2017 Christmas message.

‘Christmas 2017’. It’s hard to believe we are almost at that time on the calendar already!

We recently marked the first anniversary for our society and in fitting fashion we celebrated that milestone with a gathering at the Burns Club in Canberra. The gathering was well attended by 15 people! Wow! We were very happy to see so many turn up.

Now we’re winding down the year with the traditional festive season. We reflect back on the year and look forward to more special moments with those special people in our lives.

Unfortunately December is a quiet month for anything traditional from the old homeland to enjoy with the community. If you’re fortunate enough to be living in or near Sydney there is a large event called ‘a Joyful Celtic Christmas’.

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If you’re interested in a fun evening out contact the Box Office 02 8839 3399 or visit their website.

But if you’re looking to do something traditional at home in a fine Scottish way, then I’m afraid I have some bad new for you. There aren’t too many!

Unbelievably Christmas was banned in Scotland for some 400 years! Even baking Yule bread was banned! So instead the Scottish new years celebration ‘Hogmanay’  became the main festival everyone talks about. But I’m not sure everyone is up for days of drinking and revelry!

However some Scottish traditions did survive over the centuries and still practised in many a household today.

The baking of Yule bread; although its origins is reportedly across the border in Yorkshire; the baking of this delicious bread is a long-held Scottish tradition that survived Cromwells ban.

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A loaf of unleavened bread is baked for each individual in the family, and the person who finds a trinket in his or her loaf will have good luck all year. This reminds me of the tradition of placing a sixpence (or five cent piece) into a pudding, resulting no doubt in many chipped teeth and choking. Not a good way at starting a year of good luck!

To bake your own Yule Bread follow these ‘simple’ steps:

  • 1½ cups water

  • 2/3 cup raisins

  • 2/3 cup dried currants

  • 4 cups flour, more if needed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 2/3 cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, creamed

  • 1/3 cup chopped, candied orange peel

  • 1 tablespoon sugar dissolved in 2 tablespoons warm milk (for glaze)

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1. Bring water to a boil, pour half over raisins and currants and leave to soak.  Let remaining water cool to tepid.  Sift flour into a bowl with salt, cinnamon and cloves and stir in sugar.  Make a well in the centre and add tepid water with water drained from fruits.  Crumble or sprinkle yeast over water and leave 5 minutes or until dissolved.  Add eggs and, with your hand, gradually mix in flour. If necessary add more flour to form a smooth dough that is soft but not sticky.

2. Transfer dough to an electric mixer bowl and knead until elastic using the dough hook, 5-7 minutes.  Put dough in an oiled bowl, turning it so the top is oiled.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 2-3 hours.

3. Butter the loaf pan. Return dough to the mixer bowl and add creamed butter. Beat with dough hook at medium speed until butter is mixed and dough is smooth, 1-2 minutes.  Add soaked fruit and candied peel and mix at low speed until incorporated.

4. To shape loaf, turn dough onto a floured work surface. Pat it out with your fist to a rectangle 9 inches wide. Roll dough into a cylinder, pinch edge to seal, then drop carefully into loaf pan, seam side down.  Cover loosely and leave to rise until pan is full, 1½-2 hours.

5.  Heat the oven to 200°C. Brush loaf with glaze and bake for 20 minutes.  Brush again, lower heat to 175° and continue baking until the loaf sounds hollow when unmolded and tapped on bottom, 30-40 minutes. Transfer it to a rack to cool.  Yule Bread can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 1 month, and the flavor matures.  It can also be frozen.  Makes 1 large loaf to serve 8.

But be warned! On Christmas Eve, a Scottish custom has a single person cracking an egg into a cup. The shape of the egg white determined the profession of the possible mate. The egg was mixed into a cake, and if the cake cracked during baking, the person would have bad luck in the next year.

Another, perhaps even less popular Scottish tradition during the festive season is ‘Redding the House.’ 

This annual house cleansing rids the home of bad luck from the previous year and encourages good luck in the new. Part of this custom may include burning juniper branches within the house until it fills with smoke, then opening all the windows to cast out spirits.

This custom does not come with my endorsement during the heat of the Australian summer! But, burning something small perhaps isn’t such a bad idea. Many Scots still burn a twig of the rowen tree at Christmas as a way to clear away bad feelings of jealousy or mistrust between family members, friends, or neighbours.

