More than 130 people attended Aberlea Timboon’s third annual An Evening of Celtic Music on Saturday night – raising $3198.48 for the ongoing development of the town’s Independent Living Units.
Lead by Master of Ceremonies Garry Ross, the enthusiastic crowd enjoyed sitting back, listening and enjoying the performances of a number of accomplished musicians and singers.
The McBlues from Melbourne played, an entertaining mix of ballads, jigs and reels; on bagpipes, mandolin, fiddles, harp, harmonica and guitar. The highlight was when they performed their version “Double Adapter” of the Proclaimer’s hit “500 Miles”.
Marie Ewing engaged the audience with her story telling through original songs – which included her life experiences and those who have influenced her life journey. Her stories were based on people and places near Ecklin South and Terang.
Twa Bards, Angela Preiss and Don Grieve from Camperdown, returned for their third year to delight us with their renditions of Robert Burns’ poems put to their music. Full of fun, vigour and real toe tapping music.
Photos courtesy of Simon Aebli
Then Donald Blair OAM and three of the pipers from the Warrnambool and District Pipes and Drums, entered the hall and brought the magic of the pipes to stir the blood of those connected to the highlands.
For over twenty years Donald has been involved with the band – tutoring many solo pipers as well as competing with the band throughout Australia at the highest level.
After entertaining the crowd with Scottish favourites, the pipers then lead the audience into the supper room for everyone to enjoy the magnificent sandwiches and slices so generously donated.
The raffle donated by Timboon Action (a $100 basket of local produce) was drawn and won by John Wilson.
The lucky door prize was won by Tom Hose.
On the night, special recognition was given to Peter Pope by Aberlea Inc. board chairman Mick Murphy who thanked Peter for his 10-year commitment to Abbeyfield/Aberlea Timboon.
The organising committee would like to thank;
- Changing Season’s outlet for ticket sales
- Sponsors and supporters
- Chris Barks for his support with the sound & light production
- Garry Ross MC
- Joan McKenzie – flower arrangements
- Joyce Lindquist – sandwiches
- Darcy Howard & John Fox – Raffle sellers
- Committee members of Aberlea Timboon
- The Celtic women, Brenda, Kathy, Maureen, Donna and Enid for putting together a wonderful night of successful social entertainment for Timboon.