Victorian Pipers Association

Pipers from the Victorian Pipers Association will delve into four seminal works, performing a sample of the most moving pieces you’ll hear - The Golden Age of Piping.

Piobaireachd - Gaelic for piping and sometimes called the ‘Classical Music’ of the Great Highland Bagpipe. This program explores Piobaireachd composed by the legendary MacCrimmon family of Skye. Spanning 300 years they were the hereditary pipers to the MacLeods of Dunvegan, composing some of the most beautiful and emotive music for bagpipes ever conceived, giving rise to a Golden Age of Piping. Their tradition developed the instrument like never before and lifted it to portray haunting themes and complex variations as they sought a vehicle for the expression of their tribulations and joys, sorrow and anguish.

National Celtic Festival Piping Challenge Recognising the influence of legendary Scottish piper Gordon Duncan, we’ve invited 4 of Australia’s premier solo pipers to compete in a 15-minute piping challenge playing tunes written by Gordon, to win the 2019 National Celtic Festival Piping Challenge. Fingers flying, music flowing, this is Australia’s piping at its best.

GlenBrea Celtic Dancers

Glenbrae Celtic Dancers ("Glenbrae") began as Glen Waverley Highland Dancing Society in September 1989.  Established by Bernadette and Carmel Williams and their parents Patricia and Lionel Williams .  From humble beginnings in the garage with only a handful of students, the Dance group has continued to grow and is one of the leading dance groups in the country. This group has had many opportunities to dance at festivals and events both locally and internationally. 

Cathies Celtic Dance

Cathie’s Celtic Dance is an entertaining Irish dance group from Albury-Wodonga and Beechworth. Opening in 2005 with a few students, Cathie’s Celtic Dance has grown into a large group of performers of all ages that regularly perform throughout Victoria and New South Wales. The group performs to both traditional and modern music, with both traditional and original choreography which includes, soft shoe, hard shoe, ceili and group dances.

PLATFORM 9 3/4

Platform 9 ¾ - was formed to promote Welsh music in Celtic Folk Festivals in Australia – they are one of the only group in Australia performing songs with a Welsh influence. Their music melds the musical sounds of the major Celtic influences and is characterised by their sweet harmonies and unique music arrangements.

Victorian Irish Dance Academy

The Victorian Irish Dance Academy will put on a performance that incorporates the best of traditional and modern Irish dancing. The dancers will kick up their heels in fast paced reels, and pond out powerful rhythms with their feet. With high energy routines and precisely choreographed steps, the performers will show you why Irish dancing is renown throughout the world.

Celtic Piping Club

The Celtic Piping Club is the hub for Australia’s Celtic piping community. We provide a network for people who play or are interested in the various types of Celtic pipes including uilleann pipes, Scottish smallpipes, Northumbrian pipes, Border pipes and other bellows-blown or mouth-blown pipes.

Melbourne Comhaltas

Comhaltas is an international organisation promoting Irish culture, music and dance. Their Melbourne branch, currently made up of locals and expats of all ages, has been meeting for nearly 50 years to enjoy the wonders of Irish set-dancing, ceili dances, and plenty of traditional music. They meet weekly in Collingwood, run many events throughout the year, and are very active in the Irish community. All members love to spread the fun of Irish culture. You'll find it unavoidable to get up and have a dance at our workshops or céilithe.