Of course Redding doesn’t necessarily mean burn all the things (and your house included). It is one of the most important Scottish New Year traditions. Scottish families spend the New Year eve together. They start preparing for the grand event by cleaning their houses and other belongings. It is said that a clean and tidy home can welcome the good spirits of the New Year in the best way. Special attention is given to the fireplaces. The fireplaces should be cleaned and polished.

There are a number of things, which the Scottish families do to bring good luck. According to Scottish New Year traditions, people think that debts bring bad luck, so they clear all debts before New Year eve. They place Rowan trees at the entrance of their houses. They place a piece of mistletoe in the house, which is thought to bring good health for the family (although I’m not sure of the origins of the custom of lovers kissing under the mistletoe). Hazel and yew are kept to bring magical power and protection respectively. Some pieces of holly are also placed inside the house in order to keep away the evil spirits.

To the observer, it certainly appears that all the customs associated with Redding appear to have an ancient origin. Perhaps long before the arrival of Christianity and its subsequent domination over local customs.

If burning things, cleaning your house spotless or turning it into an arboretum isn’t your thing then perhaps a more agreeable custom to observe is when the first visitor to arrives to your home on Christmas Day; Scottish custom has this person called the ‘First Footer’. The person must bear gifts of peat, money, and bread to symbolise warmth, wealth, and lack of want. This also became a New Year’s Day tradition.

Although, peat may be hard to find in this country.

Another custom is placing candles in the window to welcome a stranger is a long-upheld Scottish Christmas tradition.

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Whichever way you and your family celebrate Christmas we all still observe customs and traditions even when we don’t realise it. That all just adds to the fun of the occasion while paying a respectful nod to our heritage.

Clansfolk, on behalf of the Clan Douglas Society of Australia I would like to extend my warmest wishes to you for a Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ùr’ (Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year).

Until next year! Lang may yer lum reek!

Andrew

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Events for June 2017.

As the weather cools down into winter the events heat up!

There are some great events coming up this month, don’t forget your flask of Whisky to keep warm.

Come back to the BBC Pipe Band

June 2
Brisbane, QLD Australia

An event for anyone who has ever played with the BBC Pipe Band, reconnect with former members and hear about the bands trip to play at the 2018 Edinburgh Tattoo , includes band performances. Info: bbcpipebandevents@gmail.com

Toowoomba Caledonian Society Ceilidh

June 3
Toowoomba, QLD Australia

A night of Scottish entertainment at Drayton Hall. Info: margbond@bigpond.net.au.

Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

June 4
Rochedale, QLD Australia

Piping event at Rochedale State High School, 249 Priestdale Rd. Info: 07 3397 4512.

Adelaide Pipers’ Gathering

June 5
Adelaide, SA Australia

Piping event in Adelaide. Info: Jack Brennan brennanjack@optusnet.com.au.

Brisbane Smallpipe Session

June 6
Milton, QLD Australia

Small pipes session. Info: Malcolm McLaren 07 3820-2902 or mrmclaren@bigpond.com.

Scottish Highland Day Lunch

June 7
Sydney, NSW Australia

Be transported to Scotland at this outstanding annual lunch, held in Cellos Grand Dining Room at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel. Beautifully restored to it original 1920s Art Deco glory, Cellos is the perfect backdrop for a sumptuous 3-course lunch and some traditional Scottish entertainment. Enjoy performances by our charming Scottish Highland Dancers and Pipe Band plus you’ll be treated to the Haggis Ritual.
Gather a group of friends and book your table for a fun filled lunch in this breath-taking venue! Cost: $65.00 per person Includes: 3-course lunch with two beverages (soft drink, local beer or house wine). Book http://www.thecastlereagh.com.au/deals/scottish-highland-day-lunch.htm or call 02 9284 1006.

National Celtic Festival

June 9June 12
Portarlington, VIC Australia

A full long weekend of Celtic music, relax and experience the depth of Celtic culture through the festival’s cultural diverse arts program. Info: http://www.nationalcelticfestival.com.

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Highland Cattle National Show 2017

June 10June 12
Mount Pleasant , SA Australia

June long weekend with Highland cattle and Highland dancers, Clan tents and more. Cattle from Victoria and local exhibitors. Free entry at Mount Pleasant Oval. Info: http://www.australianhighlandcattle.org.

Ipswich Highland Gathering of the Clans

June 10
Ipswich, QLD Australia

Scottish stalls, pipe band, solo and drumming competitions at Bill Paterson Oval, Limestone Park. Info: 0411 892 810 or http://www.ipswichthistle.com.

