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2007 Celtic Festival

The Australian Celtic Festival is over for another year but there is no doubt that this year’s festival was the best yet.  Fantastic weather, big crowds of visitors and incredible entertainment added up to great fun for everyone.

as2.jpgAussie Sapphire had a great weekend of trading with lots of interested visitors and plenty of purchases.  Luckily we were quite close to the main stage so we got to hear some great music from the feature performers as well.

paula.jpgOne of the feature performers this year was Paul Anderson – an incredibly talented fiddler in the true Scottish tradition.  This guy was great so have a look at his artist profile on tradmusic.com if you would like to learn more or buy his music.  Click on the image to see a short video clip of him in action (~14MB so fast connection recommended).

Of course there were pipe bands and highland dancers in abundance but the Australian Celtic Festival at Glen Innes offers much more.  The historical reenactments are always a big favourite with the crowds with a variety of eras on display – here is just a selection of photos:

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From left to right – 42nd Highland Regiment, Spanish 9th Roman Legion, Irish House of Conmara (nobles and warriors).

gipb.jpgThe pipe bands were excellent including our own Glen Innes Pipe Band (pictured at left).  Attending this year was the Southern Scenic Waimatuku Highland Pipe Band – very impressive name with a performance to match.

All in all, it was a great weekend.  We were flat out talking to visitors and customers but did get a chance to take a few photographs of the fun – hope you enjoyed seeing just a few of them.  Mark your diary for the Celtic Festival on the 3rd/4th May 2008 – we’d love to see you next year.

cheers for now from Andrew and Leah (Aussie Sapphire)