Program

Welcome to our
2021 Fringe Festival

Our program looks a little different this year as we navigate Covid restrictions to bring you a spectacular and memorable Covid safe Celtic experience.

This year we are holding a series of Fringe events celebrating the Celtic nations of Ireland and Isle of Man at the Australian Standing Stones. On Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May we’ll be hosting a series of ticketed Concert Sessions in our entertainment precinct and a FREE market event around the stones.

There will also be a variety of events happening around town across multiple venues during the week of the Festival.

You’ll find information about our 2021 program on this page and we’ll be adding to it as events and experiences are confirmed.

Australian Celtic Fringe
Concert Sessions

We have 5 Concerts scheduled at our entertainment precinct giving you exclusive access to bands, live music and dance performances. You’ll also have exclusive access to the Boar N Drum bar and food stalls in the entertainment precinct for the duration of your session. 

Where: Entertainment Precinct, Australian Standing Stones, Centennial Parklands 

When: May 1st to May 2nd, varied concert times

Cost: Tickets range from $25 to $40 per session

Tickets and Covid registration are required upon entry. There are various seating options available, differently priced. 

If you are booked for multiple concerts you can visit the FREE Market event between sessions to allow for our volunteers to complete a complete clean and sanitization of the entertainment precinct. For Full details on concert tickets head to our ticket page.

Ella Roberts performing at the ACF

Saturday 1st May

Concert 1 – 9am to 12pm Featuring Ella Roberts, The Boatmen, Murphy’s Pigs, Cape Byron and Nova & Scotia.

Concert 2 – 1pm to 4pm Featuring Kinsale, Limerick, The Gathering, Cape Byron and Nova & Scotia.

Concert 3 – 5pm to 10pm Featuring Gone Molly, Hatz Fitz & Cara, The Boatmen, and the Gypsy Clovers, with MC Comedian Peter Berner.

Sunday 2nd May

Concert 4 – 9am to 12pm Featuring Ella Roberts, The Boatmen, Murphy’s Pigs, Cape Byron and Nova & Scotia.

Concert 5 -1pm to 4pm Featuring Kinsale, Limerick, The Gathering, Cape Byron and Nova & Scotia.

During sessions as attendees are being seated there will be pipe bands performing in the entertainment precinct.  *Program is subject to scheduling changes depending on availabilities.

Detailed concert session schedules will be available here soon.

ACF Market Event

Free Market Event

As part of the 2021 Australian Celtic Fringe Festival we’re holding a FREE Celtic Cultural Market event among the Standing Stones, with an array of food and Celtic themed trader stalls. We’ll have activities for the whole family including the kids with the magical Celtic Kids Fairy Marquee. Inspired by local traditions from the Isle of Man, one of our celebrated Celtic nations this year, you will enter a mystical place. Cross the fairy bridge and say hello to the fairies, there will be face painting, arts, crafts and stories. Knock on the fairy door and make a wish.

The market event is FREE however, you will still be required to register upon entry to the event. There will be QR codes displayed around the entrance.

Where: Australian Standing Stones, Centennial Parklands

When: May 1st to May 2nd, from 9am to 6pm

Cost: FREE to explore the markets.

Official Opening Ceremony

The Official Opening Ceremony will be held on Saturday at the Dawn flag Raising ceremony

Where: Australian Standing Stones, Centennial Parklands

When: May 1st, from 6am

Cost: FREE

The Dawn Flag Raising ceremony has always been a memorable and evocative start to the Saturday activities.  This year, the official opening of the Australian Celtic Fringe Festival will take place at the Standing Stones.  Be haunted before the sunrise, by the emotive call of the pipes from within the Stones followed by the raising of the Celtic Flags on Tynwald Hill and the lighting of the Friendship Flame.

Australian Celtic
Fashion Awards (ACFA)

There will be a brand new exhibition held for the Australian Celtic Fashion Award (ACFA) in 2021 showcasing all the entries to the prestigious awards. 

The exhibition will include a variety of scheduled demonstrations in lost crafts, music, and attendees will be able to vote in the people’s choice. The exhibition will display dressmaking, leatherwork, knitting, weaving, felting, millinery and accessories.