Scots on The Rocks Chaotic Ceilidh

June 17
Sydney, NSW Australia

Featuring music by ARIA Award winning Chris Duncan & Catherine Strutt, it will be a night of energetic and popular dances. Info: 0435 154 433 or http://www.sotr.org.au/chaos.

Townsville Clansmen’s Ceilidh

June 17
Townsville, QLD Australia

Celebrate Scotland on the eve of the Townsville Tartan Day events. Info: Marie Gibson 0413 456 542 or mlg7@optusnet.com.au.

The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular & Fassifern Highland Gathering

June 17June 18
Boonah, QLD Australia

A celebration of Scottish arts and culture with a particular focus on celebrating the Scottish heritage of the Fassifern at Boonah Showgrounds. Info: clydiespectacular@hotmail.com or 0407 960 029

Scotland vs Australia

June 17
Sydney, NSW Australia

International rugby as the Aussies and Scots play at Allianz Stadium at 3pm. Info: http://www.rugby.com.au

Townsville Tartan Day

June 18
Townsville, QLD Australia

In the Cotters Market, Flinders Street with street parade of Clan Banners and bagpipes. Info: Marie Gibson mlg7@optusnet.com.au or 0413 456 542.

The National Piping Centre’s Virginia Piping and Drumming School

June 18June 23
Winchester, VA United States

Back for 2017 learn from this fantastic line-up of piping and drumming teachers at Shenandoah University. Info: http://www.thepipingcentre.co.uk.

Scottish Heritage Week

June 22July 1
Sydney, NSW Australia

The Scottish Australian Heritage Council is delighted to announce that John, Chief of Macleod of Raasay, and Elizabeth, Madame Macleod of Raasay, have accepted our invitation to be the Honoured Guests for Scottish Heritage Week. A variety of events will take place across the city such as Clans and Families Forum, Parliamentary Lunch for Tartan Day, annual inspection of the Scotland Australian Cairn, Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan for Tartan Day and more. Info: http://www.scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au

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Scottish Dancing Association of Australia’s Ceilidh Debutante Ball 2017

June 24
Newtown, NSW Australia

Ceilidh dancing, Scottish Highland dancing performances by SDAA Dancers, live pipe band music and prizes at The Great Dining Hall, St Andrews College, University of Sydney, 19 Carillon Ave. Info: Alison Hughes 0404 145 622 or sdaball2017@gmail.com.

Scotland in the Park 2017

June 25
Greenbank, QLD Australia

A full day of Scottish events including pipe bands, entertainment, Scottish stalls ands more at Middle Green Sports Complex, 720  Middle Rd. Info: Neil Macdonald 0412 090 990 or http://www.scottishclans.org.au.

Queensland Highland Pipers Society Pipers Night

June 26
Toowong, QLD Australia

Strathspeys and Reels at BBC Band Room, Moggill Rd. Info: 07 3397 4512.

Celtic Piping Sessions

June 27
Melbourne, VIC Australia

Piping music session 2pm – 5pm, upstairs at the Exford Hotel, 199 Russell St. Info: email@celticpipingclub.com

The Bay City Rollers Australian Tour

June 29July 21
Nationwide, Australia

Rollermania with the greatest hits tour featuring Les McKeown with a new energy for all the classic hits. Info: http://www.metropolistouring.com/baycityrollers

Scotland the Brave

June 30
Melbourne, VIC Australia

The international smash hit features over 100 choral singers, dancers, pipe-band and drum corps, soloists, Highland dancers and electric Celtic fiddlers at Arts Centre Melbourne, 8:00pm. Info: http://www.scotlandthebrave.com.au or bookings: http://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2017/world-jazz-folk/scotland-the-brave

Brunswick Scottish Society Highland Ceilidh

June 30
Brunswick, VIC Australia

Includes 2 course meal with entertainment from Highland Pipe Band, Highland dancing display, Scottish country dancing, old time dancing to the Hat Band. Dancing for our young patrons. Cost: adults: $50, students: $30,children under 12: $20. Info: Ina Graham 03 8361 0308.

Maclean – a wee piece of Scotland in Australia’s tropical heat.

Today I’m sharing a delightful little piece about a delightful little town in my home region called ‘Maclean’.

