grooves (dance connections/tune accents, ensemble playing)
•  Arrangement (form/performance context)

Exploring the Low Road: Investigating Altered Guitar Tunings
Steve Thorneycroft

Steve Thorneycroft
Photo credit: Bill Stocker
Steve is a guitarist and composer from Armidale, NSW. He is one half of the internationally acclaimed classical guitar duo ‘EphenStephen’ who receive regular airplay on ABC and have recorded 2 CDs to date. Steve is also a founding member of the acclaimed New England Celtic groups ‘Wirrycow’ and ‘Târ-lin’ with fellow Workshop Presenter, Kez Watson. Born in Wales, Steve has a particular interest in the Welsh tradition of solo fingerstyle guitar.

Workshop Synopsis

This series of workshops focusses primarily on principles dealing with the scaffolding, implementation and application of altered tunings in various aspects of Celtic (and other) music performance.

Beginning with concepts of fingerboard navigation and mapping, the workshops will explore how to creatively apply and navigate the potential offered by altered guitar tunings within the areas of solo fingerstyle and rhythmic accompaniment.

Many guitarists have learned pieces in alternate guitar tunings, but haven’t really considered the ‘why’ of choosing a particular tuning, or indeed the ‘how’ of subsequent application of a tuning to realise a creative arrangement and performance. The aim of these workshops is to de-mystify the process behind that creative application and give the participants a toolbox of resources and ideas for furthering their own creative endeavours on the guitar.

Chill N Glen - 22nd and 23rd July 2017

Chill N Glen parade
The very first Chill N Glen was a raging success. Congratulations to everybody who worked so hard to organise the event. The weather was beautiful so no snow, but the snow machine in the main street made a valiant effort to make up for that! The Christmas market drew lots of enthusiastic shoppers. There were activities for all Ages and everybody had a wonderful time. See you all next year!

What's on in Glen Innes??

5th August                       Glen Innes Archies: Glen Innes Art Gallery 71 Grey Street. Runs to 1st September
13th August                 Winter Markets, ANZAC Park
19th August                                             William Tell Swiss Night, 7pm at Masonic Centre. Sample Swiss cheese and a 3 course traditional menu. $30pp. Book at Carelles.
8th September             Asturias Flag Lowering Ceremony, Australian Standing Stones, 5 pm
30th Sept & 1st Oct     Glen Innes Spring Show Jump. Glen Innes Showgrounds
30th Sept & 1st Oct     Emmaville Swap Meet
7th October                                                 Oktoberfest. 7pm at Masonic Centre. BYO. 3 course traditional menu. Entertainment, raffles and a murder mystery. $35pp. Book at Carelles.
21st October               Emmaville Vegetable Creek Hospital Fete
28th October               Holy Trinity Anglican Church Fete

What's on in Tenterfield??

Mobile Movie Fest

Murphy’s Pigs

Murphy's Pigs
22nd Aug 7pm. The Bug, New Farm Bowls Club, Brunswick St, New Farm
8th Sept       7.15pm. Redfest. Norm Price Park. Redlands Showground. Long St, Cleveland.

Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman

They are heading for the Tablelands Festival at Yungaburra, Queensland on 27th to 29th October.
The festival is the longest running folk festival in Queensland, and features a full children’s program as well as around 200 artists at 14 venues.
Weekend tickets go on sale on 1st August and are $95 for the weekend. Camping is $10 for the weekend.


The Ceilidh Clan

Brisbane's Scottish dance band, The Ceilidh Clan, will be running a series of fun Community Ceilidhs at the Red Hill Community Sports Club in Brisbane. Suitable for beginners and families, all welcome! Doors open 6:30pm for a 7pm start. Adults $15, Concession $10, Family $30. Tickets at the door. Dates are: 25th August, 22nd September and 24th November. Full details can be found at or phone 0409 760 993.

Clan Celtica – Tribal Thunder (New Zealand)

3rd September            MOTAT – Fathers’ Day
7th October            Brits on Beach
28th & 29th October            Kawerau Woodfest
31st October            MOTAT - Halloween
11st November            Hororata Highland Games
18st November            Auckland Games – 3 performances
10st December            MOTAT
10st December            Devonport Xmas Show
17st December            Birthday Bash, Beachlands
2nd January 2018            Keltic Fayre, Coromandel
19th to 21stJanuary            Medieval Faire, Taupo
21st January            Burns Supper, Manurewa
28st January            Kiwi North
17st February            Paeroa Tattoo 25st Anniversary and Auckland Drum Fest
25st February            Howick Tattoo
3rd March            Botany Town Square
4rd March            Round The Bays
23rd to 25rd March            Cuba Dupa, Wellington
24rd March            Mangere East Culture Fest
Petra May Grulovic

Welcome Petra May Grulovic

Born 2nd June to popular Celtic Dance Championship Judges Peter and Jessica. All are doing very well and Petra looks forward to meeting us all in 2018!

Australian Celtic Music Awards Nominations are open!

Go to to nominate your favourite artist. Nominating is easy. Just click on the appropriate form tab and complete the online form. The Australian Celtic Music Awards presentation will take place at Glen Innes Services Club on 5th May 2018. Nominations close Friday 15nd December 2017. Artists can self-nominate or members of the public nominate their favourite artist?

HOGs Return to Glen Innes

The Northern NSW Chapter of the Harley Owners Group had such a great time in Glen Innes last year that they decided to return in 2017. The Riders came from all over Queensland and New South Wales for a Thunder Run to the historic Glen Innes Railway Station.

During their stay in Glen Innes, these wonderful people raised $600 which was donated to two local families with children being treated for leukaemia. Five-year-old Tommy Gill and two-year-old Josie Grob were both diagnosed with leukaemia within two weeks of each other.

Pictured below are Ali Payne Northern NSW HOG Secretary, Kay Arthur and Sue McCowen from the Lioness Club (accepting the funds raised for Tommy Gill and Josie Grob), Mathew Denehy Northern NSW HOG Director and Julie Clement, Glen Innes Services Club Events Manager.
Photo credit – Peter Teschner

Australian Celtic Festival 2018

Performer applications are now open on the festival website.

The 2018 Festival celebrates the Celtic Nations of Brittany, Asturias and Galicia. It will be held from Thursday 3rd May to Sunday 6th May 2018.
Calling all Fans of the phenomenally successful Outlander TV series! Glen Innes might be a long way from the Scottish highlands where the series is set, but it happens to have a circle of magnificent stones, similar to the stone circle that plays an important role in the Outlander story. The Standing Stones will be the focus for the weekend-long event, which will be called “Outlandish”.

Fans are encouraged to dress in costume for the weekend and be transported back in time to 1743. At night, a number of venues will be decorated in theme to host Outlander dinners.

As well as this Outlander fan gathering, the event is an inspired setting for a true highlander wedding celebration. Go to website for details of how you might be able to hold your own wedding during the weekend.
I do hope that you enjoy this edition.

Barbara McLennan
Celtic News
02 6734 6246
And finally, HOG riders at Glen Innes Railway Station.

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