The Australian Celtic Festival: A Celebration of Celtic Culture and Friendship
Song, dance, music, poetry, pomp, ceremony, spectacle, living history, parade, clans, special events, and (of course) bagpipes.
Our 2015 lineup included:
- Anna & Jordan
- Cape Byron Celtic Dance
- Celia Pavey
- City of Brisbane Pipe Band
- Gens Altera
- Glen Innes Pipe Band
- Glenmore Highland Dancers
- Hunter Welsh Folk Dancers
- Irish Joe Lynch
- Kelly Family Band
- Moree Caled Soc Pipes & Drums
- Murphy's Pigs
- Northern Celts
- Pumpkin Juice
- Siobhan Owen
- Stu Tyrrell
- Uni of Qld Pipe Band
- Villanova College Irish Ensemble
- Welder's Dog
After all our gigs on sat night: Peter Miller, Kelly Family, Spirit of the Glen, The Barleyshakes, Sásta, and friends jamming till the wee small hours. Great company. Great music. Great fun.
Thanks to all our visitors, performers, workers, volunteers, Clans, helpers, sponsors, traders and anybody else who helped make it happen. We hope you had a great festival. If you're travelling, have a safe and enjoyable trip. See you all next year!
Congratulations to Villanova, Rant Maggie Rant, Peter Miller, Platform 9¾, Celia Pavey, Murphy’s Pigs, Lorin Nicholson and Family, John Graham, and The Leaping Lizards for their success in the Australian Celtic Music Awards and to Pumpkin Juice, Russell Scott and Gwen Cryer for their Triquetra Awards. Very well done, everybody!
Visitors and performers flock to Glen Innes in the heart of Celtic Country for the annual Australian Celtic Festival held the first weekend in May.
Spread over 4 days, highlights include music and dance at multiple stages and venues, displays and workshops, storytelling and poetry, clan gatherings, a huge parade through Glen Innes' heritage main street, strongmen, living history displays, massed bands, traditional kirking of the tartans, Celtic yard dog trials, fun run and walk, Celtic stalls, food and more.
The Australian Standing Stones, overlooking the rural township of Glen Innes, were originally developed as a meeting place for the Celtic Clans and Associations of Australia to gather and celebrate their Celtic history.
Located in Centennial Park, the Standing Stones are the primary venue of the Australian Celtic Festival. A number of activities, including the parade, and some evening events take place at other venues around the town.
Glen Innes has twin town status with Pitlochry in Scotland.
The Ngarabal (also: Ngoorabul, Ngarrabul, Ngarrbal) people are the traditional Aboriginal custodians of the Glen Innes area, having lived here continuously for thousands of years. The Ngarabal name of the township of Glen Innes is "Gindaaydjin", meaning "plenty of big round stones on clear plains".
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