Located in the heart of the Clarence Valley, alongside the mighty Clarence River, Maclean boasts itself as ‘the Scottish town in Australia’. Of course it looks and feels nothing like anywhere in Scotland but the town does owe its very existence to Scottish migrants to the region in the 1860’s.

When the town was laid out it was named after the then New South Wales Surveyor General Alexander Grant McLean. Although how the spelling variation came about when naming the town is a mystery.

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Main Street Maclean. 

Despite the vast distances to Scotland and the vastly different environment the residents of Maclean remained true to their heritage. Today the town hosts one of the oldest Highland Gatherings in the country where for the past 113 years the Maclean Highland gathering is held every Easter.

Although there is nothing physically familiar within the town itself that reminds people of our ancient homeland the town is colourfully decorated with Clan tartans on power poles, street signs are posted in English and Scottish Gaelic and in the Herb Stanford Memorial Park there is a Scottish cairn with Clan crests fixed around the base of the cairn, a fitting memorial to the contribution Scottish settlers made to the Clarence and to Australia. Also within the park are a number of totem poles painted in Scottish clan tartans.

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If you’re fortunate enough to be visiting this stunning region, Maclean is located just off the Pacific Highway between Grafton and Yamba and well worth the visit. While you’re there pay a visit to ‘The Scottish Shop’ which specialises in the Scottish heritage of the area, with advice on tracing family clans.

They have a range of tartan samples to help identify family tartans. The shop is staffed by volunteers and managed by the Clarence Valley Council and the Lower Clarence Scottish Association. Tourist information and Scottish inspired souvenirs are also available as well as general inquiries on Scottish issues in Maclean.

Hours are 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 12 noon on Saturday.

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Events for May 2017.

What a month May promises to be with a stunning array of activities right across the country!

If ever you want to get out and get yer tartan on – this is the month to do it with some of the nations premier events on show.

Adelaide Pipers’ Gathering

May 1
Adelaide, SA Australia

Piping event in Adelaide. Info: Jack Brennan brennanjack@optusnet.com.au.

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Brisbane Smallpipe Session

May 2
Milton, QLD Australia

Smallpipes session. Info: Malcolm McLaren 07 3820-2902 or mrmclaren@bigpond.com.

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25th Australian Celtic Festival

May 4May 7
Glen Innes, NSW Australia

The four-day Festival attracts clans, cultural groups, dancers and performers and this year celebrates our Irish cousins. Info: http://www.australiancelticfestival.com.

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R.U. Brown 2017 Gold Medal Contest

May 6
Prospect, SA Australia

With over 130 Piobaireachd piping competitors in 8 different classes at Black Friar’s Priory School,  17 Prospect Rd. Info: http://www.rubrown.org.au.

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Warringah Scottish and Old Time Dance

May 6
Warringah, NSW Australia

Social Scottish and old time dance for all ages, bring light supper with you to share and have lucky door and lucky dance spot prizes to be won at Collaroy Masonic Hall, Pittwater Rd. Info:  Leslie Bowers 02 9901-1673.

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RSCDS Hunter Valley Branch (Inc) Day of Dance

May 6
East Gosford, NSW Australia

At East Gosford Progress Hall, Henry Parry Drive & Wells Sts. Info: Allyn Douglass 0422747965 or hvrscds@gmail.com.

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Redlands Highland Gathering

May 6
Wellington Point, QLD Australia

Presented by the Redlands Sporting Club Pipe Band at Peter Burge Oval. Info: Al Campbell 0434 600 162 or enquiries@rscpipeband.org.au.

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Scottish Clans & Societies of Victoria 64th Annual Highland Ball

May 6
Coburg,, VIC Australia

Scottish pipe band and Scottish dance display, dinner and more at Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St. Info: Bill Graham 03 8361 0308.

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

May 7
Rochedale, QLD Australia

At Rochedale High School, 10am. Info: 07 3397 4512.

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Highland Month in the Hinterland

May 8May 26
Wongawallan, QLD Australia

Highland Month features Scottish food and music at Fox & Hounds Country Inn, 7 Elevation Dr. Info: 07 5665 7582 or http://www.foxandhounds.net.au.

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Epping Scottish and Old Time Dinner Dance

May 13
Epping, NSW Australia

Social Scottish and old time dance for all ages, two course dinner and have lucky door and lucky dance spot prizes to be won at Karonga School Hall, Karonga Court.  Entry by pre booked tickets only info: John Withers: 02 9614-6020.

