Tat­too puts new mark on ‘Celtic’

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A TRA­DI­TIONAL ‘tat­too’ will be the high­light of this year’s Beech­worth Celtic Fes­ti­val which opens in the town on Novem­ber 10.

The an­nual event has tra­di­tion­ally drawn thou­sands of vis­i­tors and has been re­worked in re­cent years.

The tat­too is a sig­nal of a fresh ap­proach in which seven pipe bands will per­form a 90-minute spec­tac­u­lar within the walls of Old Beech­worth Gaol at the end of Re­mem­brance Day – Novem­ber 11.

The Scots School Al­bury pipe band will be among them, re­turned from its re­cent north­ern sum­mer suc­cess at the Ed­in­burgh Mil­i­tary Tat­too.

“We’re bring­ing to­gether some of the best com­mu­nity mu­si­cians and dancers in Vic­to­ria and New South Wales for the fes­ti­val’s in­au­gu­ral ‘Old Gaol Tat­too’,” said pro­ducer Chris Earl.

The Bendigo event pre­sen­ter said the tat­too would in­clude a poignant fi­nale re­call­ing the 99th an­niver­sary of the end of the Great War 1914-18 and re­mem­ber­ing those who had been or re­mained in the de­fence ser­vices.

Re­mem­brance Day will be com­mem­o­rated at the Beech­worth ceno­taph in Town Hall Gar­dens on Novem­ber 11.

Later the same day, in­side the old gaol, a dra­matic play – ‘Barry verses Kelly’ – will co­in­cide with the 137th an­niver­sary of the ex­e­cu­tion of colo­nial po­lice mur­derer, out­law and bushranger Ned Kelly.

The fes­ti­val will also in­clude the usual high­land danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion and Ir­ish danc­ing on the stage in the gaol court­yard.

There will be con­tem­po­rary Celtic mu­sic per­for­mances by Clay­more, Likely Celts, Bhantre, Plat­form 9¾, Ceilidh Rogues, Ed­die Lewis and Saorirse.

Fes­ti­val chair­man Roger Humphris said the fresh for­mat for this year’s fes­ti­val of­fered a new op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence top con­tem­po­rary Celtic groups, and cel­e­brate the out­stand­ing tal­ent within the re­gion.

“Today’s Celtic per­form­ers of­fer a di­verse range of en­ter­tain­ment, from tra­di­tional folk to an eclec­tic con­tem­po­rary of­fer­ing of mu­sic,” he said.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber John Costello said the event hon­oured the cul­tural tra­di­tions of Ir­ish and Scot­tish peo­ple who set­tled the North East.

It grew from an idea of John Har­vey’s in the 1990s.

Mr Costello said the Ro­tary mar­ket would again be held in Queen Vic­to­ria Park, north of the old gaol, where pipe bands per­form ‘Scots on the Rock’, but there will oth­er­wise be no open air street per­for­mances as in the past.

The fes­ti­val starts with a tra­di­tional din­ner at Old Pri­ory on Novem­ber 10.

Tick­ets are limited and early on­line book­ing at www.beech­worthcelticfes­ti­val.com is en­cour­aged.

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