Where: Glen Innes Town Hall, 265 Grey St

When: April 29 to May 2. Daily from 9am to 5pm

Cost: Entry to the exhibition is a gold coin donation

The Award Ceremony and presentation will be held at 10am on Saturday 1st May at the Glen Innes Town Hall. Pre-registrations will be required to secure a seat. 

Glen Innes Chapel Theatre

celtic Symposium
'The Celts - Anything Celtic'

The Glen Innes Chapel Theatre will be holding a Free Celtic Symposium where you can learn more about the Celts with talks, posters and pictures plus discussions with professional historians and interested amateurs. Everyone is welcome to attend the Symposium.

Where: Glen Innes Chapel Theatre, 143 Church St.

When: April 30th 2021 from 1pm to 5pm

Cost: FREE

We invite interested individuals or organisations to submit a presentation or photographs to the Symposium with no entry fees.

Around Town

Join in the action around town. There are many events scheduled at various venues during the Australian Celtic Fringe Festival, adding to the atmosphere around town.

Keep up to date – we’ll be promoting events happening around town on our ACF Facebook page as they are confirmed.

The Celtic Concerts

The Glen Innes Services Club presents the Celtic Concerts:

Friday 30th April – from 6pm ($10pp) – Murphy’s Pigs

Saturday 1st May – from 6.30pm ($15pp) – Darren Coggan & Murphy’s Pigs

Sunday 2nd May – from 6.30pm ($10pp) – The Gathering

Limited Entertainment Tickets Available under Covid Restrictions. Call 6732 1355 to book your tickets for the entertainment ONLY. 

The Crystal Room Restaurant will be open for meals, call 6732 4292 Booking Essential. All food is optional and must be paid for separately.

The Celtic Classic

Sunday 2nd May

Green Fees: $20pp

Prizes will be awarded at a special presentation after the game. 

Kilts may be worn. 

All visiting guests wishing to play in the Celtic Classic must contact the Glen Innes Golf Club directly on 6732 1555 to book tee off times with Golf Club Supervisor.

 

Meet our 2021 ACFF Performing Artists

Step to the Gaelic and on we go … Be ready to get jiggin’ with it or to chill out in a bittersweet frame of mind to beautiful ballads at the Australian Celtic Fringe Festival 2021. Enjoy all things musical drenched in Scottish, Irish, Welsh and Manx Celtic culture. Look out for dancers, pipe bands and a bit of comedy in between at our exclusive evening session or book a morning or afternoon romp at the Australian Standing Stones Entertainment precinct.
So, what are we all looking forward to?

Musicians and bands

Hat Fitz & Cara

Playing a fine mix of folk, Celtic roots and blues with an old-time gospel flavour. Hat is a veteran wild man of Australia’s blues scene and holds a record 18 straight appearances at Byron Bay’s BluesFest. Meanwhile, Cara has a soul background and a sensational voice and has also taken on drumming duties, washboards, flute and tin whistle: sometimes all at once! 

The Gypsy Clovers

A dynamic Celtic rock quintet featuring the powerful yet often smooth voice of Tanya Powell, astounding electric fiddling by three-time Golden Fiddle Award winner Rabbit Robinson, great guitar licks from Jon Shore, bass by Geoff Jones, and energetic drum battering from Peter Read. The band is lively and vibrant and will have you stomping and singing along.

The Boatmen

Five folk rockers from Newcastle, NSW, that has stunned many punters at festivals and gigs throughout the nation. Get set to twirl away to all sorts of stringed things, including fiddle, plus a drummer that the band released from a cage fairly recently. Energy ahoy!

Kinsale

They have been working on new material that’s a combination of traditional pieces and originals that the band is dying to share with you. This is the full quartet of harp, hand drum, guitars and haunting Irish balladry feature in the band’s Celtic fare.

Gone Molly

For the past three years, singer-songwriter Sally Harris has built a repertoire that demonstrates a love of history, mythology, traditional song and more and, in league with Rebecca Wright and multi-instrumentalist Lachlan Baldwin, we have a variety of instrumentation (cello to all sorts of string-driven things) and vocal blends that have been captured on the trio’s debut album, which scored three gongs at the Australian Celtic Music Awards 2018.