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The Robert Burns Scottish Festival

May 19May 21
Camperdown, VIC Australia

A weekend of dance, music and poetry celebrating Camperdown’s unique link to Scotland’s National Bard. Info: Tel: 03 5593 7100 or http://www.camperdownburnsfestival.com.

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Sunshine Coast Caledonian Pipes & Drums Mini-Bands Competition

May 20
Yandina, QLD Australia

Piping competitions and events at Yandina United Football Club, North St. Info: Robyn: 07 5442 8632.

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World Whisky Day

May 20
Nationwide, Australia

Raise a glass and try a dram and celebrate the water of life! Info: http://www.worldwhiskyday.com

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Celtic Spectacular

May 20
Brisbane, QLD Australia

Celtic performances with Queensland Pops Orchestra, Sarah Calderwood, BBC Pipes & Drums, Thistle Highland Dancers, Murphy’s Pigs and more at QPAC. Info: 136246 or http://www.qpac.com.au

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Celtic Piping Sessions

May 21
Melbourne, VIC Australia

Piping music session 2pm – 5pm, upstairs at the Exford Hotel, 199 Russell St. Info: email@celticpipingclub.com.
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Celtic Spectacular

May 21
Toowoomba, QLD Australia

Celtic performances with Queensland Pops Orchestra, Sarah Calderwood, BBC Pipes & Drums, Thistle Highland Dancers, Murphy’s Pigs and more at Empire Theatre. Info: 1300 655 299 or http://www.empiretheatre.com.au

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Berry Celtic Festival

May 27
Berry, NSW Australia

Pipe bands, Celtic Clans, Scottish Terrier dogs, vintage cars and more at Berry Showground. Info: http://www.berryrotary.org.au/celtic-festival

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Scottish Ceilidh

May 27
Warnbro, WA Australia

A Cancer Council Relay For Life fundraiser. Live band, The Jarrah Celts, dancing, raffles, food for sale, best dressed, games, prizes, tickets to Bay City Rollers in Perth. All money raised goes to Cancer Council through Relay For Life South Metro.Book online at http://www.trybooking.com/OUXN or check out our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/teambloomingbright

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Queensland Highland Pipers Society Patrons Trophy

May 27
Wynnum , QLD Australia

At Wynnum RSL, Tingal Rd.. Info: 07 3397 4512 or http://www.qhps.org.

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Caledonian Society of WA Ceilidh

May 27
Inglewood, WA Australia

Scottish dancing and social event at Bob Daniels Community Centre, 891 Beafort St. Info: John 0427 990 754.

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Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival

May 28June 4
Wingham, NSW Australia

Something for everyone from Scottish singing, dancing, Highland games, genealogy fair and our traditional Scottish Ball, our aim is to satisfy any Scot longing for the homeland and entice everyone else to join in and sample the true Scottish Spirit. Our Clan of Honour this year is Clan Cameron. Info: http://www.manninghistorical.org

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Events for March 2017.

Hopefully there is a festival or some sort of activity near you!

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March 3
Prospect, SA Australia

Piobaireachd piping at Prospect RSL, Wilcox Ave. Info: http://www.rubrown.org.au.

RSCDS Sydney Branch Inc. 2017 Katoomba Weekend

March 3March 5
Katoomba, NSW Australia

If you enjoy Scottish Country Dancing then this residential weekend is for you with instruction, dance and events. Info: Pat Charlton Phone: or 9520 9075 or charlton.pat@gmail.com

Celtic Celebration

March 4
Exeter, SA Australia

Celebration of all the Celtic Countries with music, dancing and a shared basket supper and BYO Alcohol. Soft drink available for purchase at 189 Semaphore Rd. Info: http://www.scots-sa.org.au.

The Newcastle Highland Dancing 50th Anniversary Championships

March 4March 5
Warners Bay, NSW Australia

At Warners at the Bay Function Room, Hillsborough Rd with a Ceilidh  and a workshop. Info: 0438 671 790 or http://www.nswhighlanddancing.com.au.

Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

March 5
Rochedale, QLD Australia

At Rochedale High School, 10am. Info: 07 3397 4512.

Scots on the Swamp – Harewood House Charity Open Day

March 5
Koo Wee Rup,, VIC Australia

Victorian Police Pipe Band, Scottish and Irish dancing, Clan tents, whisky tasting, Highland cattle and more at  Harewood House, 3310 South Gippsland Hwy. Info: (03) 5997 1033.

