Pipe band brings Celtic flair to Tenterfield School of Arts

It was an occasion to bring out your best Scottish brogue when the Emmanuel College Highlanders Pipe Band along with Cape Byron Celtic Dancers and Folk Group stopped over at the Tenterfield School of Arts on Friday night. They were on their way to an engagement at the 2018 Australian Celtic Festival in Glen Innes over the weekend.

Many patrons opted to come dressed for the occasion, with deputy mayor Don Forbes and wife Karen leading the charge in their Scottish attire.

In addition to the stirring strains of the bagpipes the audience was entertained with Celtic dancing from some talented young performers, along with fitting tunes from the folk group.

The Emmanuel College Highlanders at The University of Queensland formed in late 2016 as a result of the amalgamation of two of Queensland’s most recognised pipe bands: the Queensland Highlanders and The University of Queensland Pipe Band.

Its pipe corporal and former pipe major Andrew McCabe, a former Tenterfield boy, was the driver behind the concert.

The band was the recipient of the 2017 Triquetra Ambassador Award at the Australian Celtic Music Awards and were the inaugural winners of the Quintet Competition.

It’s made up of an experienced group of pipers and drummers who have performed both across Australia and the world. With a strong competition and performance background the band has a diverse and unique repertoire, and the Tenterfield audience was the beneficiary of that experience on Friday night.

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