Limerick (Modern Celtic Band) 

A high-energy group that plays a lively mix of traditional Celtic and contemporary toe-tapping, beer-stomping, singalong songs. The group won for ‘New Celtic Talent of the year’ at the 2019 Australian Celtic Music Awards and features Tim Cody on guitar and vocals, Melinda Coles on fiddle and accordion, Belle Hendrik on bass and vocals, and Craig Tobin on drums and vocals. Be prepared to mosh in a Celtic manner.

The Gathering

Fronted by award-winning Irish musician Mick McHugh. The group prides itself on getting audiences very much physically involved with its high-energy music, blended with an array of covers anything from late Swedish DJ Avicii and Mumford & Sonsto Creedence Clearwater Revival and Johnny Cash. The band has a unique stamp on Irish music, so be sure to bring your dancin’ shoes for this craicin’ band.

Peter Berner (MC)

Australian Celtic Fringe Festival MC Peter Berner is one of Australia’s most popular and respected comedians, broadcasters and authors. He has performed throughout Australia for nearly three decades and hosted countless TV and radio programs, including Backberner, The Einstein Factor, You Have Been Watching and so very much more. He will be your host throughout the Saturday Night Sessions and you may even see him pop up from time to time throughout the Festival, his engaging way with wit is not to be missed.

Ella Roberts

Ella is Australian born with Celtic roots and has traced her ancestry back to the Scottish Highlands and isles and Ireland, therefore seemingly born with a huge passion for Celtic culture and song. At the 2019 Australian Celtic Music Awards, Ella won ‘Female Artist of the Year’, ‘Celtic Song of the Year’ for her original, ‘Elluria’s Lament’, and ‘Celtic Artist of the Year’.

Murphy’s Pigs

Murphy’s Pigs, as their bio states, is ‘a big band, a big sound and nearly an acre of suit fabric’.  With 11 members at last count, this award-winning, Celtic-rock posse should have you throwing caution to the wind and losing yourself on a musical adventure through the lands of the Celts that’s all things craggy mountains, turbulent oceans, wild battles, unrequited love and a bit of whisky. So get ready for spirited jigs, reels and hornpipes.

Dancers

Cape Byron Celtic Dance

Based on the northern coastline of NSW and produce a fun and family-friendly atmosphere. The group specialises in traditional Scottish and Irish dancing alongside original choreography pieces that incorporate all Celtic dance forms. When not performing as Cape Byron Celtic Dance, the crew often appear as The Piglets with award-winning Celtic band Murphy’s Pigs. 

Voyage Of Irish Dance

A performance group featuring highly skilled jiggers and shakers, not to being something of a high watermark for all things Irish dancing education. Their show will be hugely colourful and energetic, and feature absolutely dazzling traditional costumes. Do feel free to toe-tap along.

Pipe Bands

Glen Innes Pipe Band

Glen Innes Pipe Band have been serving Glen Innes and other communities in the New England and north-west region of NSW for more than a century. The band has proudly worn the handsome Cameron of Erracht tartan since about 1952 and the band provides free tuition to anyone willing to blow a pipe or bang a drum. Proud to serve their community by enjoying doing something they love, this should be a cracker of a show.

Murrumba Pipes & Drums

This Band styled itself after the very successful Manawatu Pipe band in New Zealand, which has members spread far and wide and regularly qualifies for the A Grade World Championships final. Murrumba also invites pipers and drummers from anywhere in the world to join them, so if you are up to standard. you could actually be in the band playing future shows. Meanwhile, see if you like the cut of their jib and either jig along or, indeed, join up.

Queensland Irish Association Pipe Band (QIAPB)

a social outfit of amateur pipers and drummers from a range of backgrounds and levels of experience. It plays under the leadership of Pipe Major Bruce Grice, Pipe Sergeant Stuart McLeod and Drum Sergeant Colin ‘Buzz’ Ennis. QIAPB wears ancient Urquhart tartan as part of our iconic QIAPB wears Ancient Urquhart tartan as its iconic and fetching green uniform. The current band has around 35 members and that would indicate that they will, literally, be quite a blast.

Live Experience

The Entertainment Precinct 1 & 2 May will be buzzing with punters ready to get their Celt on! The large seated marquee is where the eardrums will really feel the noise, though all through the precinct you are free to wander around the Boar N Drum bar, coffee van and food stalls that are especially selected for this ticketed area. Pipers, drummers, fiddlers and song will drift in and out of the precinct during your session culminating in the main Marquee of your chosen gig.