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National Celtic Festival Piping Competition

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National Celtic Festival Piping Competition

in conjunction with Victorian Pipers Association.

This competition features an extraordinary line up of pipers who are the at the top of their piping game. This will be an absolute must see for festivalgoers.

Four outstanding pipers have been selected to compete for the title of National Celtic Festival Piping Champion; Kyle Warren, Katherine Belcher, Joshua Chandler and William Sincock.

Each piper has prepared a 17mins of music, including; Marches, Strathspeys, Reels, Jigs, Waltzes, Hornpipes, and Airs. In recognition of the great Scottish Piper and composer Gordon Duncan, they must also include one of his compositions. Five judges from the Victorian Pipers Association will judge the performances on musicality, technically proficiency and overall performance.

Fingers will be flying, feet stomping and music flowing. The sound generated from these high-class pipers will be memorable!

Kyle Warren is a former World Champion with Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, a Red Hot Chilli Piper, and the 2015 NCF Piping Competition winner. This is but a fraction of the accolades for this great, Scottish born piper.

Katherine Belcher has recently returned from a sabbatical year in Scotland playing with Inveraray and District. She was 2014 Victorian Champion and currently is the 2016 RU Brown A Grade Champion. An classy Piper accomplished in composing, arranging. and playing.

Will Sincock began piping in 2010 and has had a rapid rise up through the piping ranks. He is the 2015 Victorian Piping Association Piper of the year. An exciting young piper that delivers a high-class performance whenever he plays.

Josh Chandler is the youngest of our invited pipers, is an exciting new talent in Australian Piping and is currently the 2016 RU Brown Champion B Grade. Already outstanding, he is at the beginning of what is surely going to be an exciting piping musical journey.

Theresa Young

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Theresa plays a locally made cittern guitar and sings her own songs, as well as traditional Celtic ballads. She sings about simple things that are important to her – people’s lives, Tasmania’s natural beauty, love and family. Theresa has an engaging and unassuming presence on stage, and her music reflects her appreciation of what is special in the ordinary.

The BordererS

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Scottish / Irish / Australian Celtic Rock band the BordererS are well known performers at Australian and UK festivals, and have supported artists like The Proclaimers, The Saw Doctors and Shane McGowan from The Pogues. The award-winning band have just been voted S.A.’s Best Band and their new double album ‘Tales of Love & Loss’ was the winner of the Best Album of the Year

The Freewheeler

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Forged of a deep and longstanding musical bond, The Freewheeler combines three of Australia’s finest traditional Irish musicians – Dougal Adams (flute), and Trouble in the Kitchen’s Ado Barker (fiddle) and Ben Stephenson (guitar). This is the sound of music set loose, the tunes lifting and rolling with a freedom that speaks of a rare connection.

The Drowsy Maggies

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The Drowsy Maggies are a young, talented four-piece who are rapidly gaining recognition in the folk scene. Combining harmony-filled original songs, fiery fiddle tunes and groovy bass, they will have you swinging one moment and your heart melting the next!


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Not even in Ireland would you hear a sound as rich, full bodied and unique as Zeon. Like a fine Irish single malt, their liberated melodies were distilled in the streets of Ireland and matured in the laneways and pubs of Melbourne, Australia. Zeon’s commitment to their performance will make you stomp and sing and shed a tear as you hear new tunes and old favourites.

Ceffyl Gwyn Welsh Dancers

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The Ceffyl Gwyn Welsh Dancers are based in the City of Whitehorse, hence the name, Ceffyl Gwyn, which means ‘white horse’. They are the only group in Melbourne dedicated to promoting Welsh Folk Dancing, meeting regularly to practise traditional and modern Welsh reels, jigs, hornpipes, waltzes and marches.

Cathie’s Celtic Dance

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Cathie’s Celtic Dance from Albury-Wodonga is an energetic group of Irish Dancers with performers of all ages. Starting in 2005 with a few students, Cathie’s Celtic Dance has grown to become a much sought after performance troupe regularly performing throughout Victoria and southern New South Wales. The troupe performs original choreography to both traditional and modern music.