Adelaide Pipers’ Gathering

March 6
Adelaide, SA Australia

Piping event in Adelaide. Info: Jack Brennan brennanjack@optusnet.com.au.

Brisbane Smallpipe Session

March 7
Milton, QLD Australia

Smallpipes session. Info: Malcolm McLaren 07 3820-2902 or mrmclaren@bigpond.com.

International Bagpipe Day

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March 10
Nationwide, Australia

This is a day initiated by The Bagpipe Society to celebrate the world’s many bagpipes and piping traditions. Every March 10th you are invited to go out and play your pipes – anywhere, anyhow to anyone!

From Burns to Barnes-A celebration of Scottish songs and singers

March 12
Bundanoon, NSW Australia

Presented by the Brigadoon Festival, the concert will feature songs written by Scots and songs made famous by Scottish singers at Soldiers Memorial Hall, 3 Railway Ave. Info: Jim Gillespie 02 4883 7675 or concert@brigadoon.org.au.

Eddi Reader Live

March 15
Thornbury,, VIC Australia

The songs of Robert Burns live by one of Scotland’s top female vocalists at Thornbury Theatre. Info: http://www.thethornburytheatre.com

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March 16
Brisbane, QLD Australia

The songs of Robert Burns live by one of Scotland’s top female vocalists at Concert Hall, QPAC. Info: 136 246 or http://www.qpac.com.au

60th Geelong Highland Gathering

March 19
Corio, VIC Australia

A great Scottish day out which includes the 2017 Victorian Pipe Band Championships., Clans, Scottish dancers, heavy events and much more at Goldsworthy Reserve, Goldsworthy Rd. Info: http://www.geelonghighlandgathering.org.au.

Celtic Piping Sessions

March 19
Melbourne, VIC Australia

Piping music session 2pm – 5pm, upstairs at the Exford Hotel, 199 Russell St. Info: email@celticpipingclub.com

Scots School Bathurst Highland Gathering

March 19
Bathurst, NSW Australia

Pipe band competition, stalls, children’s events and more at the Scots School Bathurst, 4173 O’Connell Rd. Info: 02 6331 2766 or http://www.scots.nsw.edu.au.

 

2017  Queanbeyan Ceilidh

March 19

235 Crawford St, Queanbeyan at the Bicentennial Hall.

Eddi Reader Live

March 21
Sydney, NSW Australia

The songs of Robert Burns live by one of Scotland’s top female vocalists at The Factory Theatre. Info:02 9550 3666 or http://www.factorytheatre.com.au.

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March 22
Adelaide, SA Australia

The songs of Robert Burns live by one of Scotland’s top female vocalists at Trinity Sessions. Info: Tel: 0401 122 256 or http://www.trinitysessions.org.

Scotland the Brave

March 24March 25
Adelaide, SA Australia

The international smash hit features the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra joined on the Festival Theatre stage by over 100 choral singers, dancers, pipe-band and drum corps, soloists, Highland dancers and electric Celtic fiddlers. Info: 131 246 or http://www.scotlandthebrave.com.au/ http://www.aso.com.au/products/2017/showcase/scotland-the-brave

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March 24
Fremantle, WA Australia

The songs of Robert Burns live by one of Scotland’s top female vocalists at Fly By Night. Info: 08 9430 5208 or http://www.flybynight.org/event/eddie-reader.

Scots on The Rocks Chaotic Ceilidh

March 25
Sydney, NSW Australia

Featuring music by ARIA Award winning Chris Duncan & Catherine Strutt, it will be a night of energetic and popular dances. Info: 0435 154 433 or http://www.sotr.org.au/chaos.

51st Ringwood Highland Games

March 26
Ringwood, VIC Australia

Celebrate Scotland with pipe bands, Scottish dance, Clans, stalls and more at the East Ringwood Sports Ground. Info: Sue MacLeod 0407 334 709 or http://www.ringwoodhighlandgames.org.

Brisbane Boys’ College Pipe Band Competition

March 26
Toowong, QLD Australia

Pipe band competitions at  Kensington Terrace. Info: 07 3309 3500 or http://www.bbc.qld.edu.au.

Queensland Highland Pipers Society Social

March 27
Balmoral, QLD Australia

At Bulimba Bowls Club, Quinn St. Info: 07 3397 4512.

 

Mark it in your calendar folks, Australia’s largest Scottish festival, Brigadoon at Bundanoon is on April 1!